Fast Food And The Food Meal

1440 Words Dec 15th, 2016 6 Pages
A fast food meal may not be so simple after all considering the ingredients that go into a meal. We aren’t fully aware of what all the ingredients are in our food. We just see either a short or a long list of words that is just scientific jargon to us. We do become more concerned of what we are eating if there is a long endless list of contents. One ingredient that we all know if high fructose corn syrup. There are high amounts of it in our fast food which explains why we can get so addicted to fast food. Earlier I said most of what a fast food meal is comprised of is sugar, carbs, and sodium. Sugar and fat are the leading ingredients that give us an energy boost. They make energy-dense foods which is what fast food is-an energy-dense food. Energy-dense foods are inexpensive to produce. Pollan says “one reason that obesity and diabetes become more prevalent the further down the socioeconomic scale you look is that the industrial food chain has made energy-dense foods the cheapest foods in the market” (107). Sugar is pretty cheap and it makes sense to price a meal at a low rate. We can’t forget that most of a meal is also comprised of corn which make it cheaper too. Because they are inexpensive, their price isn’t sky high which makes it ideal for low-income families. They are able to afford a high calorie meal at a low price. This explains why obesity tends to be more prevalent in low-income households. As we can see, the low price of fast food contributes to the weight gain…
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