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We’re obsessed with fast food
It’s hard to believe that there was a time before fast food. But it’s true! The first half of the twentieth century saw the rise of the hamburger, hot dog, and pizza. This all changed in the early 1960s when McDonald’s introduced its double-deck drive-thru window for lunch customers. Now you could get a burger and fries without leaving your workplace.
Soon other restaurants followed suit and served meals quick enough for busy people. They called these establishments fast foods because they were serving food that had been processed within hours of being harvested or slaughtered.
Processed foods lack some key ingredients like sugar, milk, and meat (which are cheaper than purified versions). While we may think we want this “fast food”, our bodies can’t process all these additives quickly. Over time, this adds up to an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
Some say the average meal at a fast food restaurant is 799 calories, including cheese sauce, drinks, and bread rolls. At home, many people eat more purposefully. They buy smaller containers of sauces, which save time. And smart shoppers know to shop for fresh vegetables and fruits, which cost less but provide healthier choices.
Although it might be quicker, buying small snacks from a menu at a grocery store benefits everyone out here. You spend less money and you’re more likely to choose healthy options.
We’re obsessed with cooking shows
Every week, there are new DVDs coming out that show people how to do something new with food. Some of them are easy (skillet meals, baking); some are more difficult (making edible sculptures or whole-grain eating). The amount of information is growing larger every year.
People feel like they’ve failing at cooking if they can’t figure out a way to make a dish without using cream or butter. I sure did until I learned why foods taste different in America.
Many recipes call for eggs, milk and cheese — all things where sugar adds moisture. However, most Americans consume less fat than people from other countries.
When you remove fat from food, you reduce sweetness and flavor. Milk has twice as much protein and calcium when it’s low in fat, but also contains significantly more vitamin A and D.
Sugar is added to nearly everything in small amounts, though not enough to worry about too much weight gain, so few know how to fix this. Many try to calculate how many grams of sugar are in their food by looking up the recipe online.
We’re obsessed with celebrity food posts
Let’s be honest, most people don’t give a rat’s ass about what living celebrities eat. But it seems like everything else—celebrity magazines, blogs, reality TV shows—maintains that its audience is focused on what these famous people are eating.
This obsession with celebrity foods has caused us to forget that we should obsess over our own meals. And if you do, you will find that there is an abundance of strange things in your fridge.
And let’s be fair, some diets work for some people. If this diet works for you, great! However, remember that there are no absolutes when it comes to healthy lifestyles. You can still keep up the hard work and not slip up on bad days.
The best way to start a good meal plan is by starting with breakfast. This is the first thing you go into the day after, so make it a good one.
Don’t worry about too much sugar or fat; instead, focus on fuel and nutrition. A good lunch box is essential for students because they are going to study long hours.
Dinner time helps you get ready for the next day, so don’t spend too much energy planning it. After dinner, relax and take a break before getting back to studying again.
Most college students find that skipping lunch is helpful since they can stay home and relax.
We’re obsessed with restaurant food
If you watch any TV show, listen to radio, or visit any online site, there’s a good chance that you can find someone talking about restaurants. People love writing about where they eat, how much they pay, and what it is really like to go to a place.
This obsession stems from years of marketing ploys by businesses who rely on “food porn” (as Robert Draper describes it in his article) to lure customers.
Food bloggers talk about ingredients, menus, prices, and events at local restaurants. You name something involving food, and people want to discuss it.
And while everyone has different limits, one blogger commented that Twitter gives her headaches every day.
She said she rarely goes more than 72 hours without tweeting about eating out or cooking. By comparing dishes and venues, all in a vain attempt to be original, we’re just putting stress on herself and her followers.
She also mentioned that Facebook seems to be getting worse for some reason. More subjects are making people feel even less comfortable. It’s easier to feel uncomfortable than unsafe.
We’re obsessed with food photography
Health scares (e.g., mad cow disease, salmonella) have brought attention to the nutritional value of foods and why people are turning away from processed calories and additives in favor of natural things like fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
Photo shoots of fresh produce or culinary creations using fruit and vegetables is something that we all see every day on social media, coming up when you do a search for vegan recipes or organic products.
This has made it more acceptable for people to focus on the aesthetics of food, above everything else.
It is much easier to stare at a picture of grilled cheese than it is at a plate of broccoli. For many, the idea of eating is about community, relationship building, and fun, not about dieting or losing weight.
For these reasons, there is no such thing as “American food”. I personally don’t care where the ingredients come from; raw materials/locally sourced foods can be purchased anywhere. What matters more is the perception of what will make a person happy and complete their meal.
That being said, some types of foods are simply better packaged or preserved. If you’re going to get sick due to poor hygiene or bad nutrition, your health should matter. It does nothing to help anyone if you get diabetes or heart failure just because you ate too many mushrooms.
Having good habits goes a long way towards keeping healthy, but psychology plays
We’re obsessed with gluten-free diets
Though there is no scientific evidence that avoiding gluten is Healthier for you, it’s become popular to try. Many people believe that by limiting their intake of wheat or other foods containing Gluten, they will lose weight, feel better and have more energy.
However, Gluten is not some evil substance necessary for life itself; we only need trace amounts in our bodies.
Anyone can eat too much food and get sick. But getting sick from Gluten isn’t easy — It takes serious symptoms for weeks and months for celiac disease, and other issues like lactose intolerance followed by glutenedonuts for diabetes.
We’re obsessed with clean eating
“Clean eating” is the newest food fad, but it’s one that has already swept the nation (and world) in recent months.
What exactly is clean or clean-eating? It’s a way of cooking and eating where you try to avoid foods that are processed, canned or taken out of their whole state.
In contrast to this approach, which focuses on what you eat, is the belief that there should be a lot more focus on how you cook your meals. You can still include healthy things in your diet by preparing them yourself.
You will also find that clean eating is not very fun. With the emphasis on processing all types of foods and relying on a large amount of jars and supplements, clean eating can become extremely bland.
To make matters worse, you will find that most people who start cleaning diets like this end up leaving them because they feel miserable and incomplete.
Consider these reasons why you might have symptoms of IBS:
We’re obsessed with food stamps
More than half of the U.S. population now rely on government assistance to buy enough food, experts say. That includes more than 45 million people receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known by its brand name, SNAP.
But it also includes children who have parents who get welfare payments. It includes veterans who get health care or cash grants. It means homeless individuals who eat at soup kitchens.
And it refers to any adult who gets help from one of those programs including income-sensitive subsidies (like low-income households) and full subsidy cards available through local areas.
In total, then, more than 50 percent of all Americans receive some type of government aid in order to purchase food.
This number increases significantly among minority populations. Nearly three out of four blacks and nearly two out of three Latinos use some form of government aid to access sufficient healthy food.
According to the Department of Agriculture, over 12% of white consumers used the federal Emergency Food Network website to find recipes for applying for FEMA meals during disasters.
From 2011 to 2012, this percentage increased to 17%, resulting in an increase of 13 million users.
Of the entire sample group, 11% of racial minorities reported using the site to find meal plans. This falls below 9%.
Thus, we can conclude that due to the increase in reliance on food stamps, there has been an overall increase in usage of the emergency food network.
We’re obsessed with farmers’ markets
Believe it or not, there’s at least one good reason to eat fresh is that most of the foods in farmers’ markets are still organic. And according to several studies (Leaf et al., 2010; Kimbrough, 2013), organic farming is going through a resurgence of popularity. It can be difficult to find data from before 2008, but reports from that year show that only 8% of farms were certified organic. By 2012, that number had doubled, with half of all crops grown being certified organic.
There are many reasons for this growing interest in organic agriculture, including increases in both consumer demand and government enforcement of regulation L.