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The contemporary diet exposed, from free-range eggs to Omega 3 supplements

Posted On : Jul-06-2011 | seen (519) times | Article Word Count : 505 |

The contemporary diet consists of a larger proportion of processed foods than ever, a result of the expansive food industry investing in technologies that help produce more, faster and better.
For generations born a few decades ago and later, it might be hard to imagine that food was rationed in 1950s in the same countries where obesity and excessive diets are a problem of today. In about half a century, the Western world has nearly wiped out the problem of starvation, malnutrition and lack of food, but introducing abundance of foodstuffs has led to the emergence of new threats which are located – quite paradoxically – on the other end of the same continuum. The contemporary diet consists of a larger proportion of processed foods than ever, a result of the expansive food industry investing in technologies that help produce more, faster and better. We also eat more sugar-saturated products, fatty meals, junk and fast food as well as stuff with a high concentration of carbohydrates. This is not good for our health and can be easily seen in the explosion of new types of medical conditions, all directly related to our eating habits, such as diabetes, anaemia, some cancers, strokes and cardiovascular disease.

In recent years, healthy-eating activists and governments have invested a lot of effort and money into spreading the message about consequences of eating badly. It is now something of a conventional wisdom adage that we are what we eat and more and more people are prone to saying that what they eat is important. This new awareness and eagerness to eat better are a direct result of information campaigns and a rising trend to pay attention not only to what you consume but also to where it comes from and what it contains. Some detractors see it as little more than a preoccupation of the higher classes and those with money and time to concentrate on this sort of things, but such voices are quickly becoming isolated.

What might be perplexing to observers of the contemporary eating habits, though, is that popularity of bad food, say sweet sodas or candy bars, is not declining despite the fact that so much is being done to create a feeling among the public that eating such things is a bad choice. Products now have color-coded nutritional information that is plain to understand (red means risk is high), healthy-eating campaigns such as the one encouraging the public to eat at least five portions of fruit or vegetables a day are everywhere, good food is easier to buy in supermarkets than ever and yet consumers are loath to change their bad habits. One possible explanation might be that it is simply convenient to eat precooked meals as they fit better in our hectic lifestyles, full of rushing around and low on spare time. Diet supplements, like Omega 3, are always there to enrich us with nutrients later. The other could be much less complicated. Products high in sugar or fat are typically quite tasty, not least because they contain chemical intensifiers, but people are ready to trade their poor qualities as far as health is concerned and indulge in the pleasure of eating them.

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