Junk Food

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The term junk food defines itself to the foods that do no good and are completely unimportant to the body. Junk foods have no or very little nutritional value and irrespective of the way they are marketed, they are not healthy to consume. Most of them are high in saturated fats and sugar components and also excess of salts and lack any fiber. The only reason of their gaining popularity and increased trend of consumption is that they are ready to eat or easy to cook foods, also the ease of manufacturing and consumption makes the junk food market spread its influence so rapidly and because of that, people of all age groups are moving towards junk foods. Companies are now listening to the consumer more than ever and we should be encouraged to…show more content…
Moss took four years of research and found that many companies want “to get people hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive.” Sugar, salt and fats are the three most addictive ingredients in the majority of junk foods today. Everyone knows, including those who manufacture the foods, that combination of ingredients is not healthy for us in large amounts that we consume them. At one point, Finland had a significant issue with high blood pressure and the highest rate of cardiovascular disease in the world. Why? Because they were consuming huge amounts of sodium, eating on average more than two teaspoons of salt a day, according to moss’s research. What did they do? The companies providing majority of the produce in Finland either re-formulated their products or made aware to the public of the high salt content food items. 30 years later in 2007, the country had a 75-80 percent decline the number of deaths or high blood pressure cases. Why haven’t any of the large companies in America sought to change ingredients or provide warnings to consumers? Simply because they do not want to be embarrassed or lose out on money. Many corporations do not want to admit the secret behind the products they make, in fact the General Mills CEO, Stephen Sanger, was shocked by the meeting’s purpose and had quite a bit to say. Others remember Sanger’s comments during the interview, he claimed consumers were “fickle” and “sometimes they worried about sugar, other times fat. “Don’t talk to me about nutrition, talk to me about taste and if this stuff tastes better, don’t run around trying to sell stuff that doesn’t taste good” (page 476). Now of course, after making half a billion dollars in sales, Sanger is not going to care about the health of the consumers. And actually, after that success, General Mills created another treat, targeted for children called Go-Gurt. David Freedman, argues that fast food and
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