The American Diet

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"We have the best raw materials in the world, both quantitatively and qualitatively, but most of them are ruined in the process of preparing them for the table." stated H.L. Mencken in reference to America and our usage of food (Mitzewich). Food is a necessity for life and survival, however, with the structure of the American diet, the food we eat is assisting us into our [early] graves. Americans are highly unaware of what they are stuffing down their throats and even less unaware of the generational effects. With issues like obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure one would assume that America would turn down a helping or two. The American diet is tainted because of the lack of interest in the origin of food, misinterpretation of food processing, and the desire to get that “full” feeling for as cheap as possible.
When people think of classic American foods they think of hot dogs, cheeseburgers, apple pies and mac n’ cheese just to name a few. However, these foods were not always on the menu of choices among Americans. Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, expresses that around the early 1800’s Americans were consuming great amounts of corn whisky. This epidemic can be put in comparison to modern day Americans and their relationship with coffee. Pollan also explains that although Americans were engaging in excessive drinking of corn whisky, it was not the main issue: the problem was the overproduction and overconsumption of corn. Under the circumstances that too much corn was being produced, marketers conjured up ideas to get consumers to intake more corn therefore raising the demand for it (Pollan). This demonstrates the practice of food processing; the use of raw materials and turning them into food....

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