This Glossary Building assignment is based on 3 articles from the Food readings. First, the article “Poll Says Majority of Americans Support Menu Labeling” claims that about half of the American’s surveyed say that they would approve of calorie information on the menus at restaurants, sit down diners, grocery stores, and so on. However, it then goes on to claim that the majority of Americans feel as though they already know enough about nutrition to make an informed choice. This implies that Americans are really not informed as to what they are eating, and need to know the caloric value of foods in order to make at least a partially informed decision. Either that or Americans are in denial of how bad some foods can be, as they would prefer to focus on taste. That way, if the calories are not posted next to the food when they are out to eat or shopping, they can pretend that it is not as bad for them.
Next, we move on to vegetables. According to “Healthy Vegetables Undermined by the Company They Keep” vegetables are not healthy in the way that they are being consumed. This article claims that due to undesirable taste, many Americans cooks their vegetables in ways that add fat and salt, negating the health benefits. When eaten fresh and raw, vegetables can be a great weight loss option, however, they are typically salted or sautéed. Lastly, we talk about healthy eating. Healthy eating is thought of as eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, less red meat, and more protein. However, it should be noted that not everyone in the United States has access to all of these things. Depending on socioeconomic status and living area, some people may only have access to processed foods. The article “Healthy Eating Index” by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) is actively working to provide these healthy options to people who do not yet have them.
- Informed Americans: Americans who claim to know enough about nutrition, yet still want to see caloric values of the foods they are eating.
- Vegetables: A plant or part of a plant used as food that is typically highly salted and cooked before being eaten.
- Healthy Eating: Eating more natural and less processed foods when available.
Guthrie, J. (2014, May 5). Healthy Vegetables Undermined by the Company They Keep. Retrieved November 2, 2017, from https://consuminghealthmatters.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/healthyvegunderminedbycompanytheykeep.pdf
NCCOR. (n.d.). Retrieved November 02, 2017, from http://www.nccor.org/projects/hei/
Poll says majority of Americans support menu labeling. (2014, December 31). Retrieved November 02, 2017, from http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/12/31/poll-says-majority-americans-support-menu-labeling.html