Thomas Roepsch’s essay, “America’s Love Affair with Pizza: A Guilty Pleasure No More,” introduces to the reader the idea that even though pizza is considered to be unhealthy by most, it can actually be very nutritious. He gets this point across by appealing to the logic in the reader. He starts by stating a lot of extremely convincing facts that most people probably don’t already know. The first point he makes is that pizza is the only food item that satisfies all 5 of the USDA food groups. This statement by itself is pretty convincing but as Roepsch continues, it becomes clear that in order for your pizza to actually be healthy, it would need to have little to no meat on it and have plenty of vegetables. People don’t generally want a pizza like that. People who order pizza usually want a large amount of cheese and a large amount of meat on it. This means that the average pizza is still in fact, not very healthy at all.
The next point that Roepsch introduces is what the rest of the essay focuses on, lycopene. Pizza sauce contains large amounts of lycopene, which is an antioxidant released when tomatoes are cooked into red sauce. This protein has been proven to reduce the ability of cells in our body to mutate which is good because mutating cells can lead to cancer. What Roepsch is trying to instill in the reader is that pizza sauce can prevent specific kinds of cancer, particularly prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women. Roepsch goes on to introduce statistics saying that people who ingest lycopene are also less likely to suffer from stomach, colon, and rectum cancers. Finally, he talks about how lycopene has been shown to help prevent heart disease according to a European study. This section was the strongest part of the paper from an argument perspective. Roepsch knows about people’s current obsession and fear of cancer. He very affectively takes advantage of this obsession to draw in and trick the reader into...
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