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When it comes to the topic of nutrition, most us will readily agree that in order to live a long and healthy life one must eat right and choose nutritious alternatives to preserved and fast food products. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of how this can “healthy lifestyle” can be obtained. Whereas some are convinced that trusting yourself and your body will lead to better choices, others maintain that eating food in moderation and more fruits and vegetables is the best path to choose. “Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.” In other words, there needs to be change in how we go about our daily diet. In this day and age, there are many different debates on what one can do to eat healthier and make better decisions in regard to diet. Many people have proposed their own theories and advice on beginning a healthier life style, including Mary Maxfield and Michael Pollan. In the essay “Escape from the Western Diet,” Pollan introduces his response to a new way of eating healthier known as nutritionalism; a way of life in which people choose real, well grown, and unprocessed food over fast food or processed food with certain preservatives. Mary Maxfield believes in the moralization of food and that if you are thin you will live longer while on the other had if you are overweight you will not live a long and fit life. My view on the benefits of healthy eating is that you can eat what you want to, but in moderation. I also believe that exercising, growing your own food, and consistently choosing the right kinds of foods will help create a happier and healthier society. At the same time that I believe fast food is more cost efficient and less time consuming, I also believe, like Maxfield and Pollan, that in order to decrease obesity rates and build a healthier environment, society needs to make better food choices and increase the amount of physical activity that they are involved in.

“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants” is the motto generated by best-selling author of six books and Time magazine’s top 100 most influential people in 2010, Michael Pollan. “Escape from the Western Diet” is an essay that summarizes the stereotypes that are directly correlated with the western diet. Pollan advocates that society most often chooses food that is fast, easy, and cheap. For example, fast food restaurants provide food that is inexpensive and convenient but most people overlook the amount of calories and fat that the food contains. Most people also overlook the fact that if you chose to eat fast food or processed food, you are more prone to obtaining diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Pollan claims that the idea of nutritionalism is the best thing that has happened to society in a while and that it will ultimately bring “pleasure back into eating.” Although many people find pleasure in eating fast and easy food, in the long run it will not agreeable when it affects your body in a negative way. If more people in society choose healthier alternatives to food, it will be beneficial in the long run both physically and emotionally. In recent studies, researchers have found that Americas spend less than a half hour making food and more than one hour to actually eat the food. Pollan emphasizes that if individuals spend more time preparing more fruits and veggies, which contain healthier carbohydrates, in their diet. Pollan also advises that in order to obtain enough nutrients to grow and develop one should eat food in moderation and consist of more plants in your diet. Overall, Pollan apparently assumes that nutritionalism is a great alternative to the western diet and that because we fall short to other countries in terms of nutrition, society should spend more time and cost on food if they want to live a long and healthy life.

On the other hand, inn her essay “Food as...
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