Nutrition and Broader Shared Values

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Do you think that the way Americans eat reveals anything about our national character and broader shared values? How is Pollan’s writing a statement not only about American eating, but more about American culture and life?

The way Americans eat reveals our national character and broader shared values. Americans don’t make the healthiest choices when it comes to the topic of food. American society is upbeat and on the move giving little time for elaborate and time consuming meals. This shows that Americans are raised in a society where eating meals together is not of great importance and definitely not a part of everyday life. Holidays are the times spent eating meals together.

Pollan’s writing is a statement not only about American eating, but about American culture and life. He compares American eating to the way the French eat. His comparison shows the unhealthy choices we, Americans, make everyday. American culture and everyday life is very fast pace, so we usually eat on the go, in the car, or by ourselves. Because we’re so anxious about eating nutritious food, we tend to gain more weight. Pollan says that Americans are more anxious about eating than actually eating itself. We never have the leisure time to actually sit down and eat a meal together with our family. On the other hand because their life isn’t as fast pace as American life, the French share their meal together eating and enjoying each other’s company. They consume very rich foods with high fats but never go back for seconds. This eliminates their weight gain. As Americans, we try to eat healthy foods and usually go back for seconds. Yet, the French are more healthy and slimmer than Americans.
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