BIO 115 71
March 8, 2013
The Nutritional Diets
Nutrition is the science of how food nourishes the body. It involves the study of our body's natural processes involved in digestion. When paired with psychology, nutrition becomes the science of dieting. It takes into consideration our acknowledgment of how we perceive and control the food we ingest. Humans are complex beings guided by our animal instincts to eat and breath along and conflicted by our capacity to think and philosophize. The pleasure centers in our brain light up when we eat. This sensation inclines our free will to consider want over need. In a society motivated by the bottom line and instant gratification, Americans have found themselves subject to a multimillion-dollar industry that reaps the benefits of a hungry discontent target market. With more than half the United States population quickly approaching obesity, dieting has become a part of our culture. The most popular ideas of nutrition are often supported on studies. However, many food manufacturers are known to fund and promote studies that prove beneficial for promoting their products. This is a concerning conflict of interest that gets pushed to the side when the topic of public safety and health is brought up. Thousands of patented diets have faded in and out of the public eye. People are torn between longevity and vanity. At one end of the spectrum there is a duty to protect ourselves from the illnesses of malnutrition while the opposite will sacrifice health for the popular quick-fix. The field of science is caught in a superficial environment. This contradiction has resulted in many institutions and private companies competing and negotiating for the attention of the public As of 2013, The Dash Diet, the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Diet (TLC) and the Mayo-Clinic Diet hold the top ranking position for their best diets in terms of nutrition value, weight loss, and other health benefits. These diets...
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