Topics: Nutrition, Food and drink, Junk food Pages: 6 (1693 words) Published: April 20, 2014
Li Cai
ENG 108
Susan Davis 3:00-4:15
Assignment 2 Second draft
“Real” or “Fake” food? “Is this a real food? Is it good for me? What should I do when I was faced with so many scrumptious foods?” these are all what I am thinking when I hold a slice of pizza in my right hand. What I am really familiar with is, nowadays, people care more about the food which they eat everyday then get worry and upset about it. Tons of information and instructions tell about how to eat healthy and what we should eat seriously. Actually, presented by these numeric food issues, people feel more confused and hard to choose rather than clearly know what need to eat. Some people are frustrated about control themselves to eat so called “ real food” which is good for their health and could get far away from the disease and losing balance. People always have a conflict with themselves about choosing food. Is it so difficult to make a “food decision?” “The U.S.D.A. (United States Department of Agriculture) can succeed at its conflicting goals only by convincing us that eating manufactured food lower in SOFAS is “healthy,” thus implicitly endorsing hyper-engineered junk food with added fiber, reduced and solid fats and so on, “food” that is often unimaginably far from its origins.” wrote by Mark Bittman who advocates people to eat “real food” rather than some manmade fake food. Here is the scenario that some “foodies” arrange food into many specific categories such as convenience and fast food; functional food; health food and junk food, etc. The most famous one is junk food or fast food, which is popular among the young people like ice cream, candy and soft drinks. Some people in nowadays deny that it belongs to the “real food” because of they are added some artificial fibers and reduced fat or some other nutritional elements. They are not original or natural any more. To some extent, I think that people may be over considering about the food. Any substance can be called a “food” which could provide nutritional supports for the body and do not let people feel hunger. There is no such a boundary between the “fake” and “real food”, only food and not a food. Hyper-engineered junk food or any fast food should be considered into the “real food” which can be ate by people and gives nutritional components for the life sustaining. To speaking with “real”, which is so subjective identification. How to identify real or fake? What properties belong to the real and why should we eat more “real food”? I think it is too complicated that insolate the food which is not original or produced with manmade ingredients from the natural one. It is a fact that eating too much junk food or artificial flavor food could impact people’s health and contribute some diseases like obesity and diabetes. But which is not means junk food is not the part of “real food”. The only thing we can imply is junk food is not a good food when people eat too much. Any junk food has the same properties with original and natural food that can support people with nutrients such us protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals even if some of them are combined and added by human. There is a exaggerate saying that convenient food and junk food are overload in the whole world. In my personal of view, it is hard to imagine that our life without these food industry. It seems become our part of life. To think about the other side of junk food, a large number and millions kinds of these foods give people a lot of choices and opportunities to make our life more colorful and interesting. You cannot deny that the number of natural food is limited and the qualities are not as perfect as people expect. You cannot absorb every essential human needs nutrient from these original foods but you definitely can obtain them from some other human-engineered foods. The appearance of the junk food...

Cited: Bittman, Mark. Is ‘Eat Real’ Unthinkable? 2011. 20 Mar. 2011 .
What is “Real Food”? 20 Mar. 2011. < http://realfoodchallenge.org/about/realfood>.
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