With all the knowledge we have about bad food, why do we still continue to eat bad food?
Unhealthy food causes malutrition, disease and a bunch of problems if eaten on a regular basis... Why do we (The the US) continue to eat it?
Actually a pretty easy answer. Much of the information given about food is extremely exaggerated and usually has an ulterior motive. A good example, back in the 1980s you were either going to die from salmonellae or cholesterol if you ate eggs. However, if you would just eat the new cereal that came out about that time full of bran, well you would live forever. This has been a cycle forever and the general population is more or less wise to it. Those who are less wise end up in the fringe reactions - that is either they take it to heart and quit eating whatever they are told is bad for them (vegans leaving all forms of animal protein for example) or they aren't listening at all and eat too much of things that aren't good for you (which are the ones who eat all of their meals and kids meals at BK and choose only the fried, or extra meat meals). You can't fix stupid so some percentage of the public is going to fit into this group. The gullible will fall for all kinds of stuff and this may include only eating veggies or only eating oranges, instead of a reasonable balance of a variety of foods. They forget, humans, as much as some folks want to forget, are the TOP of the food chain.
We tend to yield to temptation and have a lack of restraint when it comes to satisfying our taste palate. I think it starts with education and awareness. Its difficult especially when we are around people who are eating healthy as well. It makes it harder. For instance, think about making a fresh salad when you have ribs, steaks and red meat grilled and waiting. Its hard unless you start thinking outside the box.
Most people wait until they are diagnosed with high blood pressure, cholesterol or another condition associated with poor eating habits to start thinking a bit. Junk food and unhealthy foods come in many choices especially those processed boxed foods. There isn't as much selection or wow factor associated with fruits and vegetables. Also, there are many chemicals in junk food that make you crave the salt and MSG flavoring.
Great question. Hopefully, more people do change as many of the conditions that come from poor eating are life long. Its better than taking medication for life; because you cannot forego your poor eating habits. Its the cost of indulgence. And it is costly especially being admitted to the hospital.
Convenience. Bad food is usually available in most places and easier to get ahold of or cheaper to get a hold of than healthy foods. Naturally we eat whatever we can get a hold of.
Everyone in the food industry defines good food and bad food entirely differently and the general public is confused. Every several years a different food is said to cause cancer or heart disease and people are convinced that everything they eat will kill them sooner or later so why not enjoy. Even the "Healthy Choice" and other processed foods that use the "health" tagline are really just garbage. You can't go wrong with fruits, vegetables, fish and lean meats.
Most will suffer no health problems from eating what they want so they see no harm. The sad thing is the food industry is a big factory now with cranking out the cheapest and easiest to produce food they can and health is no concern. They even get tricky with food labels now to further confuse you.
A good rule of thumb is, the less the ingredients, the better it is for you. Do you ever look at a store bought cake? At least 2 paragraphs full of stuff in there, talk about a heart attack waiting to happen. But to each their own.
We want what we want in the amount we want. We are willing to pay the cost later.
I would say that in my case it isn't about what I know. I know plenty about eating healthy however; it's about what I love and I love food. For example I love a certain hamburger which I actually crave about once a week. I know it isn't the healthies thing but I love how it tastes, and if I am going to live, I will enjoy my hamburger while I am alive.
Well, for my family, we cut down on all the unhealthy food. Now we go for white meat, fish and more vegetables.
It is hard to cut down immediately, but after 1 year we have changed our food diet completely. It is only once in a while we will go for fried food otherwise it will be steam or using less oil to fry.
For my family we also try to keep a healthy balance. When we do eat bad food is usually a direct result of us being too busy. Meaning the fast food becomes the easyor effortless way out.
Because bad food always tastes good. Bad food is only bad if you eat too much of it eaten in moderation and supplemented with healthy food and its fine.
probably a combination of habit and taste-buds.
sometimes I just WANT that bag of chips, even though there are plenty of healthier foods in the kitchen.
It tastes so good! haha..its true and the fact that thats all they sell at most places. Eating healthy can be so expensive and its hard to adjust to the plain tastes.
by nlowman 8 years ago
So, I'm a pretty healthy eater (mostly), and I try to keep full with fiber-rich foods (whole grains, beans, etc), drinking water, and trying to eat lots of veggies, but I feel hungry all the time. I'm also trying to eat smaller meals more often, which I know is good, but sometimes is harder....
by Caitlin Pyle 7 years ago
Why do people say that healthy eating is expensive?
by jbrock2041 6 years ago
What do you think is harder: eating healthy or working out consistently?
by annieloulaurel 3 years ago
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by Dorothy Cooper 2 years ago
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by Virginia Kearney 6 years ago
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