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The Problems in Food | Lack of Nutrition

As each day passes, more people are enlightened about the dangers of poor eating and the effects it may have on both family and quality of life. Yet as studies have advanced, and science has unlocked the benefits of some foods while revealing the hazards of others, the obesity dilemma facing the country isn’t going anywhere– in fact, it is steadily worsening at a concerning clip.

Given that society in general is more hyperaware of poor nourishment than ever before, the question arises as to how the obesity epidemic is not improving. Shortsighted decisions at the Federal level regarding the subsidization of certain crops can be much attributed to the issue at hand, as those in the agricultural industry were influenced to use particular produce to save money, with little care for the consequences it would have on overall food quality and nutrition.

How We Got Here

Each year the government spends billions on these agricultural subsidizations, with corn and soybeans being chief among them. The rationale was constructed upon the premise of maintaining an adequate and affordable food supply nationwide for the foreseeable future. This quickly became detrimental to consumers, as it has been established by JAMA Internal Medicine that people that regularly eat foods that are subsidized are significantly more likely to: be obese, have high cholesterol, and high blood sugar.[1]

These symptoms emerge from the food production industry converting soy and corn into high-fat and high-caloric foods/drinks. As a result, not only did these types of foods become exceedingly available, they also became abundantly cheaper than foods stemming from produce gathered from localized farms. This in essence, is why lower-income areas are most afflicted with instances of obesity and heart disease, as their hand is forced to purchase the cheapest options available in order to allocate finances elsewhere– such as rent, transportation etc…[2]

  1. [1] A Place at the Table: An examination of the issue of hunger in America, Documentary

  2. [2] JAMA Internal Medicine

How Consumers Are Affected

For those wishing to eat well but don’t have the resources, whether it be money or time, it has become nearly impossible to do so. The price gap between a healthy meal consisting of all-natural ingredients compared to a fast food order is staggering, and is only continuing to grow.

Eating out on a budget at a regular rate is essentially impossible… and for those that lack adequate culinary training and can’t create a tasty nutritious meal at home, well then turning to a cheap delicious alternative such as fast-food becomes an enticing offer that is often too hard to pass up.

The food services industry has been stagnant for quite some time, and this idea of eating healthy as being “too challenging” or “too costly” has been engrained in the minds of many Americans, and for good reason.

Nevertheless, this notion is now antiquated as MyTable aims to shake things up and make eating healthy on a consistent basis both easy and affordable, without sacrificing the most important thing– flavor.

Find out how, next time!