Processed Foods

Processed Foods: The Detriment to Health
        I. Introduction
                    • Thesis Statement- While processed foods are more readily available to consumers than the more expensive and healthier whole foods, America’s obesity rate will continue to rise until whole foods are more affordable.
      II. Childhood obesity rates have become an epidemic.
          a. Rapid increase in childhood obesity rates is due to inexpensive tasty foods.
          b. Children’s diets are often limited by his/her parent’s income.
          c. Parents in today’s world need convenient, inexpensive, and accessible foods to fit their fast-paced lifestyles.
      III. Eating whole foods can decrease preventable diseases in young and old alike.
          a. Whole foods are proven to lower the risk of diabetes.
          b. Processed foods are directly linked to heart disease.
          c. Health care related costs are increasing due to the obesity epidemic.
      IV. Review the cost of eating whole foods versus processed foods.
          a. Limited incomes for families are contributing to the problem.
          b. There is less access, especially in larger cities, to farmers markets.
          c. Families are being bombarded daily with fast food choices.
        V. Conclusion
                  • Making whole foods more accessible would be beneficial to both the health of the nation and the health care system.

      Today, it is becoming overly challenging to feed families healthy, whole grain foods because of the overwhelming supply of convenience foods. These processed foods are very accessible and cheap. These types of foods are typically packed full of sugar, higher in sodium, and have high fat contents (Mercola, 2011). Families used to eat fresh, homegrown, and seasonal foods packed full of the nutrients necessary for a healthy body. The lack of access to these fresh whole grain foods coupled with the cost of buying them has aided in topping the...