Thursday, May 8, 2008

Day 38-Nutritional Bite

Research shows that energy-dense foods remain the most affordable option. Energy density foods consist of fats, sweets, snacks, pastries, and other baked goods. The lowest energy-dense foods consist of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and meats. Low-energy density foods have better health outcomes but are more costly and purchased by the more affluent consumer. The American diet has increased in energy-dense foods. Energy-dense foods are not only the least expensive but most resistant to inflation. These foods may explain the highest rates of obesity are among groups of limited economic means.

Sugar Preacher's Experience
My current studies in Community Nutrition emphasized the food system in relation to the economic disadvantaged. During a volunteer project at City Harvest, I observed many recipients were obese and some were in wheelchairs with oxygen tanks. After both the volunteer and classroom experience, I concluded that environmental and community based programs should be implemented to ensure a healthier system to all socio-economic groups.

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