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How has food changed in the past 50 years


Simran Paul

on 16 November 2013

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How has food changed in the past 50 years
What do we eat? Food. Sounds simple enough, but is it? It used to be that food was all you could eat, but today there is plenty of “edible food like substances” in many of our grocery stores. In today’s world, the fact that food is sold in a grocery store doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s nutritious or healthy. Now I’m going to step back into the past and show you how food has changed in the last 50 years, and the impact that it‘s having on us. It’s not just what we eat or how we eat, but how food affects us in everything from our physical health to our mental health.
Firstly food that was available 50 years ago was very different from what is available today. There was more “real” food available. There was certainly the beginning of junk food back then, but it was different. The fast food places were almost non-existent. We had a limited amount of junk food that we could buy. Home cooks were actually home cooks back then. They cooked from scratch a lot of the time and dinner was meat and potatoes, and a vegetable or two. Dessert was homemade. Only certain fruits and vegetables were available at any given time. It depended on what was in season, which meant that fruits and veggies weren't chemically preserved or sprayed to make them 'look' fresh.
Then all of a sudden everything was fast, including food. Fast food places were popping up on every corner. We were in such a time crunch that we started rushing through not only the eating, but also the preparation of our meals. Housewives thought that all the convenience foods were a great idea. It now took half the time to prepare a meal compared to making it from scratch. Surely the food was good and nutritious right? Ah, the time it saved. It was thought to be wonderful; but at what cost?
Food today is not as nutritious as it used to be. This is a contributing factor and, quite possibly, a major cause of the rapid rise in obesity and degenerative diseases.

By: Simran Paul Year 8
In the 1960’s (50 years ago) many families had access to farm raised veggies and also fresh meats from butchers.
Food came right out of the garden and into the kitchen and was eaten fresh; it was not processed or muddled around with. The soil was rich so the food grown was more nutritious.
When more women started working outside the home, food companies started making foods that were easy to prepare and fast for the mom's to put together in a short time. Chemicals were added to the prepared foods to give them a longer shelf life. Many home cooks cut back on cooking from scratch and changed to using canned and frozen foods. Since then, when the fast food craze first began, it has grown into a more major issue in our everyday lives and is still growing.
Childhood overweight or obesity in the 1960’s was 5% but in 2010, it rose to 23%. A whole increase of 18%! According to the Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (SPANS), 17.1% of NSW children are overweight and 5.8% are obese for a combined total of 22.8%. This means that around 250,000 children in NSW are overweight or obese. If obesity increases over the next 20 years in line with current food trends, there will be 6.9 million obese Australians by 2025.That's around 30% of the estimated population.
So what can we do to change our eating habits? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people eat more when they are given a larger serving size. If you eat at fast food restaurants, instead of super sizing your meal, go for a child-sized serving or split the meal with someone. Choose water over soft drinks or juice. Ask for sandwiches without mayonnaise or other sauces. If you choose a salad, then decide to leave out the cheese etc.Also try to buy fresher produce, especially when it's in season, as there is more of it.
So that is how food has changed over the last 50 years. I hope you enjoyed my presentation.

Thank You.
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