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My dad is American, but I was raised in Colombia for all my life and just now I've been in the U.S for a couple of months now. I can't get the hang of English. I am well at speak, but I am no good at writeing. So he asked I to do an essay for English practice. Easy, but he gets into me skin because of small mistakes. So here is the essay. (Sorry if I have bad spelling or grammer )
I. Many people have misconceptions of what healthy eating really is. Those people also might not recognize the advantages that a healthy diet offers. There are plenty of health and financial benefits. Yet, how do so many people still eat foods that are unhealthy? Why have heart disease and obesity become such pandemics that impact the lives of adults, and children. Though it has been confirmed that healthy eating has many advantages and benefits, people still deny themselves a healthier life. However, it is quite a struggle to have a healthy, balanced diet these days. There are easily one-million fast food restaurants owned by a thousand different fast food chains. Healthy habits may cost you more, but it is less than treatment for illnesses like cancer, or diabetes. Eating healthy can not only expand your lifespan, but it might save you some money. After all, the bigger the snack, the bigger the slack. "So get smart, and eat smart"!
big plus of healthy eating are the medical expenses. A study revealed that healthy eating habits cost $550 more than unhealthy foods yearly (1). That might be a big financial burden for some people. The study also concluded that healthy food habits cost $1.50 more daily. The study showed that healthy servings cost $0.29 more, and snacks or sweets cost $0.12 more. $550 dollars for a healthy diet doesn't sound worth it. However, with all the medical bills for chronic heart disorders, diabetes, or cancer. It now sounds as if $550, is suddenly $100.
Many of the common foods we have today, contain a surprisingly high amount of processed meat in them. A study showed that people who eat a significant amount of processed meat, have a 20%-50% increased chance of terminal illnesses like pancreatic and colon cancer, or cardiovascular problems (2). An English breakfast is a perfect example. Only a single English breakfast has approximately 130 grams of processed meat. However the recommended study amount is only 20 grams a day! That's around 6 times more than the suggested amount!
People will not start a diet because they might be confused towards what it consists of. When someone says diet, one might imagine kale, lettuce, fruit, overall a vegetarian food routine. Although, that is the most recommended type of diet. Sometimes, a healthy diet is just another word for a balanced nutrition. A balanced nutrition is meat, rice, salads, and grains, it's as simple as that. This confusion is what gets people most of the time.
People can have very positive effects when it comes to eating healthy. There are hundreds of benefits why people should eat healthier. A very common one is how certain healthy foods may help reduce anxiety. Unfortunately, stress disorders affects more than 18% of America's population, that's a little over 40 million people. Specific foods may have the ability to control how frequently our body produces cortisol, more commonly known as, the stress hormone. Studies have found that some foods packed with omega three acids (3) , vitamin c (4) , and magnesium (5) reduce the levels of stress hormone in our bodies.
Healthy eating not only affects anxiety reduction, but financial increasement as well in some ways. Healthy eating may be a bit more expensive overall, but on some sides of the story, it might be a whole lot cheaper. A study shows that an average American spends an estimate of $800+ on soft drinks alone (6). The study also showed that people spend another grand just on beer. In 2010, over $101 billion dollars were spent on beer across the nation. Both of these could be substituted with healthy, just as refreshing, water.
Why throw good money to bad money by spending it on plastic surgery, when the superior alternative is just so much more cheaper and simpler. Foods like berries or tomatoes, are packed with certain chemicals help keep skin young and beautiful. They contain several chemicals known to help aging like vitamins c/e, flavonoids, and even polyphenols, which is a known chemical in anti-depressants. These foods' importance is not just for pretty looks. They both help in regenerating new skin cells.Along with other foods and drinks like green tea, or fish.
Healthy eating is known to help you dodge common diseases, which might actually expand the length of your life. A recent study showed that a healthy diet consisting of vegetables and fruit, expanded the lifespan of women in their mid-70s (7). Another study shows that diets with low meat in them may also expand the life of people (8). Yet another study shows that people who eat nuts like almonds and walnuts, are also prone to a long-lasting life (9). No matter what angle someone looks at it, a healthy diet is essential when wanting to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
A study in 2008 asked cancer patients for their current medical bills. One of those patients said he had to dig up over 400 thousand dollars for his stomach cancer treatment. Another said that she had 30 thousand dollars of medical debt because of breast cancer. Suddenly, $550 for healthy food doesn't sound too bad anymore.
It has been proven that diets are held accountable for %30-%40 of cancers (10). Getting cancer may be inevitable, but it has been proven that certain foods have the ability to boost the body's immune system, thus preventing illnesses which one would normally be more susceptible to.
To conclude, a healthy diet is great in every aspect, no matter how one might look at it. Not only does it lead to a healthier life. But it satiates both the bodies needs for a healthy nutrient supplement, and one self's personal desire to be physically fit. It may take some time getting used to smoked salmon on behalf of a BigMac. However, as time goes by, one might be used to the change and might actually end up prefering the healthier, and upper quality choice. After all, one might obtain satisfaction from physical appearence. But on the contrary, a healthy diet is more of acquiring habits, which will lead to a better life, and a healthier mind.
Last edited by Tarheel; 20-Nov-2014 at 20:45. Reason: Changed something.
A "full English" breakfast (or fry-up) consists of:
Toast or fried bread
More recent additions are:
They look like this.
Last edited by emsr2d2; 20-Nov-2014 at 21:12.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.