Food Deserts and Nutrition

Food deserts are a major issue impacting clients of food pantries.

According to Walker (2012), in the United States, there is a degree of unevenness in supermarket distribution with many urban areas suffering. Food deserts refer to urban areas that lack affordable and healthy foods (Walker, 2012, p. 247). Studies have shown that increased access to a supermarket is associated with lower rates of overweight and obesity (Walker, 2012, p. 248).

Where there are food deserts, that equals out to having poor health and to poor choices when it comes down to buying things. It makes sense, that if you live in a poor neighborhood then it would usually mean that you aren’t in such good standing with social status, therefore if you aren’t in a high social class then how would you be able to go buy fresh foods in order to have good nutritional value. Although, if you are in a food desert than that also plays a huge role in this as well, food deserts mean that you are in an area that they’re not grocery store within any close reach. However, have you ever thought that if processed foods have a high nutritional value? It was weird to think that this idea might actually be true.

Research shows that with processed foods can sometimes be higher in nutritional value than minimally processed foods. The only harmful factor about this, is that with foods that are only minimally processed they are low when it comes to sodium, added sugars, etc. which is a great thing, but processed foods are relatively high when it comes to these as well. Therefore, although processed foods are better when it comes to some aspects to nutrition value (ie vitamin D/B12, iron, etc.) it’s horrible when it comes to the unhealthy factors of processed foods compared to minimally processed the numbers are horrible. The fact that people who are in poverty can still get some sort of nutritional value with processed foods, their diets and how they eat everyday shouldn’t only be based on processed foods because it is high in the unhealthy category.

Balancing out foods that are processed and minimally processed are a good way of making sure to ensure you get lots of nutritional value. But too much of one is never good. If you were to based your everyday eating on just minimally processed foods, there’s a possibility you would have to be able to buy vitamin pills due to the fact that you may not be getting just enough vitamin’s. Also, if you consume too much of processed foods that could increase your health risk and also cause obesity, etc.

Everyone within the country can be obese, it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor. Many people believe that if you are poor than you are going to be obese because you aren’t able to buy any foods that are good for you, just a lot of fast foods, however there’s another side that people believe they’re really skinny because they aren’t able to even buy food. Now if you look at the higher social status class, they are usually people who are average or obese, and this is because they do have the money to buy food, some buy more food than they should, other’s eat in moderation. People in poverty probably don’t understand that foods that are processed can be good in nutritional value, and this is where we can help and have them understand these things. That it’s alright to eat food that are processed since they can be good when it comes to nutritional value, but it’s also important to have them understand that it’s also high when it comes to unhealthy nutritional like sodium, calories, etc.

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