Fried Foods Are Killing You Slowly

Nicholas Porter

Mothers, brothers, sisters, nephews, aunts, uncles, and many people’s family members are now dying, and a major contribution to their deaths are the unhealthy fried foods. 

Over a third of Americans eat one or more fried meals a day. It has been reported that those who eat at least one piece of fried food a day have an 8% chance of dying earlier than those who don’t. Many people enjoy fried chicken and fried fish the most and those two pieces of fried foods specifically give people a 8% higher chance of dying from a cardiovascular disease. 

These two fried foods lead to faster disease and death rates than any other fried food such as french fries, chips and snacks. It has also been shown that consumption of fried foods affects genders and ages differently. Elderly women who eat fried foods at least once a week will have a 12% chance of early death compared to others, according to USA Today.  This includes fried fish, which isn’t much better with its 7% higher chance of causing death. 

There are many healthier alternatives to the fried foods many Americans are consuming and it can be said that people need to try something new and healthier like baked foods as an alternative. Baked foods use less fat which is much healthier for the body,  and also helps keep many in shape, because of the fact that they have little to no fat. Fried foods are clearly killing Americans slowly and it may be time for everyone to make a change to their diets.  

Although baked foods are a healthier alternative to fried foods, baked foods aren’t nearly as popular or appreciated as fried foods, and many things play into that. Two of the biggest reasons are location and taste. Taylor Fulks, a current senior at Cal State Dominguez, spoke about her experiences with healthy food and trying to eat healthier.

 “It’s harder than it sounds,” Fulks stated. “We’re expected to eat healthy when everything that surrounds us students are unhealthy food spots.” 

There is much truth in what Taylor is trying to say. The city of Los Angeles is home to certain areas that have good healthy spots to eat, but those areas are typically in wealthier more expensive areas, while poorer areas tend to have many more unhealthy areas to eat.  

Kimmi Porter, a Los Angeles resident, spoke on how once she moved into a better neighborhood, it was much easier for her to accomplish many of her goals, one being to change her diet for the better. 

“IIt was like once I moved, every store around me had healthier food,” Porter said. “It’s like if you pay more for your environment that benefits you in many ways, and food was one of those benefits for me.” 

While the wealthy environments have better and healthier places to eat, not everyone who has healthy food spots around them prefer to always eat there. Christopher Salter, a junior who attends Cal State Northridge, has mixed emotions about the food locations near him. 

“It’s like yes in a good neighborhood there might be healthier spots to eat, but also even in better neighborhoods, there are unhealthy spots,” Salter said. “If I were to go to a football game, even in a wealthy neighborhood there would be more unhealthy spots to eat, because where there are big events, Americans tend to love unhealthy food.” 

It has been rumored by many that Americans love unhealthy foods, and it is a major problem. Neighborhoods should not affect where we eat, nor should race or skin color. America is dying, and people are doing it to themselves.Ni