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Popularity Of Pre Packaged Food Highest In USA Than Many Other Countries

Even countries  having  ample food  resources  processed foods tends to be favorites to  many consumers .Question here is  not the food processing technology but the  processed products which contains large amount of fat , sugar and salt .

Food processors needs to tackle these issues and make food processing and pre packaged food a healthier options for consumers . Here in India  pre packaged food has not taken roots because of the fact that Indian population still prefers raw and home cooked food s , with abundance of  food resources people love to have natural foods rather to  have refrigerated  or processed food .

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No country has embraced the movement toward commercialized, prepackaged food as much as the United States.

Factory FoodAmericans eat 31 percent more packaged food than fresh food, and they consume more packaged food per person than their counterparts in nearly all other countries. A sizable part of the American diet is ready-to-eat meals, like frozen pizzas and microwave dinners, and sweet or salty snack foods.

"Americans tend to graze rather than sit down and eat a full meal, so the food is tailored for convenience," said Mark Gehlhar, who has studied global food consumer preferences at the Economic Research Service of the Agriculture Department. "And Americans do not seem to be as discerning about quality."

T. Colin Campbell, a nutritionist at Cornell University, said that "there is a lot of money tied up in the industry because it is profitable for companies to make these foods." He added that "Processed foods contain large amounts of fat, salt and sugar, and Americans have become addicted to them."

But epidemiologic studies have shown that diets with higher levels of fat, salt and sugar lead to higher rates of heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

The Japanese eat a large amount of packaged frozen seafood, but it undergoes very little processing and has few chemical additives. Some Europeans eat a similar amount of packaged food per capita as Americans, but much of it is bakery bread and dairy products, rather than things like frozen toaster pastries and artificial nondairy creamer

Published: April 3, 2010
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Author:Hannah Fairfield

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