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We need a food revolution

Editorial

It’s time for a food revolution, starting on the road at convenience stores, fast food joints and grocery chains. They need to be more accountable and begin selling more healthy on-the-go meals.

Let’s face it, we’re a fat nation. About 34 percent of adults and 17 percent of children in the U.S. are obese. New York itself has an obesity rate of 24 percent.

We all know the consequences of obesity: heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, stroke, death.

For the millions of people who made it their New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier this year, many will either stay away from the abundant fast-food options we have now or eventually succumb to the regular fare, which continues to keep many Americans fat. After all, convenient food is heavily processed and loaded with fat, carbohydrates, sugar and salt.

If the U.S. is really going to get trim, it needs the help of food suppliers, especially the ones on the front line.

While there are natural options to on-the-go eating habits — apples, bananas, celery, carrots, raw nuts, raisins, etc. — they are limited. It takes a great deal of planning and preparation to eat healthy as an American, but we don’t always have the time.

We’re a nation on the go. Commuters rely on quick, easy grub to keep on the move (“America runs on Dunkin’”). So those who really want to lose the excess weight many times give up because they have few healthy choices on the road.

We wish we could walk into a convenience store, a grocery store or a fast-food restaurant and walk out with a nutritious meal we can eat in the car or at our desk. While some food poses as healthy, these are merely token items.

Most convenience stores sell fresh fruit, milk and yogurt. Some sell salads, but they are processed in other locations. And a granola bar only goes so far. We’ll admit, some pre-made deli sandwiches have wheat bread as an option and include lettuce and tomato. But that’s not much of a healthier alternative to hamburgers, fake rib sandwiches, breakfast burritos and processed chicken patties.

Comments may be directed to denpubs@denpubs.com.

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