What is an interesting, popular or favorite food or foods consumed by many young adults today? Explain in detail why you should, or should not, be eating this particular food. In addition, please...

What is an interesting, popular or favorite food or foods consumed by many young adults today? Explain in detail why you should, or should not, be eating this particular food. In addition, please analyze the nutritional label for too much fat, carbohydrates. protein, sugar, salt, etc. Use real numbers from the label and back up your statements.

Must include information from a food label and numbers from a food label (e.g. carbohydrates, proteins, fats)

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kipling2448 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

An “interesting” food currently popular with teenagers and young adults are the energy drinks that have become a staple of the diets of many in those age groups.  While, as the below data shows, these drinks contain essential vitamins and other nutrients, the absorption of vitamins and nutrients when consumed in a beverage such as caffeine-heavy energy drinks is well-below the levels needed to provide beneficial effects.  Below is data from one of the more popular energy drinks, Monster.  This data is specific to an individual 16-fluid ounce can:

Calories: 100

Total carbohydrates: 27 grams

                Sugar: 27 grams

Riboflavin Vitamin B2: 1.7mg

Niacin Vitamin B3:  20mg

Vitamin B6: 2mg

B12:  6mcg

Sodium: 180 mg

Taurine: 1000mg

Panax Ginsing:  200mg

Energy blend: 2,500 mg. (L-Carnitine, Glucose, Caffeine, Guarana, Inositol, Glucuronolactone, and     Maltodextin)

Energy drinks are not a source of saturated fats and won’t accumulate in arteries.  And, the amount of sodium (salt) is not in and of itself a concern, except to the degree it is part of a diet otherwise high in sodium content, for example, processed and fast-foods.  The danger with energy drinks, including Monster, is in the dangerously high levels of caffeine they contain.  It is the caffeine, which acts as an artificial stimulant, that provides the “energy boost” by stimulating the brain.  The dangers of excessive levels of caffeine consumed in the kind of rapid consumption associated with energy drinks are discussed in a report published by the U.S. National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine.  The results of clinical studies into the effects of energy drinks, half of the consumption of which occurs among teenagers and young adults, are summarized below:

  “According to self-report surveys, energy drinks are consumed by 30% to 50% of adolescents and young adults. Frequently containing high and unregulated amounts of caffeine, these drinks have been reported in association with serious adverse effects, especially in children, adolescents, and young adults with seizures, diabetes, cardiac abnormalities, or mood and behavioral disorders or those who take certain medications. Of the 5448 US caffeine overdoses reported in 2007, 46% occurred in those younger than 19 years. Several countries and states have debated or restricted energy drink sales and advertising.”

 “Half of the energy drink market consists of children (<12 years old), adolescents (12–18 years old), and young adults (19–25 years old).”

“. . . heavy caffeine consumption, such as drinking energy drinks, has been associated with serious consequences such as seizures, mania, stroke, and sudden death.”

These findings clearly indicate that the use – it could, logically, be labeled “abuse” given the stimulative effects of caffeine, which is an addictive substance – of energy drinks is deleterious to the health of young adults.  Monster is clearly marketed toward young adults and teenagers, and, like tobacco companies, knows its market well.  Its branding has become ubiquitous and the risks associated with its use largely ignored.  To be holding a can of Monster is akin among many young adults to holding a cigarette for the purpose of appearing more interesting among one’s peers.  The enormous and rapid absorption into one’s digestive system, however, is definitely unhealthy.

fashionableb1 | Student

I personally think the food item in which most teenager are obsessed with is probably hot fries specifically Chester's Fries: Flamin' Hot, from experience i was once obsessed with this snack and most kids in my school are so beware, it can be addictive. 

  • Calories: 140
  • Calories from Fat: 70
  • Total Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Sodium: 280mg (WOW!!)
  • Total Carbohydrate: 16g
  • Dietary Fiber less than 1g
  • Sugars less than 1g
  • Protein 2g
  • Calories per gram: Fat  9, Carbohydrate  4, Protein  4

This snack is bad for you because:

  • it contains MSG
  • Has over 20% of the daily maximum of Sodium/Salt
  • Allegedly contains trans-fat even though the bag says it has 0g
  • Highly Processed
  • Ingredient includes Disodium Inosinate, and Disodium Guanylate
  • In 1oz you've ate 170 calories of this snack
  • Because of its spiciness it could start to deteriote the inner lining of your stomach
  • Cause high blood pressure
  • Contains a large amount of Thiamin Mononitrate; Used in large amount could cause the skin to eat, swell, or form a rash
  • It has too many types of vitamin B which could cause insomnia, fatigue, and e.t.c
  • Niacin (one of the ingredients) can cause headaches, nausea, skin irritation and many more
  • Riboflavin can cause anemia and low blood sugar!
fashionableb1 | Student

sorry i meant it would cause the skin to itch not eat