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06/29/2011

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Lydia Sanders


Riddhi Shah provides four contributing factors to America’s obsession with trendy foods. Shah states that one common view is that America’s hodgepodge of various cuisines results from the immigration that founded our nation. She claims that another idea is that because food is an easily accessed resource in America, most people do not appreciate it, so it’s normal for them to jump from food trend to food trend. Shah describes yet another approach to trendy eating as a “symbol of affluence and hipness”, akin to pressures to have the latest fashion trends. The last argument that Shah provides, is the idea that Americans have a tendency to be scientifically progressive and modern, and are always seeking a scientific approach to nutrition, leading to a multitude of diet and eating fads. Considering these four approaches, Shah argues that eating fads seem to be a result of the factors that make America prosperous. Therefore, she believes that trendy eating does not hinder our society.
I agree with Shah’s statement that enjoying new food trends is not a negative practice. In fact, I would go farther to suggest that approaching food as an innovative and inspiring element of life is one way we can advance our society. If finding cures for diseases and inventing new technology is considered valuable, why can’t discovering recipes and creating new cuisine be too?

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