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Free Tips On How To Write An Interesting Essay About Food And Nutrition


Our nation has become obsessed with nutrition with the same kind of zeal with which we were once obsessed with counting fat grams and dieting. There are so many focuses one could choose for such an essay.

What is important with food and nutrition essays is to consult reliable sources. Anyone can tout the latest diet craze—ones which argue eating nothing but grapefruit will make you drop 15 pounds in a week. Then there are diet drinks that are often harmful—much like an energy drink might do—which might be a good topic in and of itself.

Before we get into how to research and approach such an essay, let’s check out some possible topics. There are soooo many!!!

For example, here are five with explanations just off the top of my head—just think of what you can come up with really pondering this subject—or Google- ing new findings in nutrition/new findings in organic foods, new findings about losing weight/getting healthier through eating habits.

  1. IS going gluten free really healthy or not? You could argue for/against a gluten free diet if it is a persuasive/argumentative essay. Or for an informative essay, you could research solid journals about the benefits and potential risks of such a diet.
  2. New discoveries in weight loss. First it was counting fat grams. Then Atkins touted the wonders of the no-carb/low carb diet. Until everyone got sick and exhausted. What do doctors and nutritionists ultimately conclude is the healthiest way to shed weight?
  3. Or you could find a diet fad currently “en vogue” and research its benefits / liabilities.
  4. The truth about vitamin supplements—are liquid vitamins better than capsules? Are there bogus brands and really legitimate ones? Should we take super-multivitamins loaded with percentages of vitamins and minerals far over the RDA (recommended daily allowance)?
  5. Is a completely vegetarian diet healthy or harmful? If you’re arguing against the benefits of a vegetarian diet, you might research the difficulty of meeting one’s RDA for protein and B vitamins. Also, how will the supplement calcium without milk, eggs, and cheese if they are on a full-vegan diet?

Now, be careful with online sources. Many of these will have hyperlinks to products which pay them to write these articles and to link their products for sales reasons. Try to read journal articles written by licensed dietitians and nutritionists – even peer reviewed ones if the librarian can help you find them—as these are the most respected journals.