Eating “healthy” seems to have become the latest trend for college-aged students. We want natural food that is free of preservatives. Instead of our parents forcing us to eat vegetables we seek them out. I previously assumed that this was a relatively recent national trend towards healthy eating. Consequently, I was surprised to read Mead describe a similar trend, but forty years ago. This made me think that maybe the shift from wanting to fill our diet with snacks and dessert to fruits and vegetables was a common to twenty-year olds regardless of generation. Whether it is a reaction to our slowing metabolism or a true desire to eat what is good for our bodies, apparently this has been going on for a while.
Margaret mead addressed an important point regarding this phenomenon when she stated, “In spite of their emphasis on the values of “natural” food, few of them have any real knowledge of sound nutrition” (Mead, 21). The growing interest in nutritional food should be harnessed, but increased education regarding a nutritional diet is necessary. Eating food with the word “natural” on the label does not equate to a healthy diet, but rather falling into a marketing scheme. People have a genuine interest in healthy and sustainable food, but need access to accurate information.