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Old 04-26-2019, 04:27 AM   #1
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Default What would happen if the U.S. outlawed unhealthy food?

If the U.S. outlawed unhealthy food, what do you think would happen?

This means, any food with low or no nutritional value, would be against the law. So basically, practically everything outside of the produce aisle (fruits, vegetables, etc) would be against the law.

This means candy bars, potato chips, soda, etc, would be outlawed. It means all restaurants and fast food places would have to serve nutritional food only, or be shut down. Now obviously... a lot of people would be mad. I think that would be an understatement, since most people like and eat foods that aren't exactly of the highest nutritional value.

I think this is good idea, but I can't see most people willing to go along with it for the the long-term. The problem is this: most people don't eat healthy food only. They wouldn't want to give up their junk food, even though they are already aware it causes poor health.

What are your thoughts? What impact do you think this law would have on American society? How would people react?
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Old 04-26-2019, 06:11 AM   #3
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I think what constitutes "unhealthy" will be point of contention.

A doughnut can be "healthy", the same way that asian noodles can be classed as unhealthy. Calories, fats, carbs, and sugars are a part of a healthy diet, too. What is "too low", or "no value"? It would be an endless debate.

I like the idea, only in that it would force people to try the produce aisle for a change, instead of falling back on the ridiculous arguments that eating healthy is too expensive.
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Old 04-26-2019, 07:43 AM   #4
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The impact on this site alone would be devastating. No more Guacachips from Big Lots. Dollar Trees would effectively go out of business, eliminating the perennial hunt for $1 BDs. I shudder to think.
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Old 04-26-2019, 08:13 AM   #5
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I'm Canadian so this question has nothing to do with me. Read the article.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-s...-a8632016.html
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Old 04-26-2019, 08:45 AM   #6
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It wouldn't be feasible. Just like it wasnt reallymuch feasible when the government outlawed alcohol. They might be able to limit the amount of processed foods are available, but most/all of the ingredient that makes them can also be used to make 'healthy' foods. Plus, it would be more taxing on the poor and low/mid income families. The so called 'healthy' foods are expensive, while the 'unhealthy' and fast foods are cheap and can be less taxing cash strapped people/families.
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Old 04-26-2019, 11:41 AM   #7
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I think what constitutes "unhealthy" will be point of contention.
Isn't pizza legally considered a vegetable?
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"Healthy people are like dinosaurs - they're not fit to survive"

- Al Bundy


If there's ever a nuclear war, the only survivors will be people whose bodies have been conditioned to accept whatever food they consume. The only "food" that will be available will be leftover unconsumed twinkies and cans of soup and other manufactured product, since Whole Foods and Trader Joes will be out of business. And if you're a vegan, you'll be the first to die. So bulk up kiddies, if ya wanna live to see 80

BTW, the argument that healthy food is expensive isn't entirely ridiculous. The healthy stuff is made artificially expensive by boutique retailers who cater to people who can afford $9 coffees. Until that changes, regular people will still have to trek to a green grocer for their veggies.
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Old 04-26-2019, 03:21 PM   #9
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The problem is that unhealthy food is usually the cheapest to make (and most addictive) which means it maximizes profits for huge corporations, so if there was ever a snifter of legislation, they would stamp it out through lobbying.
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Old 04-26-2019, 04:48 PM   #10
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If I couldn't have sugar, salt and artificial preservatives, I would probably die. My biggest nightmare about the "stranded on a desert island" idea would be being forced to eat raw fish and coconuts 365 days a year.
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Old 04-27-2019, 01:54 AM   #13
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I don't think there's a country on earth where that isn't allowed. Your American freedom isn't that special.
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Old 04-27-2019, 01:58 AM   #14
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I don't think there's a country on earth where that isn't allowed. Your American freedom isn't that special.
well apparently jokes are a special thing since you didn't the one i was making

but...whatever
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I'd probably have to learn how to cook and start giving a crap about what I put into my body... lol
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well apparently jokes are a special thing since you didn't the one i was making

but...whatever
The joke is that Ron Swanson is a huge parody of people like you, and you don't understand that.
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Old 04-27-2019, 02:26 AM   #17
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The joke is that Ron Swanson is a huge parody of people like you, and you don't understand that.
oh i understand it. i just don't give a shit. AND i think it's funny.

all i was doing was making a joke. but apparently you didn't see it that way. and that's ok.

and my freedom? that's VERY special to me. like me...hate me...i don't give a shit about that either. i'm not here to be liked or not liked. i'm just...here. if you don't like me because i'm an American or for some other reason, then that's on you. and it's just one more thing i couldn't care less about. i don't know you, you don't know me. let's leave it at that, huh

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The "eating healthy is expensive" argument is bunk. As someone who, while not dirt-poor, has to watch every dollar, I eat better and cheaper when I buy in bulk. Frozen vegetables, fruits....and bulk veggies, meat, cereals, rice, etc etc..

The problem is that many people are lazy, don't want to really think about nutrition, don't want to really think about what they're buying, and definitely don't want to make meals from scratch.

And, quite frankly, people love their bad food, even when they know better.

Which is fine. Really, it is. Just don't blame your perceived concern of poor nutrition on the MAN and his expensive health food. That's just lame.

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Food deserts are a very real thing. It's not just about the price of buying a vegetable.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_desert
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The "eating healthy is expensive" argument is bunk. As someone who, while not dirt-poor, has to watch every dollar, I eat better and cheaper when I buy in bulk. Frozen vegetables, fruits....and bulk veggies, meat, cereals, rice, etc etc..

The problem is that many people are lazy, don't want to really think about nutrition, don't want to really think about what they're buying, and definitely don't want to make meals from scratch.

And, quite frankly, people love their bad food, even when they know better.

Which is fine. Really, it is. Just don't blame your perceived concern of poor nutrition on the MAN and his expensive health food. That's just lame.
i never really understood that argument, either.

if you actually do some research, you can find healthy/healthier food that isn't expensive. chicken? cheaper than beef and better for you.
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