Feeding yourself during MUNs is quite an endeavor. Even though most of the conferences include meals in conference fees, there are some that don’t and it is in situations like this that you need to find out how to feed yourself … and this is the time when you need to opt out the junk food. We've all heard before that junk food is dangerous, but most of us don’t know why exactly.
- You could die. Yes, we know how much you love food, but this is the fact. Worry not, because there are millions of people just like you willing to breathe their last breath for this pleasure. In the United States alone, there are 263,944 fast food restaurants. All of them make more than $100 billion in revenues every year.
But what makes the junk food so bad? This kind of food is usually very high in fats, sugar and salt, all of which can leave fatal consequences on our body, with obesity and cancer leading the pack. Since it doesn’t include any beneficial ingredients, junk food can make you feel fatigued and unable to complete all your daily tasks due to constant loss of focus. In addition to containing no nutrients, junk food is usually heavily treated with poisonous chemicals which slows its decaying and is highly toxic for humans. High levels of fats lead to certain obesity and can end up with diabetes. Perhaps the most disturbing side-effect of eating junk food and dealing with its consequences is the development of chronic depression and lowering of the self-esteem. While the physical condition is mostly fixable over time, the mental issues are hard to root out and sometimes leave permanent damage.
If this was not enough for you, get ready for some more disturbing facts about fast food served at McDonald’s restaurants. For example, the famous McNuggets are just a ball of paste which, if left for too long, turns into liquid. Regular hamburger at McDonald’s contains so many chemicals that it can stay moldless for years. Same thing goes for their famous fries. An experiment was conducted in which fries from McDonald’s and KFC were left in a glass jar for three years (see the image below). While KFC’s fries did develop mold and started decomposing, McFries still looked pretty “edible.” It is important to mention that this is not just in the case of KFC and McDonalds. Majority of the large players in the industry use heavy chemical treatments of their products as a business strategy. It is up to the consumers to recognize this and put a stop to it.
- Though we eat food because it is a necessity, the food also identifies us and represents a cultural symbol of who we are. Since the MUNs are also about cultural exchange, why not exchange the food as well? The fact that you’re attending an MUN conference automatically indicates that you’re either in another country, or back home surrounded with people of all different nationalities. Whichever the case, this is a perfect opportunity to learn something new. This is one of your rare chances to “taste” the culture. Even though you’ve probably by now researched the country you are visiting and all the aspects of its culture, it is a great next step to ask the locals what are the national dishes.
In case you’re coming from the host city, try to gather your new foreign friends and get to know their foods. You will have your first opportunity during the cultural evening your MUN will organize. Another idea is to make a social event, gathering where everyone could prepare one of the specialties from their home country.
Cover image: TheFoodJunk