Persuasive Speech

Tahsin Rahman

Speech 11100

05 MAY 2021

Persuasive Speech

Topic: Decreasing the consumption of processed foods and dairy products & adding organic foods in our daily life

[ Attention step – Monroe’s Motivated Sequence ]Good Evening Everyone.  There is a saying that we eat to live. Do you guys know we are killing ourselves by eating food day by day? Have you questioned yourself how farmers are producing a lot of milks in a short amount of time? Do you guys know what the top leading deaths are in America? If you want to know then just have to listen to me.   From the World Health Organization (WHO) I found that every year around 2.8 million people die due to obesity and cardiovascular disease.(startling statistics) Most of the reasons for their deaths were consuming a lot of processed foods and leading a bad lifestyle. I am Tahsin Rahman. Today I will try  to convince you guys to avoid processed foods and include natural foods  in your diet(proposition of policy). I want to share with you some surprising facts that may help lengthen your lifetime. I will be discussing the unnatural ingredients found in processed foods (problem), the main causes why we eat processed foods (causes)  and how natural  foods can  provide you health benefits (solution). By the end of my speech I hope you will be encouraged to avoid processed foods and should start eating more fruits and vegetables and dairy free milks.

[Need step-Monroe’s Motivated Sequence]What are processed Foods?  According to registered nutritionist, Aglaee Jacob, Processed foods are foods that have gone through many complex processing steps , often contain additives, and other chemicals. Some of them are Frozen or ready meals, baked goods, pizzas, cakes, pastries, packaged breads, processed cheese products, breakfast cereals, crackers and chips, candy and ice cream, instant noodles and soups, reconstituted meats, such as sausages, nuggets, fish fingers, and processed ham, sodas and dairy products .

Do you guys know how harmful they are? Many unnatural ingredients are found in processed foods and cow milk.  According to Melissa Breyer’s there are six disturbing food additives that have been found in your processed food. Some of them are Tertiary Butylhydroquinone, a petroleum based product used to make Lacquers, Ammonium Hydroxide, a cleaning agent found in many household cleaners and Ammonium Sulfate, a material commonly used as fertilizer. With the rise of factory farming, milk is now a most unnatural operation. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Farmers are  giving bovine growth hormone to cows in order to produce a lot of milk and untimely pregnancy for cows. That hormone increases Estrogens in the human body.

 Now, I am going to talk about the harmful side of processed foods. Accordingly to

Ashley Henshaw The major adverse health conditions that have been linked to eating processed foods are Cardiovascular Disease, diabetes, obesity, stokes and cancer.There is a popular misconception between us that drinking dairy milk may give you strong bones. But actually it doesn’t give us a strong bone. In fact, a study found that women who drank two glasses of milk a day increased their risk of hip fracture by 45%. Dairy products supply 60-80% of the estrogen in dairy drinker’s diets, according to a study published by the NCBI. High consumption of estrogen can lead to various cancers, including breast and prostate cancer. The American Heart Association specifically lists butter, cream, and cheese as examples of foods with saturated fat. The organization advises the public to reduce their intake of these foods in order to lower blood cholesterol levels. From a study of NCBI they found that people who consume dairy products on a daily basis may suffer strokes, high pressure and hypertension in a short amount of time.

 So if processed food is so bad for you, why are we buying it?

Processed food is a part of our daily life. Many of us know that processed food is not good but we do not know how bad it is. We like processed food mainly because it is convenient, tasty, cheaper and easily available.

[Satisfaction steps- Monroe’s Motivated Sequence]Well maybe now you think there’s nothing good left to eat, but I will now present you with a solution!

In order to avoid processed foods we can eat  fruits, vegetables, unrefined carbohydrates, almond and coconut milk. Accordingly to nutritionist Cathleen Wood there are many health benefits of fruits and vegetables. Because they are low in fat, calories, and sodium so no risk for obesity and high blood pressure, have no cholesterol so no risk for heart disease,  high in fiber  which lowers risk of colon cancer, and contain powerful Phytochemicals. Phytochemical is a natural chemical that fights against lethal diseases. Many red fruits contain a large amount of lycopene which is considered to prevent heart disease, cancer and improve memory function.Orange foods contain carotenoids which help repair DNA,strengthen our vision and  prevent cancer & heart disease. We can eat almond and coconut milk instead of cow milk. Because almond milk is free of cholesterol, contains good fat and vitamin E. Vitamin E  is an antioxidant that fights against free radicals. Almond milk contains  50% more calcium than dairy milk, and helps to get weight loss.Coconut milk is helpful because it nourishes the digestive lining, helps to improve gut health and  contains acid. Acid is good for energy and electrolytes balance.  Almond and coconut milk doesn’t need to be processed. They can be made easily by grinding with water.

[VISUALIZATION STEP-Monroe’s Motivated Sequence]When you start eating organic foods you will see a drastic change in your life. Your skin will look good and your body will function properly. There is a saying that an apple a day keeps you from the doctor. So even you don’t need to waste your money unnecessarily. You will get enough vitamins and minerals by eating organic fruits and vegetables. You won’t feel calcium and vitamin D deficiency by eating almonds in future. If your body works properly, Your mind will also start working properly. Because  mind and health are co related.           

[ACTION STEP-Monroe’s Motivated Sequence] We know that processed foods are a part of our American diet. As you are my classmates I want you to live a long life. So today,  I can suggest you consume  more fruits and vegetables into your diet so you can start replenishing your health that has been diminished by processed foods. Soon you will find a whole new meaning of life by adopting them.

         Works cited

Breyer, M, 2012). “8 creepy mystery ingredients in processed food”, Mother Nature Network, Retrieved from the web on November 7, 2013.

Henshaw Ashley, ”The major health hazards of processed food”, SymptomFind, Retrieved from the web on November 8, 2013.

Jacob, A. (2013), “Processed food definition. Hearst Communication Inc”,, November 9, 2013.

Woods, C. (2013),”List of fruits and vegetables for amazing energy and health” Vegan-Nutritionista, November 7, 2013.

Jennie Toutoulis, “Almond Milk Vs Coconut

Milk: Is One Better Than the Other ?”, 12 FEBRUARY 2016

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