The Experience Of The Summers Essay

1245 Words Mar 10th, 2015 5 Pages
The summers I’ve spent in Tonga were full of good, natural foods that were either picked locally or from one’s backyard. The ingredients used to make a delicious beverage called otai contains watermelon or mangoes, crushed pineapples, coconut, milk, water, and sugar. The combination of these different components made in Tonga gives a unique taste. However, otai made in Tonga differs to how it is made in America. The texture and sweetness of this beverage is different which makes it less satisfying than if it were made in Tonga.
Unfortunately, ever since we’ve been living in America my family’s daily meals have changed and our traditional foods have become modernized. Over time, my family has eaten an excess amount of processed foods, fruits, and vegetables that contained many artificial additives. For instance, my brother and his little family have been very dependent on the government for help with food for a few years now due to their financial situation. My brother has a stepson who is 5 years old, a son who is 3 years old, and a daughter that’s 2 years old. This little family has been surviving off of foods stamps for a while and it’s something that has definitely helped them, but I’ve noticed, sadly, that the foods that they’ve been able to get with their food stamps are mainly processed and unhealthy foods from grocery stores. This includes products like waffles, Lays chips, frozen meals, and other highly processed foods. Throughout the years I’ve noticed my nephews…

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