illustrating how to write persuasion with supporting facts.
Sources for the paragraph follow.
Fast Food? Be Careful What You
Although many of us find fast food
convenient when we are in a rush, it is a bad idea to eat it too
much or too often. Recently, McDonald’s in Canada has had
the two dollar deal: a Big Mac and small fries. This is a very
big temptation, and even my son (who doesn’t normally eat at
McDonald’s) bought this meal last week. But what did he eat when
he ate a Big Mac and fries? First, in the hamburger he got 570
calories, with almost half of them (280 calories) coming from
fat. Ten grams of this fat is saturated, the most dangerous
kind, the kind which is harmful to our heart. The Canadian Food
Guide recommends that we "choose lower-fat foods more often."
Now, remember that my son also gets a small fries!
Unfortunately, there are another 210 calories in the fries, with
10 more grams of fat (1.5 grams of it saturated). I’m sure he
bought a drink as well, which adds another 150 calories (small
size). Now, imagine he eats this dinner more than once a week! A
two dollar meal contains a lot of fat. So, although it is very
convenient (and cheap) to buy fast food, it is quite alarming to
see just how much fat we are eating—I think I’ll go and eat an
apple, instead! (Written as an example of persuasive writing,
using facts to support opinions)
Sources for the Paragraph
Information on nutritional content of fast
Canadian Food Guide
(Information on fat in diet)
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (A
book on the fast food industry)