What’s Wrong with the Modern Diet?
With obesity rates on the rise, as well as the countless other harmful conditions and diseases that result from it, it’s not hard to see that there’s something amiss in the modern American diet. In fact, obesity now accounts for one out of every five deaths in our country … that’s an insane 20 PERCENT!
The way Americans now eat is in stark contrast to just a few decades ago when food was grown locally and served fresh. There were few processed, sugar-filled foods, and chemical additives and preservatives were basically unheard of. As these items became more and more available, rates of obesity began to grow. Now, they’re at alarming rates that threaten our entire population.
But it’s not just processed foods to blame. There’s a whole lot more that’s wrong with the average American’s diet. Let’s take a look at a few of them:
- Extreme sugar consumption – Refined sugar and processed fructose are some of the biggest culprits out there. It’s estimated that the average U.S. citizen gets about 350 calories per day of the stuff – that equals about 22 teaspoons and 25 percent of their total daily calories. Much of this comes from sodas and sweetened juices.
- Prevalence of processed oils and fats – The average American strays away from good, healthy fats like nuts, coconut oil, avocados and the like. Instead, they use the processed stuff, like hydrogenated vegetable oils, margarine and more, which are full of trans fats and artery-clogging materials.
- Too many “low-fat” foods – Like I just said, healthy fats are important. In fact, if you have an insulin or leptin issue (which is about 80 percent of the population), anywhere from 50 to 85 percent of your daily calories should come from GOOD fats. Unfortunately, the “low-fat” movement has made this impossible. People are consuming tons of low-fat items, and instead of getting healthy fats in their diets, they’re instead getting lots of added sugar and refined carbs.
- Lots of soybean oil – You might not think soybean oil is bad (after all, it comes from a plant!), but in most forms, it’s highly hydrogenated and contains tons of trans fats. Unfortunately, soybean oil accounts for about 65 percent of all oil consumption annually and 7 percent of the average American’s daily diet.
- Too much wheat – I’ve talked to you about wheat, gluten and yeast before. They’re just all-in-all bad for your body. Since decades ago, the modern form of wheat has changed exponentially. It now contains virtually no nutrients, and it has been genetically altered over the years, making it harder for your body to break down and digest. This is why celiac and gluten-sensitive dieters are on the rise.
- Avoidance of eggs – Eggs get a bad rap. For too long, they’ve been blamed for high cholesterol levels and heart attacks, but the truth is, they do nothing to increase LDL cholesterols (the bad ones) in your blood stream. Free range, organic eggs are actually extremely nutritious for your body, giving you crucial vitamin A, omega-3s, vitamin E and beta-carotene.
When you boil it down, there’s a lot wrong with the American diet, and it’s starting to take its toll. That’s why I follow a Paleo lifestyle. By tapping into the diets of generations past, I’m able to take control of my health and feed my body the nutrients and minerals it needs. And I’ve never felt better!
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