Standard American Diet Facts
The Standard American Diet, also appropriately named the SAD diet, is the way the average American eats. With the USA reaching epidemic levels of everything from obesity and diabetes to hypertension and heart disease, it is clear that this way of eating is slowly killing those who follow it.
What is in the typical SAD diet?
The SAD diet contains these key sad qualities:
- High in animal fats
- High in hydrogenated fats
- Low in fiber
- High in processed foods
- Low in complex carbohydrates
- Low in plant-based foods
Random SAD facts:
- 38 percent of adults in the U.S. report consuming fruits less than one time daily, and less than 22 percent report eating vegetables daily.
- In 2000, according to the USDA, each individual in the U.S. consumed over 150 pounds of sugar. Over half of that came from processed corn in the form of high fructose corn syrup. (now sometimes called “fructose” or “fructose syrup”)
- 63 percent of calories Americans are consuming today are coming from processed foods. Convenience foods are packed with preservatives, added oils, sugars and refined grains — none of which is healthy for the body, as these foods definitely do more harm than good.
The Standard American Diet may contribute to:
- Acidosis, which may contribute to progressive muscle loss
- Arteries thickened
- Asthma worsened
- Increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease
- Increased risk of atherosclerosis (plaque build up in arteries)
- Greater risk of cancers
- Increased levels of IGF-1, a growth hormone that increases cancer risk
- Elevated levels of (LDL) bad cholesterol
- Increased risk of heart attack
- Decreased lung control
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Inflammation and oxidation
- IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome)
- Declining kidney function
- Greater risk of preterm delivery
- Weight gain and obesity
- Small stools
- Traces of toxins in breast milk
What can be done to lessen these risks?
- Avoid processed foods, especially those containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils
- Eat smaller portions or meat and less often
- Avoid all soda
- Increase fiber intake
- Increase vegetable and fruit intake
- Avoid consuming excitotoxins (such as MSG and aspartame)
- Avoid HFCS (high frutose corn syrup) also called “fructose” or “fructose syrup”
- Choose baked over fried foods
- Limit sugar consumption
- Keep an active lifestyle
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