What's wrong with the American diet? More than half our calories come from ‘ultra-processed' foods
Researchers who have analyzed America’s eating habits say they can sum up what’s wrong with our diet in just two words: ultra-processed foods.
These foods — a group that includes frozen pizzas, breakfast cereals, and soda — make up 58% of all calories Americans consume in a typical day. Not only that, they delivered 90% of the added sugars that Americans ate and drank, according to a study published Wednesday in the medical journal BMJ Open.
Government health experts advise Americans to get no more than 10% of their total calories in the form of added sugars. But most of us aren’t listening. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that 71% of American adults exceeded that 10% goal and that added sugars accounted for 15% of all the calories they consumed.
All of that added sugar makes people more likely to be overweight or obese. That, in turn, sets them up for serious health problems like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer (not to mention lots of cavities).
Chronic Dieting is a national obsession because people are trying to outsmart nature and that cannot happen. Our bodies need real food and as long as we keep pushing processed food instead, our bodies will rebel and require a constant flow of new diets to take off the pounds.
Curing the obesity epidemic is simple. Eat real food. Walk. Sleep. That's it. Whether you have 10 pounds to lose or 100 pounds to lose, the solution is the same. You will be shocked at how fast your body will respond to having real nourishing foods.
Here are three simple tips:
1. At every meal, make sure that you include a fresh piece of fruit, at least one raw vegetable and a healthy fat like some nuts.
2. Walk at least 30 minutes a day.
3. Get 7 – 8 hours of sleep.
You will be on your way to better health!
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