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Are The People In The US Really Overfed And Undernourished?
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Are the People In the US Really Overfed And Undernourished?

There is no doubt that many Americans are getting more than their share of food. Obesity rates are slowly stabilizing but remain at alarmingly high rates. Now some doctors and nutritionists are pointing at a surprising cause for the obesity epidemic- malnutrition.

The foods included in the Standard American Diet are all calorie dense foods but are typically nutrient poor meaning that the average person may continue to eat to try to get what the body needs for good health despite meeting their caloric needs for the day. In a major study, that diet which features mostly processed, fried and fatty foods, there was a deficiency of minerals including magnesium and the vitamins A, C and E. In addition, at least eighty percent of people eating that style of diet, there is a serious deficiency of Vitamin D as well as Omega 3 Fatty acids.

The recommendation of eating less processed foods and increasing the number of fruits and vegetables in the diet may not be as beneficial as experts would have us to believe. Researchers looked at the nutritional information from over forty different fruits and vegetables from the 1950's as well as the same items from 1999. Those researchers found that the foods that are grown in modern times are no where near as nutritious as they were in the past. Calcium content, for instance declined by nearly twenty percent while iron content when down by fifteen percent. Vitamin C also declined, down by twenty percent from the older crops to the more recent examples. Part of the reason given for the change in nutritional status is the quality of the soil. Crops are farmed without regard to the condition of the ground they are planted in, leaving the plants with very little vitamins and minerals to absorb. In turn, that leads to flavorless, nutritionally lacking produce as well.

Processed foods, especially those that are high in fat or sugars cause a vicious cycle of eating. The foods are high in calories but seriously lacking in nutrition. In response, the body thinks it is starving and "saves" all of the calories as fat instead of burning them for energy. Tired and dragging, most people will reach for food or a beverage to "pick themselves up" and consume even more calories but still will not get the right level of nutrients.

Nutritionists recommend sticking to fresh foods that are as close to natural as possible. Other food choices should be kept to less than five ingredients with a minimum of sodium or preservatives.


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Great! Now I want some banana bread!!!

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  about 8 years ago
AnnMarie  

Great perspective in this article. Seems a lack of antioxidants and nutrients in processed foods keeps the body wanting more. In the old days soil quality was better, and if not, farmers would let the soil go fallow and renew itself by not planting crops in those fields for a time. Do you think organic farmers grow better crops than other commercial farmers who are just after growing them as fast as they can (growth hormones, etc.) and as much as they can despite the lack of nutrition in the soil?

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  about 8 years ago

I think that the organic farmers are still aware of the fact that you can simply rotate what is grown wear to make up some of the soil conditions. but, the organics are not always as "pretty" as the others. I took a friend to a local farmer's market. I was in heaven, wandering about charming my way through some very lovely free samples ( mmmm, honey straw!) She, on the other hand snorted and scoffed at the blemished pears and the oddly shaped apples. Wouldn't even taste them. Silly girl- sometimes the sweetest fruit is not the prettiest.

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  about 8 years ago
AnnMarie  

We are such a spoiled society, generally speaking, aren't we? We don't want fruit in its natural form...no...we need it dyed and shaped just right...and you're right...if people only knew things like when you bake with bananas, you want them overripe for the best flavor...they don't look the best at this point but they are tastiest for cooking.

  
  about 8 years ago
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