Why is the Standard American Diet SAD?


The very acronym of our Standard American Diet describes, in a word, the dreadful state of America's health: SAD.

Despite its moniker, the Standard American Diet, has always seemed to be chasing wellness. This standard proclaims good health, fitness and longevity, yet the new 2016 dietary guidelines continue to advocate for high amounts of animal protein, low amounts of fruits and vegetables and way too many grains and dairy. This comes after a recent study from the University of Southern California that has shown that meat and cheese may be as bad as smoking twenty cigarettes a day. 

Although physicians have been asked to recommend plant-based diets to their patients, studies show processed foods dominate food purchases. How often are we told that consuming these foods is the best way to start our day? Heavily marketed suggestions have many of us convinced we can attain health by eating man-made, fake, nutrient deficient, foods that make us sick, all for the sake of convenience.

Food that is marketed as heathy, on-the-go and convenient is anything but. On-the-go, " fast" meals may consist of: processed or frozen foods cooked or reheated in a microwave, leaving them nutritionally altered, in ready-made plastic BPA containers. What's worse is most of these companies fight to hide what's in their food.

Unbeknownst to most Americans, the mere process of eating on-the-go doesn't allow for digestion, which is the most important aspect of good health. Once we've eaten and we're on the move again digestion stops. That means, the lunch we wolfed down lays in our stomach undigested until we rest long enough to digest it.  The end result is of course indigestion, malabsorption of nutrients, then cravings for more junk food.

According to The American Cancer Society, cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the US, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. Following the suggestions of the 2016 dietary guidelines will remain heavily responsible for this result. Yes, diet is a major factor in what's continuing to make Americans sick and that folks, is what's really SAD. 

Article Updated: January, 2016

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