Toxic Food Choices Make You Fat
Currently, two-thirds of American adults are overweight and one-third obese, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means that 58 Million are overweight; 40 Million obese; 3 Million morbidly obese; and all are at serious risk for almost all chronic disease.
So why is everyone getting so fat?
There are several identifying factors behind the recent surge of obesity, but one of the major contributors is toxic food choices. Diet induced diseases, including obesity, account for the largest burden of chronic illnesses and health problems worldwide. The current Western diet, characterized by foods that are highly processed, deficient in nutrient quality, and high in energy density, has Americans fat and sick as ever. More Americans each day are forsaking healthy home-cooked meals, and are gorging on calorie-rich, nutrient-poor snacks, sodas and sweets when the dinner bell rings. In fact, 90% of the money Americans spend on foods goes towards processed foods!
So what’s the big deal?
Very simply, your body is unable to express optimal health when fed unnatural foods. Your body knows exactly what to do with an apple, but it has no clue what to do with a twinkie.
Toxic convenience foods of today– sugar and white flour products with hydrogenated vegetable oils— are key factors in the alarming rate of chronic degenerative diseases, learning disabilities, and dental disease. These denatured, processed foods do not provide enough nutrients to allow anyone’s body, especially children, to reach their full potential of health, nor the proper functioning of the immune, nervous, skeletal, digestive, or reproductive systems.
At the heart of the problem: Sugar. Refined sugars, or simple carbohydrates, provide no nutritional value to your body other than to offer calories. When we consume processed carbohydrate like white flour and sugar it’s absorbed rapidly into your system and needs relatively no digestion time. So, your blood and cells get flooded with sugar and the result is a physical disaster. The sugar surge replaces and uses up important vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. It quadruples adrenaline output, inhibits immune functioning, lowers metabolism, raises cholesterol and increases triglycerides. Can you say hello diabetes, stress, sickness, weight gain, and heart disease??
According to the USDA, people consuming 2,000 calories a day should eat no more than about 10 teaspoons of added sugar (I would say NO teaspoons). USDA surveys show that the average American is consuming about 20 teaspoons of sugar per day. Say wow.
Holy Crap! So, what are some characteristics of non-toxic foods?
- Been around for thousands of years and eaten by your ancestors
- Grown from the ground or tree
- Animals that graze freely
- Variable quality
- Spoils quickly
- Requires preparation
- Vibrant colors, rich textures
- Authentically flavorful
- Strong connection to land and culture
What are some characteristics of toxic foods?
- Produced, manufactured and likely only been around for a short time
- Made in a laboratory or factory
- Animals raised in captivity and fed unnaturally
- Always the same
- Keeps forever (remember the bionic hamburger?)
- Ready for instant consumption
- Dull, bland
- Artificially flavorful
- No connection to land or culture
When you’re at the Grocery Store, keep this in mind:
- If it didn’t exist when hunter-gatherers were around it’s probably not food.
- If it’s wrapped in layers of plastic, cardboard and foil, it’s probably not food.
- If it requires heavy advertising to sell it, it’s probably not food.
Be sure to check out the The Bonfire Top 10 Never Eat Foods list.
Remember, addition is the first step towards making lasting change. So find some foods that fit the non-toxic criteria and give your body what it needs to be healthy, age gracefully, and feel great. Every choice, everyday.
Your health coach,
Dr. Ryan Hewitt