Fat And Sick On The American Standard Diet?
All these diseases can be traced to a dysfunction of the metabolism. What does it mean? This means that people eat the wrong things. Just a couple of generations ago, most of the food available was new and grown locally. Today, most foods are highly processed and packed with harmful chemicals. Only look at the typical home, class, and restaurant food served. Let's face that. It's not healthy most of the food we eat.
So why do you blame the American Standard Diet? To put it simply, all the latest obesity research shows that diet is a very important component. When people abandon their traditional cultural foods–foods that their cultures have been eating for thousands of years–in favor of modern processed foods (high in sugar, refined flour, and vegetable oils), these people become fatter and sicker. For example, heart disease used to be non-existentamong native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, but is one of the leading causes of death today. A poor diet (i.e., the standard American diet) is the leading effect on the prevalence of heart disease of all the lifestyle changes they've made.
Chronic diet-related diseases are the single largest cause of death in the United States (and most Western countries). In contemporary Western societies, these diseases are widespread (affecting 50 percent or more of the adult population), yet they are rare in less Westernized communities.
Now, I don't recommend that you leave the modern society and live a lifestyle of hunter-gatherers. Far beyond that. But if you want to lose weight and be healthier, it would certainly be a step in the right direction to avoid the modern diet and eat more of a "caveman diet" or a Paleo diet.
Studies of traditional culture are just one way to prove the dangers of the standard American diet. You can also look at correlations between modern diet factors and disease rates. This, of course, raises the question. What's the American diet standard?
While the Standard American Diet is not a stone-set food menu, it has some characteristics that distinguish it from other diets. Food tends to be high in sugar, salt, and vegetable oils, and lower in fat. The Standard American Diet, as you might expect, is not good for your health. But that's just part of the story.