Many people contribute poor American diets to the over-consumption of fats, salts and sugars. While this is a contributing factor, Mark Bittman of the New York Times believes there are bigger issues with the way the general public eats. His opinion is that too many Americans eat processed food versus natural or “real” food, which contributes to the nationwide diabetes and obesity problems today.
Bittman and another notable food writer, Michael Pollan, both believe that the unhealthy additives and other processed ingredients in packaged foods are the biggest reasons why Americans have poor diets. The bad thing is that these foods are the most convenient to buy and eat, so they are doing even more harm to the average body. Avoiding the freezer aisles and chips and junk food will go a long way in improving your health.
Possibly the worst thing about processed foods is the claim that they are “fat-free,” “lite” or “healthy.” The reality is that the only thing they do is replace one bad ingredient with one just as bad or worse. Some products that are being sold as healthy alternatives actually have a higher sugar content than the original product. Unfortunately, these unhealthy foods are cheaper than the healthier foods so they are more appealing to families on a budget. Families have to be more conscious about their buying habits to lead healthy lives for themselves and their children.
The bottom line is, if you can’t see it being made, then you can’t really trust it. Eating healthy is a mindset. Once you program your mind to believing that unhealthy foods don’t taste good, then you will be able to make the shift to eating healthy foods. Not only will you be healthier, but you will likely feel better and have a happier life overall.
What do you think?