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SAD: HOW OUR DIET HAS CHANGED IN THE LAST 20 YEARS

THE GOOD

Fat consumption is down

THE BAD
The world is also eating way more meat, cheese, milk, and sugar than we were just two decades ago — and less rice, cereal, and wheat.

Most of that protein is coming from animal sources. Wealthy countries — where people already eat too much protein — account for most of the increase.

THE UGLY

People are eating way less grain.

People are drinking way more alcohol and eating way more sugar.


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SIX SALTY FOODS TO LIMIT (FROM AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION)

STUDY KEY FINDINGS

The American Heart Association has revealed six common foods that are major sources of salt in our diets. US dietary guidelines

advises people to take no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day, while AHA urges an even lower amount, 1,500 milligrams. However, a recent survey from AHA found that most Americans average about 3,400 milligrams each day, mostly from processed and restaurant foods. That could potentially raise blood pressure, thus increasing risk for stroke and heart disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

1. Bread and rolls – One piece of bread can have as much as 230 mg of sodium that adds up quickly if bread consumed at every meal.

2. Old cuts and cured meats – Cured meats have lot of sodium, and a serving of deli or pre-packaged turkey can have as much as 1,050 mg of sodium.

3. Pizza – One slice can have up to 760 mg of sodium.

4. Poultry – Frozen breaded chicken nuggets contain about 600 mg of salt, while even packaged raw chicken often contains added sodium.

5. Soup – A bowl of soup warms contains around 940 mg of sodium.

6. Sandwiches- Combining breads with cured meats and cheeses ups the sodium level in a sandwich, especially if salt-heavy condiments like mustard and ketchup are added.


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WANT TO AVOID 150,000 DEATHS, MINIMIZE THIS ONE INGREDIENT

WANT TO AVOID 150,000 DEATHS, MINIMIZE THIS ONE INGREDIENT

a new Northwestern Medicine study conducted with the Center for Science in the Public Interest found that sodium content of food is as high as ever in selected processed foods and in fast-food restaurants. Over the last 10 years, there has been no voluntary reduction by the food manufacturers.

Excess sodium prematurely kills as many as 150,000 people in the U.S. each year. About 90 percent of the U.S. population develops high blood pressure and high salt in the diet is a major cause. High blood pressure increases the risk of developing heart attacks and strokes, often resulting in death or disability.

AHA recommends salt level for adult of 1500mg per day but Americans eat ~4000mg (>166% more than needed). Where does this salt come from?

The answer: PROCESSED FOOD

What do we mean by processed food?

Another way of looking at this alarming statistics of salt consumption (per CDC)

How much salt is too much for your kid?

“High salt content in food benefits the food industry and it masks the flavor of ingredients that are often not the best quality and also stimulates people to drink more soda and alcohol, which the industry profits from.” Per Stephen Havas, M.D., research professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University.

So what can we do?

Happy snacking.