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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Breaking the Myth Behind the Standard American Diet aka S.A.D

The mainstream notion of the "Standard American Diet" is an ideal that is so familiar it is instinctive to every American. Graphical representations of the diet we are instructed by doctors to abide by are embedded in the psyche of our children, as it is taught in their elementary school curriculum, and popularized by mainstream consumerism. This "guiding light" of nutrition, is something that needs to be challenged and reconstructed; we need to be fully knowledgeable of what we are putting in our bodies instead of just following standards blindly.

      The Standard American Diet aka S.A.D. has prevailing characteristics that need to be addressed concerning the amounts of nutrition in what we are being told to put in our bodies. Flour that is white and processed, pasta, rice, and bread are all foods that are bleached with chemicals that move from the supermarket shelves, to our bodies. These chemicals are toxins that should not be taken lightly, and are detrimental to our health. The digestion of these elements elevates triglyceride levels, and causes our pancreas to work over-time, struggling to produce insulin that it doesn’t have the energy to create.

Consumers are often unaware of the lack of sanitary conditions, and the inhumane treatment of animal products. Feces, urine, antibiotics, hormones, and chemicals pollute many of the conventional meats we consume. As far as dairy is concerned, the public probably isn’t immediately aware that artificial hormones are given to our dairy cows. The consumption of these hormones are linked to studies revealing negative health consequences such as cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, cancer, respiratory illnesses.

The seasoning and sweetening of food should also be considered, and broken down. White processed sugar creates a foundation of acidity in our bodies. This acidity demolishes cells that are essential in the healing of nerve damage, and our brain function. Consuming excessive levels of table salt is linked to diseases such as diabetes, cataracts, kidney stones, and osteoporosis.

We as consumers need to evaluate the reasons behind why we eat food. The nourishment of our bodies should be our highest priority, as opposed to eating food simply from a pleasure point of view. People owe it to themselves to re-evaluate food groups that we mentally ascribe our bodies to. Everyone has the right to understand the components that we digest so that we could fully prepare ourselves for optimal health, and stay away from digesting toxins.

“People are fed by the food industry that pays no attention to health,
and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.”
~Wendell Berry

The following is a list of toxins that consumers should be on the lookout if they value their health and well-being:

1.    High fructose corn syrup
2.    Hydrogenated oils
3.    Monosodium Glutamate Abbreviated: MSG
4.    Synthetic food dyes (BHA, BHT, Red #40, Blue #2, Yellow #5 & 6)
5.    Hydrolyzed vegetable Protein
6.    Trans-fat
7.    Aspartame
8.    Caffeine
9.    Sulfites
10. Potassium Bromate

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For more information or private consultation with health and nutrition advice contact:

T.J Brown
Sickle Cell Natural Wellness Group Inc.
561 929 4454