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What’s wrong with the American diet? Most of it, according to a new study.
More specifically, 58% of calories comes from “ultraprocessed” foods that are often stuffed full of added sugars and other bad carbs.
The most popular ultraprocessed foods were breads, cakes, cookies, pies and salty snacks.
The picture above is said to have been taken the other week at Walmart somewhere in the U.S. after the Valentine’s candy went on clearance. Sad.
What the customers are riding? Motorized shopping carts. As the obesity epidemic continues to get worse this could be a fairly common view in the not-so-distant future.
Unfortunately I can only agree with this.
It’s a smart combo. The candystore makes people need to go to the gym to shed unwanted pounds. And the gym makes people hungrier. Win-win. Except for the customers.
Now I’m back in Sweden again, with good access to the internet, after three weeks of travelling in America. Thus there’ll be more regular updates again.
Here’s a quick example of how bad low-fat products can be for your health. It’s nothing new, but even worse than what I’ve seen back home.
Here’s yogurt served at breakfast on the cruise last week. Notice that all of them except the plain one have the words “low fat” on the top. It sounds healthy – but it’s not. Have a look:
The low-fat yogurt contains almost no fat. Instead it’s filled with sugar and modified starch, rapidly absorbed bad carbs. And not a little: 22 grams per 113 gram serving.
About 70 percent of the energy in the yogurt is pure sugar. And it’s very noticable: it tastes like eating candy for breakfast.
The reality is that the manufacturers have removed 2 grams of fat from the container of yogurt. Then they’ve added about 15 grams of sugar, seven times more, and they sell it implying that it’s healthy for you.
Is anyone surprised that there are three times more obese Americans today, compared to when the fear of fat took hold back in the 1980’s?
Do you trust what dietitians say in the media? Perhaps you shouldn’t. At least in the US the dietitian could have been educated by The Coca Cola Company.
I recommend reading this new report on the “unspeakably cozy relationship” between America’s largest association of nutrition professionals (AND) and Big Food. In short: AND have totally sold out to Coca Cola, Pepsico as well as candy manufacturers (like Mars foods). In return for money and influence Big Food is allowed to, for example, produce educational material and accredited education for the dietitians of America.
So when your dietitian says that it’s all about eating a balanced diet (including soda and candy) and exercising more, that could be arguments taught to him or her by Pepsico.
Here’s another scary scene from the recent cruise. Most Americans could probably handle one or two small pieces of dark (70%+) chocolate with their coffee. But they are habituated to heavier drugs than that.
This long line is headed for the free “chocolate extravaganza”. What do you think is found at the end of the line? Continue Reading →
This is just insane. How about a Pepsi-organized day when kids can drink massive amounts of sugar sweetened beverages (32 oz. mugs! unlimited refills!) with ice cream on top… and the proceeds goes to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!?
Only in America, the land of
the free obesity and diabetes.
What do you think?
Is there any hope for the health and weight of the kids in America today? No. Not the way things are going right now. A change is badly needed. To get that more people need to react like Glenn Pendlay did in this viral blog post: