The Standard American Diet (appropriately abbreviated SAD) literally makes people sick. In fact, when people from other cultures adopt SAD or a Western diet, they start to experience health issues in just a few short years. Why? Because the SAD is loaded with processed foods made with sugar, artificial ingredients and preservatives, all of which have been linked to cancer, heart disease, obesity, hormone imbalances and other health concerns.
These problems have been on the rise ever since we began moving away from growing our own food, eating what’s in season and carefully preserving what was needed to see us through the winter. Our grandparents’ grandparents preserved food by canning, smoking, drying, salting and pickling. Today? We preserve food with chemicals, and we’re slowly poisoning ourselves as a result.
One study found that nearly 60% of an average American’s daily calories come from “ultra-processed” foods — products that contain flavors, colors, sweeteners and other additives that you wouldn’t use at home. They often contain artificial preservatives, colorants, flavorings and texturants that are designed to trick the brain into craving and eating more of these nutritionally void foods.
Some of the most common chemical preservatives include:
Does this list scare you? If not, it should. Our bodies weren’t designed to eat artificial ingredients and lab-created foods. We were meant to eat real food — the kind without labels at the grocery store. If you do choose to eat lightly processed foods, such as those allowed on the program, read labels carefully. The Complete Patient Guidebook provides clear guidelines on what to eat and what to avoid.
August 6, 2018