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A Diet High in Processed Food has Unpleasant Consequences

Monday, March 11th, 2013

In the past 30 years the population as a whole is consuming less whole foods such as: vegetables, fruit, whole grains,fish, dairy products,and lean meats.  Instead they are consuming processed meats, sweetened desserts, refined grains, fried foods and sodas.  People on the whole are eating more unhealthy foods.  Meats, vegetables, and dairy products are being replaced by processed food in the food budget.  Less money is being spent on grocery items and more money is spent at fast food restaurants and take-outs.  Soda drinks, energy drinks and other processed drinks consumption has more than doubled in the last decade.  These drinks and processed foods has caused a dramatic increase in weight gain throughout the country.

The newest research shows the new trend in eating has far-reaching results.  First Americans and Europeans are experiencing the expanding waist-line.  With the weight change comes the diseases associated with weight gain: diabetes and obesity.  One of the most recent research shows approximately 50% decrease daily energy after ingesting processed foods.  This again works with weight gain.  Another study showed how food high in protein caused individuals to feel “full” faster than food containing other ingredients.  Lastly, the study I liked the least was the one that linked high processed food intake to depression.  The more often we eat at a fast food establishment the higher risk we have becoming depressed.  So before you decide on whether you are cooking tonight or doing “fast food”, ask yourself : “Do I want to give my family healthy food or do I want to increase their chances for diabetes, obesity, low energy, and depression.  Your choice!