Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Check Out How Miserable the US Diet Is

By way of Digg, I found a piece called “Ten Surprising Nutrition Facts,” which is actually pretty surprising. I’m not sure about the site, “DrWeil.com”, but this fella’ Dr. Weil looks like a regular on Oprah, so I’m sure this info is legit (besides, the citations there are pretty thorough).

On the list are some bad surprises and good surprises. But the bad are a lot more fun. For example, we Americans have a diet based on three varieties of plant foods: corn, soy and wheat.

In contrast, Australian “hunter-gatherers” today live on 800 (surprise #1). Variety in diet, of course, is a key to good health.

Not only are we down to three plant foods, many of us can’t seem to get enough junk food. A third of Americans get almost half of their calories from Doritos, Coke, Snickers and other junk food (surprise #2). No wonder Americans are eating 300 more calories per day than they did 20 years ago (surprise #3).

One reason for our terrible diet could be the price of fresh fruits and vegetables. Produce prices are up 40 percent in the last 20 years while soft drink prices have fallen 23 percent (surprise #5).

Another thing, “Vitamin D deficiency is widespread,” according to the piece. Don’t even get me started on that…

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