How Does the Standard American Diet Affect Wellness?

Too Many Processed Foods for Diet

When you were a child, your parents frequently filled the dinner table with calorie, fat, sodium, and sugar-laden foods. You practically cut your teeth on fried chicken drumsticks. Your favorite snacks typically came out of a bag, a can, a box, a carton, or a bottle. Unfortunately, you’ve continued this unhealthy tradition with your own kids. If you can relate to this scenario, you’re not alone. Many Americans consume tons of processed foods lacking valuable nutrients daily. Sadly, the standard American diet affects wellness more than most people realize.

Change in the American Diet

After the Industrial Revolution in America, people’s consumption of processed foods rose steadily. Instead of consuming fiber filled fruits and vegetables, Americans’ diets became increasingly packed with unhealthy:

  • Saturated fats
  • Partially-hydrogenized oils
  • Refined carbohydrates

Consuming mainly processed foods and animal proteins over a long period of time can significantly increase your risk of becoming obese.

Risk Factors Associated with Obesity

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, more than a third of American adults are obese. Obesity is believed to raise your risk for developing a myriad of serious, health conditions including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Colon cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea 

Obviously, the potential effects of a poor diet are alarming.

What You Can Do About It

Thankfully, by fully embracing a healthy, menu plan, you can provide your body with the nutrients necessary to help you: 

  • Perform physically
  • Boost your immune system
  • Fight disease

A healthy, diet plan consists of delicious, real foods including:

  • Lean meats
  • Fish
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Whole grains
  • Low-fat, dairy products

While overhauling your diet might be challenging, it’s certainly not impossible. Ease into a new, diet plan by making small changes slowly. If you need help developing a healthy, menu plan, consider scheduling a free consultation with a representative at a Metabolic Research Center near you. Many consultants at the Metabolic Research Center were initially clients. They understand firsthand how being overweight and frustrated feels. Therefore, they can provide you with the customized education, support, and encouragement you need.


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