Overfed and Undernourished: Nutrient Deficiency in Our Modern Diet

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-07-02 18:50:45 -0500
Started 2013-06-17 09:38:24 -0500

This has been one of my biggest issues with our current food system. Junk is cheap and fills us with empty calories. It's no wonder we are an overweight and diseased culture. This is an interesting look at how our buying trends have changed over the last decade or so and how it affects us. This is a very lengthy article, but filled with information. I was shocked to see the amount of processed food that fills our plates in the "Nutrient Deficiency: Top 20 Sources of Calories in the Average U.S. Diet" portion of the article. That will open your eyes a lot. Take a peek and see how you can improve your diet to help combat your diabetes.

By Mother Earth News

It’s a paradox of modern culture: Though more than a third of us are classified as overweight or obese, and though more than 3,700 calories of food are available daily for every person in the United States, many of us still don’t get enough of some essential nutrients, including potassium, calcium and vitamin D. This paradox, in which we are overfed and undernourished, is sometimes called nutrient deficiency.

In its latest update of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2010), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that our average intake of some of these “nutrients of concern” is so low as to be a widespread public health issue. How is it that we eat so much, yet lack key nutrients?

The answer to that question is complex, encompassing everything from food distribution to the failings of industrial agriculture. One thing is clear: We now eat too much of the wrong kinds of food. We consume too many sugary soft drinks and fat-laden desserts and not enough nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables, beans, and whole grains. As our waistlines expand, diet-related diseases and their associated costs grow along with them. Science has linked nutrient deficiencies to a variety of diseases and unhealthful conditions. For example, a recent study in Australia that compared five types of diets found a direct link between women who preferred nutrient-poor foods and increased osteoporosis and fractures, which indicates calcium deficiencies. Few consume the recommended daily amount of potassium — a nutrient that helps lower blood pressure — and one in three of us suffers from hypertension.

Increasing evidence shows that our consumption of fats, sugars and fluffy white foods contributes to the incidence of degenerative, age-related diseases such as cancer, cognitive decline, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Biochemist Bruce Ames — who has won numerous prestigious awards, including the National Medal of Science — argues that widespread vitamin and mineral deficiencies in modern diets result in chromosomal damage that leads to cancer and accelerated aging.

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4 replies

jigsaw 2013-06-18 07:17:00 -0500 Report

Industry has us trained and dependent on them in such a way that it almost seems impossible to revert back to simpler ways. Too bad we can't eat a plate of greed, and remain healthy.

Caroltoo 2013-06-17 12:11:07 -0500 Report

Excellent article, Gabby. I went to the source and read the next four pages also. Found the list you referred to on page 5 and it was an interesting one. One of the articles makes the point that we are now being trained by the processed food industry to eat sugar and fat…exactly what we diabetics don't need.

The Increase in diagnosed cases of Diabetes does seem to roughly follow the increase in availability of better tasting processed foods. (Better tasting is a comment made with a memory of the original "TV" dinners in mind. They were trendy so we all wanted to try them to be "modern", but tasted like cardboard! Perhaps the sugar and fat is one of the reasons for increased taste in the product and increased use in the general population.)

Laura592013 2013-07-02 18:50:45 -0500 Report

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