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Good Resolutions: Cut Down on Salt, Sugar, Fat & Additives

posted by Dr Ad Versery and Frank Butterman Food Inspector @ 16:58 PM
January 10, 2014

What-is-Xanthan-Gum-Final-Good    Surely high on New Years Resolution Lists is the promise to lose weight. Along with eating less should be determination to eat better. Since the last half of the 20th century, U.S. food manufacturers have played havoc on the tastes of American food habits, and have often  produced less than healthy foods.

In his book, ‘Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us,’ Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Moss points out that the rise of obesity in the U.S. caused the heads of the largest processed food corporations in the world to meet secretly in Minneapolis in 1999.  They sat in fear of too many news stories blaming their salt, sugar and fat products for the new health hazards of overweight.

By the meeting’s end––despite proof that their products helped to make America fat––they decided to do nothing to change their ways, so that today, the average citizen eats each year: over 30 pounds of cheese, 70 pounds of sugar, 3,102,500 milligrams of salt––all from processed foods.

Moss discusses such new fads as ‘fat-free,’ ‘low-salt,’ and ‘no additives’ may have been enough to satisfy less than watchful federal and state ‘health’ agencies, but were nothing but promise-breaking fads.

Health-Day reporter, Steven Reinberg somewhat redeems federal agencies with his article, ‘Americans Still Eat Too Much Salt’: “ Americans’ love of salt has continued unabated in the 21st century, putting people at risk for high blood pressure, the leading cause of heart attack and stroke,” U.S. health officials say.

Dr. Niu Tian from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Reinberg:  “Salt intake in the U.S. has Americas-Favorite-Food-Additiveschanged very little in the last decade.” Thus,   Reinberg asserts, “In 2010, more than 90 percent of U.S. teenagers and adults consumed more than the recommended levels of salt,” the same as in 2003.

As in the past, food manufacturers have done little to change salt intakes. Reinberg reveals:  “Unfortunately, the food industry has failed to significantly bring down sodium levels despite 40 years of governmental admonitions.”

Also, Ronna Syed and Allya Davidson write in ‘The Secrets of Sugar’ that the average family of four eats 95 teaspoons of sugar a day––most of that sugar is hidden within processed foods, such as breakfast cereals, canned soups, yogurts, microwave dinners, etc.––all because food industries calculates ‘bliss points,‘ that is, they calculate the exact level in which ‘pumped up‘ foods are most desirable.

Thus, the two further posit:  “Emerging science is connecting the high consumption of sugar in North American diets with the rapid spread of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.” Further, they interviewed scientists who conclude that sugar is much more dangerous than fats.

Moreover, in ‘Chemical Cuisine,’ scientists from the Center For Science in the Public Interest avow that such additives as food dyes, aspartame, caffeine, high-fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oil (or trans fat), olestra, etc. also cause harm to otherwise healthy everyday diets.

So in this New Year, let’s resolve to eat the type of natural healthy food that God gives us.  As 2 Corinthians 9: 10 in used Christian Bibles promises:  “Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness . . .”  So eat healthy!

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