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One-third of American diet is junk food and soft drinks: we're malnourished and obese at the same time

Wednesday, June 02, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: losing weight, soft drinks, junk food

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An alarming new study published in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis reveals that Americans are getting nearly one-third of their calories from junk foods: soft drinks, sweets, desserts, alcoholic beverages, and salty snacks. It explains why obesity is rampant, diabetes is epidemic, and chronic disease is skyrocketing: we are a nation of people who are simultaneously overfed and malnourished. In other words, we're getting plenty of calories, but very little nutrition.

Shockingly, the average American gets over seven percent of their calories from soft drinks alone -- a situation that most certainly accelerates both obesity and diabetes. As with soft drinks, the other junk foods consumed by Americans are so-called "empty calorie" foods, meaning they're devoid of nutritional value. And yet people keep turning to these foods with alarming frequency because they taste good.

The upshot of all this is something I've been saying for years: our national food supply is the #1 source of chronic disease in the United States. Furthermore, losing weight and preventing disease isn't only about eating less, it's about making different choices in your foods. With the right foods and beverages, you can virtually eat as much as you want. Those foods are, of course, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, quinoa, and similar items -- all in their unprocessed, unrefined form. Because once you start refining and processing foods, you end up with empty calories again.

With this new study, we have yet more evidence of the link between food choice and personal health. The American public is slowly coming to realize that foods are, indeed, linked to disease, and an increasing number of doctors are starting to see the light, too. Heck, even the medical schools might actually start teaching nutrition -- something that should have been the foundation of a medical education but which has been routinely ignored for decades by organized medicine.

This study also reveals the obvious solutions to the national obesity epidemic: ban all junk food advertising. Ban junk food vending machines. Run public education campaigns to teach people how to choose healthy foods and beverages. Require labels on all junk food products to warn consumers about obesity and diabetes. The solutions are simple to see, but politically very difficult to enforce due to food politics and the greed of junk food companies. There's a lot of profit in making people sick, and then there's even more profit in treating them with prescription drugs and surgeries.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is the founding editor of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news website, now reaching 7 million unique readers a month.

In late 2013, Adams launched the Natural News Forensic Food Lab, where he conducts atomic spectroscopy research into food contaminants using high-end ICP-MS instrumentation. With this research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products to low levels by July 1, 2015.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource now featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released ten popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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