By Dr. Mercola
In the video above, the late Peter Jennings reports on “how to get fat without really trying.” Indeed, if you eat a standard American diet (SAD), you’re virtually guaranteed to inadvertently pack on extra pounds, even if you think you’re eating healthy.
Presently, a full two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, and childhood obesity has tripled over the past 30 years.
While the American agricultural system may be the envy of many less affluent nations, it also has many unintended consequences, as Jennnings points out. One of them is a food system that promotes cheap food largely devoid of nutrients and chockfull of unhealthy ingredients that has caused obesity rates to skyrocket.
If you’re like most people, you probably do not know that there is NO link between agricultural subsidies and nutrition. This important fact is revealed in Jennings report, and this is a major part of the problem.
Directly related to this issue is the fact that the government’s nutritional guidelines are in large part mirrored by these same agricultural subsidies, rather than being built upon sound nutritional science.
The original food pyramid created and promoted by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), told you that the “base” of your diet should consist of grains, pasta and breads, despite the evidence showing that grains, which break down into sugar in your body, promotes fat accumulation and drives insulin resistance and related diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Read more and view video here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/22/food-pyramid-guide.aspx?e_cid=20130622_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20130622