The SAD diet is really quite sad.
It is the main cause of these terrible statistics for the U.S.:
- > ⅓ of Americans are obese.
- Heart disease is the #1 killer of adults.
- Diabetes is rapidly rising, and could reach 1 in 3 by 2050.
- More than 1.5 million NEW cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2014.
You have a much better chance of being diagnosed (& dying of) one of these diseases than winning the lottery.
So what is the SAD diet? It stands for Standard American Diet. It is what most Americans eat. It is what I ate most of my life. It is meat, eggs, dairy, refined carbs, and maybe just a hint of a vegetable or fruit. This is absolutely a disease causing diet.
First of all, is this our fault? Not at all. We are bombarded with media and advertisements that tell us fast food is delicious and our bones need milk (not true – see calcium and milk debate). The meat, egg and dairy industries have financial and political ties to government boards that determine our nutrition guidelines.
Talk about biased information!
The reality is that the SAD diet and more specifically, animal products are full of cholesterol, saturated fat, and plenty of calories. We all know that sugary, salty junk foods are bad for us but did you know that animal products also wreak havoc on our bodies? For example casein, a milk protein, has been shown to control the growth of cancer. More casein = more cancer!
So how do we eat? Should we just cut out the animal products? Well, yes and no. Yes, we absolutely do not need to eat animal products to be healthy but no, for most people simply cutting them out won’t be enough. The SAD diet minus animal products means french fries, white bread, junk food, etc. We need a whole shift in our habits. Our plate should be a colorful and nourishing array of veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes and grains.
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” —Albert Einstein.
see also – calcium and milk debate, casein, veganism and SAD, pcrm plate