Beefing up the all-American way
April 3, 2011
In 1961 Americans consumed 2883 calories per person. By 2000 this had increased to 3817. Combine this with a decrease in physical activity and it’s a no-brainer; in the space of 40 years people got fatter. Not only that – they also got sicker.
What foods made up this 935 calorie increase and what effect might those foods have had on overall health?
Are we eating a lot more animal-based protein? Red meat? Or is it the increase of saturated fats that have made us sicker?
We’ve actually been eating more poultry but less red meat, butter, and eggs. Pork consumption is about the same.
So where did all the extra calories come from? Added sugars, vegetable oils, and cereal grains.
We’ve been told to; eat less eggs, eat more margarine – avoid butter, eat less saturated fat, eat less red meat, eat more grains, use more vegetable oils.
The above statistics would indicate – that to some degree – this advice has been taken to heart.
Strange how more of us are obese than ever before and how diabetes and heart disease rates continue to climb.