Why are some many Americans obese or overweight? It seems USA citizens are getting more and more fat. Why is this?
The obsession with weight loss and diets might be because on eating the typical food of a US citizen includes too much fast food, sugar and fats. Hot dogs and hamburgers contribute to weight gain.
The question of the day today is How many vegetables do you eat?
Now, it’s kind of a three fold question because I want to know how often you eat vegetables, you know, whether it’s every meal, once a day, once every few days.
I also want to know what kinds of vegetables you eat and you’ve got to be truthful.
If you consider French fries as one of your vegetable, I want to know that. And then the other thing is I want to know how many vegetables you think you should eat? so pause the video and let me know, and then restart it.
Today we are going to be talking about some crazy statistics about the American diet. It’s really interesting. I think that after this video you’re not going to really have any doubts about why Americans are overweight and have issues with diabetes.
It’s going to be pretty clear because what we’re about to discuss in these statistics show that Americans in our society are doing the exact opposite of what we need to do in our diets to maintain a healthy weight, stay healthy, to live a healthy life.
We’re doing to opposite. It’s very ironic.
Fact number one: fifty two percent of American vegetable consumption consists of iceberg lettuce, some form of potato (French fry, fresh potato or potato chip)and canned tomatoes. Then, of course, our consumption of dark green leafy vegetables and brightly colored yellow vegetables are extremely low.
I just think it’s very interesting that three out of the top five vegetables eaten in the United States out of fifty two percent of the country is a form of potato. Two of those are fried, and then iceberg lettuce is probably the lowest nutrient dense lettuce that is out there, and yet, of course, when you’re at the restaurant and you’re getting a salad from somewhere it’s usually always iceberg lettuce, because it’s cheap, and I can’t really harp on processed tomatoes because I know that antioxidants are more available in processed tomatoes so I’m fine with that, but iceberg lettuce and potatoes?
We can do better than that.
Fact number two: High fat cheese consumption increased seventy six percent in a twenty year period between 1979 and 1999. In general, our fat intake is way too high and the wrong type of fats. Our saturated fat is extremely high and our intake of healthy fat is way too low, so, you know, eating a lot of fast food, eating a lot of restaurant-made foods, cheeseburgers, French fries, fried foods, those kinds of things have so much fat in them. That is where we’re getting a lot of our extra calories which of course is promoting weight gain. I just think it’s really interesting that in a twenty year period, that high fat cheese consumption went up that much.
Fact number three: Americans eat less than half of the recommended servings of fruits every day. The recommended serving is three so the typical American eats less than one and a half servings of fruit every day. Nineteen percent of the fruit consumption in America is in the form of orange juice. Well, I’ve got to tell you guys that orange juice is not really in my opinion, can’t really count as a fruit.
There’s an exception if you’re buying the right kind of orange juice, but typically the kind of orange juice out there has added sugar, it’s from concentrate and there’s no fiber in it, so it’s not the same as if you were eating an actual orange.
The other commonly eaten fruits are watermelon, grapes, bananas, which, those are either high in sugar or they spike up your blood sugar very quickly, so in comparison to other fruits we could be consuming, we’re actually consuming the wrong ones.
Fact number four: Whole grain consumption went up thirteen percent. Well, that good, right guys? Well, Unfortunately, those whole grains were present in cakes, cookies and pies. So, if we’re going to increase our intake of whole grains, it doesn’t help us if we’re adding a whole bunch of sugar to that. Notice they didn’t say that our whole grain consumption went up from whole grain pasta or whole grain bread or oatmeal.
No. Our whole grain consumption increased because we are eating more cakes, cookies and pies.
Fact number five: The average American consumes 156 pounds of sugar every year. That’s equivalent to thirty one five pound bags of sugar for each person. 156 pounds is equivalent to a person. You know, a whole person. So someone around you who weighs about 155 pounds, you basically are eating that much
sugar the whole year, per person. That’s just insane.
Fact number six: Our intake of added fat has increased thirty two percent.
That’s coming from margarine, shortening, oil, lard and butter. Thirty two percent in twenty years.
Fact number seven: Forty percent of Americans skip breakfast. You’ve heard it. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you wake up, you’ve been in a fasting state. And if you start your day and try to get your stuff ready for work, try to get yourself out the door, take your kids to work, whatever the case may be and you skip breakfast, your metabolism stays really low because it’s thinking maybe you’re not going to get anymore food and it needs to preserve you body and your cells and your organs, so you really do need to eat your breakfast if you’re going to maintain a healthy weight and keep your metabolism higher.
Fact number eight: Sugar is the most heavily subsidized crop in US, and that’s equivalent to $500 per acre per year, per crop for sugar cane. So we are basically subsidizing, from our own tax money, products like Coca-Cola and soda drinks and candy and sugar sweetened cereal. All the things that we’re not needing to be eating on a daily basis, we’re saying, “NO! Go ahead! Make it! It’s going to be cheaper because we’re subsidizing it!”
Fact number nine: Americans only make up five percent of the world’s population, yet we consume thirty three percent of the world’s sugar production, which is equivalent to over ten million tons of sugar every year.
Fact number ten: Obesity and diabetes are epidemic in our country, and with hearing all the other facts and statistics that I’ve just mentioned, it’s no wonder why we are having these issues. Our sugar consumption is incredibly high, our fat consumption keeps going up and our consumption of fruits and vegetables is way too low.
It’s really amazing that in spite of these health issues there aren’t more dramatic changes in our diet.
So here are my crazy statistics about the American diet. Of course we didn’t cover everything, but I think this will definitely bring to light some of our own issues in this country.
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