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Avoiding the SAD Diet
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.

The rates of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and many other chronic diseases continue to skyrocket, due in large part to the standard American diet (SAD). The obvious solution is not to eat what most Americans are consuming, if you want to be healthy.

The standard American diet is high in refined carbohydrates (a technical term for, basically, sugar), saturated and trans-fatty acids (the types of fats that are linked to disease), and animal protein. Most commercial foods are loaded with artificial sweeteners, dyes, and preservatives. Meals commonly consist of fast food or frozen foods, or they are skipped altogether. Meals do not usually include plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Instead of water, people drink coffee, alcohol, soda, or sweetened fruit juice.

Pesticides, herbicides, and other toxic chemicals are present in the food supply (even in the leading brands of baby food). From childhood through the adult years, people have abandoned their basic instincts to eat nutritious food and have succumbed to television commercials that promote fake foods. For example, the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reported on a study of preschool children, in which researchers found that the most commonly eaten foods were fruit drinks, carbonated beverages, 2% milk, and French fries. Vegetables dominated the lists of children's least favorite foods.

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