Saturday, August 06, 2005

Pondering Malnutrition With A Full Plate

It's happened. The Twinkie, the quintessential junk food we all grew up with, has celebrated it's 75th birthday. Did you know, Hostess cranks out 500 million of these hydrogenated-oil-loaded, sugar-and-preservative-laden, cellophane- encased snack cakes each year. Even as we cry about increased health costs and rising chronic disease statistics, Americans spent $47 million on Twinkies last year. I don't even want to think how many millions (billions?) total was spent on all junk foods. What sad statistics those are!

I was in the grocery store the other day. The man in line behind me at the checkout counter was putting his stuff on the counter. I noticed ALL the food he bought was processed. There wasn't a fresh vegetable or fruit in sight! Unfortunately, this is not an unusual occurrence. Look what other people are buying next time you go to the grocery store.

So what have YOU eaten lately?

The advertising companies have done such a "good" job, most of us don't give a second thought to the preservatives, dyes, fake flavors, etc., not to mention the lack of much, if any, nutrition in processed foods. Don't even get me started about artificial sweeteners. Kind of makes me want to gag.

Is there any wonder that we are the "best fed" people in the world and yet we have disease rates that are climbing exponentially by the year?

Do you know in the past 20 years the U.S. has gone from first in the world for life expectancy to 19th in the world for women, and 29th for men (behind Slovenia)?

Perhaps, we need to take our brains back from the advertising agencies and make good, healthful choices in what we eat. Let's treasure health over convenience.

Ya think?

Wishing you wellness and joy,

Pam Murphy,B.S.,RRT

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