And according to this NPR blog post, the typical American diet Southern-style is even worse.
I’ve done a great deal of reading, listening, and watching on the subject of health and nutrition, and to the best of my knowledge, many reliable sources would agree on these basic points:
- The diet most of us grew up on got us addicted to salt, sugar and fat.
- Most mass-produced processed foods are, to put it bluntly, succulent crap that fuels our addiction to salt, sugar and fat.
- Eating cows, pigs, and birds is, all things considered, bad for you, the animals, and the planet.
- Restaurants are like the opposite of fitness centers – they’re more like fatness centers. And if you think getting oatmeal at McDonald’s is a good choice, read this horror story about how the food industry turns good, wholesome oatmeal into something truly terrible.
Here’s the scientific solution to being healthy, happy, and aging better: Eat mostly fresh greens, fruits, beans, and grains. Make water your drink of choice. Walk a lot. Get a good night’s sleep every night. And smile – there’s clinical evidence that the physical act of smiling enhances your mood.