The US Compared To Other Countries When It Comes To Food

Such a great article I came across on Buzzfeed comparing what we eat here in the United States that are BANNED from other countries. Definitely worth your time reading and definitely an eye opener!
The 8 foods mentioned here are:

  • Artificial food dyes –  have been linked to brain cancer, nerve-cell deterioration, and hyperactivity in children.
  • Olestra – robs your body of its ability to absorb vitamins
  • Brominated vegetable oil – BVO is linked to major organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia, and hearing loss.
  • Potassium bromate – linked to kidney damage, cancer, and nervous system damage.
  • Azodicarbonamide – known to induce asthma.
  • BHA and BHT –known to cause cancer in rats.
  • Synthetic growth hormones rBGH and rBST – potentially causing infertility, weakened muscle growth, and a whole array of cancers.
  • Arsenic – Used in some chicken feed to make meat appear pinker and fresher, arsenic is poison, which will kill you if you ingest enough.

 

Check it out here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyperez/8-foods-we-eat-in-the-us-that-are-banned-in-other-countries

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

EVERYBODY KNOWS SOMEBODY. It’s estimated that we see 3,000 advertisements each day, often messages that result in women and men hating their bodies.

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Twenty million women and 10 million men suffer from a diagnosed eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating or another non-specified eating problem, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. If left untreated, they can lead to other serious health problems affecting the heart or digestive organs.

Americans afflicted with eating disorders outnumber those with Alzheimer’s disease almost six to one, but National Institutes of Health funding for Alzheimer’s averages way over the amount that is spent to research eating disorders.

98% of American women are not as thin as fashion models. The average American woman is 5’4″ and weighs 165 pounds. The average miss America winner is 5’7″ and weighs 121 pounds. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

33% of adolescent males use unhealthy weight control behaviors. Up to 43% of men are dissatisfied with their bodies. The muscularity of an ideal male in the media has increased from  the 1970’s to the 1990’s presenting a largely unattainable muscular body type. Males are less likely to get help because they are embarrassed.

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For more information: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/50951213#.US1lmjdc-So

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Get up and start moving!

“Spending too many hours sitting at work, commuting or relaxing on the couch can wreak as much hazard on your health as being overweight or even smoking, according to a new study published in the journal The Lancet.”

“More people may die from inactivity than from tobacco use, inactivity is rapidly becoming a major public health concern. Worldwide, it is estimated that inactivity is the cause for 6 percent of coronary heart disease cases, 7 percent of type 2 diabetes, 10 percent of breast cancer and 10 percent of colon cancer.

An activity level is the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which call for a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise such as brisk walking, or 75 minutes of a more vigorous regimen each week.

Exercise and healthy eating make us feel better, give us more energy, help us control our weight, protect us from illness, and may let us live longer and stay fit at old age.

For more information: http://www.blscourierherald.com/lifestyle/163355286.html

By TIMI GUSTAFSON