Get Off Junk Food

I’m just going to come out and say it: The truth is, many of us get too many calories and not enough nutrients from fast food, candy, prepackaged goods, and sodas. Even if you’re not overweight, don’t be too quick to write off your junk-food habit as acceptable. Outwardly thin people aren’t necessarily healthy, as it’s possible to be skinny and in poor metabolic health, thanks to bad nutrition and lack of exercise.

Many of us feel compelled to eat junk food (after all, it can taste so good), but is a diet high in fat, sugar, and salt worth the trade-off of the elevated risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancers? Kicking the junk-food habit — coupled with regular, heart-pumping exercise — will tip the scales of healthy living in your favor.

Don’t know where to start? These simple guidelines will help you get over the hump in no time:

Good: Empower Yourself

Knowledge is power — and in the case of junk food, it can also be downright scary. While grocery aisles may seem fairly benign, they’re actually packed with misinformation and techniques employed by manufacturers to lure consumers into making unhealthy purchases. “They are doing everything they can to get you to make a spontaneous decision,” explains Michael Moss, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times and author of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. “Typically, in the middle part of the aisle on eye level is where they put the most alluring foods,” Moss says, of items like high-sugar cereals and salt-laden chips. The healthier alternatives, such as whole-grain cereal, are often located near your ankles or way up high. Another issue? Many consumers take it for granted that labels and packaging tell the whole truth when in reality, misleading nutritional claims (think: “low-fat,” “all-natural,” “added calcium”) are often made. “This is where they’re going after you to distract you [with] positive messages, in hopes that you’re not going to turn the package over and look at the fine print,” says Moss. And we’re not just talking about cookies and candy here, either: “Wholesome” items like bread and pasta sauces are frequently infused with a ton of added sugar. So do your homework and be a discerning shopper. You might (read: likely will) be shocked by what you find.

“Typically, in the middle part of the aisle on eye level is where they put the most alluring foods,” Moss says, of items like high-sugar cereals and salt-laden chips. The healthier alternatives, such as whole-grain cereal, are often located near your ankles or way up high. Another issue? Many consumers take it for granted that labels and packaging tell the whole truth when in reality, misleading nutritional claims (think: “low-fat,” “all-natural,” “added calcium”) are often made. “This is where they’re going after you to distract you [with] positive messages, in hopes that you’re not going to turn the package over and look at the fine print,” says Moss. And we’re not just talking about cookies and candy here, either: “Wholesome” items like bread and pasta sauces are frequently infused with a ton of added sugar. So do your homework and be a discerning shopper. You might (read: likely will) be shocked by what you find.

I get emails every week from readers wanting to know why stores are trying to get the consumer to buy processed foods if it not good for us? It’s all about money. If you go back 50 years or more, stores sold the basics like dairy, produce, and seafood, poultry, and meat. And from what I remember, we had to buy groceries from several different stores. Produce and eggs were sold at produce stands. Bread, cakes, rolls were sold in a bakery. Seafood was sold in another store. Poultry and meat was sold in a butcher shop. Grocery stores had the basics like can goods, tea, coffee etc. A pharmacy sold prescriptions and over the counter drugs and some had a lunch counter or soda fountain.

I lived in Chicago at that time and I remember when the first supermarkets came to Chicago. It was the late 1950’s when I saw the first modern supermarket that sold everything that you can find in our modern stores today. You could buy all the groceries you needed under one roof.

The grocery business turned into a “cash cow”. You didn’t see a lot of processed or manufactured foods in those days. Yes, we did had TV Dinners and some other frozen foods, but all that part of the food business was just up-and-coming. Supermarkets had made a big impact on the grocery business, the small stores were closing up. Manufacturers want a piece of all that money. They knew that grocery stores worked on a very slim margin and if they could give them a product with a high-profit margin they could get their foot in the door.

That’s how manufacturers started in the food business. It started with snack foods and graduated into prepared foods like frozen pizza etc. The stores could make big money selling manufactured foods and soon the shelves were loaded with processed or manufactured foods. Buy the 1990’s it would be hard to find real food in the stores after you left the produce section. Yes, they still sell dairy products but have you seen all the other products competing for the same space? Did you notice that most of the cheese today is processed and not real cheese?

Be careful what you’re eating. Just because it doesn’t kill you doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

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I'M RETIRE, I'VE TRAVELED TO MORE THEN TWO DOZEN COUNTRIES, SOME AS MANY AS 5 TIMES. I LOVE TO WRITE BUT EVEN MORE, I'M SOMEONE WHO HAS ALWAYS WORKED OUT. I HAVE DONE ENDLESS RESEARCH ON THE SUBJECT OF FITNESS. SO WHEN I DECIDED TO WRITE A BLOG IT WAS ONLY NATURE THAT I WRITE ABOUT MY FAVORITE SUBJECT.
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