Why so much hype about the Healthy Diet? Food is something everyone needs, every day. You all know that what you eat is your own choice. You read all the books; buy all the right vitamins; you know the buzzwords to look for on food labels. You choose the types of foods that supposedly improve your health and avoid the foods that raise your risk illnesses.By all standards, you're certain your health report card should be filled with straight A's. But before you start pasting gold stars onto your refrigerator door, take heed: Nutrition experts say most of us think we are eating a lot better than we actually are.
It is easy to buy into some pretty popular nutrition misconceptions. We are bombarded with hyped up diet plans, massive ad campaigns launched by industries where making money is the only motive. There are even strong lobbies influencing legislature protecting businesses at the cost of our wellness. All these marketing efforts, myths and half-truths, ultimately find us making far fewer healthy choices than we realize.
In the US, unhealthy diet is cited as the second biggest killer after smoking. The health care cost for those of us who are alive is the highest in the world and keeps rising. In an age of convenience, people in the West are eating more processed andfast food than ever, and 60% of the population is considered obese.
We know, what we eat, how it is produced and who controls it, as well as the way it is processed and marketed can have a big impact on our health. Healthy eating is not about strict nutrition philosophies, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible – all which can be achieved by following a common sense approach - adopting a natural plant based diet that is free of additives and preservatives.