Before I start this open letter, let me say that personally, I love Americans! An American was my best man at the wedding and I have many friends that come from the Land of the free. I love the music, literature, movies. In fact, all the great things that American popular culture gave us. That being said, when it comes to health and eating habits, I cannot stay silent anymore!
Dear Americans, you are killing yourselves, as much as you are killing the rest of the world with your food and sugar industry! Not only that, you are setting an example and keeping insisting on unhealthy habits. For you, everything is about the enhanced flavour. A large number of your population is struggling with some sort of diet-related condition, and still, you keep insisting on enhanced taste.
Let me tell you something about the taste
You don’t have the buds for it! I don’t mean taste in general, but the flavour of wholesome food. You lost it with decades of sugar, high-fructose cont syrup, monosodium glutamate. How about artificial sweeteners, colouring, additives and all sorts of stabilisers, emulsifiers and added aromas… Your preference to buy everything industrial, processed, semi-processed lead you to where you are today. I am constantly repeating to any American I meet – anything with a barcode requires triple effort in reading the labels.
Things are changing, but…
I know that many of you have awoken and keep achieving great results while struggling to find organic, grass-fed and biological ingredients. And then again, these things are way too expensive in your country. I had Americans complain that they cannot afford grass-fed products. I come from Greece (remember our economic crisis?) where the average family can afford grass-fed meat or fresh fish from the sea. How’s this possible?
The rest of the world is following
From one side we have our youth that likes to follow your trends. You are their role models. They would rather go to famous franchised American fast-food and eat those plastic-fantastic burgers, nuggets, breaded chicken, fries, sweets… Followed by loads of that poisonous brown soda. And when you come to your European vacations, you eat our “exotic” food. Then suddenly you report how you lost some pounds while on your Eurotrip. I wonder why?
What’s going on over the pond?
Even though many Americans are changing their habits and choosing organic food and other wholesomer options, the American diet, in overall, stays very unsanitary. Obesity and health difficulties such as diabetes are approaching pandemic dimensions. Why do Americans continue making bad options when it comes to food?
Lack of information? No way! In today’s Internet-oriented world, that’s not an excuse! While some people still remain largely ignorant when it comes to the dangers of GMO, most people keep choosing industrial, overprocessed, fast ready-meals and cheap empty calory foods.
Some say that it’s a matter of finance
The organic section of American supermarkets is the place for the rich. This could be part of the problem, but I am not Yanis Varoufakis, and I am not planning to talk about economics or politics. Some reputed sources have revealed that the average amount of money that typical American spends on eating is adequate for a healthy diet. Organic produce could be grown at home inexpensively, even on your balcony.
When I confront my American friends about it, they say – “Americans are too occupied with work to make a healthy meal at home. We just take prepackaged meals instead!”. While that might be true for some people, it doesn’t explain the tendency to overload themselves with carbs.
Addiction to enhanced taste
Sometimes it’s an issue of flavour. Americans cannot eat anything that doesn’t taste too sweet or too savoury. People favour the flavour of potato chips! They just don’t like salads or omelettes. There are countless delicious alternatives out there that do not put your health in jeopardy.
Obvious and naive
The tasty and flavour enhanced food in the States is highly addictive from an objective viewpoint. In particular, many studies have shown that rodents become addicted to junk food diet. They even rather starve than eat healthy versions after they get used to junk-food. I am not saying that we are rodents, but we seem to have the same addiction!
Masterminded to make people desire more
This is closely related to overeating and eating too often. I don’t know who came up with the word snacking in the first place? Ah, yes, our European friends – the Dutch. This gave me the idea to write another article. Why would you need snacking between good, nutrient-rich main meals? Why would you be hungry? Food industry hires crews of chemists and other scientists to get the ratio of sugar, salt and fat just right to keep people craving for more.
Over-processed industrial food in America contains a lot of sugar, even the savoury versions. Americans consume 152 pounds of white poison per year. Now, we know that sugar is almost ten times more addictive than cocaine…
I don’t want to sound negative
There are some great examples of people that are trying to teach and preach. I am not only talking about athletes and fitness oriented internet celebrities, but also some serious scientist, nutritionists and doctors. You have so many great gurus that put some serious scientific work out there. By learning, changing and staying open, you will most probably change the trend, and what’s most important – teach the new generations!
Here’s a list of TOP American KETO promoters that use some serious science to teach and heal Americans, and the world in general:
No#1 – Greekgoesketo.com (ok, just joking…)
Here we go:
- Dr Ken Berry
- Dominic D`Agostino, PhD.
- Dr Benjamin Bikman
- Dr Eric Berg
- Dr Jason Fung, Canadian Nephrologist
- Thomas DeLaurer
- Dr Richard D. Feinman
And here is the link to worlds most resourceful website on Low-Carb science, whose founder, the Viking of Low-Carb movement, Dr Andreas Eenfeldt started the revolution in Sweden and then worldwide – www.dietdoctor.com.