It’s no secret that the Australian diet is out of control. We eat largely over processed foods that provide very little nutrition and tons of calories.
At the same time, the demand for essential nutrients has never been greater: We work more, take prescription medications and eat junk food and refined sugar.
Research points to nutritive deficiency that lies at the root of all our major chronic and degenerative health problems.
To keep up with today’s demands, we must flood our systems with all the key essential nutrients every day.
It is Important to Identify + eliminate or dramatically limit anti-nutrients.
- Junk food
- Soft drinks (carbonated drinks)
- Sugar laden drinks
- Processed food with preservatives and additives
- White flour
- Sugar and artificial sweeteners
- Chemically produced food
The Australian Bureau of Statistics National Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15 found that 63.4% of Australian adults were overweight or obese (11.2 million people).
This is similar to the prevalence of overweight and obesity in 2011-12 (62.8%) and an increase since 1995 (56.3%). http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4364.0.55.001
Daily Intake of Fruit and Vegetables A balanced diet, including sufficient fruit and vegetables, reduces a person’s risk of developing conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. The 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend a minimum number of serves of fruit and vegetables each day, depending on a person’s age and sex, to ensure good nutrition and health. In 2014-15, 49.8% of Australians aged 18 years and over met the guidelines for recommended daily serves of fruit (2 or more serves), while 7.0% met the guidelines for serves of vegetables (5-6 or more serves for men depending on age, and 5 or more for women). Only one in twenty (5.1%) adults met both guidelines. These rates were similar to 2011-12 (48.5%, 6.1% and 4.2% respectively). Women were more likely to meet the guidelines than men. In 2014-15, 55.4% of women met the fruit guidelines and 10.2% met the vegetable guidelines, compared with 44.0% and 3.8% of men. In general, older people were more likely to meet the guidelines than younger people. Of people aged 65-74 years, 8.1% met both the fruit and vegetable intake guidelines, compared with only 3.2% of 18-24 year olds.
A Los Angeles Times survey found that junk food calories comprise 30% of the average person’s diet and people consume 1000% more sugar than our ancestors did.
Further, we are exposed to more toxicity in one day than our grandparents were exposed to in an entire lifetime.
All that anti-nutrient poison requires extra essential nutrient antidotes to counteract the damage.
This all adds up to one thing – Free Radical Damage throughout the body.
I will write more on this topic in my next blog, hope to see you there.
Warm regards, Elinda