Think you understand healthy eating? Here’s why you might be wrong | World Economic Forum

Fresh vegetables are important components of a...

Fresh vegetables are important components of a healthy diet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Top of a Coca-Cola can.

English: Top of a Coca-Cola can. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

National Agency for Food and Drug Administrati...

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a recommended read from WEF, citing latest research in the US. The US Food and Drug administration surveyed hundreds of people on the health values of 52 different foods. Open the link and see what they found.

Source: Think you understand healthy eating? Here’s why you might be wrong | World Economic Forum

The article is helpful at a superficial level but deceptive because it masks important variables.

If you’re a twenty year old marine who typically burns thousands of calories before breakfast with an exceptionally energetic life style, you can afford to indulge more easily with the less healthy list.

But if you’re a typical overweight American, complaining about walking a few yards to the supermarket, the implications are completely different. Then factor in too much alcohol, poor health, medication, a diet rich in processed food, regular consumption of junk-food – by now the alarm bells should be ringing. Matters are especially bad for poor Americans, who claim that fresh fruit and vegetables is too expensive for them. Context really matters too – poorer Americans are blitzed with highly addictive junk-food outlets on every corner.

So to really understood whether a diet is healthy or unhealthy, it must be considered against:

A healthy diet right for you can probably add ten to twenty years to your life.

Thoughts?

 

 

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