Is A Junk Food Diet Killing America?

jamieoliverPerry Asks

So what do you think of this English guy Jamie Oliver who claims our diet of junk food is killing America and is on a mission to change our eating habits? And how does ALL ONE fit in?

The Vitamin Professor Responds

I love his energy and everything he is attempting to do.  I saw his presentation at the TED conference and think he is right on.

How does ALL ONE fit into all this?  ALL ONE is the perfect nutritional supplement.  A holistic antidote to the rampant obesity and frightening array of diseases resulting from diets that do not meet the bodies exacting requirements.  Food manufacturers have been dragged kicking and screaming to this debate and are evolving ever-so-slowly when it comes to modifying their products and the misleading way they are marketed.  A root cause of America’s collective state of obesity and poor diet is the food we eat contains tons of empty calories, plenty of preservatives but little in the way of the critical vitamins, nutrients, amino acids, and healthy protein the body requires for survival.

Are We Junk Food Junkies?

Scripps Institute in Florida recently released a study that basically shows that junk food is as addictive as drugs.  When rats were fed a continual diet of junk food they would eat it until there was no more.  They became obese and ill as well.  Even more scary when the junk food was removed and the rats were offered nutritious food they chose to STARVE rather than eat the good food.  This study was so shocking even CBS’s Katey Couric was stunned.

The “food” we are eating these days (I use quotation marks around the word food intentionally) is not really food.  Real food contains vitamins minerals, amino acids … you know … nutrition. The pre-made, processed, packaged “foods” most people eat these days contain very little in the way of vitamins minerals, amino acids.  What they do contain are colorings, dyes, preservatives, chemical flavorings and hollow calories.

Back in the early 70′s food additives were mostly limited to salt, sugar and a little MSG.  These days, foods are loaded with materials that if revealed on the label would scare the average human half to death.

Any Milk In This Milk Shake?

Here is an example of what I am talking about.  This is the breakdown of the chemicals used in a Burger King-style strawberry milk shake published in the book, “Fast Food Nation:”   Amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl acetate, ethyl amyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyphenyl-2-butanone (10 percent solution in alcohol), a-ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, g-undecalactone, vanillin, and solvent.”

Keep in mind that the above list appears on the package simply as: “natural flavors.”

ALL ONE Provides REAL Nutrition

While I am a giant supporter of Jamie Oliver’s educational push to redirect the eating patterns of the American consumer, it is a big ship to turn around.  Until then, ALL ONE can go a long way to providing the nutrition we all need as well as the nutrients that will help cut the “cravings” for junk food.

So, next time someone says: “I don’t need supplements, I get my vitamins from the foods I eat.”  Gently remind them that they are not always eating “food.”  They are eating hollow calories that has been flavored to taste like food.

The answer is simple.  Feed the body what it needs most:  A simple, once-a-day nutrient can create a foundation of good health and strong immune systems.  Young or old, vegan or carnivore, fast food junky or health nut, we all need a viable solution to this existential problem, one that fits easily in our busy lives.  Our bodies need – demand – pure, healthy nutrition to thrive.

A diet of processed, fast and junk foods does the body lots of harm without satisfying key requirements we all need to live robust, long lives.  All the expensive marketing and seductive packaging of the lousy food we consume does nothing to build and sustain real health and wellness.  We are living in a time where attention spans are measured in nanoseconds and the sacred act of feeding ourselves is often relegated to eating fast, processed, empty foods, substances that are targeted for our brains’ momentary pleasure centers but at the end of the day leave us sluggish, undernourished and rotund.

All the best,

Doug Ingoldsby
aka “The Vitamin Professor”

PS. Listen also to my recent interview on the Mark and Brian nationally syndicated radio show.

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