Technology has changed the way we live, and definitely the way we eat. But while technology and research helped us broaden our knowledge about food, fitness, and health, it is also the main contributor to our healthy diet’s downfall.
Many may argue that technology gave us convenience, and helped enhance our foods in ways beyond imagination. But what not everyone knows is how it is slowly killing us with diseases such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
But what exactly is wrong with the way we eat today? Find out below!
Too Much Commercial Feed Lot Beef
Grass-fed beef is a great source of nutrients such as protein, B vitamins, iron, zinc, magnesium, and Omega-3 EFA’s (essential fatty acids) which are anti-inflammatory in the body, a valuable benefit. Lot-fed beef contains less nutrients, and contains Omega-6 EFA’s, which can cause inflammation in the body, and lead to metabolic disorders, including insulin resistance and obesity. Unfortunately, people in today’s world consume too much lot-fed meat, whether cooked at home, bought from restaurants, or as processed foods such as hotdogs and processed meat loaf.
Not Enough Fruits and Vegetables
Experts recommend eating at least 7 servings of fruits and vegetables a day to get all its health benefits like protection from obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. Fruits and veggies also help with digestion due to its fiber content. Sadly, according to recent studies, 87% of Americans don’t meet recommendations for fruit consumption and 91% don’t meet recommendations for vegetable consumption. We can change this by prioritizing fruits and vegetables when planning our meals. While it may not be easy, it surely is worthwhile.
Fast food as Everyday Food
We live in a fast-paced environment. Almost none of us have time to cook while juggling several jobs a day. The result? We resort to eating fast food.
In today’s world where convenience is the selling point and not the nutritional value, it’s easy to get lost in sea of burgers, fries, pizza, and more. What we exchange with convenience then is higher risk of heart diseases, obesity, and overall nutrient deficiency. The nutrients we lack due to eating fast food could’ve been used to give us more energy to do our jobs more efficiently and effectively.
Little to no Home Cooking
As mentioned above, most of us don’t have enough time to cook our meals. But even when we do cook, we use processed foods as our ingredients. It’s hard to blame you; almost everything is now in can and ready to use. But using processed food as ingredients beats the purpose of cooking at home.
Whenever we prepare our meals in our own kitchen, it’s ideal to aim for little to no preservatives, use raw and organic ingredients, and proper preparation. When done properly, your family and your body will thank you for it.
Modern diet offers us so much variety, convenience, and more affordable options. But is it worth it for the price we are paying? In the long run, our body will make us pay for all the junk we include in our diet. Why not make our body reward us for all the hard work we put into preparing the right meals?
To stay healthy, one must live healthy. While living healthy can be defined in so many ways, they are all interconnected and aim to achieve the same goals.