Charts Speak Volumes. Here are The Ones That Paint The Whole Story – #AMCoffee

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Food can heal. Food can do damage to our bodies when we stop respecting the flow of life that was given to us to nourish and to prosper from.

Pictures speak a thousand words. Same stays true to the charts that are in many way the depiction of the trends we choose to examine.

Thanks to courtesy of many sources, we have these charts to look at, to ponder over, and to learn something – that something which would be unique for every single one of us. Yet, the food that unites us as human and social beings would be one more time on our radar today: We should enjoy partaking of different foods. Let’s be mindful and soulful when we share this precious life source, especially as we are approaching the Holiday Season.

I found the charts that Kris Gunnars, Authority Nutrition, compiled from different sources. Amazing data to think over, reflect, and form your opinions.

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    “People in Western countries are consuming massive amounts of refined sugars, reaching about 150 pounds (67 kilograms) a year in some countries. This amounts to more than 500 calories of sugar per day.

    The sources vary on the exact figures, but it is very clear that we are consuming way more sugar than our bodies are equipped to handle. Controlled human studies show that large amounts of sugar can lead to severe metabolic problems, including insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides — to name a few.

    Added sugar is believed to be one of the main drivers of diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer”

    sugar consumption chart
    Source: the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

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    “Of all the sugar sources in the diet, sugar-sweetened beverages are the worst. Fruit juice is actually no better … it contains a similar amount of sugar as most soft drinks.

    Getting sugar in liquid form is particularly harmful. The studies show that the brain doesn’t “register” liquid sugar calories the in the same way as calories from solid foods, which dramatically increases total calorie intake. One study found that in children, each daily serving of sugar-sweetened beverages is linked to a 60% increased risk of obesity.”

    chart of soda consumption

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    “Although sources vary on the exact figures, it is clear that calorie intake has increased dramatically in the past few decades.

    There are many complicated reasons for this, including increased processed food and sugar consumption, increased food availability, more aggressive marketing toward children, etc.”

    chart calorie intake
    Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. The American Diet. 2012

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    “When health professionals started blaming saturated fat for heart disease, people abandoned traditional fats like butter, lard, and coconut oil in favor of processed vegetable oils.

    These oils are very high in Omega-6 fatty acids, which can contribute to inflammation and various problems when consumed in excess. These oils are often hydrogenated, which makes them high in trans fats. Many studies have shown that these fats and oils actually increase the risk of heart disease, even if they aren’t hydrogenated.

    Therefore, the misguided advice to avoid saturated fat and choose vegetable oils instead may have actually fueled the heart disease epidemic.”

    chart of fat consumption
    Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. The American Diet. 2012.

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    “Another side effect of the “war” on saturated fat was an increase in margarine consumption.

    Margarine was traditionally made with hydrogenated oils, which are high in trans fats. Many studies show that trans fats increase the risk of heart disease.

    Grass-fed butter actually contains nutrients that are protective against heart disease (like Vitamin K2), therefore the advice to replace heart-healthy butter with trans-fat laden margarine may have done a lot of damage.”
    chart of butter consumption

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    “The most commonly consumed vegetable oil in the US is soybean oil. Soybean oil actually provided 7% of calories in the US diet in the year 1999, which is huge!

    However, most people don’t have a clue they are eating this much soybean oil. They are actually getting most of it from processed foods, which often have soybean oil added to them because it is cheap. The best way to avoid soybean oil (and other nasty ingredients) is to avoid processed foods.”

    chart of soybean oil consumption

    • Katrina A. says:

      One of the main reasons we focus on eating natural, home grown, made from scratch foods.

    • I quit using the deep fryer and bake everything I can. I really dont eat anything breaded from the store. I usually cook from scratch. But, I understand people now days dont have the time to do that.

      • well i as a person who lives mostly of the land hunting fishing and our garden and cooking and preparing our meals is the best way but some time we eat out but that is rare we need to go back to basics

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    “Wheat is a major part of the Western diet. It is found in all sorts of food … breads, pastas, pastries, pizzas, and various processed products.

    However, wheat has changed in the past few decades.

    Modern dwarf wheat, introduced around the year 1960, contains 19% to 28% less of important minerals like magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper. There is also evidence that modern wheat is much more harmful to celiac patients and people with gluten sensitivity, compared with older breeds like Einkorn wheat.

    Whereas wheat may have been relatively healthy back in the day, the same is not true of modern dwarf wheat.”

    chart of wheat consumptionchart of wheat consumption
    Source: Journal of trace elements in medicine and biology

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    “Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. Despite being high in cholesterol, eggs don’t raise the bad cholesterol in the blood.

    For some reason, the health authorities have recommended that we cut back on eggs, even though there is no evidence that they contribute to heart disease. Since 1950, we have decreased our consumption of this highly nutritious food from 375 to 250 eggs per year, a decrease of 33%.

    This has contributed to a deficiency in important nutrients like Choline, which about 90% of Americans aren’t getting enough of.”

    chart of egg consumption
    Source: USDA

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    “This graph shows how consumption of fast foods has increased in the past few decades.

    Keep in mind that even though it looks as if people are still eating most of their foods “at home,” this does not take into account the fact that most people are also eating processed, prepackaged foods at home.”

    chart of food spending
    Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet

    • Katrina A. says:

      Such a sad trend.

    • People are so busy working and activities, they don’t have time for home cooked meals. And, as time goes by less and less people are teaching the kids to cook healthy.

      • well i am not one of them ppl i cook all the time and prepare our meals i do have the time to do it so i do it i know some cant but it is easy if you have a crock pot to make meals ahead

        • Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

          We All Are BUSY! You can say SUPER BUSY.
          At the end of the day, it is our decision to make and to control – what we eat and call “food” for our family and ourselves.
          It only takes a moment to decide and be convinced in what kind of foods and drinks we are going to consume to stay at the top of the game and to celebrate a living, a life that has so much to offer.
          Focusing on food is a good thing!
          So much inspiration all over the web: Pinterest, Instagram, all kinds of Facebook Food videos.
          The only missing link is TAKING ACTION. The First Step is what’s missing.
          It doesn’t have to be perfect. But it needs to be made.

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    “Most of the Omega-6 fats that people are eating is a fatty acid called linoleic acid.

    Studies show that this fatty acid actually gets incorporated into our cell membranes and body fat stores. These fats are prone to oxidation, which damages molecules (like DNA) in the body and may be increasing our risk of cancer.

    In other words, the increased consumption of processed vegetable oils has led to actual harmful structural changes in our bodies. That’s a scary thought.”

    chart of linoleic acid in body fat
    Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet

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    mistletoe dress normal campaign sofia coppola

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