Overfed and Undernourished: Nutrient Deficiency in Our Modern Diet
Many Americans’ diets are deficient in seven key nutrients. The reasons? Industrial agriculture’s push for high yields at the expense of nutrient density, plus a food industry conspiring to addict us to processed junk.
Diets heavy in processed foods have left Americans overfed yet undernourished.
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Because we prefer foods high in fat and sugar, our spending on processed foods and sweets has nearly doubled — from 11.6 percent of our grocery budgets in 1982 to 22.9 percent in 2012.
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A slice of carrot cake may contain 60 grams of sugar — four times the amount we should eat in a single day.
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Even healthful foods like this salad can lack nutrients, because of industrial agriculture’s emphasis on yield over all else.
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The top source of calories in our diet? Desserts, cookies and other grain-based treats.