Many of us are digging our own graves with our teeth without us knowing, due to the type of food we consume on daily basis. Every day these foods are slowly killing us. Contrary to our assumptions, the government, and other big corporations are not helping us watch over what most of these grocery stores are selling to us as food.
Today, most of the items sold in these stores are no longer safe for human consumption, as about 80% of the average human diet is extremely unhealthy. Food corporations prioritize profits over the health of consumers, leading to the widespread production and distribution of cheap, processed foods. These foods are designed to be addictive, making it difficult for individuals to resist consuming them regularly. We no longer engage in clean eating habits because most of our most cherished foods are entirely loaded with things that can damage our health.
A multitude of ingredients in our food, particularly those that enhance flavor such as sugar, salt, and fat, can be highly detrimental to our health when consumed in excessive quantities. In addition, powerful chemicals are used to preserve most processed foods. Unfortunately, most of us are unaware of the fact that these processed foods can tremendously leave us overweight, terribly sick, and bring us much closer to our graves when we consume them as a steady diet.
The meat industry is another significant contributor to the unhealthy food we eat. The meat we consume is often produced through factory farming, which involves the intensive confinement of animals in unsanitary conditions. The animals are pumped full of antibiotics and hormones to maximize growth and productivity, which can lead to antibiotic resistance and other health issues for consumers.
Remarkably, most of us have already become unhealthy eaters and consuming larger amounts of calories than we ever did in the past. These days, we prefer to eat far too much starch, cheese, red meat and sugar than eating natural foods like fresh fruits and vegetables.
The impact of unhealthy food on our health cannot be overstated. It is linked to a range of diseases and conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. According to the World Health Organization, 7 million people die each year due to unhealthy diets, making it one of the leading causes of death worldwide.
Even though many of us have made considerable healthy efforts in lowering our consumption of meats and soda, and eating more chicken, our level of fruit and vegetable consumption is still significantly low.
We need to hold the food industry accountable for the production and distribution of unhealthy foods. There must be transparency in labeling and regulations on the use of harmful chemicals in food production. We should also support small-scale farmers and local food systems that prioritize ethical farming, sustainability and the health of consumers.
Education and awareness around healthy eating habits need to be prioritized especially as many diseases are linked to nutrient deficiencies. This includes educating children and adults about the benefits of a healthy diet, and how to cook and prepare healthy meals.
Due to the disgraceful nature of our food system, a significant percentage of our population is not spared by the number one killer, diabetes and heart disease. Honestly, something has to change because the way we are eating is killing us.
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