We’ve all heard that phrase and dismiss it as simple rhetoric. Even with tons of documentation from research and nutritional information right at our fingertips, most people fail to comprehend that simple statement and make the necessary correlation: the food we consume is such an important factor in our health, energy, well being and ability to function on a daily basis that it should be chosen carefully based on intelligent, well-informed information.
there’s no question that individuals living in the twenty-first century have in-depth data readily available about the nutritional values of certain foods and dangers of others. the disconnect lies in how few people actually spend the time to do even cursory research before deciding what to ingest. Every minute of every day, millions of people are turning a blind eye to the dangers of the foods they consume, whether it be by eating inherently unhealthy items that they “know” are bad for them or by unwittingly ingesting unseen pesticides, bacteria or hormones that lurk in their food choices.
From drive-thrus to fad diets, the overwhelming majority of individuals in modernized countries focus on the ease and convenience of food rather than the actual content of their meals. there are now generations of humans who have existed with convenience food in millions of different combinations. this societal shift has all but erased the decision-making process based on food availability or quality and replaced it with choices based on flavor: Do you want Thai or Mexican food?
the numbers behind the trends are staggering. On average, a single American consumes 200 pounds of meat, poultry and fish per year. Comparing that amount of ingested animal protein to what it was just 50 years ago, the increase is nearly 25 percent—or 50 pounds more per individual. Protein intake has ballooned to approximately 110 grams per day (nearly double what the USDA recommends for healthy, active adults), with nearly 80 percent of those amino acids coming from animal flesh, eggs and dairy.