According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, (PCRM), a surprising number of Americans lack the most basic nutritional information according to a national survey of thousands of adults. Ten questions were asked revealing gaps in America's nutritional knowledge. To summarize, here's what they found:
QUESTIONS REGARDING CHOLESTEROL: Only 7% were aware that an egg has more cholesterol than a Big Mac, (Egg=212 mg of cholesterol/Big Mac=79 mg of cholesterol).
QUESTIONS REGARDING CALORIES: Only 7% of people in households with children ages 13-17 knew that skim milk and Coca-Cola have about the same number of calories.
QUESTIONS REGARDING FAT: Only 18% knew that 70% of the calories in cheese come from FAT.
QUESTIONS REGARDING CALCIUM: Only 22% were aware that beans, broccoli, and milk are high in calcium.
QUESTIONS REGARDING FIBER: Only 36% realized that fish and beef have the SAME AMOUNT of fiber....ZERO...There is no fiber in animal products.
One question the committee asked was regarding processed meats such as hot dogs and bacon. The question asked was: "What part of your body is more likely to get cancer if you eat hot dogs and bacon frequently?"
The answer is the colon or large intestine. About 30% of respondents did give the correct answer.
According to a large number of studies, including from Harvard, eating processed meats, i.e., hot dogs, bacon, sausage, etc., increases the risk of PREMATURE DEATH by 20%. The statistics from The Center for Disease Control show that more men than women die from colorectal cancer. In my opinion, that's probably because men consume more processed meats than do women.
So....What are we suppose to eat? Loads of vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole-grains. Eating a Whole-Food Plant-Based diet is NOT ABOUT EATING LETTUCE!! There are hundreds and hundreds of recipes available to us on the internet-FREE! I stumbled on a site today that is loaded with recipes and videos...go to The Chef and the Dietitian...there are many simple, easy recipes on their site with only a few ingredients. I am going to try a few this weekend...I will let you know how they turn out!
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns--or, if you find a really good recipe to share, email me--I love hearing from you!!