Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The federal government released new dietary guidelines. Guess what? Americans still consume too much sugar, salt and solid fats. Well, maybe because it’s all most restaurants and supermarkets and advertisers offer!! Americans are very busy people rushing to keep up with rising costs everywhere and we consume anything that is provided conveniently and quickly. The fast food industry continues to serve unhealthy options. Every aisle from 1-20 is filled with boxed garbage full of unhealthy salty, sugary and fatty things in the supermarket. On our down time, like enjoying the Superbowl, you would think that greasy wings was the only thing to eat. America consumed millions of wings on that day.
The government guidelines rightfully recommend people get back on track and eat healthier by slashing sugar, salt and solid fats- such as butter and stick margarine- from their diets and eating more seafood, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Great idea, however, when did you ever see a brussel sprout on a kids tray at a school lunch? Or more than one aisle of vegetable and fruits combined at a supermarket? Or fish cooked in different or appetizing ways at a fast food restaurant? NEVER!
The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services, are designed to help people reach a healthy weight and reduce their risk of diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. Then why are the medications to treat these illnesses so expensive that even if you are lucky to have a prescription plan, most of the medications aren’t covered with the basic co-payment? Why are Americans considered the most un-healthy people on earth spending the most money on prescription drugs and doctor’s fees?
About two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the USA are overweight or obese. Perhaps because the most popular recreational activities is to park our behinds in front of our new big screen TV’s and play video games. Adults and children alike. How about manufactures make a popular physical game for all to enjoy? Nope bring out 3-D videos and more updated versions of old video games.
Nearly 800 calories a day from solid fats and added sugars are consumed daily. That includes several hundred calories a day from sugary beverages such as soda and sports drinks and from desserts such as cookies, cakes and doughnuts. It’s easy, BAN Coke and Pepsi, Dunkin Donuts, Gatorade and those Girl Scouts with their cookies. Run them out of this country. Save the American People. Who is the large un-sweetened tea company or the carrot brand name or the fruit firm that I can easily name and buy from. THEY DON’T EXIST! Our government should give tax credits to any healthy food or beverage company and force the advertisers to let the people of America know their names as easily as the unhealthy brand names that we know all to well.
Tell the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack to earn his money and don’t just give us “guidelines” use your power in the government to actually change the way food and beverages are offered to Americans. Get rid of these unhealthy giant corporations out of America insomuch as that we will not recognize what they sell.

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