I am finishing a book called Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss that has been a very interesting read. It is an eye-opening account of the food industry and how processed foods can affect your nutrition and health. Moss’ studies and research in writing this book took him to many of the big food companies, and he was given access to some of their studies and a look at how they develop and manufacture their products.
There was a boom when processed food, such as cheese and certain types of meats, became popular and the convenience foods that they created made meals easier to make, but ultimately less healthy to consume. Now we are used to this convenience, and will easily pick up something when we are hungry without reading labels or even knowing what we are actually eating. People have grown less in touch with what they are putting into their bodies because most are no longer farmers. Our society and lifestyle have changed so drastically that obesity is now a major health concern and some people don’t even realize they are obese.
The main takeaway I got from this book was that awareness is the best way to prevent unwanted weight gain due to processed foods or convenience food eating. They can cause us to be addicted to the bliss points that sugar and fat provide. If you think that you may have this kind of reaction, consciously change your eating habits. It can be done. Be aware of what you are using to supply your body with nutrients and make sure it really is nutritious. Read labels, don’t be fooled by advertising, try to eat whole foods, not processed foods, and keep in mind serving sizes. There is a lot to be learned, and for us to be reminded of, and you are in control of what you feed yourself. Take charge of your nutrition and create a healthier lifestyle for yourself and better fuel for your workouts. If you are interested in learning more about the industry of processed food, read this book. http://www.amazon.com/Salt-Sugar-Fat-Giants-Hooked/dp/1400069807