Micronutrients are Essential for Health
"There isn’t a single UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE in America that teaches NUTRITION as a DEGREE"
"One out of three kids born after the year 2000 are OBESE. NUTRITION matters and in fact our kids and adults are suffering from MALNUTRITION"
"Among those who die every year 27% of AMERICAN die of HEART DISEASE, 23% die of CANCER and 6% die of STROKES"
"The American diet is based on 62% CALORIES from PROCESSED FOODS, 25% FAT, PROTEIN and CARBS from ANIMAL PRODUCTS and only 10% FIBER from FRUITS and VEGETABLES. Since POTATO is considered VEGETABLE in our diet HALF of that 10% FRUITS and VEGETABLES include GENETICALLY MODIFIED POTATO, FRIES or MASHED POTATO!"
"Shouldn’t we make NUTRITIONAL HEALTHY DIET a NATIONAL PRIORITY and a major INVESTMENT for the future of our country and our kids?"
In this section of Seattle Organic Restaurants I’m going to talk about the power of micronutrients. Everyone wants to feel happy, rejuvenated, energetic, vibrant and healthy. No one wants to go through life feeling sick or unhappy. You probably had a close family member or friend which you lost to cancer, heart disease, diabetes or Parkinson. I know how it feels; I lost both my parents to cancer, heart disease and Parkinson. I guess based on my own personal experience I truly know the value of health.
People are afraid of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson and not being able to walk, talk or enjoy simple things in life. But the reality is that we fear the unknowns. We’ve gone to school many years to learn and grow, so we could solve our fears and problems though knowledge and rationality. But unfortunately the one thing we do not learn in schools these days any more is the basic knowledge about nutrition and healthy food. There isn’t a single UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE in America that teaches NUTRITION as a DEGREE. Statistics show that one out of three American children and adults are obese or overweight. Obesity is the root of many health issues such as diabetes, cancer or cardiovascular disease. Among those who die every year 27% of AMERICAN die of HEART DISEASE, 23% die of CANCER and 6% die of STROKES.
What is wrong with Our Diets? -"Almost EVERYTHING!"
There are two types of nutrients; micronutrients and macronutrients. Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals and they do not have calories Macronutrients have calories and are fats, carbohydrates and protein.
The problem with American diet is consuming too much macronutrient and not enough of micronutrient. Before scientists thought minerals and vitamins are the major source of micronutrients and if they could add these minerals and vitamins to our diet they could prevent cancer, diabetes or cardiovascular disease. In 1930s scientists discovered 14 vitamins and 16 minerals. The food industry started adding these vitamins and minerals to their processed foods.
The vitamin industry became a BILLION DOLLAR industry by 1935. However later on the scientists found out that adding minerals and vitamins didn’t make much of a difference and the rate of cancer or heart disease increased significantly. Also the health problems that mostly happened in elderly started happening in children like obesity, diabetes or plaques in arteries. With more research the scientists found out that vitamins and minerals aren’t the major source of micronutrients, they found out that the major source of micronutrients are phytochemicals that many of these phytochemicals aren’t yet discovered. For example a piece of broccoli has 1000 of nutrients or berries have more than 700 nutrients where as a piece of chicken is the same as a piece of white bread in nutritional value based on Dr. Joel Fuhrman's micronutrient density score:
Micronutrients are essential for our bodies’ proper function. However the American diet today is based on 62% CALORIES from PROCESSED FOODS (soft drinks, fries, pasta, bread, salad dressings, cookies….), 25% FAT, PROTEIN and CARBS from ANIMAL PRODUCTS (dairy products, meat) and only 10% FIBER from FRUITS and VEGETABLES. Since POTATO is considered VEGETABLE in our diet HALF of that 10% FRUITS and VEGETABLES include GENETICALLY MODIFIED POTATO, FRIES or MASHED POTATO!
As you can see a major part of our diet lacks any micronutrients like phytochemicals, bioflavonoid or antioxidants. Human bodies aren’t simply designed for a diet with little or no micronutrients. Our diet is simply based on processed and cooked foods or animal products. Processed or cooked foods and animal products might have fat, minerals, carbohydrates and protein, but they do not have enzymes and micronutrients like bioflavonoid, antioxidants and phytochemicals.
Lack of micronutrients and too much macronutrient will increase the accumulation of free radicals in the body; it increases appetite, messes up neural senses and increases BMI. Over a period of time these all will lead to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson disease and so many other health issues. Since cancer lives in fat, losing weight can significantly reduce the chances of cancer, heart disease or diabetes. Micronutrients are full of nutrients like phytochemcials, bioflavonoid and antioxidants.
Micronutrients can reduce your appetite (by reducing toxic hunger), help repairing and regenerating body cells and increase your metabolism by burning fat. The more micronutrients you consume the less hungry you feel. Here is Dr. Joel Fuhrman's health equation about micronutrients: H (Health) = N (Micronutrients) / C (Calories) This equation simply describes that you are healthier when your consumption of micronutrients is higher than your calorie consumption. Isn’t preventing a problem easier than solving it? With the current rate of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity shouldn’t we make nutritional healthy diet a national priority and a major investment for the future of our country and our kids?