Well-kept food secrets that you should know about

    Roughly 93% of the typical American diet consists of low-nutrient, high-calorie processed foods, and animal foods, and only 7% consists of fruits and vegetables and other whole, natural foods. This recipe for disaster is causing increasing cases of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis. A country with weath, information, and technology, America's health is suffering.

Diseases of affluence vs. diseases of poverty
    The populations of non-industrialized countries are not riddled with the same diseases of nutritional extravagance (heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis) as Americans and other Western country populations are. They do not suffer from the same diseases that Americans do because they eat a diet that is predominately animal-free. Animal-based diets are rich in saturated fat and cholesterol, animal protein, and salt, and deficient in fiber and life-sustaining micronutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and plant chemical, such as antioxidants. People in very poor countries suffer instead from diseases of dietary inadequacies and poor sanitation, such as pneumonia and parasitic disease.
    Luckily, Americans do not have these health worries. Rather, we have a preponderance of unhealthy foods made available to us. For good health and longevity, we must include in our diets the foods that grow from the ground and de-emphasize those foods that contribute to disease. But how do you know which are which?

Perhaps these facts about protein can help.

Animal protein, misunderstood by most
    Americans have been led to think that a strong, healthy body needs animal protein. While it is true that a strong, healthy body is the reward of adequate protein intake, the protein that comes from animal foods, such as beef and chicken, eggs, and other diary products, creates disease. Not only does this type of protein contribute to disease, but consuming too much of it makes matters even worse. Americans eat far too much protein, a result of an animal-based diet. Among other ill-effects. excessive protein causes the kidneys to overwork and results in irreversible scarring and kidney damage. Consider that the world's largest land animals don't eat meat. Read more...

Are chicken and dairy good foods?
   
Unfortunately, the answer is no. Because chicken and dairy are both packaged with animal protein, saturated fat, and cholesterol, they are foods that should be eaten sparingly or eliminated from the diet. While chicken may be a better choice than beef it is still can not be considered a health food. As for dairy, although we have been lead to believe that diary is essential for strong bones, this is far from the truth. Cows don't get their calcium from drinking milk. Read more...

    We have also been led to believe that osteoporosis is the result of inadequate calcium intake. The truth is that osteoporosis is caused by excessive calcium excretion. Certain foods cause your body to get rid of calcium, leaving you in negative calcium balance. Read more...

Other risks associated with animal food consumption
   
Animal protein creates inflammation in the body (read about how inflammation affects your health and which foods contribute), increases your risk for cancer and kidney disease, and accelerates aging, and is packaged with saturated fat and cholesterol, known to be significant contributors to heart disease and diabetes.

What about salt?

    You have probably heard about the detriments of eating too much salt, but have you heard all of them? Yes, excessive salt consumption increases blood pressure and, thereby, increases your risk for both heart disease and stroke. Because salt causes the body to retain water, your heart must work harder to circulate blood and its nutrients around the body.
    Excessive salt consumption also causes your body to get rid of stored calcium from your bones, putting you at risk for osteoporosis. For more information about the detriments of consuming too much salt and other diet-related factors that contribute to osteoporosis, click here.