World’s Healthiest Cuisines

Posted on April 28, 2007. Filed under: Cuisines, Food |

Dieting is usually viewed as a temporary process that one endures in order to shed a few pounds before the summer, shape up for a big event or lose a beer belly that may have sprung up after an indulgent vacation.

Unfortunately, the majority of Americans today are constantly battling with food and searching for the next best thing in the world of weight loss.

If you walk into a shopping center, watch television, read the newspaper or even listen to the radio, it is impossible to avoid seeing advertisements for a new diet plan, pill, book, DVD or health club.

The U.S. is packed with fitness and health clubs and our grocery stores are filled with more low-fat, low-carb, sugar-free, and salt-free products than any other country in the world.

So why are the majority of Americans overweight and unhealthy while the rest of the world is not?

Consisting largely of soda, candy, fried food, and meat, the American diet ranks low in nutrients and high in fat and processed ingredients. Processed foods contain higher levels of saturated fat, sugar and salt than unprocessed foods, and have been directly linked to increasing obesity rates. Additionally, Americans eat larger portions and exercise less than any other country in the world.

Needless to say, America could stand a diet and lifestyle lesson from several other countries and regions that live healthier, fitter lives without trying half as hard.

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