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TV diet leads to excess of sugar and fat


Farmers' Markets, the cure to sugar-laden foods (Richard Masoner)

A study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association provides a shocking look at the foods advertised to the American public.  This study analyzed the nutritional content of foods advertised during prime time television hours as well as Saturday morning programing aimed at kids.  The results were then normalized to a 2000 calorie per day diet.

A diet of 2000 calories of these foods advertised on TV would provide a shocking 25 times the recommended amount of sugar and 20 times the recommended amount of fat.  This diet would be severely lacking in fruits, vegetables, and dairy products while also over-serving protein, cholesterol, and sodium.  These high levels of sugar and fat are more worrisome when we consider the effect that these pleasurable foods can have in our brains.  It is no wonder, then, that obesity rates are sky-rocketing.

Of course, it is hard for most of us to imagine eating nothing but the foods advertised on TV, and this is the key to fighting back.  The best way to lose weight is to exercise and to eat healthily.  Vegetables can be colorful and delicious, and foods like quinoa can provide great nutrition with very little fat or sugar. 

Perhaps the best news is that we are entering into the best time of year to make the switch to eating more healthy foods.  Farmers' markets all around Columbus have opened for the season, and they will be going strong until the end of the harvest season in early to mid-fall.  There are farmers' markets stretching all around central Ohio.  On the north side of Columbus, the markets in Dublin, Worthington, and Westerville are especially good.


  • Emylou Lewis 5 years ago

    Thanks for the info!

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  • montreal women's issues, health and mental health 5 years ago

    yes eating healthy is key to good health

  • Amanda C. Strosahl 5 years ago

    Most of what they show in the commercials doesn't even look good. Advertising is pretty much wasted on me.

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