I took nutrition and wellness class in college a few years back, and learned so much about dieting it was unbelievable! And to make sure I retained that knowledge I kept the book we studied and my college notes for future reference. I will never forget sitting in class looking at all these statistics talking about the American diet, and thinking to myself, “We might feed our dogs better food than we feed ourselves,” especially at the end of the semester.
I was watching TV yesterday and saw a Beneful-Radiance commercial. They advertise that dogs that eat this product are consuming salmon, which are a great source of omegas and fatty acids (fatty acids are a good thing, don’t pay attention to the name), whole grains, carrots, green beans, and high protein content. Sounds like a gourmet meal to me. I’d much rather have a bowl of that than a Big Mac.
All opinions aside, here is a breakdown of the top ten leading sources of calories in American diet. This is quite the eye opener.
1. Regular soft drinks (7.1% of total calories)
2. Cake, sweet rolls, doughnuts, pastries (3.6 %)
3. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, meat loaf (3.1%)
4. Pizza (3.1%)… No surprise here.
5. Potato chips, corn chips, popcorn (2.9%)
6. Rice (2.7%)
7. Rolls, buns, English muffins, bagels (2.7%)
8. Cheese or cheese spread (2.6%)
9. Beer (2.6%)
10. French fries, fried potatoes (2.2%)
Yes, we consume more calories from rice, than we do beer or French fries. Americans live a relatively unhealthy lifestyle compared to the rest of the world. We really need to be conscious of what we eat. For better alternatives to junky food and other information, check out my ‘Good Carb, Bad Carb’ and ‘The Skinny on Fat’ blogs.
Picture Courtesy of: Tamaki