Differentiating between beneficial and harmful foods is the foundation of creating a healthy lifestyle. Good nutrition helps manage weight, increases energy level, improves body composition and decreases disease risk.
Too much sugar leads to very serious health effects including obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Though dietary sugar serves little purpose in the body, we can still eat some without facing negative health effects.
Sugar is addictive, bad for you in large quantities and makes everything it touches delicious. Like all good things, Americans tend to ignore moderation and overindulge leading to profoundly negative health effects.
What we commonly refer to as table salt is made up of two elements (sodium and chlorine) and known as sodium chloride. With an increased reliance on processed and convenience foods, sodium intake in American diets is dangerously high.
Fiber prevents and treats digestive problems, lowers disease risk, increases satiety and even aids weight loss. Unfortunately, Americans tend to stay well under the recommended intake for this extremely important nutrient.