Paleolithic Teeth by John Peldyak DDS, courtesy of DentalTown website

Paleolithic Teeth
by John Peldyak, DDS

The newest way of eating is the oldest. What does it mean for our dental health?

The SAD Experience

The motives were noble. There had to be new ways  to supply food for a burgeoning population. Thanks to mechanized agriculture and technology we can now grow, fractionate, refine and recombine high-yield  foods into irresistible, some say downright addictive, food-like products. Modern industrial food production has become so successful that now its biggest challenge is finding new ways to make “reduced calorie” foods. Since World War II, the United States has taken the  lead in food technologies that supply an overabundance of tasty calories while holding costs down.

But the Standard American Diet (SAD) is loaded with high-calorie saturated fat, vegetable oils, processed foods and sugar, leaving us overfed yet undernourished.  The SAD has been ridiculed for decades as the junk food, fast food, refined food diet that makes Americans fat and sick. Over two-thirds of Americans  are overweight, one-third are considered obese.

And the rest of the world is rapidly catching up.  In recent years, the SAD has spread into the Western Industrial Diet (WID) and now more universally morphed into the Worldwide Industrial Diet  (WWID). This WWID is firmly taking hold in most  urbanized, industrialized parts of the world, replacing  traditional foods with enticing mass-produced calories. The high-calorie, low-nutrient WWID has been linked to many diseases of civilization. The United States is a leading indicator with a sharply increasing incidence of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Other developed countries are following  the same pattern. Alarmingly, some of these degenerative diseases are relentlessly creeping down into younger age groups. The increasingly unaffordable pharmaceutical, medical and dental establishments struggle to keep pace with diet-induced damage. Coupled with the WWID, a sedentary indoor lifestyle under fluorescent lights contributes to chronic stress, low levels of physical strength, impaired sleep patterns, and abuse of alcohol, drugs and food.

(Article Excerpted….Read Full Article at DentalTown website)

On January 24, 2013, posted in: Blog by

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