GIGO. It’s an acronym used by computer techs and it means, “garbage in, garbage out.” In other words, if you put bad data into a computer, the result will be faulty conclusions. The same concept applies to computers can also apply to your body. Those who fill their bodies with unhealthy food that’s laden with calories, unhealthy fats, carbohydrates, and sugars, will have a body that’s rife with diseases and health issues.
Recent research reported by the NIH shows a correlation between dietary habits and risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease, stroke or type 2 diabetes. Conversely, the study also indicated that healthier diets contributed to a lower incidence of these and other types of health issues.
Those who consume an excess of sodium, sugar-sweetened beverages, red meat, processed meat, and other foods generally considered to be unhealthy are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, diabetes or stroke than those who regularly consume a diet rich in these foods:
- lean meat
- whole grains
- low-fat or fat-free dairy
and low in:
- saturated fats
- trans fats
- added sugar
Those who regularly consume whole grains and nuts have lower rates of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic health issues. Nuts provide trace minerals that are not found in other foods but are essential for the body, and whole grains provide many essential vitamins. Although the focus has traditionally been on the consumption of more fruits and vegetables, the consumption of nuts and grains is equally important.
Recently, a study reported in Time indicated that poor dietary habits are linked to at least 20 percent of worldwide deaths. Dietary death affects all ages, genders, ethnicities, and socioeconomic levels – it truly doesn’t discriminate. Estimates are that more than 11 million people died in 2017 from diseases caused by poor diets, most of which resulted in cancer and cardiovascular disease.
It’s a travesty that many of these deaths could have been avoided by adopting better dietary habits. Healthy food doesn’t need to be boring, bland or expensive. Eating is a vital component of life. The foods chosen can either extend an individual’s life or they can hasten the onset of demise.