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Most Americans Dumber Than Dirt When it Comes to Health

A survey of 1,000 U.S. adults identified a number of "diet disconnects" between what people consider good health practices and their actual daily habits.

For example, while 90 percent of Americans think breakfast is an important part of a healthy diet, only 49 percent eat breakfast every day.

And although 80 percent know that functional foods can benefit the heart, just 42 percent actually eat these foods.

Only 44 percent say they use both diet and physical activity for weight management, and a mere 11 percent are aware of the number of calories that should be consumed daily to maintain a healthy weight. If you really want to see how dumb some Americans are watch the video which quizzes people about 9/11

IFIC 2007 Food & Health Survey May 22, 2007

CNN.com May 31, 2007

Dr. Mercola's Comment:


I tend to remain relatively insulated with a core group of "health believers" so I sometimes am surprised at how ignorant so many people are about foundational health basics.

For the most part it is not because they lack intelligence, but a result of their views having been effectively manipulated by multinational corporate giants whose bottom line benefits from lies and truth distortions.

I am all too familiar with this process after being threatened for years with legal action by Tate & Lyle, one of these giants, that manufactures Splenda. They threatened serious legal action if I published my book, Sweet Deception, that blew the cover on how they deceived the public.

But they never sued me.

You know why?

Because I told the truth.

My goal is to help create a fundamental paradigm shift in people's consciousness about how they can use food as a primary tool to recapture their health. According to the latest study by the International Food Information Council (IFIC), we may still have a ways to go. There's still a radical lack of knowledge about certain basic health issues, such as the "calories in—calories out" concept.

Learning what the right thing to do is versus actually doing it can sometimes take some time, but it's well worth the effort.

Start small. But start.

According to the survey, less than half of you are taking the time to eat breakfast, even though you know it's healthy to do so. Hectic, too-busy lifestyles appear to be the main culprit. If life is simply too crazy to sit down for breakfast in the morning, try some of the tips from this article on the Benefits of Being an Early Riser, and How to do It. Improving your health could be just one of many benefits from waking 30 to 45 minutes earlier every morning.

And far too few of you are taking advantage of the fact that diet and exercise work hand-in-hand to benefit your health. I suggest viewing exercise like a drug that needs to be prescribed precisely to achieve maximum results, and cutting grains and sugars from your diet at the same time will help you to tame your weight and stay fit.

Diets by themselves, without an exercise program, don't work, and the best exercise program in the world won't help you if you're continually cramming your body full of junk food.



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