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I know what it stands for but what IS a Standard American Diet? I'm sorry - I come from an immigrant family where we gorged on uncooked salads and fruit (Dad used to buy 3 bushels of fruit at the farmers market at least once per week for the four of us). My husband came to the US only as a college student after growing up all over the third world, so HE never ate SAD. So, WHAT IS IT???
07-19-2005, 02:25 PM
Cooked meats, potatoes (often fried), canned or frozen vegetables, cooked fruit pies, ice cream, cheese, eggs, bottled or canned juices and fruits.
Not too much raw fresh food items are in the Standard American Diet. There are a few, though. Often green salads have fresh lettuce and tomatoes. But, then again, they are often doused with bottled dressings and cheeses and meats thrown on top!
Hope this helps.
07-19-2005, 02:25 PM
Could be a triggering question, not that you meant for it to be. Anyway. A sad diet would be meat, mcdonalds, fast foods, sodas, so forth and so on.
07-19-2005, 02:33 PM
Here's my 2 cents
"Most" Americans grow up on processed crap disguised as food. That would be canned, frozen, or packaged "convience food". We also eat alot of Fast food that also has more synthetic "man made chemicals" than nutrition. The American diet is based on a ^% protein intake and fat intake. Compare that to the healtiest group of people in the world are 5% protien based meals (OKINAWA Japan (sp?) )
View what Coroporate propaganda goes on that they try to feed you or your family. We are fed the toxic waste that benefits only the CEO's and Shareholders of major companies. :mad:
SPAM is a great example they said it saved Hawaii from starvation during WWII Spam is stuff posing as a meal.
If your family has been spared the "NORM" of a wasteful crap filled diet then City bless you and my hat's off your family. (said with a :) )
07-19-2005, 03:06 PM
That is awesome that your family could eat like that. In my husbands country they also eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. But they also consume meat and rice.
He is from Vietnam. I love it there I am in banana, coconut and durian heaven when I am in Vietnam.
City where are you and your husband from?
I'm from Moscow. My husband is from Egypt but grew up in places like Indonesia and Bangladesh as his dad was a doctor with the World Health Organization.
I was almost always in hospital for four years - they even gave me only 6 months to live at one point. As a sick child, needless to say, I was somewhat malnourished. Doctors and my parents were always trying to find ways to stuff me full of fruit (to which I took like a fish to water).
Both my husband and I ate cooked food, of course, but we ate about 2-3 times the recommended fruit and veg (mostly raw - I'm lazy and it tastes better that way) and we almost never touched white flour and the sugar in our house is about 8 years old - we don't put sugar in anything. We prefer brown and wild rice and judge restaraunts by how many veggies we get with our entree. We both think McDonalds (and the like) is disgusting and we just don't understand the appeal of chips, ho-hos and twinkies. I couldn't imagine that people eat those as a regular part of their diet. They're not even FOOD!!
My downfall was ice cream. I got started on the stuff young as they sold it on Moscow street corners. Yep, I stood outside in God knows how far below zero temperatures gobbling ice cream. However, since trying raw ice cream I prefer it and have not bought dairy ice cream since.
Thanks for clueing me in. No wonder everyone has to "detox"!! My idea of eating SAD was an Ezekial English Muffin with cashew butter and honey (I've been buying raw honey for years). Sheesh!!
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