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Consequences of American DietsX

Katelyn Lynn
Katelyn Lynn has been writing health and wellness articles since 2007. Her work appears on various websites. Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health sciences from TUI University and has extensive experience in botany and horticulture. By Katelyn Lynn, eHow Contributor

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The American diet has been, for many generations, a diet high in saturated fats, low in fiber, and one that typically favors convenience over nutrition. Many prepackaged foods contain both saturated fats and trans-fats, which contribute to numerous health issues. Other People Are Reading American BeautyAmerican Beauty

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High Blood Pressure Concealed sodium is found in many foods in the American diet (fast foods, canned soups and processed cheeses, for example). Too much sodium can lead to hypertension/high blood pressure. A study published in the British Medical Journal concluded that a reduction in sodium intake from processed foods can lower blood pressure. Diabetes Harvard School of Public Health states that a high glycemic load (found in white bread, refined cereals, sugary foods and baked goods, for example) combined with a low-fiber diet increases the risk of developing diabetes.
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High Cholesterol A person can develop both high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels from a diet high in saturated fats, alcohol and trans-fats. A study documented in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that heart-related health problems are reduced when triglyceride and cholesterol levels are lowered. Weight Issues Consuming a diet high in sugar and calories is responsible for numerous health problems associated with obesity in children and adults. The Journal of the American Dietetic Association suggests that a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet can reduce weight problems. Cardiovascular Disease Foods high in saturated fats (such as pork, beef and dairy products) and trans-fats (found in many frozen and fast foods) increase the risk of the eater developing cardiovascular disease. Harvard School of Public Healths says avoiding a diet of trans-fats and saturated fats can help prevent CVD in Americans. Warning The information here is not meant as advice or meant to replace the advice of a nutritional consultant or health care professional. It's for informational purposes only.

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Katelyn Lynn
Katelyn Lynn has been writing health and wellness articles since 2007. Her work appears on various websites. Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health sciences from TUI University and has extensive experience in botany and horticulture. By Katelyn Lynn, eHow Contributor

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