Health risks when you Ignore a Balanced Diet.
You can make a significant difference through your efforts in a world challenged by an epidemic of chronic diseases fueled by rapid spreading of unbalanced nutrition and sedentary lifestyles. The relentless progress in embracing the Western diet has become the main promoter of unbalanced nutrition.
The Western diet is characterized by higher intakes of red and processed meat, butter, high-fat Dairy products, eggs, refined grains, white potatoes, French fries in particular, and high-sugar drinks. Human diets have moved away from plant-based origins that dominated our food supply for tens of thousands of years to a diet based on processed foods with greater amounts of sugar, fat, and calories than ever consumed in human history, moreover with a lack of antioxidant phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals that may help to prevent common forms of cancer such as breast cancer and prostate cancer.
Increased consumption of omega-6 fats from beef, pork, corn, sunflower oils, and polyunsaturated margarines in place of omega-3 fats from fish has been associated with increased incidences of escalating chronic inflammatory diseases such as Non-alcoholic Fatty liver disease (NAFLD), cardiovascular disease, obesity, Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer’ disease (AD).
The key problem for most people eating a Western diet is an excess of fat from processed foods, and these fats are rich in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids. The excess omega-6 from processed foods in the Western diet relative to a lack of intake of omega-3-rich fats from ocean-caught fish, seafood, and fish oil supplements has created an imbalance in the immune system favouring chronic low-grade inflammation.
Obesity in association with Western diets also has a number of other characteristics beyond simply excess energy. These include excess fat, sugar, and salt intake in processed foods, together with inadequate fiber intake and intakes of fruits and vegetables of only two to three servings per day, resulting in suboptimal consumption of antioxidant phytonutrients.
Well-nourished people are more likely to be mentally alert and physically active and have a more positive outlook on life. They are also more able to resist infectious diseases when compared with undernourished people. This is particularly important with our current trends in population growth.