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Show 1122: Can You Keep Fast Food from Killing You?

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Fast food deprives the body and the mind of nutrition and sets us up for unhealthy behavioral patterns as well. How can we choose nutritional excellence instead?
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Fast food is taking over the American diet, and the effects are deadly. Processed meats, such as pepperoni or bologna, could be considered carcinogenic. Moreover, highly processed foods and fried foods set us up for heart disease and dementia. All the foods in bags and boxes with white flour and synthetic ingredients are a major source of calories but provide very little in the way of crucial micronutrients. What can we do about this problem?

Is Junk Food Addictive?

People who eat highly processed treats with lots of sugar, salt and industrial fats may find it challenging to give them up. Yet the food industry may be aware that these foods affect the reward center of the brain in much the same way as certain drugs. Calories that hit the bloodstream quickly may stimulate the dopamine-fueled reward centers of the brain. How can we avoid junk food addiction and adopt healthier eating habits?

Feeding Our Children:

Kids may like fast food and sweets, but such a diet is terrible for their developing brains. What should we be feeding our children to promote their lifelong health? Can we learn to retrain our taste buds so that we prefer foods that are good for us? Dr. Fuhrman believes that unhealthy eating has a negative impact on emotional health and that nutritional excellence is therapeutically powerful.

What Should We Eat Instead of Fast Food?

Dr. Fuhrman recommends we focus on the quality of what we are eating. He offers the memnomic GBOMBS: greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries and seeds. All of these foods are rich in nutrients and absorbed slowly. Recipes such as fudgy black bean brownies use no white flour or sugar and fit well into a whole-food plant-based diet. The recipe can be found on Dr. Fuhrman's website, as well as below.

This Week’s Guest:

Joel Fuhrman MD is a board-certified family physician, nutritional researcher, six-time New York Times bestselling author, and President of the Nutritional Research Foundation. Dr. Fuhrman is on a mission to wipe out heart disease, diabetes and cancer with his best-selling books and PBS television shows which detail how you can reverse chronic illnesses nutritionally and naturally. His newest book, (with Robert Phillips) is Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It.
His website is https://www.drfuhrman.com/ The photo of Dr. Fuhrman is by Sandra Nissen.

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Karen ONY – May 19, 2018
I hope everyone was listening to you on NPR!

Just finished listening to Dr. Fuhrman on the Peoples Pharmacy….so informative and so inspiring! Coincidentally, my daughter (N.D.) just sent us 2 of his books this week. We have been trying to eat healthy foods for some time now but this is a whole different way to view a meal; a plate of vegetables and just a side of anything else. Last week I ate a salad for breakfast thinking it wouldn’t fill me till lunch but I was very satisfied! It was a little shocking but shouldn’t surprise me. Thank you for making this your mission — to educate people and have the science of many studies to back you up. The message IS getting out!

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