A new study was published that found eating broccoli and avocados will make us look younger! And it gets even better. Research has found that the nicotinamide mono nucleotide in these foods, when consumed at a heavy dosage, delivers these additional benefits:
- better skeletal muscle
- improved liver and eye function
- enhanced insulin sensitivity
- improved immune function
- increased physical activity levels.
Here’s some ever better news. Americans are eating more broccoli. The U.S. Agriculture Department estimates we eat about 8 pounds of broccoli per year. This is almost double our consumption of broccoli from 1990. Feel good about that when you have some broccoli this week!
BUT…now compare those 8 pounds of broccoli to the approximately ONE TON (1,996 pounds) of food we individually eat each year.
Some shocking insights on what we consume!
Even thought we are eating more healthy foods like broccoli we are still in a national weight crisis. Here are the facts that explain why:
- We eat about a TON of food every year!
- We consume 630 pounds of diary products. We are talking about milk, cheese, and ice cream. That represents 31% of the ton of food we eat annually.
- The good news is that we eat 415 pounds of vegetables. The bad news is that most of that is corn and potatoes. Think french fries and corn on the comb slathered with butter. Not good for our health and weight loss.
- We eat an equal amount of meat and grains. We consume 197 pounds of grains (bread) and 185 pounds of meat (beef, chicken, pork).
- We consume almost as much sweetener as grains and meat! We consume 141 pounds of sweetener. Think soda.
Now compare this data to the EIGHT POUNDS of broccoli we eat annually. That comparison goes a long ways in explaining why we are in a national weight crisis. We have made incremental improvements in our diet. But overall our diets are still fattening.
HowI lost 30 pounds while never going hungry
I faced the same weight crisis most of America now confronts. I tried and failed one diet plan after another.
This is the key lesson I learned from my diet failure:
You cannot lose weight and keep it off through a denial based diet. Hunger causes stress and stress creates weight gain.
If I tried eating 10% less I would be eating 200 pounds less food. That is more food than I weigh! After eating a ton a year of food for most of my life I can guarantee you that I will not sustain a diet that makes me go hungry. And research says neither will you.
One of the ten best practices in my book, The Boomer Generation Diet, is to eat all the heathy food you want to avoid hunger. The second part of that solution is to figure out what healthy foods taste good to you.
Figuring that out took me down a trial and error path. For example, carrots are good for me. I won’t eat them. But it turns out I do like broccoli and avocado. I eat both most days.
Another example, I was addicted to Diet Coke. I had to have one first thing in the morning. Then I drank them throughout the day. Diet sodas are proven to add weight even thought they are “zero calories.” It took me six months but I finally kicked my addiction. I now feel so much better without the daily nervousness created from drinking a lot of caffeine.
Reengineering what we eat, without eating less, is a secret sauce to sustained weight loss.
According to research it will make us feel younger! It will help us lose weight and keep it off. That certainly has been my experience. It can be yours too.
About the author
Bill Roth is a clean tech pioneer who led the team that launched the first hydrogen fueled Prius. He is a featured contributor on Triple Pundit and Latin Business Today. His book, The Secret Green Sauce, has been used by thousands of business people to implement proven green best practices that make money and a difference. Bill’s latest book, The Boomer Generation Diet, is his personal story on how to achieve sustained weight loss while still having fun and living more. The book’s ten customizable best practices are the sustainable solutions to our national weight crisis that threatens our health and medical cost bankruptcy.