Highly Processed Foods in America As Compared to Australia
September 28th, 2018
On average, 65% of foods eaten regularly in America are highly processed food, which is approximately equal to amounts of processed foods consumed in Australia. In both countries, nearly 98 percent of all convenience foods, such as pre-prepared sauces, salad dressings and other condiments as well as canned or frozen foods and sweet desserts or ready-to-eat meals are all included in the “ultra-processed foods” category. However, a single meal served in many American restaurants often contains more pre-prepared or processed foods than meals served in a comparable Australian restaurant today. Both at home and in restaurants, Australians tend to separate sweet and savoury foods, while in the U.S., these two food varieties are frequently combined in dishes.
Common examples of mixing sweet and savoury are apple pie topped with melted cheese or pancakes with syrup and bacon. Even if the pancakes are made from whole grain flower and prepared on the grill or in a skillet with pure oil, unless the syrup is natural or organic, like natural maple syrup, the sweet part of this meal will be processedsyrup. In addition, most bacon products sold now are not simply smoked, they are processed as well. In many American restaurants, butter used with the syrup on pancakes will most likely also be processed. If you choose a breakfast consisting of an omelette or eggs (scrambled or fried), the oil used for preparing the eggs will most like be processed, as will the bread, butter, jam or honey you put on your bread.
Of course, unless the bread is fresh from the restaurant’s ovens and made of only whole grains and natural ingredients, it will probably contain high levels of processed sugar and white flour. If you should opt for a danish or sweet roll, you may have even over-consumed your healthy sugar allowance for the day. Although an increasing number of consumers in the U.S. are now eating natural or organic whole-grain breads that they buy in natural food markets or make themselves at home, the majority still eat processed breads that contain high counts of refined and processed sugars. Many breads in Australia contain less sugar than American breads most commonly sold in supermarkets.
In general, American restaurants serve larger portions of food than Australian restaurants serve. However, many people in the U.S. eat only part of the meals they are served in restaurants, taking the remainder home to save in the fridge and eat later. This practice is frowned on in Australia because of the risk of food poisoning. The Centre for Disease Control in the U.S. reports that approximately one in every six U.S. citizens (48 million people) become ill with food-borne diseases every year. Statistics show that 128,000 of these people are treated in hospitals and in total, roughly 3,000 individuals die annually from eating spoiled or tainted foods.
In contrast, in Australia, there are about 5.4 million cases of food-borne gastroenteritis reported and treated each year, which result in approximately 80 deaths. Some Americans think food poisoning can be avoided by eating processed foods rather than natural foods. However, processed foods can become contaminated due to poor food canning, bottling or packaging procedures or overheated storage areas. If the container lids of canned or bottled processed foods become loosened, breaking the safety seals during delivery or store handling before they are sold, processed foods can be very dangerous to the health of consumers.
Disagreements Concerning Government Approved Dietary Guidelines for Australia and America
The American 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines recommend eating less sugar and low-grade protein while they condone including eggs as part of a healthy diet. These guidelines also advise Americans to consume fewer that 10 percent of their daily caloric intake in the form of added sugars and to eat less than 2300 mg. of sodium daily. The recommended daily intake of saturated fats is less than 10 percent. However, dietary experts at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have stated that the average American does not know how to calculate 10 percent of his or her calories or determine which foods have higher or lower content of saturated fats. Perhaps the main problem is that the average citizen does not feel that he or she can take the time to do the math or read labels thoroughly when shopping for groceries.
When reports relative to global rates of obesity are compared, Australia gets a higher rating. Although Australians are known to love preparing and eating food, Australia is not in the top 20 list of countries with highest obesity rates. The United States, however, is rated number 18. The number one nation on the list is Naura in the Pacific Islands followed by Kuwait as second and Saudi Arabia as third. Obesity in the Pacific Island countries is most likely due to the high counts of fructose and other natural sugars in their diets since they eat a high volume of fresh fruits. However, most dietitians and nutritionists in the U.S. attribute the high obesity rate in the United States to the general high dietary intake of added sugar, processed foods and fats along with large food portions at meals.
Hazards of Consuming Large Quantities of Processed Foods with Added Sugars
In the U.S. and Australia, the average amount of added sugar in ultra-processed foods is over 21 percent of their caloric content. This is eight times higher that the amount in lesser processed foods and decidedly more than the amount found in minimally processed or unprocessed foods. As well as contributing to the obesity problem of the population, this high level of added sugar in ultra-processed food also puts the average consumer at a high risk for developing type II diabetes, heart disease, cancer, tooth decay and other health problems. Nutritionists now recommend that consumers limit their daily intake of added sugar to 10 percent of their total calorie count for the day. However, many people find this difficult to accomplish due to the high levels of extra sugar found in so many commonly eaten foods.
Although many schools today offer highly nutritional lunches and snacks to children during the course of each school day, these children may be eating breakfasts and dinners at home that are high in sugars and unhealthy fats. Some daycare centers and schools also serve nutritious breakfast foods to children as a healthy beginning to each school day. However, children in elementary school and older often have spending allowances for after-school snacks of their choice, which may be very high in sugar and fat content. The idea that eating sugar boosts energyfor after-class sports activities is a misconception. Many people still believe this myth, but foods high in protein, vitamins and minerals will give children much more effective and sustained energy levels for exercise. If a child only wants something sweet as a snack, fresh or dried fruit are the best choices.
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