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Nutritionist Joel Fuhrman on how fast food is killing us

In his latest book, Furhman argues that the bad eating habits on our part are also because we are not getting enough nutrients from our food.

books Updated: Oct 28, 2017 18:51 IST
Anonna Dutt
Anonna Dutt
Hindustan Times
In his book, author Joel Fuhrman uses the term Frankenfoods to describe any food that is processed, unnatural and man-made.
In his book, author Joel Fuhrman uses the term Frankenfoods to describe any food that is processed, unnatural and man-made.(Hindustan Times.)

Are you eating too much of ‘Frankenfoods’? The author Joel Fuhrman uses the term to describe any food that is processed, unnatural and man-made. And the reason he compares foods like burger, fries and even preserved items like meat to a monster is that they are “destroying lives with a frightening efficiency.”

The author is an American celebrity doctor who promotes a micronutrient-rich diet. In this book he writes about how the fast foods are killing us and how we unwittingly play along with the fast-food companies and the healthcare industry for our own destruction.

Talking about the scenario in the United States, which is in the middle of a food-generated health crisis, Fuhrman says, “the food industry has evolved to effectively feed the majority of our citizens with mass-marketed, factory-produces foods that do not have the biological and chemical properties of natural produce.”

And the problem is, for many this is what is accessible. The author argues that in many parts of the country people simply do not have access to green vegetables and fruits, so they do not get the opportunity to make informed choices about what they eat.

Even when people do get a choice, the doctor says, they continue eating processed food as if no evidence exists that they are bad for health. He compares to high rates of smoking in the United States 50 years ago despite ample evidence that smoking caused heart disease and cancer.

Fuhrman also argues in the book that the bad eating habits on our part are also because we are not getting enough nutrients from out food. “The lower the nutrients in the food that you eat, the more calories you crave,” he says.

And, then comes the role of healthcare industry that prescribes pills instead of better diet regimen.

“Prescriptions and pills have created a new normal; our blood vessels and organs are routinely damaged by our chemical-and-calorie-dense diets, but the medical establishment persuades us that our health is beyond our control and we need its pharmacologic solutions in order to thrive,” the book says.

Book: Fast Food Genocide

Author: Joel Fuhrman

Publisher: HarperOne

E-book: Rs 750

Hardcover: Rs 1,280