What are Considered Western Diseases and What Causes Them?
Have you heard the term "western diseases" before? It is a term for illnesses, diseases and conditions that are found only in western culture. One of the main reasons for these diseases is the "western diet". The way Americans eat is not good for us and because of this a whole new slew of health problems have arisen.
I am finding conflicting information as to exactly what diseases are included in western diseases, but for sure high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases are included in this term. Other illnesses like prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and others seem a bit more common place throughout the world, but possibly there are an increased number of these cases among us Westerners.
The Western Diet is one that includes many processed foods, many fake ingredients, foods that come from a box, and fast food. Westerners have gotten away from eating real food. You know - fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and good for you meat (not antibiotic laden highly processed meats). Instead we think of cooking from scratch to mean opening a box or can and adding a few ingredients to that. Cooking from scratch with real ingredients is different. Eating real food should mean that food looks like food. Potatoes are not flakes from a box and cheese is not in powder form.
Most people don't even cook at home anymore. They might heat up some frozen waffles or microwave some chicken nuggets, but as for cooking - that seems to be a thing of the past. Most Americans (a country where the western diseases are the most prevalent) eat at restaurants on the run. French fries do not count as a vegetable. Fast food, or even food eaten at a nice restaurant is not made with your health in mind. The sodium and fat content of foods from restaurants is staggering, compared to what you would use at home.
Believe it or not, the way we eat, the foods we eat, and where we eat all affect our health. We will pay for our poor food choices for decades to come. These western diseases are causing all sorts of problems and doctors and researchers all over the world are trying to find cures. I think the cure is to eat right and the chances are good that you will never have these problems to begin with. Wouldn't it be nice to be perfectly healthy well into your 80's or 90's? That is what I am aiming for and you should too.