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Starving For Greens: We Are Overweight Yet Malnourished

 

Guest Author Nathaniel Darnell
An unfortunate phenomenon, called the Hunger-Obesity Paradox [1], is now afflicting many of us. What is this paradox? In simple terms, we have grown increasingly overweight yet become malnourished [2-3]. What!?! How can this be possible, you might ask? Fifty years ago when families ate whole foods and home cooked meals this phenomena was unheard of. This current dire state of affairs boils down to nutrients…or in this case, the lack thereof.

The major culprit? It is what we would broadly call “junk food”. Junk food is cheap, convenient, and addictive. But, despite what many candy and soda pop company executives would like us to believe, not all calories are created equal. Junk food is ultra-processed. It’s chock-full of salt, sugar, fat and preservatives, but missing the vitamins and minerals of whole, unprocessed food. Vitamins and minerals are important because they “lubricate the gears” of our metabolism. They help our bodies convert the food we eat into energy. When our bodies are missing important nutrients, they become less efficient at metabolizing food. As a result, our bodies convert less food into energy and more food is stored as fat. If we remain nutrient deficient for too long, our immune systems go haywire and we become vulnerable to chronic illness [4].

So junk food is calorie dense, but nutrient poor. Consuming it creates a vicious cycle that perpetuates obesity. We eat it because we’re hungry but it doesn’t contain the nutrients we need; so our bodies tell us to eat even more in an attempt to get the nutrients it is craving, but of course these are simply not found in ultra-processed foods. Thus, we just keep eating more empty calories and gaining more excess weight.

In contrast, green leafy vegetables are low in calories, but rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants including vitamins A, C, K, magnesium, potassium, chlorophyll, and bioflavonoids.

Vitamin A helps keep skin radiant and blemish free.
Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals and boosts immune function.
Vitamin K strengthens bones.
Magnesium helps alkalize the body while supporting energy pathways.
Potassium helps alkalize the body while supporting cardiovascular health.
Lutein & Zeaxanthin support eye health.
Cholorphyll supports liver health and detoxification.

These plant-based nutrients keep our cells functioning correctly so that our bodies are able to enjoy optimal health. When we provide our bodies with the nutrients they need, hunger subsides. In fact, consuming more green leafy vegetables is the first step in breaking the chains of junk food addiction!

The good news is that more and more health care professionals are recognizing this Hunger-Obesity Paradox and promoting greater consumption of plant-based whole foods to their patients. These foods are better sources of vitamins and minerals than synthetically produced vitamin supplements [5]. The various nutrients in plant-based foods work together in harmony and are therefore better absorbed by our bodies.

To meet our nutritional needs, federal dietary guidelines recommend that we consume 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day. Unfortunately, according to new research, 91% of us fail to do so [6]. Sadly, this isn’t surprising. Life happens fast in the 21st Century. If a solution isn’t simple, convenient, and affordable… it’s not a solution. Fortunately, SevenPoint2 delivers a real life solution for modern living!

7.2 Greens are concentrated. Just two tablespoons provide the nutrients contained in over 3 cups of green leafy vegetables without the shopping, washing or preparation…now that’s the “easy” button! 7.2 Greens are an excellent addition to your daily routine as you embark on a path towards your healthy weight and towards providing improved nutrition for your body.

Note: Some prescription blood thinners such as Warfarin may be affected by the vitamin K contained in green leafy vegetables [7]. Individuals taking prescription blood thinners should consult with their doctor to determine the appropriate amount of green leafy vegetables that they should be consuming per day based on their particular needs.

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