The State of The Standard American Diet (SAD) and IBD
It makes me sad to think about what the majority of Americans put in their bodies every day. It makes me even more sad to know that many of these individuals currently suffer from or will develop Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis in their lifetimes in addition to many other chronic conditions. Yes, the Standard American Diet (SAD) is indeed not a happy story. SAD consists of processed meat, pre-packaged foods, butter, fried foods, high-fat dairy products, refined grains, potatoes, corn (and high-fructose corn syrup) and high-sugar drinks. These foods starve the healthy microbiome further down in the digestive tract causing the proliferation of toxic and inflammatory inducing bacteria. The immune system responds by misidentifying intestinal tissue as foreign causing chronic inflammation. Countless peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated the link between these foods and IBD. Ask yourself: What am I eating today?