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The Counter Top Effect: Can the food sitting on your counter top predict your health?

Lynn Griffith
The Counter Top Effect: Can the food sitting on your counter top predict your health?
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More than one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese.  Obesity is not a true number on the scale or a true BMI – it’s a health condition.  Obesity is a preventable condition that increases the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and cancer.(1)

Obesity is a preventable condition that increases risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and cancer!

Obesity has become an epidemic, and is a direct outcome of a processed food diet.  Processed foods have cheap nutritive fillers, artificial ingredients and chemical additives.  Sadly, many of the chemical additives that show up in processed food in the United States have been banned in other countries due to associated health risks.(2)

Many chemical additives found in processed food in the United States have been banned in other countries due to associated health risks!

Processed foods are also packed with refined fructose or high fructose corn syrup.  It’s bad enough to be eating a processed sugar, but it is also genetically engineered.(2)

Can the food sitting on your counter predict your weight?  A new Cornell University study says it can, especially if those foods are cereal or sodas!(3)

Over 200 American kitchens were photographed in order to assess if the food sitting on the counter were predictors of the woman’s weight living in the home.  The study found that women who had cereal sitting on their counter weighted 20 lbs more than their neighbors who did not.  Women who had soda sitting out weighted 24-26 lbs more!(3)

Women who have fruit sitting on their counter weight 13 lbs less than women who do not!

The good news is that women who had a fruit bowl sitting on their counter weighed 13 lbs less!  Brian Wansink, lead author of the study, explains that we tend to eat what we see.  The food we have sitting out often becomes the food that we mindlessly eat throughout the day.  Even healthy cereals could be problematic if you eat a handful each time you walk through the room.(3)

Rearranging a home won’t end in obesity, but being intentional about the foods we eat and where we position healthy foods may make an impact in our health.(3)

If you are concerned about your health, try shopping at the edges of the store and forgo purchases of pre-made snacks and meals.  When purchasing food, check the labels, to make sure you know what the ingredients are before you eat them.  Remember to stock up on fruits and veggies and store them in a place where you and your household will frequently eat them!

Sources for this article include:
(1) www.cdc.gov
(2) articles.mercola.com
(3) www.sciencedaily.com

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