SAD – Standard American Diet

If you are following the “standard American diet,” you are not managing your diabetes, even if you are taking diabetes medication and/or insulin. I will never tell you to leave the Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics group, though, because if you read articles and get interested in trying some of the recipes, you may—just maybe—decide you’d like to manage your diabetes and avoid complications of diabetes and an early and painful death due to those complications.

The term “standard American diet” refers to the standard Western diet, which is as unhealthy as a diet can get. However, there does not seem to be agreement as to the definition of the “standard American diet.” Here is my own characterization of the “standard American diet,” based on all that I have read:

  • high in refined carbohydrates, including sugar in all its forms
  • high in unhealthy fats (hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oil, trans fats)
  • high in processed foods, chemical additives, and GMO food products
  • low in whole foods, including vegetables


The vegans say the “standard American diet” is:

  • rich in animal proteins and fats
  • high in cholesterol and saturated fats
  • high in processed foods
  • low in fiber, complex carbohydrates, and vegetables


The Atkins proponents say the “standard American diet” is:

  • high-carb foods, especially those low in nutrients
  • manufactured trans fats in the form of hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils
  • sugar in all its forms (including unrefined sugar, molasses, cane syrup, and maple syrup)
  • refined flour


Dr. Mercola (see link below) says: Three decades ago, the food available was mostly fresh and grown locally. Today, the majority of foods served, whether at home, in school, or in restaurants, are:

  • highly processed foods
  • filled with sugars
  • harmful processed fats
  • chemical additives

Is Something Wrong with Our Modern Diet? – Mercola


More References:

Diabetes May Be a Risk Factor for Developing Alzheimer’s, Studies Find


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