Todd Dawson, a plant biologist at the University of California-Berkeley, can test a strand of hair to determine what foods are in your diet. According to Dawson, Americans are like walking corn chips because corn is a very, very large component of the American diet. Corn and soy are used as additives in so many of our foods. In fact, Dr. Joseph Hibbeln of the National Institutes of Health estimates that soybeans, usually in the form of oil, account for an astonishing 10% of our total calories in the United States.

According to Hibbeln, “our bodies need a balance of Omega-6 & Omega-3. Over the last century, our diets have shifted almost completely to Omega-6 fatty acids.

“It’s quite likely that most of the diseases of the modern civilization, major depression, heart disease and obesity are linked to the radical and dramatic shift in the composition of the fats in the food supply,” Hibbeln says.

So, we really are what we eat. Sounds to me like eating food that looks like it was dug from the earth or picked from a plant or a tree is the way to go. For information on healthy eating, check out Becoming Slender For Life.