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What is the "SAD" diet?

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Created March 27, 2012 at 1:23 AM

I keep seeing posts referencing this "SAD" diet....what is it?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on March 29, 2012
at 02:37 PM

Does that explain the French paradox?

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on March 28, 2012
at 03:08 PM

In the Chunnel you would be eating the Franco-UK diet, which is also the standard diet for Nord Pas de Calais and a good part of Belgium. Bienvenue aux ch'tis!

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on March 28, 2012
at 03:02 PM

Pretty much my view of it (though I forgot about dairy) and not greatly different from country to country wherever fast food is found. The ominous part is the 25% increase in total calories consumed since 1970....convenience and tastiness all tied up in a rewarding package....

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on March 27, 2012
at 11:47 PM

they aren't all that healthy, they are just standard

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on March 27, 2012
at 06:31 PM

What is the HAPPY diet?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on March 27, 2012
at 06:31 PM

I like the British version: SUKD

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:40 PM

I had fun with this one!

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:14 PM

I totally get the ice cream and candy thing. When I ate SAD, I'd come home from work STARVING and would pig out on crap prior to dinner and blow the whole day.

Eea48ea8a2d50ac3ed486958dc7d9456

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on March 27, 2012
at 04:05 AM

Soooo very SAD!

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on March 27, 2012
at 03:17 AM

I don't understand how ice cream and candy are healthy SAD...

F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on March 27, 2012
at 02:55 AM

Sadly it works equally well as "Standard Australian Diet, or "Standard Anglo Diet" too!

Eea48ea8a2d50ac3ed486958dc7d9456

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:16 AM

That is rather sad.

Eea48ea8a2d50ac3ed486958dc7d9456

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:15 AM

Thank you! I have had some criticism regarding my choosing to ask this question, but I'm not going to withdraw it! I like getting my information from this forum, rather than constantly using Google and other search engines.

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on March 27, 2012
at 01:53 AM

It's the perfect acronym to describe what it is; it's sad to see people who eat SAD.

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on March 27, 2012
at 01:24 AM

SAD=standard American diet. Manufactured food-like products using refined flours, industrially produced vegetable oils, etc.

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D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on March 27, 2012
at 03:24 AM

SAD is eschewing the wonderful, natural egg for a name brand substitute because of a fear of "dreaded" fat!

SAD is eating a whole wheat bagel and feeling like you're healthier than someone eating a regular one!

SAD is replacing succulent red meat with tasteless soy artificiality!

SAD is condemning a wholesome, natural diet such as Paleo while blindly swallowing the USDA's wellcrafted bull.

SAD is... sad!

Eea48ea8a2d50ac3ed486958dc7d9456

(190)

on March 27, 2012
at 04:05 AM

Soooo very SAD!

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

(2873)

on March 27, 2012
at 02:40 PM

I had fun with this one!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on March 27, 2012
at 06:31 PM

What is the HAPPY diet?

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:04 AM

The Standard American Diet is a breakfast sandwich for breakfast, hamburger, fries and a coke for lunch, pizza and salad for dinner. Snacks include bagels, muffins, a bag of chips and a bowl of ice cream before bed. The diet version of SAD includes low-fat yogurt and granola for breakfast, low-fat muffin for a snack, boneless skinless chicken breast salad for lunch with low-fat dressing and a diet coke, pasta, tofu and veggies for dinner, and then a bag of candy and bowl of ice cream before dinner.

Eea48ea8a2d50ac3ed486958dc7d9456

(190)

on March 27, 2012
at 02:16 AM

That is rather sad.

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

(2873)

on March 27, 2012
at 03:17 AM

I don't understand how ice cream and candy are healthy SAD...

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on March 27, 2012
at 02:14 PM

I totally get the ice cream and candy thing. When I ate SAD, I'd come home from work STARVING and would pig out on crap prior to dinner and blow the whole day.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on March 27, 2012
at 11:47 PM

they aren't all that healthy, they are just standard

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:18 PM

Wikipedia has a great overview of the "Western Pattern Diet", i.e. SAD.

... get your learn on! :-)

FWIW, the article is wrought with CW (a bit of demonizing SFAs), but it gives a good overview, regardless.

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on March 28, 2012
at 03:02 PM

Pretty much my view of it (though I forgot about dairy) and not greatly different from country to country wherever fast food is found. The ominous part is the 25% increase in total calories consumed since 1970....convenience and tastiness all tied up in a rewarding package....

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A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on December 27, 2012
at 06:33 PM

SAD-Standard American Diet. Loaded with starchy, insulin-spiking white gluten containing grains and white sugars, high fructose corn syrup, products made from a liquid intended to be eaten by baby cows or beverages that were originally intended for baby cows, fatty, gooey, artificially colored petroleum based products that only contain a trace of baby-cow nourishment but enough to set off someone with a sensitivity or allergic reaction, perfectly good oils that have hydrogen bonds added to extend the oil's shelf life...and most standard americans are slowly killling themselves with it. Truly SAD indeed.

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on December 27, 2012
at 05:50 PM

The SAD diet is any diet, typically American, which is high in refined grains, sugar, and vegetable oils. Meat consumed is from CAFOs. Dairy is pasturized.

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F54a16e4caf4dc8da9ef1369f46a95cd

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on December 27, 2012
at 05:16 PM

Here I was thinking SAD referred to the food pyramid (or "food plate"). Guess I should be thinking of it more as a standard junk-food diet.

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on March 27, 2012
at 04:39 PM

SAD is the diet Americans eat ad libitum. There is no actual definition because the individual content is infinitely variable.

Generally this diet contains a lot of inexpensive refined carbohydrates and vegetable fats. Over the past 50 years it has shifted from made-at-home to ready-to-eat (restaurant or frozen), though the macronutrient ratios are probably about the same. I'd hazard a guess of 60% carb, 10% protein, 25% fat.

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