Beware the Cafeteria Diet

According to the latest research, a cafeteria diet (cookies, chips, processed meats) is the perfect diet for producing high levels of:

In fact, not only was the cafeteria diet more efficient than the standard rat chow diet at turning lab rats into obese diabetic lab rats, it was even better than a diet consisting of 45% lard.

Let me repeat.

Scientists found that a diet of rat chow covered in giant puddles of lard was less efficient at turning healthy rats into obese/diabetic rats than a diet of rat chow + nachos, hot dogs and oreos.


So, why do we feed our children this junk?


Douglas Robb

Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.

3 thoughts on “Beware the Cafeteria Diet

  • March 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I suspect that rat chow smothered in lard just doesn’t taste as good as the products the food conglomerates have engineered to appeal to our palates.

    Thank you for sharing this information as it will open my sons’ eyes to the dangers they face in the “convenience” stores. Convenient only if gaining weight and losing health are your goals.

  • February 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    This is very alarming! I should tell this to my kids – never thought that the food that they often and love to eat could make them obese. Thanks for sharing Doug.

  • February 21, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I usually avoid cafeteria product but you can’t ignore them totally as they’ve become our integral part in day to day life. But now I swear that I don’t eat cafeteria items and suggest my friends too about it. Thanks for revealing it.


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