02/12/2014 11:45 am ET Updated Feb 25, 2014

5 Nutrients You're Probably Not Getting Enough Of

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Unfortunately the Standard American Diet, also known as "SAD," is, well, pretty sad. Over the last 100 years, the majority of Americans have gone from eating "normal" portions and home-cooked whole foods (after all, the processed foods we see lining store shelves today didn't exist), to consuming high levels of over-processed simple carbohydrates and refined sugars. With this shift in eating habits, there's been a huge increase in diet-related chronic diseases, which represent the largest cause of obesity and death. Luckily improving the situation could be pretty easy: Eat more whole, unrefined foods -- fruits, veggies, whole grains and other natural products that go through little processing.

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