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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Back in the early 1900s, two percent of meals were eaten outside of the home.

The number is closer to 50% nowadays as the number of food options has greatly expanded.

"Our taste buds and our brain chemistry and our biology have been hijacked by the food industry because we're eating all of these processed foods," said Dr. Mark Hyman author of "The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 30% of adults are obese.

Obesity can cause heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain cancers. Dr. Hyman says cooking real foods at home and eliminating factory made foods, processed foods and fast foods from your diet can help reduce and/or eliminate those health issues.

"Just eat real food; fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, chicken, fish, lean animal protein, eggs. These are whole foods that are delicious that are really just food," Dr. Hyman said.

He advocates eating breakfast, lunch, dinner and one snack each day. By following those steps, he says you can balance your blood sugar, eliminate cravings and get out of the food addition cycle.

"Food is the best medicine. If we eat the right medicine we are going to heal. If we eat the wrong medicine, bad drugs, which is processed food we are going to get sick," Dr. Hyman said.

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