Monday, January 18, 2010

21st Century Diets

The quality of the western diet has been consistently decreasing over the last 5 decades. Although authorities continually refer to the well-balanced diet, it becomes increasingly difficult to identify, let alone achieve, this diet as our food quantity and quality changes over time. A well balanced diet in the 1960's is substantially different to that of hunter/fisher/gatherer some 20,000 years ago, which is where or digestive system has evolved to.

Despite the limitations of the recommended daily allowance or intake of major nutrients, surveys have repeatedly demonstrated that few people actually meet 100% of the R.D.A for all major nutrients. You are what you eat, or perhaps even better, you are what you digest, absorb and metabolise. There are and increasing number of diseases, disorders and irregularities which reduce the ability of the body to digest food, which may then impact upon absorption and ultimately metabolism.

Food for thought.

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