Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What is the connection between food and disease?

It is becoming increasingly clear that food, diet and disease walk together hand and hand. Knowledge about how your food is functioning inside of your body gives you the power to make educated and preventative decisions that can effect your health and your future. 
At Serious Foods we are committed to spreading awareness and knowledge of nutrition via a mix of nutrient education and anatomy and physiology. It is our belief that good health requires an understanding of both topics. Stay tuned for more blog posts regarding FOOD as MEDICINE. 

For now, here is an exceprt from an article posted by the University of Minnesota to raise awareness of the connection between food and disease. 
As a society we are facing significant health problems.
·       The United States ranks ninth in life expectancy among nations in the developed world.
·       We have a workforce plagued with absenteeism and reduced productivity because of chronic health problems, including depression.
·       78 percent of healthcare expenditures are for the treatment of chronic disease.

Many researchers now believe that these problems are partly related to diet. While they used to believe that diseases-such as type II diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, and certaincancers - were caused by a single gene mutation, they are now generally attributing these conditions to a network of biological dysfunction. And the food we eat is an important factor in that dysfunction, in part because our diets lack the necessary balance of nutrients (Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 2004).

To prevent the onset of these diseases, we need to know how multiple nutrients in a diet interact and affect the human body's functions
according to the Nutrition Society, Europe's largest nutritional organization.

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