CONCEPTS OF THE WESTERN DIET
The Western dietary pattern is characterized by:
- high intakes of GMO grain fed animal products
- sugary desserts (high fructose corn syrup)
- huge quantities of oxidized vegetable oils, rich in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids from GMO corn, soy, cottonseed or canola oil.
- high-saturated fat foods
- refined grain products with wheat.
- high-fat dairy products
- high-sugar drinks
- processed meat.
Biochemical individuality considers the nutritional needs of an individual unique to their genetic make-ups (supernutrition – promoting health and preventing disease). The recommended average daily requirements (R.D.R’s – nutrients) are totally inadequate (mediocre nutrition). People need to make more discriminating individual choices in the foods they eat – to select only those foods that are known to contain an abundance of essential nutrients, like amino acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace elements etc. Our DIFFICULT task is to examine the source from where most of the food supply comes e.g. forced fed animals are unhealthy, heavily fertilized and imbalanced soils, genetically modified foods, commercial interference for longer shelf life etc.
Food and nutrition policy is, at the same time, environmental policy.
The nutritional status of populations depends to a great extent on environmental conditions. Environment (soil degradation, global warming, waste disposal and other factors) was depicted as an important causal factor for disease, leading to malnutrition. Lead toxicity and iron status is a classical example of the relation between micronutrient deficiencies and pollution. Food insecurity, especially in an age of urbanization in developing countries, places new strains on food availability (production) and accessibility (pricing). Modern agriculture and technological solutions to food and nutritional problems must be balanced against environmental costs.