Diet for a New Millennium
~ February 2000 No.91 ~
People who have made predictions about the future have said that there will come a day when all we will eat is a few pills filled with the essential nutrients. We will be too busy doing other things to spend time at a dinner table, eating large quantities of food that are not totally digested, and that contain toxins, pesticides and anti-nutritional factors. Even if this does become possible technically, it is hard to believe that we will give up the pleasures associated with eating for the sake of convenience. Rather, it is more likely that we will be eating foods that have increased levels of targeted ingredients as a way of preventing chronic disease and fighting infection. We are only now starting to identify foods that contain anti-oxidants, immune stimulants and anti-carcinogens. With each new discovery, we are finding that many of the foods we normally have in our diet contain components that are good for our health. At the same time the relationships between diet and disease is becoming more and more an accepted fact.
In the new millennium, functional foods will pass from being a new and exciting trend, to an important part of each individual’s health and disease fighting regime.
|Estimated Proportion of Diseases Attributed to the Diet1|
|Diabetes (type II)||50%|
|1. National Centre for Health Program Evaluation, Canberra, Australia, 1992|
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