Foodfacts.com observes that, when you are ready to take control of your health, it is time to learn about nutrition. What is nutrition? It is the nutrient value or content of your diet. Good nutrition prevents disease—bad nutrition causes disease.
The science of nutrition was founded in the beginning of the 20th century when Casimir Funk, a Polish chemist, coined the term “vitamine.” It was later shortened to vitamin. His concept was that disease was caused by a deficiency of a specific vitamin. Vitamin B1 prevented beriberi.
In the years that followed, we learned that vitamin C could prevent scurvy. A deficiency of vitamin B3 causes pellagra, and a deficiency of vitamin D causes rickets.
This was the very beginning of the nutrition movement. It was difficult for medical orthodoxy to believe that diseases were caused by a lack of vitamins. After all, it took almost 100 years for Louis Pasteur to convince medicine that all diseases were caused by bacteria.
The medical field has historically been slow to accept change. Its glacier-like thinking can take 50 to 100 years between discovery and acceptance of new ideas.
Dr. James Lind discovered that scurvy could be prevented with a ration of lime juice in 1752, but it took the British Admiralty more than 50 years to make it mandatory for sailors in the British Navy to be given a daily ration of lime juice. This allowed Britain’s navy to rule the seas, and that is why the British came to be known as limeys.
More than 100 years later, during our Civil War, thousands of American soldiers, both Union and Confederate were dying of scurvy.
The biggest change in the history of nutrition was the processing of grains that occurred in the latter part of the 19th century when steel-roller mills were developed, which separated the wheat bran and the germ, leaving a pure-white flour that was devoid of nutrition.
All the cells in our body need the food we eat. A complete diet should include leaves, roots, tubers, seeds, nuts, and fruits. We should eat both plant and animal foods.
The nutrition of most people would be improved if they consumed more milk, cheese, and other dairy products. Milk and eggs are relatively complete foods.
Good nutrition helps maintain healthy blood vessels, which do not rupture easily, and prevents the formation of clots, which stop the blood flow. It is an important factor in delaying the aging process.
Who needs to be educated? Everyone. There are millions of intelligent people in our country who would profit from a better understanding of nutrition. It is essential that the public schools teach the next generation about nutrition and its present and future possibilities.
Who are the experts? Trained biochemists who direct their attention to nutritional problems. They must be knowledgeable about the complex interactions of amino acids, minerals, vitamins, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, enzymes, hormones, nucleic acids, and other factors.
Medical education trains physicians. Currently, medical training does not produce experts in nutrition.
Every individual is unique, just like his or her fingerprints. As a general rule, one should eat a diversified diet. Milk and dairy products, eggs, seeds, nuts, meat from mammals and fowls, fish and marine products, roots and tubers, vegetables, including carrots, fruits of all kinds, including melons and tomatoes, and fungi, yeast, mushrooms, and truffles should be consumed.
These foods do not have to be eaten every day, but a wide variety can be chosen over time. Eating well and being well-nourished during youth builds a foundation of good health, which can stand considerable abuse in later life. But no adult can live on empty calories. Exercise stimulates the circulation of the blood, which brings oxygen and nutrients to all the tissues.
Avoid too much refined food. Sugar, alcohol, highly milled rice, and products made from white flour should be eaten sparingly. The use of nutritional supplements is not a substitute for sensible eating.
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Source: The Epoch Times