Sick to Death: Unhealthy Food and Failed Technologies

Posted by Ed 6 mths ago
The world is experiencing a micronutrient food and health crisis. Micronutrient deficiency now affects billions of people. Micronutrients are key vitamins and minerals and deficiencies can cause severe health conditions. They are important for various functions, including blood clotting, brain development, the immune system, energy production and bone health, and play a critical role in disease prevention.
The root of the crisis is due to an increased reliance on ultra processed foods (‘junk food’) and the way that modern food crops are grown in terms of the seeds used, the plants produced, the synthetic inputs required (fertilisers, pesticides etc) and the effects on soil. 
Changes in USDA food composition data for 43 garden crops, 1950 to 1999 

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Ed 4 mths ago
Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious?  Because of soil depletion, crops grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today.  
This decline in nutritive density may be fueling the global obesity problem, as humans (like other animals) respond to nutrient deficiencies by eating more in an attempt to fill the deficiencies. This is explained in the book Eat Like The Animals: What Nature Teaches Us About the Science of Healthy Eating.
Changes in USDA food composition data for 43 garden crops, 1950 to 1999 

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Ed 35 days ago
Ultra-processed foods: here’s how they may affect the way the immune system functions  

In our fast-paced world, convenience can often come at the cost of nutrition. This shift has led to an increased reliance on ultra-processed foods.


But diets high in ultra-processed foods are increasingly being linked to numerous health issues – including obesity, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular diseases. The poor nutritional profile of ultra-processed foods, which often lack essential nutrients and fibre, plays a significant role in these health risks.


There’s also growing evidence that ultra-processed foods may affect how our immune system works. This may explain why some studies have linked ultra-processed foods with inflammatory bowel disease and potentially autoimmune diseases.

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