Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 04, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, reports on a study done by researchers in the U.K. that has determined there is one single factor more than any other that can safeguard good health. Diet, in addition to tobacco, alcohol, and physical exercise, are all major factors contributing to chronic diseases in Europe. Diabetes and heart disease are just a couple.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/the-best-way-to-prevent-chronic-disease), because of the serious health problems diabetes and heart disease can cause, there is a pressing need to promote healthier food choices and better diets, the U.K. researchers say. They are so convinced this should be the focus to improve the health of Europeans everywhere that they have established something called, “Food and Health Research in Europe,” or FAHRE.
As the article outlines, FAHRE is a collaborative project commissioned by the European Union. Countries usually commission research on food and health separately; few countries have combined research strategies or programs. Most clinical trials have focused on food and bio-technology, food safety, epidemiological research, and nutritional surveillance. But there have been a few holes in the research aimed at getting Europeans to eat better. There has been less research into personal behavior and very little on environmental influences on food choices—in the retail and marketing industry, policy, and regulation.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports national food policies, based on clinical evidence and endorsed by the World Health Organization, recommend major changes in food intake to meet the challenge of chronic diseases. Areas such as “nutrio-genomics,” individualized diets, functional foods, and “nutri-pharmaceuticals” appear likely to yield less health benefit, the U.K. researchers have determined. What needs to be done instead is research on interventions to influence dietary patterns, they claim. For example, Europe needs policies to reduce the consumption of trans fats, saturated fats, salt, and energy density.
Clearly, a healthy diet full of healing foods is the number-one defense against disease, according to these U.K. researchers, who are in the trenches and have given some timely health advice: make healthy food choices every day, even when surrounded by fast food, baked goods, sugary snacks, salty foods, and saturated fats. This is key to avoiding many of the chronic diseases that are plaguing not only Europeans, but North Americans, too.
(SOURCE: McCarthy, M., et al., "Research for food and health in Europe: themes, needs and proposals," Health Res. Policy Syst., Sept. 29, 2011; 9: 37.)
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