Diet, Nutrition, and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases: Report of a WHO Study Group

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World Health Organization, Jan 1, 1990 - Health & Fitness - 203 pages
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Records the consensus reached by a group of experts commissioned to examine the strength of evidence linking dietary factors to the development of several chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cancer, diabetes, & osteoporosis. Epidemiological data linking changing patterns of disease to changes in diet are assessed & current knowledge about the place of specific nutrients & dietary factors in the etiology of chronic diseases is summarized. The report, in one of its key acheivements, issues a series of "population nutrient goals," put forward as a universal guide to the nutrient intakes needed to prevent all diet-related diseases & appropriate for application in all countries throughout the world. Lower & upper intakes are set for each of the main nutrient needed to prevent deficiency diseases & the maximum intake that should not be exceeded in the interest of preventing chronic diseases. The book concludes with explanations as to why current policies governing food production & supply are essentially agricultural policies driven by economic & politcal issues.

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A summary of the relationships between diet and chronic diseases
Integrating information on nutritional and dietary relationships to disease

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