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Expert Pearls

Diet (general) - Crops /Fertilizers

Nutritional content of crops from conventional fertilizers have imbalances in nutritional content and can have excess of toxic metals. [J Altern Complemen Med, 2001;7(2):161-173. 37809 (2001)] Summary Interview

Diet (general) - Crops /Herbicides

Nutritional content of crops from conventional herbicides can have lower protein content. [J Altern Complemen Med, 2001;7(2):161-173. 37809 (2001)] Summary Interview

Diet (general) - fruits and vegetables

Nutritional content of fruits and vegetables has declined over the last 60 years. [J Altern Complemen Med, 2001;7(2):161-173. 37809 (2001)] Summary Interview

Diet (general) - Mediterranean diet

Diet (general) - Mediterranean diet - 2 phenolic/antioxidant compounds; monunsaturated fatty acids replace saturated fat, protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation; moderate dairy product consumption; rich in fruits and vegetables; whole grain bread; reduced in trans fatty acids; low in meat, and dairy products; fruit for dessert except for special occasions. [Am J Clin Nutr, 1995;61(suppl):1402S-6S. 22553 (1996)] Summary Interview

Diet (general) - Mediterranean diet - 2

Mediterranean diet lowers LDL while not effecting HDL cholesterol; olive oil is a monunsaturated fatty acid rich in phenolic/antioxidant compounds; monunsaturated fatty acids replace saturated fat, protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation; moderate dairy product consumption; rich in fruits and vegetables; whole grain bread; reduced in trans fatty acids; low in meat, and dairy products; fruit for dessert except for special occasions. [Am J Clin Nutr, 1995; 61(Suppl.):1321S-3S. 22547 (1995)] Summary Interview

Diet (general) - Organic crops

Organic crops had on average up to 30% more vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus and significantly less nitrates. [J Altern Complemen Med, 2001;7(2):161-173. 37809 (2001)] Summary Interview

Diet (general) - Organic farming

Organic farming benefits include cleaner water; an absence of pesticide residues; preserves wildlife habitat and wildlife is not poisoned; organic composts can breakdown pesticides and other toxic chemicals thereby cleaning the environment; and safeguarding and replenishing topsoil. [J Altern Complemen Med, 2001;7(2):161-173. 37809 (2001)] Summary Interview

Diet (general) - Organic grown protein

Organic grown protein is of lower quantity but better quality for human nutrition due to the reduction in nitrogen use. [J Altern Complemen Med, 2001;7(2):161-173. 37809 (2001)] Summary Interview

Diet (general) - Pediatric nutrition

Pediatric nutrition - average child in U.S. views more than 25 hours of television per week; approximately 3 hrs/wk of food advertisements; 43.6% in "fats, oils and sweets" food group, 37.5% in "bread, cereal, rice and pasta group (23% of these were for high-sugar breakfast cereals); 11% for fast-food restaurants. [J Am Diet Assoc, April 14, 1994;94:1296-1300. 21597 (1995)] Summary Interview

Diet (general) - Pediatric nutrition - 2

Pediatric nutrition - children watch on television 21.3 commercials per hour; 47.6% were food related; 91% of commercials were high in fat, salt or sugar; children 3 to 5 years of age watch on average 21.4 hours per week; #1 category of advertised foods were cereals, #2 were candies and other snack foods;15% of food-related commercials were for restaurants - mostly fast-food; of cereals advertised 85% were high in sugar; of the advertised beverages, a minority were carbonated (5.6%); 83.2% were beverages that were sweetened. [Arch Pediatr Adolescent Med, June, 1995;149:649-652. 22563 (1996)] Summary Interview

Diet (general) - Pediatric nutrition - 3

Pediatric nutrition - half of all the television ads that children view are for food, especially sugar–rich cereal and high-caloric snacks; on Saturday morning television 61% of the commercials are for food, and more than 90% of those are for sugared-cereals, candy bars, fast-foods, chips, and other nutritionally unsound foods; one-quarter of all preschoolers, one-half of all older children, and two-thirds of all teenagers have a television set in their own bedroom. [Develop Behav Pediatr, June 2001;22(3):185-187. 38178 (2001)] Summary Interview

Diet (general) - Primate diet vs. Western diet

Nutritional content of versus Western diet - more leafy vegetables, wild fruit, fiber, alpha-linolenic acid, vitamin C, plant protein, less high calorie-carbohydrate/sugar rich food. [Nutrition 1999;15(6):488-498. 33148 (2000)] Summary Interview

Diet (general) - Vegan

Vegan diets, and to a lesser extent lacto-ovovegetarian diets, have reduced toxin and heavy metal exposure than animal food-based diets. [Am J Clin Nutr, 2004;80:237-238. 41817 (2004)] Summary Interview
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