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Diet, Nutrition, & Health: Western Diet

A topic guide covering aspects of diet, nutrition, and health.

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Is the Western Diet Making the World Sick?

With globalization, the Western diet, and particularly the American diet, is rapidly overtaking local diets around the world. Due to a reliance on sugars and fats, this diet has created major health problems for previously healthy populations. Diabetes, obesity, and heart disease are just a few directly-related maladies. This anthology looks at the key facts and ideas underpinning this phenomenon. Experts weigh in on the effects and consequences of the Western diet.

The Queen of Fats

A nutritional whodunit that takes readers from Greenland to Africa to Israel, The Queen of Fats gives a fascinating account of how we have become deficient in a nutrient that is essential for good health: the fatty acids known as omega-3s. Writing with intelligence and passion, Susan Allport tells the story of these vital fats, which are abundant in greens and fish, among other foods. She describes how scientists came to understand the role of omega-3s in our diet, why commercial processing has removed them from the food we eat, and what the tremendous consequences have been for our health. In many Western countries, epidemics of inflammatory diseases and metabolic disorders have been traced to omega-3 deficiencies. The Queen of Fats provides information for every consumer who wants to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and obesity and to improve brain function and overall health. This important and compelling investigation into the discovery, science, and politics of omega-3s will transform our thinking about what we should be eating. * Includes steps you can take to add omega-3s to your diet * Shows why eating fish is not the only way, or even the best way, to increase omega-3s. * Provides a new way to understand the complex advice about the role and importance of fats in the body * Explains how and why the food industry has created a deadly imbalance of fats in our foods * Shows how omega-3s can be reintroduced to our diet through food enrichment and changes in the feeding of livestock

The Silent Killer

High blood pressure is one of the world’s growing killers—especially in countries like China, where Western diets and a growing lack of exercise are beginning to take their toll. We travel to Beijing to join Professor Liu Lisheng and her team at Fuwai Hospital, where they are treating more and more people for high blood pressure. The program also visits Scotland, where high blood pressure has long been a huge public health issue.

Source: Films on Demand