United Nations’ dietary policies to prevent cardiovascular diseaseBMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5747 (Published 14 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5747
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What a good initiative of the united nations to facilitate a healthy
diet globally. However that has to be transculturally addressed. Natural
food should take precedence over processed food, which due to its
preservatives, colouring and genetic modification compromises bowel
function which results in abnormal absorption and accumulation of
toxins which enhances unhealthy deposits on tissues including the blood
vessels. Due to their training medics tend to have limited knowledge on
healthy foods. Research and knowledge of food is rather piecemeal. There
has been an overemphasis on the health effects vitamins, protein, sugars
and fats. Content of these ingredients are well tabled and scientifically
driven. However, these tables do not tend to take into account
absorption rate. Milk has become increasingly more scrutinised for its low
availability of calcium and unhealthy ingredients by processing. The
essence of certain minerals and anti-oxidants are only recently gaining
increasing attention. Sugars are generally as unhealthy though it has long
been established that certain types of carbohydrates as those derived
from tropical fruits have many detoxifying and health enhancing
qualities. There is little understanding of the need of balanced food.
Food tends to have toxic ingredients, consumption of certain food products
can be hazardous. Cholesterol has to be balanced against triglycerides;
too low cholesterol levels can be hazardous. The Western culture is
aversive to bitter foods, whilst those have extremely qualities and
effects on blood pressure and cardiovascular hygiene according to
Aryuvedic and Chinese Medicine.
Blood needs to be slightly alkaline. However, when it turns acidic due to
consumption of junk food, food with preservatives or stress there can be
cardiovascular complications. Alkaline health drinks and tablets are
becoming more and more a fashion. However, these at times processed
alkaline products tend to induce potassium depletion which is another
Industrial agendas has given false information on healthy and unhealthy
food. There is overall consensus about organic and unprocessed food.
However, in terms of impoverishment of soil, natural foods do not
contain the same amount of healthy ingredients as around the 1950s.
Also due to the higher prize, these foods tend to be for the rich only
I suppose that every nation has its own local health foods, which needs to
be promoted rather than creating dependence on industrialised foods.
Health foods are just one aspect of cardiovascular health. Reduced stress
an exercise are other essential elements.
Stress is dependent on many societal factors, such as poverty, war,
Local health foods need to be incorporated in culture and stress reducing
societal interventions to reduce global cardiovascular risks.
Ruth Brand Flu
Competing interests: No competing interests