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Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 1995 Nov;4 Suppl 1:51-4.

The science of nutrition - the metaphysics of food.

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Department of Biology, University of California San Diego.


With respect for the differences between and among nations, there are universal principles on which public health nutrition policy should be based. An adequate food supply containing sufficient energy and all of the essential nutrients should be available and affordable. This may include nutrient-restored or fortified food products and supplements. The foods must be coherent with the cultural needs and desires of consumers. Public and private agencies, like schools and food industries, must provide exciting and accurate nutritional information in the classroom and by mass media. Individuals must have an accurate knowledge to make healthy dietary selections. The special needs of particular sub-populations, such as prenatal mothers, infants, children, adolescents, women, and the elderly, should be emphasized and addressed. Individuals should be encouraged to assume personal responsibility for their health. The avoidance through healthy lifestyles of obesity, anorexia and nutritional deficiencies should be encouraged. The sensual pleasures of food and the joy of eating with family and friends should be emphasized and enhanced. We should celebrate the complexity and diversity of our foods and cultures. We should be free to enjoy the foods that bring us health and pleasure. We should have scientific nutritional knowledge to maximize our human potential.

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