Consume a Diet Like Your Ancestors: Washington, Nov 3 (PTI) Consuming a Diet like our ancestors which was a highly diverse and rich in nutrients and it may boost human health, study claims that.
Researchers from Washington University in the US also found that consuming a monotonous diet of staple cereals, junk food, and ultra-processed foods may be leading to malnutrition of diet.
Malnutrition problems can be traced to poor-quality diets lacking in diversity and Diet, a recent phenomenon in evolutionary history, researchers said.
Consume a Diet Like Your Ancestors, May Help Boost Health
The study, published in the journal Nutrition Reviews that, posits that there is a misalignment of modern diets and the genome formed through time. Evident in the divergence are shared risk factors for both under-nutrition and over-nutrition.
“Earlier diets were highly diverse and nutrient dense, in contrast to modern food systems in which monotonous diets of staple cereals and ultra-processed foods play a more prominent role,” said Lora Iannotti, associate professor at Washington University in United states.
The study focused on higher dietary quality that, which points to the need for altered macronutrient ratios – lower percentages of carbohydrates, in particular – and higher concentrations of a variety of micronutrients.
“This review shows that ultra-processed foods, in particular products made from substances such extracted from whole foods, particularly oils, flours, and sugar all these were not part of evolutionary diets and may be the main driver of malnutrition across most current food environments,” Iannotti said.
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