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Evolving Human Nutrition Implications for Public Health

ISBN-10: 1107692660

ISBN-13: 9781107692664

Edition: 2013

Authors: Stanley Ulijaszek, Neil Mann, Sarah Elton

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While most of us live our lives according to the working week, we did not evolve to be bound by industrial schedules, nor did the food we eat. Despite this, we eat the products of industrialization and often suffer as a consequence. This book considers aspects of changing human nutrition from evolutionary and social perspectives. It considers what a 'natural' human diet might be, how it has been shaped across evolutionary time and how we have adapted to changing food availability. The transition from hunter-gatherer and the rise of agriculture through to the industrialisation and globalisation of diet are explored. Far from being adapted to a 'Stone Age' diet, humans can consume a vast range of foodstuffs. However, being able to eat anything does not mean that we should eat everything, and therefore engagement with the evolutionary underpinnings of diet and factors influencing it are key to better public health practice.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 414
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Neil Mann is Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry and head of the Food Science department at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He has worked extensively on the nutritional biochemistry of fatty acids and has led several nutritional clinical trials investigating the role of altered macronutrient dietary balance on diseases related to western lifestyle, including acne and diabetes.

Sarah Elton is the author of Locavore: From Farmers' Fields To Rooftop Gardens--How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eat. She has written for publications such as the New York Times, Atlantic.com, Maclean's, and Globe and Mail and is the food columnist for CBC Radio's Here & Now. She lives in Toronto.