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Selection of an Optimal Diet

Modern Criteria
  • J. Michael Gurney

Abstract

Man, being a social animal living in a wide range of habitats and consuming a highly varied diet, challenges any simple definition of his food requirements. For example a traditional daily Kikuyu diet contains approximately 22 g of fat and 390 g of carbohydrate. This contrasts with 162 g of fat, an enormous intake, and 59 g of carbohydrate in Eskimo diets (Weiner, 1964). With this and many other examples of cultural variability, an optimal diet for the promotion of long life and well-being can be defined and classified only in the broadest terms.

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Food Group Food Habit Dietary Guideline Dietary Energy Nutrient Density 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Michael Gurney
    • 1
  1. 1.Caribbean Food and Nutrition InstituteKingston, 7Jamaica

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