Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

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| Editors: Paul B. Thompson, David M. Kaplan

Eating from a Nutrition Point of View

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_272-5



Ample evidence exists on the negative influence on health of eating a diet high in energy, saturated fat, and salt and the onset of diabetes, cardiovascular, and malignant diseases (for an overview, see WHO 2004). The rising problem of obesity fuels the efforts of health promoters, policy makers, the food industry, and other experts concerned with nutrition communication to promote convenient healthful eating. Despite these efforts, promoting healthful eating remains a challenge (see Obesity and Consumer Choice).

At present, two contradictory trends emerge in nutrition promotion. On the one hand, decades of efforts have created awareness and understanding of eating for health, to eat a variety of food, more fruits, vegetables, and fish and avoid too much fatty and sugary food, calories, and salt, and have also created the intention to do so in practice. At the environmental level, great...


Healthy Eating Nutritional Guideline Healthful Food Healthful Eating Nutrition Communication 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Health and Society GroupWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands