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Healthy Diets

Although the word “diet” has come to be associated with “weight loss” and “watching the calorie and fat content of the foods that we consume” in modern American society, the word really means something much more general.  “Diet” refers to the types of food that people (an individual or even in a community) eat regularly; even animals have “diets” according to this definition.  Some examples of diets shared by different communities include the Japanese diet (in which seafood and rice are consumed frequently) and the Mediterranean diet (in which olive oil, red wine, fish, and whole grains are eaten often).

As seen above, diet can vary depending on what region of the world we live in – and what foods grow in abundance there.  The quality of the soil in which our foods grow also determines the exact vitamin and mineral contents of plant food sources. Our diet is also influenced by our personal tastes as well as the dietary choices of the people around us: our neighbors, peers, colleagues, and family members.  It is also partly determined by our personal beliefs, lifestyles, whether we are treating medical conditions like celiac disease through diet, income, age, sex, whether we have (or are about to have) children, and whether we are attempting to lose, maintain, or gain weight.  For example, the diet and dietary needs of a sedentary male senior citizen in Japan will be quite different from that of a vegan woman in India who is nursing an infant, or a diabetic adolescent athlete in Argentina.

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