Food Constituents

Authored by: Carolyn D. Berdanier

Handbook of Nutrition and Food

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466505711
eBook ISBN: 9781466505728
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Animals, including man, consume food to obtain the nutrients they need. Throughout the world, there are differences in food consumption related to socioeconomic conditions, food supply, and cultural dictates. If a variety of fresh and cooked foods is consumed in sufficient quantities to meet the energy needs of the consumer, then the needs for protein and the micronutrients should be met. Having this in mind, it is surprising to learn that some people are poorly nourished and indeed may develop one or more nutrition-related diseases through either excessive intake or inadequate intake of one or more essential nutrients and/or destruction of essential nutrients during preparation.

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