During this module of instruction, you will identify and evaluate the changes in the western diet over the last forty years. You will learn how these changes have resulted in specific micronutrient deficiencies that have led to increases in neurodevelopmental disorders, type-2 diabetes, heart disease and other western disease conditions.
1. Describe how the world's per capita refined sugar and vegetable consumption has changed over the last 40 years and how this change may impact health.
2. Recognize the factors that might explain the increasing inorganic blood mercury levels in the human population.
3. Explain how reductions in the intake of methyl donating and calcium rich foods can lead to adverse child birth or health outcomes and increases in common western diseases (e.g. hypertension, heart disease, type-2 diabetes, Alzheimer's.
4. Become familiar with recipes for preparing calcium rich meals.
5. Prepare and eat a calcium rich meal.
1. Read Chapter 5 of your Unsafe At Any Meal book.
3. Using the table in Chapter 5 that provides a list of foods rich in calcium, find a recipe on the Internet that uses three of these calcium rich foods as ingredients. The recipe should be one you are willing to try. Use the recipe to prepare and eat the meal.
4. Answer the discussion questions and talk about them with your friend or study group.
1. How has refined sugar consumption changed in the United States since 1970? What does this change mean in a population that is already magnesium deficient?
2. What factors might explain the 29% decrease in the American per capita consumption of calcium rich foods? What does this decrease mean for pregnancy or birth outcomes (e.g. lead detoxification, hypomethylation, low birth weight babies)?
3. Share with your friend or study group the recipe you used to prepare a calcium rich meal. Was the meal tasty?