Nutrition is the study of the relationship between food and drink in their relationship to health or disease, especially in determining an optimal diet for purposes of health, weight loss, bodybuilding, or other purposes. It is practiced by nutritionists. We have come a long way in our understanding about nutrition. For example; as recently as the 1960s many doctors routinely told their patients that nutrition had nothing to do with their health. We now know otherwise; you are what you eat!

Table of contents
1 Nutrition and Health
2 Advised dietary guidelines, and concepts in nutrition
3 Nutritional Data
4 Current issues and controversies
5 See Also
6 Further reading

Nutrition and Health

There exists a large category of disease which are thought to be caused, at least in part, by malnutrition, or the lack of proper nutrition (see Dr. Joel Fuhrman). These include :

Additionally, several diseases directly or indirectly are impacted by diet, and require very close attention to the nutrient content of food. These include:

Advised dietary guidelines, and concepts in nutrition

Current dietary guidelines in the United States are presented in the concept of a food pyramid. Detailed information on general nutrition is available at the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Information Center, at

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Nutritional Data

Current issues and controversies

Controversies in modern nutrition include:

See Also

Further reading

British Nutrition Foundation: Advice and news on nutrition

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