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What Is Your Best And Worst Food?

Eating well and exercising are essential parts of being a healthy, well-adjusted adult.

A large and growing body of research suggests that diet plays an important role in the development of many health conditions and may even play a role in disease prevention, possibly by shaping the function of the immune system. (This is because diet plays a key role in protecting the body from viruses and other pathogens (viruses are the ones who cause most of the common ailments in the world, including cancer), as well as in protecting the body from certain types of injuries.

In addition to helping avoid illness, the diet you eat also affects the body’s response to illness – if your diet does not support and encourage regular physical activity (for all ages, especially in children and young children), your immune system may be weakened and your chances of developing a disease may increase.

It is estimated that roughly 35% of American adults do not get the minimum recommended amount of exercise in any given week. (1) 

This “obesity epidemic” (or the “obesity crisis”) is also a big problem for our world as a whole .

The global population increased by about 25% in just 50 years (1980 to 2010) (2)

This increase in world population means that more and more people will have to share the same land, water and resources in the coming decades.

This means that people around the globe will have to share many of the same foods and may even live in the same neighborhoods. This is a problem, as more and more people will have to eat the same foods and the diets of these people will be different in terms of what and how much they eat.

If people who were once poor in terms of physical fitness, diet, and living standards (low income, poverty, unemployment, etc.) start to live in better economic conditions (wealthier and more educated), and are starting to live healthier too (e.g., exercise more, eat better, eat healthfully, live longer, take care of their overall health, etc.), then these people will also be more likely to have better physical fitness levels than previously (or the prevalence of some diseases may decrease).

People who live far away from the cities will also be affected by these health issues from a distance.

This has lead to the concept of “food miles” (distance in miles, and thus calories consumed). The more distance that food takes to reach the consumer from the factory, the less energy there is for the food to be consumed. An interesting comparison to this would be how much space you require to drive your car (in miles) compared to how much space you need to walk to it by foot.

The food miles of 1-800-FLY-FARM-MILL (the USDA’s metric system for determining the number of miles required to produce a one-ounce vegetable) is 1,000 miles. This means that 1 ounce of vegetables must be bought and transported to the processor where the food is made, from the field where the food grows to the store, before its actual consumption (the point at which the food is consumed, typically via the stomach) can occur. For the same vegetable, one could travel 800 miles (1.5 pounds of food), or 1,550 miles (2 pounds of food).

As you can see from the examples above, a consumer can easily eat the same amount (or even more) of food (without going to the effort of transporting that food, say from an expensive factory in the United States to your local grocery store), without increasing their caloric intake.

As our world becomes more polluted, our health will face increasing stresses.