Econutrition and utilization of food-based approaches for nutritional health
Authors: Blasbalg, Tanya L.; Wispelwey, Bram; Deckelbaum, Richard J.
Source: Food & Nutrition Bulletin, Volume 32, Supplement 1, March 2011 , pp. 4S-13S(10)
Abstract:Background. Macronutrient and micronutrient deficiencies continue to have a detrimental impact in lower-income countries, with significant costs in morbidity, mortality, and productivity. Food is the primary source of the nutrients needed to sustain life, and it is the essential component that links nutrition, agriculture, and ecology in the econutrition framework. Objective. To present evidence and analysis of food-based approaches for improving nutritional and health outcomes in lower-income countries. Methods. Review of existing literature. Results and conclusions. The benefits of food-based approaches may include nutritional improvement, food security, cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and human productivity. Food-based approaches require additional inputs, including nutrition education, gender considerations, and agricultural planning. Although some forms of malnutrition can be addressed via supplements, food-based approaches are optimal to achieve sustainable solutions to multiple nutrient deficiencies.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2011-03-01
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