Eat or feed?

Eat or feed?
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Most people swallow a mountain of food, but they don't feed themselves.

Feeding means consuming tasty, inviting and fragrant foods that have the ability to entertain the same characteristics of our original nature in our physical and mental whole. These foods must possess the nutritional, energetic and restorative properties, so that, in their prophylactic - therapeutic role, they provide us with those substances necessary for our vital processes, and that they have a specific action in our organism in the fight against diseases.

Eating: we observe a typical meal in which most people find themselves:

  • First course (seasoned white pasta)
  • Second (typically meat)
  • Side dish (potatoes or vegetables or many times nothing)
  • Formaggio
  • Fruit sometimes
  • Sweet, many times
  • Water or wine or beer and on many tables only drinks such as orange coke etc. etc.
  • Coffee

Such a meal is not a nourishment, but a set of deadly substances for our body. Let's not forget that 60% of hospital admissions are caused by poor nutrition.

This typical meal together with the rest of the food of the day, causes an introduction of about 1000 more calories per head, with an expenditure of "only" 35.000 billion old lire per year (the data refer to 1986 and are from the National Institute Nutrition more recent research I have not found but they should not deviate much). The result? many "full bellies", but of foods lacking in nutrients that our body needs. In addition to the 35.000 billion lire, healthcare costs must also be added to try to cure the consequences of this poor diet.

In the last fifty years, there has been a very abrupt food change, fewer vegetables, extra virgin olive oil, whole grains, and legumes are consumed; while consumption of meat, white cereals, butter and sugar has increased considerably. Once upon a time there was a diet that everyone talks about: the Mediterranean diet. Unfortunately for many, in past years, it was not diet, but hunger. In fact, the main causes of death, then, were diseases due to poor nutrition, in this way infectious diseases reigned. A trivial measles or whooping cough became deleterious for children. The organism of these children not being sufficiently nourished did not have the energy to be able to defend itself, so it succumbed easily. Well-being has now brought a lot of food, but it is food without vitality, and the causes of death have changed, now they are degenerative: cardiovascular, tumors, etc. 35% of neoplasms (tumors) are of food cause.

We are approaching dramatically the American situation where one third of the population is obese. Most of the large obese Americans are low-income citizens. These people buy food at the lowest price to eat (foods according to the law, however!) Which are without that vitality of which the human being seeks, so he will continue to eat frantically looking for these nutrients that he does not find, with the result of become obese. Italy is also approaching American statistics.

Due to an excess of fats and calcium salts, the arteries become encrusted, and plaques (atheromas) are formed, often these are already present in 10-year-old children; let's not forget that 25 out of 100 children tend to obesity. These plaques, which are found in autopsies, become bigger and thicker, the blood can no longer pass and there is a heart attack, or other cardiovascular diseases.

Furthermore, excess fat slows down digestion. Protein excess creates liver and kidney problems. We find the most disconcerting reality in the structures that should cure people suffering from some illness: the "hospitals". Many of us happened to visit a person hospitalized in these structures, or to be there as guests, so we had the opportunity to be present at the distribution of the meal. In this "ritual" the most important thing, where you do not settle in any way is "hygiene". In that "food" there must be no bacteria, no viruses, everything must be sterilized, everything must be "dead". Our organism, on the other hand, is alive: it coexists with billions of bacteria, and these are important for it to be in harmony.

The title of a scientific research published in 1998 is eloquent: "Give us our daily germs today". The summary of this paper: “modern vaccinations, fear of germs and obsession with hygiene are depriving the immune system of the key information on which it depends. This does not allow to maintain the correct cytochemical balance and a good harmony of T cell regulation and could lead to an increase in the incidence of allergies and autoimmune diseases. (here comes the fun part) If man continues to depress his immune system from the imputations to which evolution has adapted it, it may be necessary to devise a way to artificially rebalance it. (inventing new drugs instead of removing problems) "

Keep in mind that "the meal" that is served in the hospital is in accordance with the law. We must ask ourselves who made the law and how they view the food, with a "scientific" vision studied but on "dead" material, or with a wise vision of "vital food", for which I live?

This is the reality of our days, the important thing is to know it, in this way we can defend ourselves.

Normally, the hospital for the canteen service indicates a "contract to the bottom", which does not take into account the vitality of the food, the freshness and all that profound aspect that food must provide to keep us intact or help us heal. The company that wins the tender will consequently supply "food according to the law", as per the contract, and will not worry about the rest.

Practically those who are "responsible" for our integrity are the first who do not care.

Choosing a more genuine and intelligent diet leads to better physical and mental health and to a considerable monetary saving, especially for medical treatments, which are not needed, or are much less useful.

To give a concrete example: once the elderly were the wise, they maintained the knowledge and experiences of life and so they could pass this wealth of information to the young, now, in most cases the elderly are arterial / sclerotic. This process of "hardening" of the brain is in most cases the result of an exaggerated and unbalanced diet.

Ansa 30/09/2008 OBESITY, THE CRISIS IS COMING - ROME - Obesity comes from the economic crisis, with increasingly poor shopping carts, in which foods are increasingly cheaper and high in fat. "Less expensive nutrition often comes at the expense of quality and trying to spend less can paradoxically lead to gaining weight", observed the president of the Italian Association of Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition (ADI), Giuseppe Fatati, presenting the Obesity in Rome Day, scheduled for October 10th. With the ADI dietetic services open doors (, it will be the day dedicated to the prevention and treatment of obesity, a problem that is on the rise in Italy. According to the most recent data available, those of the Heart Project of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), 18% of men and 22% of women are obese. The South was most affected (19% and 31%). Among the causes, according to Fatati, bad nutrition is at the top, together with a sedentary lifestyle. In the "new" shopping trolleys - he added - the typical foods of the Mediterranean diet decrease: "The consumption of fruit, vegetables and olive oil is decreasing" and the packaged foods, richer in fats and sugars, increase. For experts, it is still possible to spend less and eat healthily: "it is estimated that the average Italian throws about 30% of what he buys," said Fatati. Going back to the old shopping list can help you "resist" the temptations of the supermarket and avoid excess purchases. It is also useful - he concluded - to choose seasonal fruits and vegetables, blue fish, reduce meat consumption by preferring legumes.

REGARDS 38 LUCANES OUT OF 100, RECORDS IN ITALY - Basilicata is the Italian region with the highest percentage of obese women: 38%, in fact, have serious weight problems, compared to a national average of 22. Regarding men, on the other hand, have a slightly lower rate than the Italian one, with 16 cases out of 18 against XNUMX Italians. The data were disclosed, in a press release, by the president of ADI, on the basis of the figures provided by the Istituto Superiore della Sanità. The number of obese people, Fatati pointed out, is "a real paradox of the economic crisis: the more Italians pull on the belt and the more they gain weight. Even in Basilicata it is the fault of the way of shopping, which takes into account more than the receipt rather than the health".

USA The latest threat to national security: obesity - Are we becoming too fat a nation to defend ourselves? It seems incredible, but these are the facts: in 2005, at least 9 million young adults - 27 percent of all Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 - were too overweight for military service, according to the analysis of the 'Army of national data. And since then, these high numbers have remained largely unchanged.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention data show obesity rates among young adults dramatically increasing across the nation. From 1998 to 2008, the number of states reporting 40 percent or more of overweight or obese young adults increased from one to 39.
While other significant factors may prevent our youth from joining the Armed Forces - such as being without a high school diploma or having a history of serious crime - being overweight or obese has become the main medical reason for reforming recruits.
Since 1995, the percentage of potential recruits who failed physical exams due to weight problems has increased by nearly 70 percent, according to data reported by the Division of Preventive Medicine at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research ("Walter Reed" Army Research Institute).
We consider this problem so serious from a national security perspective that we have associated more than 130 other retired senior generals, admirals and military commanders in inviting Congress to pass a new infant feeding law.
What children eat and drink during school hours constitutes up to 40 percent of their daily nourishment consumption. Properly managed, the school environment can be instrumental in promoting healthy eating habits among our children.
Researchers from Rice University and the University of Houston noted in March Health Journal that increasing participation in federal nutrition programs "could be the most effective tool to use in the fight against obesity in poor children."
As a nation, we must take the next step. Our school districts need resources to offer our children more vegetables, more fruit and more whole grains, as well as products with less sugar, sodium, fat and calories in canteens and vending machines. Yes, this means increasing funding for infant feeding programs. But with our national spending of at least $ 75 billion a year on obesity-related medical bills, we think this step will pay off in the long run.
We urge Congress to pass a vigorous draft law on infant feeding which:
- Keep junk food and other high calorie drinks out of our schools by adopting new standards based on the latest research on food and drinks sold or served in our schools. The rules for school meals are 15 years old. They clearly need to be updated.
- Support the Administration's proposal for an increase of $ 10 billion per year for XNUMX years for child nutrition programs that improve feeding standards, the quality of meals served in schools and allow more children to have access to these programs.
- Develop research-based strategies, implemented through our schools, that help parents and children adopt healthier eating habits and lifelong exercise habits.
When the National School Lunch Act was passed in 1946, it was seen as a national security issue. Many of our military leaders have recognized that poor nutrition is a significant factor that reduces the mass of qualified candidates for military service.
Our country is facing another serious health crisis. Obesity rates threaten the general health of America and the future strength of our Armed Forces. We must act, as we did after the Second World War, to ensure that our children can one day defend our country if necessary.
Retired US Army General Gen. John M. Shalikashvili served as President of the Joint General Staff from October 1993 to September 1997. Retired US Army General Gen. Hugh Shelton served as president of the Joint Chief of Staff from October 1997 to September 2001. Both are on the executive advisory board of Mission: Readiness, a non-profit organization of former high-level military chiefs.
John M. Shalikashvili and Hugh Shelton
Translation for by Pierpaolo POLDRUGO Source>  The Washington Post

40% Italians would like a healthy diet but cannot - Censis / Coldiretti Report, the elderly are the most loyal at a healthy table. The snack, a must Source: Ansa

ROME, MAY 19 - I would like to eat healthier but I can't, this is the statement that best describes the relationship with food of 37% of Italians (almost 4 out of 10 Italians), a share that rises to 40,5% between 30-44 year olds, over 40% of women and over 43% of housewives. This is what emerges from the first Coldiretti / Censis report on the eating habits of Italians which shows that the 'frustrated' are more than almost 33% of Italians who say they follow a healthy diet "because nutrition is among the factors important for health ", and it is mainly the elderly (40,3%) and graduates (37,6%) who practice this healthy trend. That the equilibrium at the table is still far from being achieved in the families of the Bel Paese demonstrates the fact that 43% of Italians are overweight, if not obese (11%). Information on food - continues the Coldiretti / Censis report - is increasingly important for Italians; in fact, almost 62% of the interviewees declared themselves "very informed on the nutritional values, calories and fats concerning the various foods". 34% of the interviewees believe that their diet depends primarily on subjective characteristics and choices, 30,4% on family tradition, and just under 19% "on what you can afford". As for the main sources of information on food, in addition to television, the web (51,1%) is the primary source. Followed by newspapers, weekly and periodicals (34%), then family and friends (25,5%) and 25,6% instead turn to shopkeepers and store staff. "From the report - comments the president of Coldiretti Sergio Marini - an important segmentation of behaviors emerges, with over 1/3 of the Italians recognizing the value of nutrition and behaving accordingly, 1/3 that for lifestyle, temptations and stress, although aware, is unable to behave correctly and 1/3 who is not attentive to the table for lack of knowledge ". "On this latter segment - concludes Marini - it is necessary to work responsibly in a country like Italy that can no longer afford to take for granted the quality of the food brought to the table as it happened in the past, when the effects of globalization were not so significant ".

SNACK A MUST FOR ITALIANS, PASTA RESISTS AT LUNCH - Two Italians out of three do not give up the snack, which makes space between lunch and dinner in the habits of Italians. This is what emerges from the first Coldiretti / Censis report on the eating habits of Italians which shows that 62,3% of Italians take their food break in the morning, 63,8% in the afternoon and 52,2% are in the morning and in the afternoon. Snacks are mainly women, young people, singles and residents of the South islands. Fruits, yogurt, crackers and, in the morning, croissants, croissants and snacks are the foods that make up the snacks. With the emergence of the snack - the report continues - lunch and dinner tend to resemble each other, with the only obvious difference pasta, much more present on the tables of Italians at lunch than at dinner. Place equal to seven for each week the number of lunches, fruit, bread and vegetables are present 5 times out of seven, pasta 4,6 times out of seven, meat 3 times out of seven, the dessert is on the table for two lunches a week, so rice and fish. Among the drinks, however, wine is present in just under 3 weekly lunches, carbonated drinks less than 2 times, beer just over once a week. Dinners have characteristics that are not very different from lunches, because five times a week the Italians declare that they put vegetables, fruit and bread on the table; meat (2,8 out of 7), pasta (2,5), fish (less than twice), dessert (also less than twice) and rice (1,6 times) are less present. Wine, carbonated drinks and beer are present with the same intensity as at lunch. Bread is always very popular, however - concludes the report - 17 million eat it 7 days a week, however, pasta enthusiasts, however and always during the week, are 7 million, 1,2 million those who always eat vegetables 14,7 million those who always eat fresh fruit, 20,3 thousand meat and 500 thousand dessert.

ITALIANS CHOOSE QUICK COOKING, 70% BUY FROZEN - Italians are in a hurry in the kitchen and therefore they buy 69,6% frozen products, and 58,7% canned food, while 41,4% do not give up on first-hand quality and go shopping directly from the manufacturer. The data emerge from the Coldiretti / Censis report on the eating habits of Italians. This does not mean - the research underlines - that the consumer follows a 'monolithic' diet, but rather a personalized food cart is chosen so that the frozen food coexists very well with the PDO and PGI product. For example, among those who regularly purchase denomination products, 77,7% also buy frozen foods on a regular basis and, among those who regularly buy organic farming products, 73% also buy frozen foods. "Citizens want safe, quality food at the right price - comments the president of Coldiretti Sergio Marini commenting on the research -. The demand for products linked to territorial identity is strong and this type of agriculture is the one that will have a future in everything the world. All those who work to dismantle this type of agriculture will lose because the consumer wants local food. "

IN 60 YEARS + 300% MEAT AND 1/3 IN LESS WINE - From the post-war period to today the Italians have profoundly changed their diet, as evidenced by the 300% increase in meat consumption that has occurred in the last 60 years, while wine consumption fell by over a third. This is what Coldiretti says in pointing out that the consumption of fruit and vegetables has also increased massively, while, in addition to wine, the consumption of pasta and bread has also decreased. The change - Coldiretti underlines - has also affected the qualitative aspects of the diet such as the transition from handmade to industrial pasta, the growth of beef compared to chicken, the arrival of new varieties of fruit such as kiwi in the 80s, the emergence of extra virgin olive oil against lard and lard present in the north since the post-war period and the subsequent boom in margarine. In the last 60 years - continues Coldiretti - by 56% the kilocalories consumed on average by the Italians per day. Profound changes have occurred - Coldiretti points out - also from an economic point of view, with a progressive reduction of the incidence of food expenditure on the total consumption of Italians which has gone from 45% in 1950 to 15% in the first decade of the twentieth century. In the latter period, according to the Censis / Coldiretti report, attention to quality, safety and eco-social impact is growing. "A trend to which - comments Coldiretti - is able to respond to Italian agriculture which since the post-war period has become a leader on an international level in terms of quality, environment and health. The Made in Italy agri-food sector achieved leadership in typical products in 2009. in Europe with 202 awards, the largest number of biological companies and the first place in health and food safety, with a record of 99% of samples with chemical residues below the legal limits ".

And finally "science" also arrives

STUDY OF THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF ROME - Eating one third less keeps the brain young - Anti-aging molecule found. It is activated with few calories

MILAN - Too many calories on the daily menu also "age" the brain. In short, study after study, science confirms that the secret of long life in good health is precisely in the lifestyle at the table. And even a molecule has been discovered that protects neurons from aging. A molecule activated precisely if you eat less. How much less? Today it can be said: 30 percent of calories are left on the plate. Almost a third of those recommended as normal based on the type of activity that takes place. In other words, those who have to eat 2.000 calories reduce them to 1.400. And this has already been identified by previous studies (published in Science and Nature): those that have linked cell longevity to a low-calorie diet.

THE MOLECULE - The Italian anti-aging brain molecule has been found by Italian researchers. From the Catholic University of Rome. The molecule is called Creb1, is activated by a low calorie diet and acts as a conductor by turning on other genes important for longevity and for the proper functioning of the brain. The study was conducted by the team of Giovambattista Pani, of the Institute of General Pathology directed by Achille Cittadini, in collaboration with the team of Human Physiology led by Claudio Grassi. And it was published in Proceedings of the national academy of sciences USA (Pnas). "The goal now - comments Pani - is to find ways to activate Creb1, for example through new drugs, even without having to undergo a strict diet. The calorie restriction was for us more than anything else an experimental expedient to discover and turn on a protective circuit of the brain that involves Creb1 and other genes responsible for longevity, sirtuins (Sirt) ».

OBESITY AND AGING - Indeed, the observation, in recent years increasingly supported by numerous experimental results, had already linked obesity to a slowdown and premature aging of brain functions. As is the case with typical diseases of the third age, from senile dementia to Parkinson's. On the contrary, calorie restriction (to the right extent) keeps the brain young. It makes it more active. But the molecular "buttons" that govern the positive effects of diet on the brain were so far unknown. The molecule identified by the Cattolica group of scientists opens more than one window.

DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS - It is no coincidence that Creb1 normally regulates important brain functions such as memory, learning and control of anxiety. And its activity decreases, or is compromised, precisely by the advancing age. «Neurons - explains Grassi - communicate with each other through specialized junctions, the synapses, whose function is essential not only for the transmission of information in neural networks, but also for their storage (formation of memories). The correct function of the synapses is therefore crucial for learning and memory. Mind the alterations of the synapses are at the basis of the cognitive decline that is observed in Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Caloric restriction, as we have seen and demonstrated, enhances the synapses' ability to store information. This beneficial action is precisely mediated by Creb1 ». In mice where Creb1 has been blocked in brain areas responsible for cognitive functions, the benefits of caloric restriction on the brain (improved memory, etc.) do not occur. The animal, despite the diet, has the same deficits as the supernoured animal. It is the proof of the 9. Mario Pappagallo

Ferdinando Donolato