In the 1970s, when we were in school, food allergies were rare. But Australian children now have the highest rate of food allergy in the world. Up to one in ten infants and two in ten school-aged children have a proven food allergy.
Thought for Food Blog
Gluten-free diets have long been recommended for those with coeliac disease, but why are so many other people avoiding gluten? Is it an affectation adopted by the middle class worried well consumer, or is there a scientific basis to gluten avoidance, even for people who are not suffering from coeliac disease?
Obesity and related syndromes
Italian culture places high value on food; Italy is renowned for its cuisine, and meals are important and lengthy events for many Italian families.
Additionally, in their article published in the journal Tumori, Pala et al highlight that the Italian diet typically consists of a high proportion of fatty foods – butter, cheese, cakes, meat, etc. As a result, a problem in the Italian community is the presence of overweight and obese individuals.
Cereals such as wheat, rice and corn are an important part of the human diet worldwide. They are the most widely grown of all crops and are consumed frequently, either on their own or in products such as breakfast cereals, bread and pasta.
Yet more and more people are beginning to turn to alternative cereals, such as millet, sorghum and ancient wheat varieties, and pseudocereals, such as quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat, to supplement their diet. The increased interest in these products, commonly referred to as "ancient grains", is thought to be related to increasing consumer demand for healthier products and a growing awareness of the beneficial properties of whole grains.