Dietary patterns typically found in Western cultures — high sodium, cholesterol, added sugars, and saturated fats coupled with low fiber intake — have been linked to several public health concerns (O’Keefe et al., 2015). High consumption of these types of foods are associated with an elevated risk of obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs): those that cannot be transmitted from person-to-person, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Of notable concern are low to middle-income countries where the growing consumption of these nutritionally poor foods is creating new health challenges, such as higher rates of type 2 diabetes.
If left unchecked, NCDs are predicted to rise, bringing additional burdens to healthcare systems and economies.
Altogether, this highlights the need for healthier nutrition.
Food companies are taking on these challenges and want to verify that products they introduce into the market are beneficial for human health. The good news is with NMR they can now prove it, in a very personalized way.
Your Bruker team
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