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Find Out Why The U.S. Should Be Funding a National Institute of Nutrition
According to researchers at Tufts University, poor eating can cause as many as 1000 deaths per day and cost the U.S. over $1 Trillion in health care spending in the year 2016. So, why are we not focusing our research and concentrations towards bettering the nutrition of Americans? A lot of questions regarding what a “healthy diet” is are unanswered. This is why the United States should focus research and fund an institute devoted to the number one cause of poor health, the National Institute of Nutrition.
To better the overall health of Americans and lower national health care costs, the institute would focus on many different aspects of nutrition, including:
- Optimal nutrition for military readiness, and for treatment of battlefield injuries and post-traumatic stress
- Optimal diets for cancer including a reduction of side effects of treatment and to directly target malignant cells
- The relationship between the gut microbiome and health
- Health effects of major food groups that have yet to be explored deeply including cheese, yogurt, whole-fat milk, unprocessed red meat, fermented foods, and organic foods.
- Effective tactics to reduce health and dietary disparities
- Effects of food on the developing brain and psychological health
A nutrition research institute was originally proposed by an act of Congress in 1930. Since then, many institutes have been added that have surpassed expectations and greatly benefitted the overall health of this country. Not to mention that other countries such as China, India, and Japan are already funding institutes like this.
It is time that we take charge of our overall health, and that can be done through better nutrition and better funding for nutrition research.