Taking an active role in public health improvement
Since the beginning of time food and nutrition have been fundamental ingredients in man’s health and for thousands of years baked goods, especially bread, have been part of human history. They play an integral role in our daily life and are symbols of culture, history, hunger, wealth, war, and peace. Baked goods are indispensable and have been key to human survival, being a staple in numerous cultures and even relied on as a form of currency.
Industrialized production of foods, rapid urbanization, and changing lifestyles are transforming dietary patterns. People around the world tend to eat more saturated fat, sugar and salt than what is recomended in nutrition recomendations.
At the same time, as their eating patterns shift, people are consuming fewer fruits and vegetables and less dietary fibre such as whole grains, which are key components of a healthy diet.
Salt, sugar and fat are other dietary factors that contribute to the burden created by lifestyle-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes which is increasing – and must be reduced.
One DALY represents the equivalent of one healthy life year lost.