4 reasons why food is more important than you think

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Access to food is a basic human right, vital for good health and ultimately for life itself. But how often do you wonder where your next meal is coming from, who’s growing it, and whether it’s actually good for you?

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We take a look at four reasons why food is important and how our researchers, students and alumni are making a difference.

1. Access to food
With one in 10 people out of the current global population of 7.4 billion already going hungry, ensuring that everyone has daily access to nutritious food is an ongoing challenge. So next time you’re deciding between take-out and a trip to the local shop, spare a thought for the people who are helping to make sure you get something to eat.

2. You are what you eat
Diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease are amongst the greatest health challenges society faces. Understanding how to make the right food choices plays a key role in our health, with the power to positively or negatively impact our risk of disease.

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3. Starting them young
We’ve all heard stories of children who won’t eat their greens, parents exasperated by picky palettes, and the creative dishes some parents invent to sneak some good stuff into their kids meals.

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4. When your diet becomes ‘a diet’
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