Functional Foods and Healthier Humans
Here's a disturbing fact: For the first time in two centuries, the current generation of U.S. children may have shorter life expectancies than their parents. Nearly one billion people in the world are undernourished or malnourished, yet obesity is epidemic in the U.S. – leading to serious health issues and escalating costs.
The problem is two fold. On one hand, it's about ensuring that we can grow enough food and deliver adequate nutrition into the stomachs of those who need it around the globe. On the other, there is a critical need to understand more about how food is absorbed and utilized at the molecular level within the human body; not to mention the personal choices about what to eat – and how much.