It's time to take an active role in improving public health
Since the beginning of time, food and nutrition have been fundamental ingredients in human health, and for thousands of years bakery products, especially bread, have been part of human history. They play an essential role in our daily lives and are the symbol of culture, history, famine, wealth, war and peace. Bakery products are indispensable and have been key to human survival throughout time, being a staple in many cultures and representing currency in some cases.
Industrialized food production, rapid urbanization and changing lifestyles are transforming dietary patterns. People around the world tend to eat more saturated fat, sugar and salt than recommended by nutritionists. At the same time, as eating patterns change, people are eating fewer fruits and vegetables, and less dietary fiber 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 of lifestyle-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes, which are on the rise – and need to be reduced.
One DALY represents the equivalent of one healthy life year lost.