The Evolution of Nutrition

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Evolution of Nutrition Human understanding of nutrition has evolved exponentially over the course of the last century. Up until the turn of the 20th century, there was little interest in researching nutrition. Almost all of the nutritional knowledge of the time came from the philosophies and opinions from immigrants. America had minimal knowledge while other countries had began to invest in nutritional research. Part of the reason this subject began to grow at the time was because of the fear of falling behind other nations. Additionally, the lifestyle of the average citizen was different. The majority of America was rural farmland so they were physically active. The general consensus of the people was that a good diet resulted in good…show more content…
The industrialization allowed for the creation of many new thoughts and ideas. In the next 15 years it became clear that nutrition was a field of growing interest and importance.
Jobs in the nutrition industry are well established and the government begins to give their input on certain areas. One example is when the Department of Agriculture issued the first dietary recommendations based on five food groups. This is comparable to the modern day food pyramid. It contains the daily recommended amount of food from breads, greens, dairy, meats and sweets. This is important because there was now a standardized guideline for what to eat in existence. Also around this time, food processing became the largest manufacturing industry in the United States. The industrialization of the food industry is now evidently powerful and continually growing. Instead of simply a way of life, food and nutrition had transformed into a business superpower. The entire manufacturing industry now looked up to the nutrition industry. Considering how many people worked in the manufacturing sector during the time, this was a demonstration and milestone of importance for the nutrition industry. The rapid expansion promoted the opening of thousands of family-owned restaurants and taverns throughout the country. Eating out first began its growth in popularity during this time. Another large part of the industry, however restaurants were
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