snacks and glints

An article in the Foreign Policy on how the cell phone has revolutionized banking, loans and economic growth in the developing world. Such simple technology can cause a revolution. How can this sort of technology be used in nutrition and health for the poor?

There has been much press about why India has tremendously high undernutrition, in a country with huge economic growth and an “Asian Green Revolution.” Purnima Menon of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)’s article says that the real focus should be on an intregrated approach to improving women and children’s nutrition with a specific focus on the gender inequalities that exist in India. “Low status of women contributes to hunger and malnutrition — not just among the women themselves, but among their children too.”

Finally, the magic pill. “Drinking water before meals does lead to weight loss.” A lot cheaper than gastric bypass.

A study comparing rich Italian kids to poor kids in Burkina Faso (although the sample size with ridiculously unscientifically small) showed that the African children with high fiber diverse diets (millet, legumes and other vegetables, oh and termites) had more diverse bacteria compared to the italian kids. What’s worse is, the italianos had three times more species that was associated with diarrhea and higher risk of obesity. The african kids had species associated with “leanness” and lower levels of inflammation.

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