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Healthful food played a large role in the diets of the Spanish colonists in the New World.  The Spanish sought out indigenous foods such as chile peppers, cacao, and tropical fruits. They also sought out healthier ways to prepare established dishes and foods.

The health food movement has its roots in 1968 with the first publication in a consumer magazine by John Robbins, a nutritionist, author, and advocate for healthy food. John Robbins founded the Food and Health Federation, which advocates a plant-based diet and practices, in the late 1980s.  He says the key to a healthy diet is balancing the amount of fat, protein, and carbohydrates consumed, while also staying within a certain calorie range. The health food movement was also fueled by environmental and health concerns.

"Engaging in a healthy lifestyle is critical in order to maintain and build a strong foundation for a healthy family and good health.  The healthiest food choices are those that come from whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins.  Some of the best choices are whole grains, high-fiber beans and vegetables, and fish and seafood.  Learn to identify the healthy foods that are available to you and choose those that are most appealing to you and your family.

In the U.S., healthy food is not cheap.  It is quite expensive, at least for families on tight budgets.   However, we can still come close to being healthy by choosing healthy food options for ourselves and our children. One healthy option is to choose foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean meat, and fish in their natural state instead of being processed in factories.

The world’s food is growing, but many people don’t have enough to eat. This report introduces the World Food Programme, which helps people in need and causes us to think about how we can help more people, everywhere.

The World Food Programme works at the local, national, and international levels to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to food.

Research shows that the problem is not confined to developing countries, but affects developed countries, too.  Food waste is part of the problem in the U.S., but restaurants and consumers also have a role to play.

The world’s population is growing rapidly.  The United Nations estimates that we will need to increase food production by 70% by the middle of the century to meet the needs of a growing population and to stave off potential conflicts.

Food is an essential part of life—and the way we choose to eat is a fundamental part of how we live. But our food choices have a huge impact on our community, our health, our environment, and the health of our planet.

For example, the World Food Programme estimates that just before the start of the pandemic, some 80 million Ethiopians struggled with hunger, including 30 percent who were undernourished, 850,000 of whom suffered severe depletion.