How not to damage your health with modern diets? Insights and tips from the late nutritionist Zigurds Zariņš
One of the successes of Latvian science is that the founder of our nutrition science was Zigurds Zariņš, who, without giving in to conjuncture and business interests, made the main criterion for assessing the healthiness of a diet solely based on medical observations, studies and the results of laboratory analyses. Therefore, in his seminal work "Uztura mācība" (Zigurds Zariņš, Lolita Neimane, Edgars Bodnieks, "Uztura mācība", Seventh revised and updated edition. Riga: University of Latvia, 2018), lecturer Zariņš unsparingly and without mercy denounced all the diets and food additives that were and still are promoted, but which have no rigorous scientific and medically proven justification. Because Zigurds Zariņš' findings were so distasteful to the business interests of pharmaceuticals, food additives and athletes' food companies, they were not promoted or advertised.
I will mention just a few of Zigurds Zariņš' insights.
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