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Overview of Relationships between Diet and Bone

The consumption of adequate amounts of food ingredients, that is, nutrients and phytochemicals, is critical to bone and general health. The typical patterns of eating and living in—uence skeletal development and the maintenance of bone tissue throughout life. Because bone health depends on a few nutrients not so easily obtained in suf„cient quantity from meals over short time spans, the overall dietary pattern of food consumption takes on great importance in making available suf„cient amounts of the critical bone-building nutrients. Throughout the millennia, cultures have obtained these essential nutrients without knowledge of nutritional science. In recent years, technologically advanced nations have adopted eating patterns in which traditional foods have been replaced, in part, by overly processed foods. These convenient but less nutritious foods have become common in

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