Nutrition, the bigger picture: Where does it fit into my world?


More and more people are caring about what they are eating, where their food comes from, how it was grown, who grew it and when it was grown. This new generation of millennials are the most food obsessed in living memory.

But why? And why does it matter?




Nutrition is the foundation of all life on earth and I’m not just referring to mammals, fish, arachnids and so on. We share more in common with our surroundings then most people are aware of.  The general impression is that we are the end of result of the ‘big bang’.

The moment you define our existence as such, is when we become irrelevant. We remain in and a part of that process. It is an on-going event that has continued throughout our evolutionary path from single cell organisms to the ‘complex’ beings that we are today.




The same elements and compounds that form the infrastructure of our planet and the universe are as vital to us in our make-up and physiological functionality.  5.63% of the Earth’s crust is made up of Iron, which is an essential component in haemoglobin transportation (the cells that carry oxygen around the body, essentially enabling us to live).

4.15% is made up of Calcium, which is vital in bone and teeth mineralisation as well as energy release. Not to mention Potassium and Magnesium (2.09% and 2.33% respectively) as well as many more which also carry vital roles within the body.




The more you examine what it is that makes us move, see, hear and feel, the more you understand the importance of what you consume. Suddenly, what you eat, how food is grown, where it is from and how it is stored all become extremely relevant in your daily lives. The Earth is 4.543 billion years old and has survived and thrived on compounds that make up our everyday diet.

If the current trend of the millennials continues, then maybe we can start planning our retirement in another 4.543 billion years.


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About the author: Robert Puddick @RPuddick 


“I’m currently studying for my MSc in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Westminster. I also volunteer for an urban food growing project in south west London, in which we also work with varying organisations tackling food poverty in London. I’m an advocate for nutrition, health and well being and champion quality British ingredients. I take a holistic approach to health and well-being and this is portrayed in my writing. Feel free to follow me on twitter for updates on food related activities!”




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