Nestlè Observatory, the new study that analyzes the relationship between food and the immune system

The close link between Power source And immune system it generates a virtuous circle that can lead to an invaluable result: a much better quality of life. The latest study on diet and the immune system ofNestlé Observatory, has shed light on what we know about this fundamental link to our well-being and how we have behaved accordingly over the past year. It is the right diet, in fact, which helps to forge the defenses capable of defending us and which can also guarantee good humor and serenity, as underlined by a previous study.

It’s as true as our serenity improves our immune system, in a hypothetical equation outside of any scheme. The results of the study show that most of those questioned recognized the great importance of food in strengthening our immune system, and it is especially women, for more than 70%, who recognize this fundamental role. The study also shows which foods are considered decisive in contributing to the well-being of our immune system. 84% of respondents identify citrus fruits, kiwis, lemons and, in general, foods rich in vitamin C, as foods capable of improving our immune system. A belief that has led 52% – especially women (86%) – to increase their consumption in recent months. In second place, in the ranking of foods useful for the immune system according to the Italians, 74% are fish rich in Omega 3, of which 32% of those questioned have increased their consumption in the last year. The third position goes to vegetables, 65%, with an increase in consumption of 39%.

The ranking of Italians on foods that help strengthen the defenses places honey and propolis in fourth place (52%, with a +24% in the last period) especially among women for 69% and in general among people aged 45 to 64. Spinach follows in fifth position for iron (50%) whose consumption has increased by 19%, while it has long been known that spinach is not the source of iron par excellence. In sixth place milk, both for calcium and vitamin B (47%), seventh place for meat for iron (44%), while in eighth place ginger and other superfoods (39%). At the same time, over the past two years, the percentage of people using supplements appears to have declined, a both beneficial and useful “shortcut” to integrating diets low in specific nutrients. However, among those who included supplements in their diet, the percentage of use increased, particularly among women and, in general, between the 35-54 age group. While young people aged 18 to 24 are confirmed as the least interested in supplements (-44% last year). Indeed, by focusing on the segment of young people aged 18 to 24, it appears that they are the ones who consume the most meat – for iron – with a percentage of more than 51%.

Here’s how the Doctor Giuseppe Fatatipresident ofNestle Observatory, comments on the results of the study: “A first general observation is that we must always remember that the bases of the Mediterranean diet are seasonality and variability. A second observation concerns spinach: we now know that it is not the main source of iron for the body due to the low percentage content (3 mg of iron in 100 g of raw spinach), in a form which limits its absorption. While data on meat consumption by young people needs to be checked remotely to understand if it is only related to pandemic isolation or real behavior change. Fatati continues: “Over the past few years, we have repeatedly highlighted the existence of a close correlation between diet quality and the immune system, and even with mental health. As studies by the Nestlé Observatory have repeatedly proven, the Mediterranean diet is also in this case a winning model which, if followed correctly – with foods such as fruits and vegetables that also improve the intestinal microbiota – is able to strengthen us and even fight anxiety and depression.”

the foodan inseparable ally of our well-being, it has the power to make us happier, improve our mood and get away from stress as well as strengthen and improve our physical form. But only if it is correctly inserted with awareness in a varied and balanced diet style. The task of the Nestlé Observatory will be essential in the coming months to understand the state of health of Italians and also our “degree of happiness – two inextricably linked aspects – to also probe what we know about a balanced diet and to what we are aware of our eating habits and lifestyles.


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