I wonder if you could find statistics on say, Canadian people who live in China and eat a traditional Chinese diet. The two sets of data together would be interesting.
T. Colin Campbell has a great point in his interview that food needs to be considered "whole," as part of a whole diet, not as specific bits of nutrients that get analyzed separately. But I then wonder about applying the findings even further -- health also fits into a whole system, and when families emigrate they add so many new stressors and changes that these will also contribute to the disease process. People are getting hit with diet plus cultural differences plus financial stress plus potential language barriers plus so, so much more . . . No wonder the risk of all these diseases goes up!
So many refugees or other emigrees can't even decipher the labels or navigate the stores, because of language, logistics, transportation, or many, many other barriers.
Here -- "From Sudan to Alaska":
This book by Mary Pipher describes some refugee experiences in Lincoln, Nebraska, with some details on diet:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3929 ... Everywhere
On a different note -- perhaps this ought to be a separate post so it doesn't get lost -- but here goes -- many of the most vulnerable people who need a change in diet have no voice in what they eat. If you are
* getting Meals on Wheels
* in a nursing home
* in a hospital
* getting free meals for any reason -- distributed food, soup kitchen, etc.
* in assisted living, having community meals, etc.
* unable to speak
* unable to plan
* getting free school lunch or breakfast
* getting surplus cheese, milk, peanut butter, and bread
* etc. -- you get the drift!
Then other people are making choices for you, and you will eat what is put in front of you, whatever it is, and it will probably not be what T. Colin Campbell is having for dinner.
OK, enough for now. Thank you for bringing up the discussion.