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“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are,” claimed Brillat-Savarin, the famous French gastronome of the late 18th century. In light of modern scientific research, the aphorism – later echoed by the German philosopher Feuerbach, who stated, “Man is what he eats” – seems today to be an emblematic synthesis of the relationship between man and nature, but above all, it alludes very effectively to the close connection between nutrition and health. We are all aware of it now, although some common beliefs survive that only science can help debunk.

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