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It is safe to say that the majority of people understand that what they eat has some effect upon their health Nearly anyone can observe that after eating too much junk food they tend to have an upset stomach or that after they eat a large meal they feel tired Many people in the United States believe that a bowl of chicken soup can help alleviate the common cold and that an apple a day will keep the doctor away In China herbs have long been used to treat various maladies The drugs ephedrine and pseudoephedrine found in many over-the-counter cold remedies are derived from the ma huang plant which has been used in China to treat colds and flu for more than five thousand years Mindell 1992 Research has confirmed relationships between the foods humans ingest and affects upon their health However most of the research is very particular in nature looking closely at the effects of specific vitamins minerals and other food components upon health Vitamin C in particular appears to have received much attention especially as it pertains to the flu and the common cold One study showed a slight reduction in symptoms due to the common cold in individuals who received a supplement of 80mg of vitamin C but no reduction in susceptibility to the common cold Baird Hughes Wilson Davies Howard 1979 However another study provided evidence that for individuals under acute physical stress daily supplements of 06 to 10 g of vitamin C considerably reduced the incidence of the common cold Hemila 1996 There appears to be very little research with regards to general diet and health and that which relates to diet and occurrence of the flu andor the common cold seems to be nonexistent or at best difficult to find The purpose of this research project was to determine a correlation between the basic healthfulness of ones dietary habits and the rate of occurrence of the common
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