Rise in Carbon Dioxide Emissions May Trigger Protein Deficiency in 18 Countries: Harvard

Protein, iron and zinc are some of the most important nutrients for the growth and maintenance of human body.

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Rise in Carbon Dioxide Emissions May Trigger Protein Deficiency in 18 Countries: Harvard
Experts at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public health have established a correlation between carbon dioxide emissions and protein deficiency in humans. As per the press release published online at EurekAlert, human triggered CO2 emissions may deplete the nutritive value of crops leading to deficiencies in human bodies. If the current rate of carbon dioxide emissions are not checked and curbed, world's population in as many as 18 countries will lose close 5% of their dietary protein by the year 2050. This would roughly translate to close to 150 million falling prey to protein deficiency all over.

This is not the first time when the effects of air pollution and emission of harmful gases have been studied on the quality of crops produced. In a previously published study, experts at Harvard linked rising CO2 levels with low concentration of iron and zinc in diets. As per the experiments carried out in seven different sites spread across Japan, Australia and America, "zinc, iron, and protein concentrations in wheat grains grown at these sites were reduced by 9.3 percent, 5.1 percent, and 6.3 percent, respectively, compared with wheat grown at ambient CO2. Zinc and iron were also significantly reduced in legumes; protein was not," noted the study that was published in Harvard Gazette.

Protein, iron and zinc are some of the most important nutrients for the growth and maintenance of human body. Inadequacy of any of the nutrient may lead to deficiencies that may further trigger various health ailments. Rising air pollution is a cause of concern, it is important to take extra care of your immunity and fortify it to withstand the change in season, rise in pollution and increase in allergies and infections. Ensure consuming a balanced diet that is rich in all essential minerals and micro/macro nutrients. Exercise daily, sleep properly and keep stress at bay.

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