United Nations food and agriculture experts, say the health of Pacific islanders is declining, as they neglect local produce, in favour of imported processed foods. Research shows the average household diet in the Pacific has moved from one rich in home-grown carbohydrates, greens and protein, to one of imported foods, with a high sugar, salt and saturated fat content. Health statistics demonstrate the result – rising rates of obesity, diabetes and cardio-vascular disease.

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