Soil as nutraceutical: a guideline on geophagy in the Gulf of Guinea
NOODLES has raised the issue of possible health risks due to lost awareness of medical meaning of geophagic behavior. In fact, nowadays the geophagic consumption by the general population appears to be based on a balance between risks and benefits build through cultural process and tradition, but :
i) without close guidance by traditional medicine/ethnomedicine,
ii) without considering how living environment, diet, and habits are changing,
iii) without an update of nutritional requirements.
Indeed, cultural behaviors initiated centuries ago need revision and assessment. Science-based standards will protect consumer health, especially in consideration of the changing social, climatic and environmental scenarios.