Food As Medicine

 

 

Aim to eat a rainbow of color in your food every day.  

And I don’t mean M&Ms,
Skittles or Fruit Loops!                                                           

 

Cartoon photo courtesy of Dan Piraro of Bizarro fame - brilliant!

There is much talk of food as medicine these days.  Is it really likely that Food can heal us? In a word, the answer is Yes!

According to Dr. Mark Hyman, “scientists have discovered a powerful new drug that may help cure all chronic illnesses. It is a drug you take every day. What is it? Well, you can find it at the end of your fork. It’s called food.

Mounting research shows that there is no magic bullet to treat heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, allergies, digestive disorders, headaches, fatigue, or any of the myriad problems we suffer from in the 21st century. But increasing evidence also shows us something else. It shows that food is the most powerful “drug” we have not just to prevent, but also treat, cure, and reverse most chronic illnesses”.

“What you put at the end of your fork is more powerful medicine than anything you will find at the bottom of a pill bottle. Food is the most powerful medicine available to heal chronic disease, which will account for over 50 million deaths and cost the global economy $47 trillion by 2030. All you need to do is eat your medicine and think of your grocery store as your pharmacy.

Beyond simply being a mechanism for conveying calories, food is a source of special ingredients than can prevent and treat disease and transform your health. These are called phytonutrients – special plant chemicals that are not calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, but special molecules that interact with your biology, special molecules that act like switches on your DNA to heal your body.

Food contains information that speaks to our genes, not just calories for energy. We are learning from research in the field of nutrigenomics, that good “talks” to our DNA switching on or off genes that lead to health or disease. What you eat programs your body with messages of health or illness.”

The vast array of colors in vegetables represent over 25,000 chemicals that are beneficial. There is evidence that interaction between the colors provides additional benefits, so it’s important to have a diverse diet and eat different foods.

A great way to start is to eat the rainbow with multiple colors on the plate. Daily, aim to include red, orange, yellow, green and purple/blue.  Why?  Each color group is packed with its own vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients (natural chemical compounds found in all plants) that protect against disease and promote health. And I don’t mean M&Ms, Skittles or Fruit Loops!

For more information from Dr. Hyman:
Food as medicine - click here
Eat-your-medicine - click here