Eat Basic Food For Health

Eat Basic Food For Health

My Food Must be My my friend

Individual nutrients: vitamins, minerals, and supplements have failed to show direct benefit.

But whole unprocessed foods,

Create a portfolio … Much greater than

The sum of their individual parts…

Complicated … Beyond comprehension.

You have more than

Seventy-five trillion cells,

Begging for food,

Begging for nurture,

Poor critters.

Poor lonesome critters.

The medical profession is wrestling with new thinking that could have long term repercussions for the food, drug, and the medical industry—and the hapless citizenry they serve.

The Cleveland Clinic Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook says, “Individual nutrients (vitamins and supplements) do not show direct benefits in preventing illness.” (1)

Individual nutrients don’t stand alone

We can’t eat individual nutrients because all foods are a combination of nutrients. Our best bet is to eat a variety of whole unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains – along with the healthiest meats available. If we select bright colored “whole foods” and do not overcook them, we will probably get the nutrients that will be our best defense against sicknesses of all kind. These nutrients, when combined, create a portfolio that is so complicated and powerful that science is still trying to unveil their total protection. (2)

Medical sciences is working on this.

Until science links individual nutrients to disease prevention our best bet may to pay attention to combinations of things like phytonutrients that we can’t yet identify that really do provide us with the utmost protection.

Instead of falling prey to what media and the food supplement manufactures say is the next big thing in weight loss and heart protection, we need to get back to basics and choose whole unprocessed foods. When all is said and done, what really maters is the foods we put in our mouths.

New discoveries on the use of food.

Since all disease is at the cellular level, interactions among these nutrients on a cellular level may be our best protection against disease. It is my opinion that we can broaden this thinking to include heart disease, diabetes and cancer. These diseases are being looked at by some experts as the X syndrome or metabolic syndrome. (3) The definition of “metabolic” may be broadly defined as the care, feeding, and interaction of individual cells.

These “whole” foods are not mysterious or exotic; these are just ordinary foods that are available at your local supermarket. We can treat these as medicine, and we don’t need to eat a bushel of strawberries or blueberries to get the benefit. A small handful of these brightly colored foods several times a week will probably suffice.

Steven E. Nissen. M. D. Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine;

Cleveland, Clinic says:

If every American followed the dietary and lifestyle guidelines in the Healthy Lifestyle book, some marvelous things would happen. Heart disease would be reduced dramatically; Diabetes would diminish to manageable proportions. People would live longer and need less medical care. Whole wings or our hospitals would have to be shut down. I, and most of my colleagues, could be thrown out onto the streets, unemployed. It would be the happiest day of my life.

These are powerful words from the heart-care program that News & World Report has ranked as the world’s best twelve years in a row. I think they are on the verge of applying the same thinking to foods like: white flower and milk that have been processed, and then some nutrients have been altered or removed. They already recommend one percent milk for most people. Dairy products and white flour go into much of our processed foods. We add back a few nutrients that may not be as good as the original ones and call it fortified—strange, yes very strange indeed.

I dined with my grandson at his college cafeteria where they serve probably 20,000 students. The half-dozen fast-food lines and a wonderful display of cafeteria type spreads boggled my brain—the noise helped. He was preoccupied with his friends as I tried to find food to my liking in this food paradise. Everything was sweetened, flavored, colored, well cooked,nothing el dent e. The salads were slathered with cheeses and sauces—impossible to clean them off. But my food needs are an hundred years old—not modern. I eventually settled for a big plate of beautiful baked–beans and a large piece of the table adornment–kale, “slim pic-kens”, even for an old goat like me.

Surmising what a difficult task it must be to please today’s youngsters and faculty, I felt empathy (not sympathy) for the management. But their job should include teaching nutrition to their young charges and to the faculty. That was probable the defining moment of my desire to spend the next fifty-years doing that very task—so you are now my student.

Authors note: This book is dedicated to the concept of self-help toward health through nutrition by maintaining a healthy attitude. A contrarian’s attitude will to help keep you

healthy. Don’t be bashful with your food selection.

(1)The Cleveland Clinic Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook, copyright 2007

(2) Anti-Cancer A New Way of Life, David Servan – Schreiber, MD, Ph D.

(3) Good Calories/ Bad Calories; Syndrome X, or Metabolic Syndrome. (P139)

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