Learn to use food as medicine, and you can reduce or even eliminate the need for medication in many cases as well as win at weight loss while reducing your risk for cancer, diabetes and even depression. That's the message from Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. John La Puma, author of "ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover's Road Map to: Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, Getting Really Healthy" (click for details).
Here's what Dr. La Puma and Dr. Oz want you to know when it comes to using food as medicine:
- A healthy diet can make a dramatic difference when it comes to obesity, diabetes, arthritis, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and depression. And the shocking statistic when it comes to cancer: More than 80 percent of cancers are caused by controllable lifestyle factors, which include diet.
- Make nutrient-dense BITES (Berries, Indian Spices, Teas, Eggs and Salmon) your diet mantra. Incorporate them into your meals regularly.
- Learn to enjoy bulgur wheat. A superfood, this grain has magnesium, zinc and fiber. Tip: For a terrific breakfast, try Hodgson Mill All Natural Bulgur Wheat with Soy Hot Cereal (click for details).
- Lime juice contains a natural flavonoid called hesperidin, a cancer-fighting powerhouse shown to help combat breast, colon, lung, and liver cancer.
- Concord grapes provide you with polyphenols, including cancer-fighting resveratrol. You can also drink grape juice to benefit from these antioxidants. Tip: If you choose grape juice, make sure it's free of sugar and contains pure juice, such as Welch's 100% Purple Grape Juice (click for details).
- Tahini can be used like peanut butter, but its benefits include immunity boosters magnesium and zinc. Tip: Look for a brand without added salt, such as Baron's Kosher 100% Pure Ground Sesame Tahini (click for details).
- Pumpkin provides you with beta-carotene, giving you the basics of a healthy immune system.