Eating is surely one of life’s greatest pleasures. Not only do we eat food to survive, we eat food because it makes us feel good. It sustains and unites us. But food is more than simply a way to enjoy living. Food is also the key to having a healthy – or unhealthy – life. That’s right. Eating the correct food is vital. In fact, doing so can be a useful therapeutic aid for a variety of chronic conditions.
For example, a typical western style diet is high in saturated fat, sugars, and salts and does not put enough emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium and fibre (which are all essential to living healthy, wholesome lives). What is the outcome of eating such a poor diet? Well, eating such a way contributes to four of the six leading causes of death and increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, strokes, arthritis, hypertension, depression, and cancer.
With so many people – young and old – battling with such conditions, we need to address some ways that food can help the health of families who want better health outcomes for them and their children.
The concept of Food as Medicine has been around for thousands of years. In today’s world, the information on food and nutrition is at an all-time high. However, with media information overload, there is a lot of confusion and misinformation for people trying to find the best remedies for them and their family. In what way can food be medicine? And how can utilising this form of treatment benefit you?