Monday, August 22, 2011

Dr Pratt's Superfood principles

Principle 1: SuperFoodsRx is the best diet in the world.
Sophisticated computer analysis has enabled researchers to determine which populations are the healthiest and live the longest. Highly respected database studies and sets of recommendations including those of the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and the National Cancer Institute have looked at the same information. The data shows the particular foods eaten by these healthiest populations. Superfoods show up over and over again when you look at these diets.

Principle 2: SuperFoods are whole foods.
There will always be some disagreement regarding the term wholefood. But in general, whole foods are those that are unprocessed or are minimally processed in such a way that none of their nutritional characteristics have been intentionally modified. Whole foods are complex. They contain hundreds of unidentified compounds and nutrients. A growing body of research from laboratory and human studies suggests that these nutrients work best in concert with each other. Moreover, just as the nutrients in a particular food team up to work better, nutrients from a wide range of foods also work together to promote good health.

Principle 3: SuperFoodsRx equals synergy.
Food synergy is critical to health. Food synergy refers to the interaction of two or more nutrients and other healthful substances in foods that work together to achieve an effect that each is individually unable to match.
Nutrients work in a precisely calibrated relationship the kind of relationship that nature has provided when the nutrients are obtained from food. There are, after all, thousands of chemicals present in food and researchers have only identified a fraction of this number. Surely with this many chemicals present, interactions are taking place that science doesn¹t fully understand. You simply can¹t shortcut your way to good nutrition; you must rely on a variety of wholefoods.

Principle 4: SuperFoodsRx are simple and positive
A healthy diet is the essential core of a healthy life. We all live busy complicated lives. Nutrition recommendations that are complicated or challenging can't become a regular part of our routine.
The best approach to any health change is one that is positive. Diets that forbid foods or make eating satisfying meals a challenge are counterproductive. Once most people understand the SuperFoodsRx principles, they feel liberated. It¹s not about what you shouldn't do it's about what you should do.

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