Jason Shon Bennett - Chapter Four

“Heart disease, stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, obesity and cancer are more prevalent than ever and increasing every year. There are literally thousands of scientific journal articles linking all these diseases to nutrition. Nutrition is the building block of every body, organ, tissue and cell. It is the foundation of the immune and repair system; the absolute core issue regarding disease, birth defects, life expectancy, longevity and quality of life”
– Dr Arden Andersen, GP, Author and authority on links between nutrition and health.

What is so good about vegetables?

Vegetables are the ultimate nutritional superstars, providing us with a unique mixture of super-healthy components that just do not exist in any other food. Eating vegetables feeds every major organ and vital system you have and supercharges your body’s ability to fight off disease and illness. Grandma was right and history is right; hundreds of studies scream ‘eat more vegetables!’ There is no shortage of examples proving it.

Vegetables are the most powerful anti-disease foods

Raw vegetables have the strongest and most consistent association with reduction of cancers of all types: lung, stomach, prostate, kidney, liver, and colon and breast cancer. Over 200 scientific studies from 17 countries reviewed by Steinmetz and Potter, show that eating a diet high in plant matter reduces the risk of almost every cancer by at least 50%. Eating at least five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit daily, combined with wholegrain products, fish, beans, nuts and seeds, can more than halve the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. This means, if we eat less and we eat better-quality foods, up to 75% of heart attacks could be prevented.

Vegetables protect us

Over 20 years’ worth of large population studies have linked diets high in fruit and vegetables to lower risks of cancer, metabolic syndrome and osteoporosis. Blood analysis of people eating a vegetable-rich diet reveals an antioxidant status increased by 50%. This shows a genuine reduction in DNA damage in their bodies, just from eating more vegetables. In one modern scientific meta-analysis, 128 of 156 studies specifically gave vegetables very beneficial results; protecting against obesity, diabetes and bone diseases. Clinical studies have also proven that a vegetarian based ‘9-10 servings of fruit and vegetables a day’ diet lowers high blood pressure in just two weeks. This is the same extent that prescription drugs would but without the nasty side effects and cost. The bottom line? Eat more vegetables and live longer.

Vegetables are perfect for humans

What is your body actually made of? What you ate over the last 12 months. Every molecule, in every cell of your body, is made from the food you eat and the liquid you drink. Food causes your genes to be expressed one way or another. This is what your genetic expression and disease-risk is. Vegetables and fruits give us abundant amounts of the nutrients required for human health; in a safe, natural package.

Vegetables come with unique combinations of hundreds of super-nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, biophotons, living food enzymes, plantioxidants, carotenoids, flavonoids, polyphenols, trace elements, prebiotics, water, carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, complex carbohydrates, fibre, proteins, essential fatty acids, chlorophyll, phytonutrition, phytochemicals and unique plant pigments (all explained shortly). Vegetables have bulk, or low-energy density, which protects against overeating and DNA damage, and healthy co-factors necessary to make sure your energy metabolism takes place as effectively and efficiently as possible.

When in doubt, eat more vegetables.

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