Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"Epigenetics Diet" Incorporates Old Wisdom

Hey, guess what? It turns out broccoli is good for you. Wouldn't you know it, your mom and some of the healthiest people in the world were right. But now, a diet known as the "epigenetics diet" is gaining some solid ground based on some evidence and lots of allegations that it can fend off cancer.

The principle of epigenetics is that, while your genetic endowment is pre-determined, the environment influences the expression and mutation of your genes and shapes the eventual health and disease outcomes that you will face. For example, a person might be at a higher risk of heart disease or cancer based on their genes, but if they are careful with their diet and pay attention to staying regularly active, they may never be plagued by these ailments, or vice versa. Proponents of the epigenetics diet suggest that following such an eating plan may even help reverse some genetic damage that may have occurred.

The epigenetics diet suggests that people consume more foods that are high in antioxidants including green tea, grapes, turmeric, garlic and of course - broccoli, in addition to foods higher in folic acid such as leafy greens, beans and peas, sunflower seeds, eggs, peanuts, whole grains and even fortified breakfast cereals. In any case, no matter what you want to call it, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds, healthy fats and lean protein. If you paid close attention, you'd realize this pretty much sums up the Mediterranean Diet or even Canada's Food Guide in a nutshell!

So basically, no matter how much people want to re-brand this way of eating, the underlying message is crystal clear: there's really no better way to live than to eat healthy, natural foods!