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Food and Health, Part 4

PearsDiet for a Poisoned Planet has a different approach, identifying high-energy low-toxin foods which not only fight cancer but also help prevent a host of other diseases, from heart disease to Parkinsons to attention deficit disorder.

Eating plenty of plant food is a key to eating healthy.  Plants are low on the food chain, and, the higher up that chain you eat, the more concentrated are pollutants.  "Cows, pigs, and other animals raised for slaughter have concentrations in their flesh of chemical residues and biological toxins from all the food they eat--thousands of plants laced with chemical pesticides or fungal contaminants and microorganisms in their feed.  And the pesticides that accumulate in animal flesh are the same ones that can accumulate in human flesh.  The higher up the food web you eat, the greater concentration of toxins you are likely to consume.  Humans, not surprisingly, are among the most poisoned creatures on earth."

Steinman's book is full of practical advice.  For example, it has tables showing what combinations of plant foods make complete proteins.  To fight air pollution, the author lists which plants and fruits are highest in beta-carotenoids.  He runs through through the essential vitamins and minerals and lists which plants supply them and tells when supplements are needed.

Navy beans
Navy Beans had two pesticide residues, BHC and diazinon.

Onions had few residues, only two in thirty-six market baskets.

--Diet for a Poisoned Planet, David Steinman, Thunder's Mouth Press, 2007

This post is part of our Food and Health lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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