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The Power of Plants

Published Mar 08, 2013 by Personal Trainer Network

Contrary to the Mediterranean Diet that Erin mentioned on the last post, our Western Diet (characterized by high levels of saturated fats, added sugars, refined grains and animal products, and low levels of plant foods) is only related to higher risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and obesity.
Fortunately, we have the power to change our diets, and one with more plant foods and by so doing our genes! Yes, plant foods, which contain hundreds of bioactive compounds--vitamins, antioxidants and other phytochemicals, when consumed, interact with cells, enzymes, hormones and DNA, and play a role in controlling gene expression and cell changes, according to an October 2012 Institute of Food Technologists report, "The Chronic Disease Food Remedy."
In conclusion, the nutrients from the plants we eat can affect gene expression in a positive direction and away from chronic diseases. So how about you "Mediterraneanize" your diet by eating more plants in their natural form--colorful vegetables; unsweetened fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds.

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