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Rodrigo Louvat
I am a Marketing Associate at Tera in charge of digital marketing and content creation, writing blog articles and newsletters. Drop me a line at rodrigo.louvat@hellotera.com if you feel like it!

How Food Acts as Medicine: A Guide to Diet and Disease Prevention

In an era where health is paramount, understanding the intrinsic link between the food we consume and overall health is more crucial than ever. The age-old adage by Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” has never resonated more. With modern research underscoring the pivotal role of diet in preventing and treating diseases, it’s time to delve into how making informed dietary choices can be a game-changer for your health.

The Critical Connection Between Diet and Disease

Research has consistently shown a direct correlation between food and the prevalence of various diseases. A landmark study in The Lancet revealed that poor nutrition is responsible for 11 million global deaths annually, linked to diseases such as heart conditions, cancer, and diabetes. Closer to home, dietary issues contribute to around 900 daily deaths in the U.S. alone, with marginalized communities facing the brunt of this crisis. Yet, the solution lies not in expensive medications or procedures but in the food we consume daily.

Closer to home, the U.S isn’t faring much better. A concerning study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association pinpoints poor diet as a potential cause for an estimated 900 deaths daily. These deaths are from heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes. Disturbingly, certain populations, notably young, Black, and Hispanic people, are at a heightened risk. But it doesn’t have to be this way and the solution does not require expensive pharmaceuticals or invasive procedures. The solution is food.

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What Constitutes a Poor Diet?

Understanding the markers of an unhealthy diet is essential. So, what does a poor diet look like?

Excess Consumption: Intake of high levels of sodium, red or processed meats, and sugar-laden beverages consistently surfaces as top dietary culprits.

Deficient Intake: Conversely, not consuming adequate amounts of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, polyunsaturated fats, and seafood-based omega-3 fatty acids also defines a nutritionally inadequate diet.

The implications are clear: It’s not just about avoiding certain harmful foods but also about ensuring that we’re nourishing our bodies with the vital nutrients they require.

In the grand tapestry of health, food threads its way through as both a potential poison and a remedy. Every meal presents an opportunity. An opportunity to either nourish the body or to inadvertently harm it. As we wrap up this edition, it’s worth pondering: What choices are you making?

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