Superfoods - a book review

Pan-seared Salmon and spinach salad

This is a book review I did for a class in 2009. I really enjoyed the book and thought I could include it in my blog. Tips on good food and where to find it are always welcome. To be honest, I do not agree with some of the suggestions, however on the whole they are good guidelines.


SUPERFOODS
14 foods that will change your life.

By Steven G Pratt MD, and Kathy Matthews.

Review submitted by Cheron Long-Landes.


Beans – help reduce obesity

Blueberries – lower the risk for cardiovascular disease

Broccoli – lowers the incidence of cataracts and fights birth defects

Oats – reduces the risk of type 11 diabetes

Pumpkin – lowers the risk of various cancers

Soy – lowers cholesterol

Spinach – decreases the chance of cardiovascular disease and age - related macular degeneration

Tea – helps prevent osteoporosis

Tomatoes – raises the sun’s protection factor

Turkey – helps build a strong immune system

Walnuts – reduces the risk of developing coronary heart disease, diabetes and cancer

Wild Salmon – lessens the risk of heart disease

Yoghurt – promotes strong bones and a healthy heart



This book is amazing in it’s simplicity, and in the fact that all these foods are readily available to all of us.

What I also liked about the book are the many recipes, the list of suggested stores (admittedly US, but there are a few now in Canada, too) shopping lists and the easy, light-hearted way the writer goes about his story.

There are tips and hints for healthy remedies and a large reference section at the back of the book relating to everything mentioned; whether it be a restaurant, a disease or the scientific results of various studies.

The suggested daily quantities for a healthier life are not difficult to achieve. The author reminds us, for example, that peas as well as string beans or green beans are all members of the bean family.

Looking at the berry family, and this includes purple grapes, cranberries, boysenberries, raspberries, strawberries, currants, blackberries, cherries and all other varieties of fresh, frozen or dried berries. Certainly not limiting in any way, and 1-2 cups per day should be relatively easy to consume.

Broccoli….aah Broccoli! This is one of the most popular vegetables, yet still not eaten enough. Studies show that broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables have been known to lessen the symptoms of cancer, cataracts and are great bone builders.
Other vegetables in this category are Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, turnips, cauliflower, collards, bok choy, mustard greens and Swiss chard. A tip to make this foodstuff more palatable is to simply add salt while cooking which, funnily enough; makes them taste sweeter!

The super sidekicks of oats are wheat germ and ground flax seed, as well as brown rice, barley, wheat, buckwheat, rye, millet, bulgur wheat and many more. One is advised to eat 5-7 servings per day. They are rich in fibre, protein, magnesium, potassium, Zinc and Copper and other minerals, and helpful in preventing coronary heart disease.

Oranges, lemons, white and pink grapefruit as well as kumquats, tangerines and limes are fruits that support heart health, prevent cancer, strokes, diabetes and a host of other chronic aliments; and are almost the “forgotten” fruits of the decade.

If we are to save ourselves, and the planet, this is the way to start.