By Blair Anthony Robertson
The Sacramento Bee
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The author of this article (Blair Anthony Robertson) touts the benefits of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains and clean cooking which can trim your waistline and give you more energy.
The Sacramento Bee
Watch television for any length of time and you’re sure to see countless commercials for prescription drugs. And whose ears don’t perk up when those spots end with a laundry list of potential side effects, everything from diarrhea to death?
Flulike symptoms? Depression? Suicidal tendencies? Those, too.
But what if there were alternatives to many of the prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs that treat what ails you?
In many cases, there are. Bypass the pharmacy and head straight to the grocery store. And when you get there, steer clear of packaged foods with a long list of ingredients, most of which sound nothing like food.
Fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains and clean cooking without lots of added oils and salt can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, prevent or even reverse heart disease, combat diabetes, curb cancer risks, reduce inflammation and, in doing all that, trim your waistline and give you more energy.
If that sounds too good to be true, it might be because for generations now doctors have been more likely to write a prescription than sit you down for a primer on how to eat your way to optimal health.
Medical schools are placing more emphasis on nutrition education. More doctors are urging patients to revamp their eating habits. And numerous resources such as forksoverknives.com and nutritionfacts.org online have emerged in recent years to lay out the facts about the dire health risks of a poor diet and offer ample recipes to make this food-based cure seem palatable, if not delicious.