Health Highlight

Learn What Food Can Do
As human beings, we 'take-in' quite a bit of food. Not so much in the way of quantity, but the various items, dishes and meals we consume.

Ever wonder what so many food items can do to the human body? It would be nice to know what the foods, that we eat every day, provide in the terms of nutrients, both macronutrients as well as micronutrients, for our bodies to survive.

Macronutrients are made up of food components such as protein, carbohydrate and fat. These items offer calories as well as execute specific roles in maintaining the body's overall health.

Micronutrients are items like vitamins and minerals. These don’t act as an energy source but do serve a variety of critical functions to ensure the body operates as optimally as possible.

Benefits of Food

A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) portion of farmed salmon has 2.3 grams of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, while the same portion of wild salmon contains 2.6 grams. Unlike most other fats, omega-3 fats are considered “essential,” meaning you must get them from your diet since your body can’t create them.

Cucumbers contain several antioxidants, including vitamin C, beta-carotene and manganese, as well as flavonoids, triterpenes and lignans that have anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin C is well known for its immune system benefits, and beta-carotene has been shown to be beneficial for vision, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Feeding Your Health

  • Diabetes
    Look for Fiber
    When it comes to getting the most benefit from your food for diabetes, foods high in fiber and healthy fats are the winners. Foods that are particularly beneficial include: Legumes such as lentils, split peas and beans These are high in soluble fiber, which is great for both diabetes and heart health.

  • Cancer
    Eat a Balanced Diet
    While being treated for cancer, it's important to avoid extreme diets that may leave a patient short on major nutrients. Choose whole grain breads and cereals. Fill half of your plate with vegetables and fruits. Pick lean meats and fish over fatty red meat and processed meats. Ask your doctor or a nutritionist if you need extra calories and protein to keep your strength up during treatment.

  • Gout
    Minimize Uric Acid
    Increase your intake of foods that have been shown to lower uric acid levels, like coffee (regular or decaf) and cherry juice, as well as increasing your vitamin C intake through supplements or foods, such as bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries and oranges.