Food is medicine, Hippocrates reportedly said: “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” We all know this is true yet with all the confusing and seemingly conflicting information out there about diet and nutrition it is hard to know what is right. Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop made the point in his 1988 Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health, that this is the nature of nutrition studies, “they all come out a little different”. When it comes to nutrition you cannot just look at one study, it’s too variable. To understand nutrition you have to look at thousands of studies to see the trends. Fortunately, we don’t have to read them all, it’s already been done many times. Whether it is the Mediterranean, diet, the Okinawan diet, the Chinese diet or a hundred other variations it all comes down to a simple concept called nutrient density.
A nutrient-dense healthy diet is one that
Read on and watch the Ted Talk with Dean Ornish
For more on the concept of nutrient density see
Five Element Diet and Nutrient Density
And here is a link to Harvard Medical School’s Osher Institute for Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds session on the Mediterranean Diet and cardiovascular disease.