Becoming Heart Healthy

In the 1950’s, researcher Ancel Keys noted that the inhabitants of the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea, were experiencing remarkably fewer heart attacks than his own countrymen in the United States.  He applied for funding to begin a study that rocked the scientific world and eventually affected us all.

What Keys and his team discovered was that the Mediterranean diet of post-war Crete correlated highly with a low incidence of cardiovascular disease – up to 70% less cardiovascular disease, the type that results in heart attacks and strokes.

Food is Information

How do you think about food?  What it tastes like, what it looks like, how it smells?  How it makes you feel? The memories it is tied up with? All of these things?

If you are trying to be healthy, maybe you think about vitamins in the food. If you’re a nutritionist, you may think about the macronutrients it provides – such as protein, carbohydrates or fat.

Food is actually a lot more than the sum of its parts or how it smells or tastes.  Food is INFORMATION – the information that controls how our bodies work.