Healing Nutrients Abound at Our Organic Holiday Tables

Chuck Benbrook, Ph.D., chief scientist at the Organic Center, presented the latest undeniable scientific evidence confirming the nutritional superiority of plant-based organic food to a standing-room-only crowd at the American Dietetic Association’s annual meeting in Chicago this fall. You can feel confident that your organic feast contributes optimal nutrition to your family, while protecting the earth for future generations.

Who knew medicine could taste this good?

Nuts

Mother Nature’s favorite high energy snack. These crunchy powerhouses partner well with creamy organic cheeses for elegant appetizers. Plus, nuts deliver protein, fiber, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids. Nuts also contain hard-to-get vitamin E and cholesterol-lowering phytosterols.

Cranberries

True natives to North America, these ruby red jewels could as easily win a place on our holiday table as in our medicine cabinet. Cranberries help prevent bacteria from adhering to the cells lining the bladder, reducing the risk of infection. As a bonus, the berries also contain cancer-fighting ellagic acid.

Brussels Sprouts

Members of the cruciferous family, these miniature-cabbage heads pack a wallop of cancer-fighting protection, plus more than twice our daily requirement for vitamin K.

Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin and Butternut Squash

Deep orange flesh shouts “carotenoids” -- an assortment of compounds in the vitamin A family offering powerful anti-oxidant protection against chronic disease and the ravages of aging. Expect higher levels in organic vegetables.

(P.S. Did you know that sweet potatoes were considered a powerful aphrodisiac in Shakespeare’s day?)

Whipped Cream and Milk Gravy

Go ahead! Organic cows spend longer time on pasture resulting in milk fat with higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid. CLA helps strengthen our immune system and offers protection against heart disease and cancer.


Sources

The Color Code: A Revolutionary Eating Plan for Optimum Health,” James Joseph Ph.D., Daniel Nadeau, M.D., and Anne Underwood. (Hyperion, 2002).

“Greener Pastures: How grass-fed beef and milk contribute to healthy eating.” Union of Concerned Scientists, 2006.

“Healing Foods Pyramid,” University of Michigan Integrative Medicine, www.med.umich.edu/UMIM/clinical/pyramid/index.htm American Dietetic Association, October 27, 2008.

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