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Wednesday, 16 June 2010 06:08 - Healthy Tips Newsletter February 2010

Posted Jun 16 2010 3:08am

Welcome Message


February 2010
#170110
Monthly Health Tips Newsletter

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This issue contains:


Food is Information ~ Get Informed
"The Medium is the Message"
(from Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man - Marshall McLuhan -1960)
You might ask, "What does McLuhan's aphorism have to do with food?"  Can food be a medium and does it contain a message?  We are used to thinking of food as simply carbohydrate, protein, and fat and we ask ourselves questions such as: "Am I getting enough carbs, am I getting too much fat, and how many calories are all of these contributing?"  In other words we think food is just energy.  This is now known to be false.  It is only within the last 15 years or so that scientists have discovered that food is not just calories, carbohydrate, fat and protein but that it also contains a message.  Food contains vital information for our cells.  It's like a language.  But as McLuhan suggested, we pay attention really only to the obvious, to what we see in the foreground -- in this case calories -- and we lose what's in the background - the rest of the information.
Food is information in the same way that the words on this page are information that hopefully you take in and digest.  Now you would probably agree that it is difficult for you to get the full impact of the words that you are reading right now because you are only receiving one channel of information - words on the page do not convey tonality, timbre, volume or inflection, visual clues and body language.  In the same way we loose certain information from food when we consume processed food because much of the information contained in the nutrients has been lost.

How is food information?  Scientists are now discovering that food is information because as it is broken down in the gut and absorbed into our system, those small molecules not only produce energy, but also bind to our cells' surface in certain ways that convey messages to our genes.  These messages can turn on or turn off certain genes in the cell nucleus -- and those messages cause the genes to make certain proteins that in turn create other messages to turn on or turn off immunity, inflammation, hormones, and other cellular signals.  It's a dynamic ongoing process of information exchange that occurs between what we eat, the breakdown products, and the messages that get transmitted to our genes.
While McLuhan saw telephones, radio and television as the 'media', in this case the medium is food, and the message, unfortunately, has been lost!
Our food manufacturers' especially have only paid attention to the calories, carbohydrate, protein and fat issues.  Essentially they have said: "...let's make food tasty and not necessarily nutritious".  That sells more food, but the information that we get from that food is the wrong kind of information.  The balance of nature has been upset by the runaway forces of profit and sales.  Food manufacturers have stripped our food of important information, information vital to ourselves and our wellness.  Scientists did not realize that the removal of fibre, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that we had not yet discovered 60 years ago, would have such a huge impact on the health of our society.

You probably don't think of plants as experiencing stress.  But think about drought, wind, sun, snow and freezing temperatures.  These are all stresses that the plant has to endure, and plants have developed anti-stress hormones for themselves, that we as humans have adapted over millennia to utilize ourselves as positive anti-stress messengers in our  own bodies.  The deep, rich colors of fruits and vegetables such as squash, beets, and leafy greens are packed full of antioxidants and phytonutrients that protect our bodies against our own stresses.  That is why the beautiful color found in the soup recipe in the next column is not only good to look at, but good to eat!



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Heartfelt Valentine Soup

Valentine's Day is just literally around the corner.  If you want to serve your Valentine a food that will send healthy messages to their body you can try out my recipe that I discovered quite by accident the other day for beet/squash soup.  I have been writing in previous newsletters about how to use leftovers in the fridge, and the other day I discovered some organic beets in the fridge and some left over squash in the freezer.  I happened to have an onion lying around and also some garlic.  I began by chopping the onion into small pieces and sauteing it with a clove of garlic in 2 tablespoons of butter (you can use olive oil if you wish).  Once the onions and garlic are soft, take about one cup or more of beets, peeled and chopped, and add them to the pot together with 2 cups of butternut or other squash.  Then add 5 cups of either chicken broth or vegetable broth and bring to a boil.  If you have a pressure cooker, then you can simply close the lid and pressure cook them for 10 minutes.  Otherwise you will probably have to boil and simmer for about 40 minutes with the lid on to really make sure the beets are cooked.  Once the vegetables are cooked you can take an immersion blender and blend the mixture right in the pot until it is nice and smooth.  Then take about 1-1/2 cups of 2% evaporated milk mixing it in with the blended soup. (Non-dairy/vegan tip: just add a peeled potato to the vegetables while simmering for a 'creamy taste').  Now juice an orange and stir the juice into the soup.  Add about a teaspoon of fresh orange zest.  Season with about an ounce (2 tablespoons) of fresh chopped dill (please use fresh dill as this is what imparts such a delicious flavor), and add to the soup.  You can add other seasonings if you wish, but the mixture of the slightly bitter dill together with the sweetness of the beets and orange make this soup tantalizingly delicious.  Even your kids will like it because the soup is so sweet from the natural sweetness of the beets and orange juice.  The beautiful, luscious, deep red color of the beets remain.  You can ladle the soup into a bowl, add 1 teaspoon of sour cream or yogurt, and then drops in small croutons in the shape of the heart so that they float on the surface of the soup around the sour cream. Voila!  It's almost a meal in itself with some crusty brown bread.  A healthy soup for your heart on Valentine's Day.



Ingredients
1 medium onion
1 clove garlic
2 tbsp Olive Oil or Butter
1 cup peeled beets
2 cups squash
5 cups broth
1.5 cup 1% evaporated milk
or
1 potato
Juice 1 orange
Orange zest
2 tbsp fresh dill weed
Sour cream or yogurt





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