Culinary medicine refers to the developing science exploring the value of the foods we consume and their impact upon our medical health and well-being. Some of the research that has substantiated the evolution of this field comes recent studies that demonstrate the value of a Mediterrean-based diet and/or DASH diet and their impact upon disease processes such as diabetes, vascular disease, heart disease, hypertension, obesity and cancer. Also on the forefront includes benefits of superfoods, spices, food combinations, value of natural flavors enhancers, and quality of the water and beverages we consume.
Many have experienced the following:
- A first heart attack, stroke, diagnosis of diabetes, or close health call from a complication of obesity, can often be the impetus for modifying eating and health practices, forcing patients and their family members to examine their own vulnerabilities and risk factors for disease.
- A devastating diagnosis of cancer can make people become introspective about the consequences or dangers of some foods we put into our bodies and inspire us to find a way to do things better.
- A diagnosis of gluten sensitivity or intolerance can cause individuals and their families to struggle to search for a proper balance of satisfying and delicious foods, while at the same time feel grateful and relieved that simple dietary modifications have improved their well-being.
The field of culinary medicine combines properties the arts and science disciplines, exploring selection, preparation and consumption of meals which may help answer questions we may have about what we eat and bring purpose to our lives. Its applications can be witnessed on macro or public health scale, studying our food supply, consumer trends and incidence of disease, as well as on a micro level, helping a family prepare healthful delicious meals while providing food and disease education at the same time. Although many of us have ideas of what may be healthy for us, there is often a gap of knowledge of how to apply the research to make useful changes and enhancements in our lives.
Welcome to the world which lies somewhere between your doctors office, pharmacy, research lab and your kitchen! I hope you enjoy learning about the power of food!