Culinary Medicine: Healing Yourself With Food

The first line of defense against disease could be your dinner plate. The science of culinary medicine combats illnesses like heart disease, cancer and diabetes with recipes and meals designed to heal. Learn how your diet can defend against the diseases you fear most.

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Food is medicine – that’s the mantra of culinary medicine. As a pioneer in the field, Dr. John La Puma maintains that food is the best way to prevent, treat and even reverse illness. He’s harnessed the power of a healthy diet to fight obesity, diabetes, arthritis, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and depression. Even your cancer risk could be reduced – over 80% of cancers are caused by controllable lifestyle factors, which include diet.

Preventing illness can be as easy as knowing which foods to eat and how to prepare them. Take small steps to fighting disease today by introducing nutrient-dense B-I-T-E-S into your diet:

Full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, fiber and omega-3s, eating these superfoods just once a week can provide potent illness-fighting benefits. And that’s just for starters!

Discover the top five cancer-fighting superfoods and the best immunity-boosters to keep in your disease-defense arsenal.

Superfoods to Fight Cancer


1. Bulgur Wheat

A Turkish grain, this powerful superfood is packed with cancer-fighters including magnesium, zinc and fiber. Research has shown that pre-menopausal women eating more than 30 grams of fiber per day cut their risk of breast cancer in half. Just 1 cup of cooked bulgur wheat supplies 8 grams of fiber – one-third of your recommended daily dose.