Monday, July 19, 2010
Blueberry's VS. Blueberry 'Poop' Tarts
At my monthly holistic health fair, a sweet gal told me her friend watches my WISH TV segment and reads Anti-Aging in the South Side Times. She claims I’m against everything, which is partially true. My heart is against watching good people, under the cloudy assumption all foods are safe, poison their Temple with processed, GMO and extruded dead food rather than health sustaining Universal Apothecary provided by Creation.
Vacationing with my grand kids in Michigan during blueberry season, a mother at a road-side market was asked by her child, “Can I have blueberries mommy? Mom replied, “No, honey, we have plenty of Blueberry Pop Tarts at home.” Considering, ‘Poop’ Tarts have the nutrition value of road kill, it‘s a heartbreaking commentary on today’s obesity crisis and your loving families health. Remember our State Board of Health’s announcement this will be the first generation of children who will be outlived by their parents? I mean, substituting the ethereal glories of the noble blue orb for a Poop Tart is, well, child abuse; like smoking carcinogenic cigarettes inside the car when kids are on board. Lazy mom and dad role models, listen up; one Blueberry Pop Tart is 212 empty calories; 62 from fat and grease. They contain one-half ounce of immune-system-blunting sugar, diabetes inducing white flour, 7 grams of fat, and one frail gram of fiber. No mortal can improve our Creators gifts, but when one arrogantly tries, the process perpetually renders the once vibrant food lifelessly devoid of the groovy vitamins our Temple requires to remain mentally and physically vigorous; hence our largely preventable pandemic of obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Juicy, sweet blueberries are indigenous to the US of A. Native Americans used the berries, leaves and roots for medicinal purposes. Blueberries were used as a fabric dye and combined with meat into a nutritious dried jerky. Recently, Tufts University analyzed 60 fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability or ORAC level. Blueberries came out on top, rating highest in their capacity to destroy free radicals called anthocyanidins. Blueberries deactivate free radical that damage the collagen matrix of cells and tissues leading to cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease and cancer. Researchers found fresh or frozen blueberries protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia. The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry show that phenolic compounds in blueberries can inhibit colon cancer cell proliferation and programmed cell death. A Poop Tart can’t do that for your holy temple.
Blueberries were created with a tasty flavonoid called kaempferol. Research calculating flavonoid intake in 66,940 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study between 1984 and 2002 revealed women whose diets provided the most kaempferol had a 40% reduction in risk of ovarian cancer, compared to women eating the least kaempferol-rich foods.
Make a morning smoothie with blueberries, real orange juice, a piece of carrot and banana. What a great way to drink, not chew your daily dose of heavenly medicine that protects your temple from disease. Remember, when you cook blueberries into a pie, jam, or pancakes, all the nutrients and energy are destroyed in the process. Eat ‘em raw by the handful. We brought back a 10 pound box, placed them on sheet pans; put them into the freezer till hard like blue marbles; bagged them in zip-locks then back into the freezer. For breakfast try Kashi Go-Lean cereal, plain yogurt, walnuts, and ground flax seed crowned with a cup of berries; the “Colon Pow!” of your digestive tract
When everything God gives us to remain healthy is right under our nose, it’s tough to grasp why the 44 % of obese Hoosiers continually and tenaciously defend self-destructive, albeit time-honored Midwestern food fare with such eagerness. Armed with nutritional literacy, love of family and steadfastness, you can do it. Your body is your buddy.