Health is made far more complicated than it needs to be. Much like putting the right fuel into your car for its engine type means it will run better so does, putting the right fuel into your body make it run better.
It is also interesting when science eventually catches up with what is either obvious or has been “known” for a long time. Our ancestors had a much better idea about food and what to eat as well as the connections between foods and health than we have. Part of the reason for this is that they prepared food from ingredients found in nature rather than opened a box.
Certain combinations of foods go well together. For instance use of onion and garlic as the base for stir-fry or other forms of cooking. It has now been shown that iron and zinc absorption from meals (say with meat chicken or even rice and chick peas) is virtually doubled when they are cooked with onion and garlic. The theory is that it is due to the sulfur content in the onion and garlic.
Given that many people (especially women) can be low in iron this is a simple way to improve levels in the blood stream.
Capsaicin, which is the component of chilies which gives them heat and flavor has also been shown to have a beneficial effect on blood pressure particularly, it seems that when this is consumed on a regular basis. Now that does not mean you have to eat tem everyday nor do you have to eat the hottest ones. It does show that adding color to your meals is good for your health.
Still in the blood vessels and cocoa flavinols have been also shown to assist blood vessel repair and function. This may explain previous findings about how consumption of small amounts of chocolate improved recovery and survival after heart attacks and stroke.
Getting enough antioxidants whether from your diet or supplements helps blood vessels and has been shown to reduce blood pressure. This is aside from the benefits to the immune system ,skin and slowing the ageing process.
And just to cap it off, research from Queensland (Australia) has found that people who consumed full fat rather than low fat dairy (over a 16 year period) had the lowest rates of heart disease. This is a real slap in the face to the low fat zealots who have scared people off eating real food in favor of modified food.
It turns out that eating real food is, surprise, surprise better for us
From the other side, putting the wrong fuels in your body creates problems. The likelihood of children developing symptoms of attention deficit is doubled if they are on a typical “western” diet of processed and packaged food compared to a diet rich in fruits vegetables and with adequate omega 3 fatty acids.
The take home message is simple. Sometimes science catches up with the obvious if it is not too busy researching new uses for drugs. Regardless of whether it does or does not, eating real food matters.
Eat food that your ancestors would have eaten. This is food without labels or ticks or numbers. It is food that till recently was moving or growing somewhere.
Berry Jazz: Steve Hunter Quartet
- Date: Friday, 12 May 2017, 8:30pm
- Venue: Berry Bowling Club – 140 Princes Hwy, Berry, NSW
- Series: This event is part of the Berry Jazz 2017 series
- Tickets: Adults: $30 | Children (over 8): $20 | Concession/Member: $25 – Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9036 6292
About Berry Jazz: Now in its third year, Berry Jazz is a meeting place for local residents and visitors to experience some of Australia’s finest jazz artists. Steve Hunter with his quartet of all-star musicians will open the festival. Steve is one of Australia’s most acclaimed bassists.
The newly refurbished Berry School of Arts will be the centre piece for a family show featuring the big band sounds of Great Scott! The Music of Raymond Scott with Peter Dasent of ABC Play School fame, and led by Sam Golding of ‘The Glorious Sousaphonics’. Families will love the zany and familiar music of Raymond Scott. Scott’s melodies, known to millions through their adaption in over 120 classic Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and other Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animated shorts.
Come along to the free performance of fun foot-tapping jazz in the Rotunda in Apex Park. Bring a picnic and enjoy the fun. Our show-stopping finale is ‘Ella, Billie and Louis’, from the songbook of jazz legends Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong with French chanteuse Tricia Evy. This is sure to be a sell-out event. We look forward to seeing you at Berry Jazz.
Steve Hunter Quartet
World class creativity..(the) music reflects the sum of the parts that is Hunter – virtuoso bassist, imaginative composer, astute band-leader – Sydney Morning Herald.
Virtuosic electric bassist Steve Hunter has been active as a composer, bandleader and sideman/collaborator in Australia and internationally for 30 years. He has performed with international artists including Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Bobby Previte, Ulf Wakenius and Mark Isham, as well as notable Australian artists as Mark Simmonds’ Freeboppers, Tree, Dale Barlow, James Muller, Joseph Tawadros and The Translators. A prolific composer, Steve has released nine albums of original music, in formats ranging from solo bass to a nine-piece ensemble. His most recent release is Cosmos.
Matt Keegan (saxophone) Matt McMahon (piano keyboard) Steve Hunter (guitar bass) Nic Cicere (drums)
Berry Jazz is produced by SIMA, www.sima.org.au
Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 9036 6292