Introduction 6 * How your body uses food for health and growth - including cellular renewal at the most basic level * Food that helps - the best foods for a healthy body (and mind), the value of organic * Foods as a weapon against illness * Getting the best from food- including cooking methods, raw food etc * Food that hinders - including foods that prevent or hinder nutritional absorption; foods with little nutritional value; dehydrating foods; GM, antibiotics, growth hormones and pesticides, fertilisers etc * Food Intolerance, stress and ageing * Water- its importance for nutritional absorption and general health Miracle Foods 44 1 Apples and pears - anti-oxidant, deeply cleansing, energising, reduce inflammation, cholesterol 2 Bananas - both energising and calming effects, good source of minerals 3 Beans and lentils - lower excess cholesterol, slow release energy, stabilise blood sugar 4 Beetroot - good for anaemia, gall bladder, kidney problems 5 Berries - powerful anti-oxidants, high in phytoestrogens (stabilise menopausal/menstrual problems), immune boosting 6 Broccoli - powerful anti-oxidant, prevents against cancer, heart disease risks, good for anaemia 7 Cabbage - powerful anti-oxidant, prevents against cancer, heart disease risk, cleansing for digestive system, good for skin 8 Carrots - anti-oxidant detoxifier, strengthens immune system, prevents against cancer and infection risks, builds up red corpuscles 9 Coconut - energlsing, good source of calclum. Milk only NB fat content 10 Game - protein-filled energy source, boosts immune system, helps cellular repair 11 Garlic - (and onions) powerful anti-oxidant, detoxifier, protects against cancer, heart risks, infection, natural antibiotic 12 Honey - good for anaemia, fatigue, stomach upset NB quick-release sugar, use in moderation only 13 Nuts- peanuts, brazils, walnuts, cashews - energising, protein source, anti-cancer (almonds) plnenuts (essential fats) 14 Oats - slow-release energy, high fibre, stimulates digestion, anti-oxidant, builds bones 15 Oily fish - for healthy heart, arteries, joints, hormonal health, skin, immune system, bones, teeth 16 Olive oil - good for liver, gall bladder, digestion, lowers cholesterol, anti-arthritis 17 Pawpaw - good for digestion, anti-parisitic, anti-cancer, detoxifies, soothes intestinal inflammation 18 Peppers - powerful anti-oxidant, antibacterial, normalises blood pressure, improves circulation, aids digestion, peristalsis 19 Raw juices - anti-oxldant, immune building, anti-cancer etc 20 Seeds - linseed, sesame, pumpkin, sunflower (include tahini in recipes), excellent source of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, anti-parisitic, heart, cardiovascular system, nervous system, anti-oxidant 21 Soya - contains amino acids and phytoestrogens guards against breast, ovarian cancer, stabilises menopausal/menstrual problems, controls cholesterol, heart disease, cancer risks 22 Spinach - powerful anti-oxidant, immune booster, fights cancers, anaemla 2
Anna Selby writes extensively for several broadsheet newspapers and magazines. She is the author of 12 books, mostly on health, fitness and nutrition, the latest of which include Home Health Sanctuary, H20 and the Juice and Zest Book. Location: London SE1 Oona van den Berg is a food writer and food stylist. She has worked on a variety of magazines including Cosmopolitan.