Prevention is better than cure

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Prevention is Better than Cure - Food

Pick the statement that is true:

A - Diet and Lifestyle impact your health.

B - Your genetics predetermine whether or not you get ill, rendering you powerless.




The Human Genome Project has shown that diet and lifestyle can impact our health by as much as 90%[1] . We all have genetic mutations and weaknesses making us more vulnerable and predisposed to particular illnesses. The same underlying causes impact different people in different ways. However, we are not slaves to our genes. Genes merely load the gun. Diet and lifestyle pull the trigger.

Every day this week, I will be highlighting one of the main five factors that are essential to your health, starting with the most important:


Food is a duel-edged sword. The right foods can heal you. The wrong foods can harm you.  Foods that harm you – vegetable oils, most highly-processed foods, sugary drinks, most pizzas, white bread, most fruit juices (high in sugar), margarine, pastries, biscuits and cakes, chips and crisps, gluten-free junk food, processed cheese and meats, most fast food meals and anything that is high in sugar and refined grains.  

Foods that help to optimise your health:

·      Fruit and vegetables. Eating more fruit and vegetables is one of the simplest choices you can make to improve your health. This can help protect you from heart disease, stroke, arthritis, dementia, cancer and even slow down your body’s ageing process. Remember, ‘variety is the spice of life’. Build on the amount and variety of fruit and vegetables you include in your diet.

·      Healthy fats. Are you afraid of fats? If so, this is unsurprising as fat in foods has been vilified in the Western World for the past few decades. However the 'Big Fat Fraud' has finally been exposed and the 'low fat is good' health hypothesis has effectively been disproved. In fact, we are in the midst of an obesity epidemic that started around the 1980’s, coinciding with the rise of the low-fat hysteria. Type 2 diabetes has also risen significantly through this period. It is time for your body to reap the benefits of the healthy fats found in such foods as avocados, nuts and seeds, organic extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed organic butter and ghee, coconut oil and Omega-3s (found in seafood - like salmon and sardines - walnuts, chia seeds and flaxseeds).

Please visit TT’s Tips for tips on healthy eating.

Tracy Tredoux