Food is medicine

Health Watch

We all know that junk food isn’t good for our bodies, but eating the right diet has a much larger effect than just our emotions.

Researchers at tufts university are proving that eating an apple a day really does keep the doctor away! And that confirms this doctor’s advice.

Richard Seidman, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, L.A. Care Health Plan said, “There’s a growing body of evidence that shows that healthy nutrition and medically tailored meals can significantly improve overall health outcomes.”

A recent study looked at the economic and health benefits that would occur if 30 percent of the cost of healthy food were covered by insurance for those with Medicare and Medicaid. Those healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, seafood and plant-based oils.

“There’s so much evidence that the more we eat that’s plant-based, that’s not processed, so fresh from garden to kitchen is the direction to lean in,” said Doctor Seidman.

The model found that healthy food prescriptions could be more effective than certain drug treatments. And over a lifetime it would prevent more than three million cardiovascular disease cases, prevent over 120 thousand diabetes cases, and save 102 billion dollars in healthcare costs. The researchers say this finding supports the concept that food is medicine.

Health-line-dot-com says the top three healthiest vegetables are spinach, carrots, and broccoli. And top three fruits are grapefruit, pineapple, and avocado.

This study was part of a collaboration of researchers working to identify cost-effective strategies to improve health in the United States.

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