How food choices influence your health

You can influence your DNA with healthy food choices

Have you heard of epigenetics? It's a new science that challenges the idea that your DNA will determine your fate.

This is great news, because it means eating well and living a healthy lifestyle is worth the effort! In her article, "Epigenetics and Food," author Teri Mosey explains how scientists now recognize that nutrients in the foods you eat affect how the genes in your body express themselves. Phytonutrients in vegetables, for example, can promote better health and keep disease at bay by either activating the genes in your body or influencing them to remain dormant.

Here's how it works: the glucosinolate in the kale you eat interrupts cancer cell growth. The zinc and manganese in the mushrooms you topped on your salad stimulate your immune system. The curcumin in the turmeric in your curry sauce inhibits inflammation in your body.

You get the idea, right?  Experts recommend eating a colorful diet to ensure your body benefits from the array of phytonutrients found in plant-based foods. You don't have to know about all the different phytonutrients, just fill your grocery cart with colorful foods, and try not to get into a food rut. Experiment and enjoy seasonal foods to make sure you expose yourself to all the healthy nutrients you can.

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