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Taste of the Orient

Have you tried our FengFit Taste of the Orient salad? A colorful mix of organic black and green kale balances the texture of crunchy savoy and napa cabbage in this far east influenced salad. Complimented with bok choycarrotsjicama, red peppers, mung and rice beansedamame, red and white quinoa, sunflower seeds and served with an asian sesame dressing.

How Cooking Methods Add Inflammation To Your Food

Could eating that charred steak lead to arthritis and other diseases linked to inflammation? Very possibly, say researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.

The researchers found that when foods are cooked with high, dry heat, it creates toxins known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs) that are absorbed by the body. For example, a 3.5-ounce slice of raw beef has about 707 kUs of AGEs. Cooked, that number increases more than eight times to 6,071.

AGEs are compounds that can trigger inflammation and accelerate aging, says Sandra Woodruff, RD, a nutritionist involved in the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association in June 2010.

Eat too many AGEs, and you’re inviting a number of health issues connected to inflammation, including diabetes and chronic kidney disease, says the study’s lead author Jaime Uribarri, MD, a professor of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Dr. Uribarri also suspects that excessive AGEs could lead to arthritis, but no direct link has been found. 

FengFit Foods Plant-Based Cuisine is only cooked in water based cooking methods (poaching, stewing, steaming) to reduce the AGEs added during the cooking process.

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Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.

Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” The importance of a healthy diet is well-known, yet statistics for obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other lifestyle-related diseases are at an all-time high.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 68.8 percent of adults are considered overweight. The organization warns that being overweight contributes to “heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, liver disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.”

The solution: a healthy, plant-based diet and physical activity.

Casey Health Institute in Gaithersburg, Maryland, uses a multifaceted approach in treating patients, including integrative primary care, naturopathic medicine, health coaching, and nutritional counseling.

Carrie Runde, ND, Naturopathic Physician at Casey Health explains,  “Food, it turns out, can be a major factor for re-establishing good health when it is compromised. This is why the concept of ‘food as medicine’ is becoming better understood all the time.”

The American Institute for Cancer Research says, “Health experts agree that putting mostly plant foods on your plate is the healthiest diet.” Because these types of food are high in antioxidants, healthy fiber, essential vitamins and minerals and protein and are easy for the body to process, a plant-based diet promotes proper bodily functions and healing.

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Do You Need "Super Foods" In Your Diet?

The concept of the superfood is a popular one when it comes to food and health. The media is full of reports of ultra-healthy foods, from blueberries and beetroot to quinoa and kale. These reports claim to reflect the latest scientific evidence, and assure us that eating these foods will give our bodies the health kick they need to stave off illness and aging. But is there any truth to such reports? 

Yes. 

Numerous studies have proven that foods with a higher concentration of nutrients are better for your overall health and can help prevent disease.

What is Dr. Feng's favorite salad? The Signature Salad. Just look at those vital statistics!

New Animal Study on Sucralose Indicates Cancer Risk

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has downgraded its safety rating of sucralose, the artificial sweetener also known by the brand name Splenda, from “caution” to “avoid” in the group’s Chemical Cuisine glossary of food additives. The nonprofit food safety and nutrition watchdog group is citing a newly published study from the respected Ramazzini Institute, an independent laboratory based in Italy, which found that the chemical caused leukemia and related blood cancers in male mice.

This is the second time CSPI has downgraded its rating of the sweetener. In 2013 the group downgraded sucralose from “safe” to “caution” after the Ramazzini Institute presented the then-unpublished findings of the study at a conference. The study was finally published on January 29 in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health

FengFit Foods does not contain any added sugars, preservatives, artificial sweeteners or animal products. Sucralose is found in some diet sodas, including Diet Pepsi, where it is paired with another artificial sweetener, acesulfame potassium, and Diet Mountain Dew... Read more.