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Jamie Olivers Food Revolution Comes to Kennesaw GA

About Jamie Oliver Jamie Oliver has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the growing obesity epidemic that – if left unchecked – threatens not only our children but every subsequent generation. Hes had great success as a chef entrepreneur and social activist but it is his passion for great food and cooking from scratch that has inspired people globally and enabled him to highlight the importance of cooking skills throughout the world. Why do we need a food revolution? The problem stems from the loss of cooking skills at home and the availability of processed foods at every turn from the school cafeteria to church function halls factories and offices. This Food Revolution is about saving lives by inspiring everyone: moms dads kids teens and cafeteria workers to get back to basics and start cooking good food from scratch. What can you do? The See It Make It Eat It program is inspired by an event on May 19 called Food Revolution Day.  The event is an initiative launched by the Jamie Oliver Foundation to inspire educate and empower people everywhere to stand up for real food. Thousands of people worldwide will participate in events to raise awareness on preventing diet-related diseases and to arm people with the knowledge and tools to make healthier food choices. Register for a class. Registration is free sponsored by the Fit City Kennesaw initiative but is limited to fifty participants. Saturday May 19 at the Edge Kitchen 2750 Jiles Road in Kennesaw Commons classes will be conducted from 10 am – 2 pm.

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What is Watercress?

Watercress has a viewed as both a healing agent and a weed. The plant has old history in the treatment of scurvy a disease resulting from Vitamin C deficiency. Recent scientific studies indicate that this historic plant can protect human DNA from damage. A 2010 study conducted by the University of Southampton found that consumption of watercress May also inhibit the growth of breast cancer. The high content of phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) May explain some of the benefits. If you can find this plant pick up a bunch and try it out. It has a tangy taste since it is in the same family as mustard. It does not have a long shelf life 2-3 days refrigerated and is eaten raw. You can sprikle it in a regular salad for deeper flavor or eat it by itself.

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Eat Your Spinach

Eat your spinach!

Spinach is a known for its health benefits. There are several studies that show that it assist the body in staving off osteoporosis cognitive decline and cardiovascular disease.
Two studies show its benefit in both men and women.The first demonstrated that ingestion of leafy green vegetables might have the potential to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. They came to this conclusion because they cultured or grew prostate cancer cells and added various ingredients of some common carotinoids. Carotinoids are brightly colored yellow to red  vegetables and it is also found in green leafy vegetables. What they found is that with the addition of spinach the viability or the chance that the cancer cell would survive was drastically reduced almost eliminated. (, )

The second found that subjects eating carrots or spinach more than twice weekly compared with no intake was associated with an odds ratio of 0.56(95% confidence interval 0.34-0.91). Which means that those that ate carotinoids specifically carrots or spinach where half as likely to develop breast cancer. This type of study is less reliable in that people who eat fruits and vegetables regularly are typically more likely to do other things that promote health.

However the combined results indicate that adding green leafy vegetables regularly to your diet will have a positive effect on your overall health.

 

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