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Going Green for Dinner

By on February 9, 2012

Are Greens the solution for diabetes, cancer and other diseases? We’re taking a general look at Green Leafy vegetables as a part of the African American diet and hopefully a better understanding as to why food matters.

Collard Greens have been a staple on the table tops of African Americans for years so it’s fitting that we dive right into the foods common to our life.  Boiled nearly to death and in a hot pot full of salt pork, you can’t attend a barbecue, Thanksgiving, or generally any large gathering of African Americans without seeing a nice big bowl of the stuff sitting on the table.

My grandmother would tell me that they were good for me and although I cannot deny that they’re tasty, most the goodness takes an, “exit stage right” with the method of preparation. What’s wrong with our greens? What’s wrong with greens is the same thing that’s wrong with many culturally adored dishes from Asia to South America, Europe to America; it’s killing us slowly by attributing to the diseases our communities are ailing from. Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease just to name the obvious are highly attributable to the common standard diet in our communities. We have cooked all the goodness right out of the food and added things back to give it taste, but that work contradictory to overall health.

But it’s not the Green’s fault. Adding more Green Leafy vegetables to your diet is probably one of the single most beneficial things you can do for your health. Not only is chlorophyll an amazingly healthy nutrient, but greens are packed with other vital nutrients and essential amino acids (not to mention fiber which is great for colon and heart health). Chlorophyll however is miraculous. It is said to have the same structure as hemoglobin (the molecule in blood that carries oxygen throughout the body). It has the power to promote good health. It’s an anti-carcinogenic, anti-oxidant, helps the body to remove heavy metals and much more.

Did you know that scientists are still discovering new nutritional values of greens in our lives?

There are huge breakthroughs in health with people now discovering the advantages of adding more raw greens to the diet and cutting out processed foods. Dr. Victoria Boutenko, author of Green for Life along with many others suggest that greens may not only fight Cancer, but could possibly reverse or cure it. (We’ll delve into this in more detail in Part II of this article).

More people are realizing the power of eating more natural and learning that the body can repair itself if given the right tools. It goes back to the old saying, “you are what you eat”. The body uses what you put inside it for daily functions, to rebuild cells that make your skin, repairs muscle and generate new tissue for internal organs. When you put in junk you get junk products in return. One of my favorite Jack Lalanne segments is about the car that repairs itself. Your body is that car so why not provide it with top of the line quality tools and building blocks.

Stay tuned for more details about the benefits of adding more raw Greens to your diet.


Rich Thurman is a Personal Trainer, Strength & Conditioning Coach. He is also primary author for The Fitness Library and the Founder of Active Lifestyle in Bangkok, which offers Personal Training, Group & Corporate Training, Facilities Management Services and Training Camps. Tweet Rich @BangkokTrainer.



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