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SPECIAL REPORT: Foods We Eat and Disease
DAYTON -- Hippocrates famously said "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food." But if you look at obesity, cancer and other deadly disease rates in this country that motto sounds, well, ancient; but it is something to live by for one local chef.
At Scratch food company, it is prep day. The 600 Asian Chicken dinners will be boxed and shipped out to patients battling cancer. Chef Matthew Hayden started the Dayton-area catering company (www.scratchfood.com), with the idea of bettering people's lives.
"Really following the dietary restrictions of a heart healthy diet, a diabetic diet, and also foods that are good for the journey through cancer," said Hayden.
He lost grandparents and his Mom to cancer, and that has affected his lifestyle choices, and therefore the food his company serves.
"That is our mission -- to produce locally sourced nutrient dense, convenient meals for our clients. In order to produce wellness outcomes, to mitigate lifestyle diseases and to improve overall quality of life," Hayden explained.
"Not just a diet, but making lifestyle changes for a healthier life," said Destiny Temple, a Kettering Health Network Dietitian. She says studies prove too much of what Americans eat is linked either directly or indirectly to deadly diseases like cancer.
"Limiting like your processed type of foods, stick to more things that are found naturally," Temple explained.
Now think about what is your pantry. So many of us have processed foods. Potato Chips, refined sugar, microwave popcorn, even canned tomato sauce just to name a few. Dietitians say forgo it as much as you can, and instead choose healthy vegetables or fruits."
"If you are say a soda drinker, just cutting out that type of stuff, people have shown they've lost weight just with that simple change," Temple said.
For Matthew Hayden, change is good.
"Ten years ago, the folks that would have been associated with vegetarianism and organic foods might have had a stigma of just being West Coast and hippies, and that's changed quite a bit, there's bells you cannot un-ring now," said Hayden.
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