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Food for Life:

Jenna WunderYour grocery cart should look like a rainbow. That’s one of hundreds of nuggets of nutritional advice you’ll find in the UM Integrative Medicine (UMIM) Healing Foods Pyramid, coauthored by Jenna Wunder, MPH ’01. “We recommend eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables each day,” says Wunder, a researcher and dietitian with UMIM, who gives classes on the pyramid to UM medical and nursing students, among others. Colorful plant foods are loaded with phytochemicals, including antioxidants, that help to combat chronic disease, cancer, and the adverse effects of aging.

Other tips? Dark chocolate can reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower the risk of blood clots. Teas are rich in antioxidants. Turmeric may reduce symptoms associated with autoimmune disorders. Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables take longer to digest than processed foods and therefore help you sustain energy.

Since its release in 2005, the pyramid website has received more than 1.5 million hits worldwide. Wunder claims it’s the most comprehensive food pyramid in existence, because you can click into each of its dozen, information-packed categories and learn about the benefits of everything from water to seasonings, healthy fats, legumes, and accompaniments like chocolate and tea.<

A Baker’s Gift:

Manasee ShahChocolate chip. Oatmeal raisin walnut. Nankatai Indian tea biscuits. If your mouth is now watering, check out Crust and Crumbs Bakery, the brainchild of Manasee Shah, MPH ’05, where you can order these and other homemade cookies by the dozen and ship them anywhere in the U.S., including APO and FPO addresses. Shah bakes the cookies herself, using all-natural, preservative-free, and (wherever reasonable) locally sourced ingredients. She launched the part-time business in January, after leaving a corporate job in California and moving back to Ann Arbor, where she’s a research technician with the UM Institute of Gerontology. “I love to bake,” she admits.

What’s good for Shah is also good for her community. Each month, visitors to the Crust and Crumbs Bakery site get to vote on where they’d like Shah to donate a portion of the bakery’s earnings. The choices for May 2009 are Food Gatherers, Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, and UM SPH. Shah sees this as an integral part of being “corporately responsible. As long as I don’t go bankrupt, I’ll contribute what I can.” <



1 Reader Comments

Nov 01, 2009 at 08:22 AM Posted By Wedding Diet

That is great. It is not only delicious but also good for the health. Thanks for sharing. Any other food tips? Thanks

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