Years ago my doctor advised me to “eat colorful foods”. “When you look at the foods on your plate, there should be lots of color and variety,” he explained. Great advice, and easy to remember. Colorful fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutrients. Here’s a warming fall and winter stew that is so alive with color, it makes me smile just to look at it. Just take your basic white bean and ham soup, and rev it up with tomatoes, fresh pumpkin, and chard. My father came over to try some for lunch and went home with half the batch (I wouldn’t let him take it all). Enjoy!
Over the last decade much attention has been given to the idea that some foods, aptly labeled “superfoods”, are especially good for us, whether it be because they are rich in nutrients or antioxidants, or because the have properties that actively help us prevent or fight disease.
I and several other bloggers recently had the privilege of meeting with doctors and scientists at City of Hope and the Beckman Research Institute in Duarte, California, to learn about the scientific research they are doing on the anti-cancer properties of various foods. Although much of their work is still in early stages, the work is so promising, I thought I would share some of what I learned with you.