Nutritious Food Groups

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Healthy FoodsFor a Healthy Diet

These nutritious foods can build health, ward off disease, and taste wonderful!

  • Fatty fish—broiled, baked or grilled—may lower triglycerides and blood pressure, increase good cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of clotting.
  • Whole grains are full of fiber, flavor and texture. They may lower your risk of heart disease, Type II diabetes and cancer.
  • Tomatoes practically burst with B and C vitamins, minerals and lycopene, which may reduce your risk of cancer and heart attack.
  • Berries (such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries or raspberries) provide antioxidants, which may lower your risk of cancer and heart disease. They are also high in fiber and taste great!
  • Cruciferous & “leafy green” vegetables—cabbage, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy and brussels sprouts—give you vitamins A and C, fiber and phytochemicals that may reduce your risk of cancer. They’re cholesterol-free, low in fat and calories too.
  • Soy is so beneficial you’ll want to find a palatable source—it may protect against cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
  • Fat-free, fortified dairy products provide protein, calcium, trace minerals and vitamin D. They may help ward off osteoporosis, hypertension, stroke and colon cancer.
  • Nuts are high in protein, minerals and vitamins while being cholesterol-free. Their omega-3 fatty acids may reduce your bad cholesterol—LDL—and your risk of heart attack or coronary artery disease.
  • Green tea provides flavonoids, which may prevent heart problems and certain cancers.

About the Author:

Born in Allentown Pennsylvania, into a family of musicians, Rob Pearce grew up studying violin, percussion, jazz arranging and composition. After two years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he transfer to the pre-dental program at the University of Miami and later moved to San Francisco where he earned his Doctorate in Dentistry (DDS) from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 1990. For the past twenty eight years he has focused his efforts on mastering the art of high quality, long lasting “metal free dentistry,” a concept that was relatively new at the time but over the years has gained powerful momentum. In 2014 Dr. Pearce became a member of the “Visiting Faculty” of Spear Education, arguably the most prestigious dental continuing education program in the world. As a Spear Open Wide Foundation Ambassador, Dr. Pearce and his team travel to Guatemala to provide metal free dentistry to those who would otherwise receive no dental treatment at all. Dr. Pearce and Annette Rig were honored, and lucky enough to treat the very first patient at the Foundation’s first clinic in 2012. Since then, with the outpouring of support from our member dentists and American equipment manufacturers, we now have six clinics and have treated over 200,000 patients in need! The foundation’s goals include helping improve the education of Guatemala dentists. In 2015, as a member of the Education Development Committee, Dr. Pearce presented an all day lecture and workshop for the faculty and students at the Galvez School of Dentistry in Guatemala City.