Foods That Harm, Foods That Promote Health
A Biochemical and Nutritional Perspective in Health and Disease Prevention
This book looks at fresh (fruits and vegetables) and processed foods from a biochemical and nutritional perspective, as well as the relationship between their content in micronutrients and phytochemicals and the major killer diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. The book also pays special attention to two important topics not addressed by other texts on nutrition, namely low-grade systemic inflammation and caloric restriction, which were consistently shown to impact health and disease. Caloric restriction can help in weight reduction programs and in slowing down age-associated degenerative disorders.
In contrast to other texts on a similar topic, this book is a blend of nutrition, biochemistry and pathology. More specifically, we discuss the molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogeny of cancer, heart disease and metabolic syndrome with a constant focus on the relationship between diet and these conditions.
The book will benefit medical students, residents, family doctors and physicians who practice medical nutrition therapy, biomedical researchers, as well as those interested in good health and disease prevention. Readers will learn that whole foods diet is the best bet in the prevention of age-related degenerative diseases as well as an essential aid in the treatment of several human disorders.
About the Author
Dr. Stefan Hulea had a long and distinguished career as a biochemist working in basic and applied biomedical research as well as teaching biochemistry and molecular biology courses to undergraduate life sciences and medical students. His research interests included among others, microbial nucleic acids metabolism, the role of complex carbohydrate-binding proteins (lectins) as mediators of host-pathogen interactions, oxidative stress and antioxidant mechanisms in plant and animal cells. In the field of applied research Dr. Hulea was involved in the early 1980s in the development of a human colostrum based product that was successfully used in the treatment of respiratory and digestive tract infections in infants and small children. He also took part in the development of a sea buckthorn-based extract that was used with very good results in the treatment of severe skin burns as well as some skin disorders. In the early 1990s he was a visiting scholar in the laboratory of Late Professor Fred A. Kummerow, who was a pioneer scientist in the research of trans fatty acids' involvement in atherosclerosis. Dr. Hulea holds a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Bucharest, Romania and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of London, UK.
Dr. Mirela Ahmadi is a food scientist and nutritionist, with research interests spanning medical, clinical and food biochemistry. She published numerous research articles in peer-reviewed science journals, several books, and she holds one patent. Mirela Ahmadi was involved in teaching courses to students at the schools of food technology, veterinary medicine, biotechnology and animal sciences. She took part in numerous international science meetings, where she presented the results of her original research activity – as oral and poster presentations, as well as invited speaker. Because of her recognized contribution to science, Mirela was selected by reputable journals to act as Guest Editor and reviewer.