What type of medicine requires no prescription, no pharmacy, and no clinical trials?

Food.

While food is not actually a drug, it certainly acts like medicine in the way it enhances health and helps prevent disease.

Eating sensibly can contribute immensely to managing weight and preventing the number one killer in the United States – heart disease. One great way to do that is through the Food is Medicine program that was developed by renowned research dietitian Mary Flynn, PhD, RD, LDN, and that I teach in a class that is free of charge to the community. Another excellent option is the DASH diet, which is touted by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

The Food is Medicine class provides demonstrations on how cooking healthily at home does not have to be time-consuming, difficult or costly. Participants learn how to prepare a variety of quick and easy plant-based recipes that contain no red meat, poultry or fish. The key ingredient in each of the recipes is extra virgin olive oil, which evidence has shown helps decrease your risk of obesity and related chronic diseases.

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