Ormoni alimentari possono alterare la nostra salute ?

Food hormones… How can they alter your health?

The expert replies: everything you need to know about food hormones and their impact on human health 

About a couple of months ago I was at an interesting meeting on prevention held by the head of gynecology at Cittadella’s hospital. In addition to explaining how important and increasingly effective prevention is, there has been one particular topic that has struck me, concerning food hormones, and now I want to talk about it with you.

Can food hormones actually alter your health?

One of the causes/risk factors that contribute to the development of neoplasms are food hormones. Not only hormones that derive from specific hormonal treatments but also from food. Especially during childhood and puberty, the hormones present in some types of foods that we consume can affect both the immune system causing thyroids, allergies, but also the endocrine system therefore in the case of young people, early menarche, early development and growth. The FDA found that more than 1% a day of hormones are taken, especially from parts of children; a value that in the long term can strongly affect the onset of neoplasms: among the most found breast, prostate and colon cancers.

One way to start preventing the onset of disease is through healthy and nutritious foods. You will have heard of it before: the studies that support this very important truth are summed up in the only word NUTRACEUTICAL. As you can discover on the web nutraceutical foods are commonly also called functional foods, pharma food or pharmaceutical. A nutraceutical is a “food-drug” or food that combines nutritional components selected for characteristics, such as high digestibility and hypo allergenicity, with the healing properties of natural active ingredients. You may wonder but what these foods will ever be, it’s actually very simple, and I’ll give you a few examples below:

RED RICE: its component is monacolin; it allows to lower cholesterol in the blood;

BLUEBERRY AND OTHER RED BERRIES: rich in flavonoids, antioxidant substances, small essential substances to protect our cells;

GRAPES, PISTACHIOS, PEANUTS: contain an important antioxidant that is resveratrol;

CINNAMON: Cinnamon bark has already been studied several times for its hypoglycemic properties, therefore recommended for diabetics;

BERGAMOT: thanks to the polyphenol content, better flavonoids (butylidene and melitidina), it lowers the cholesterol rate.

An unbalanced diet or unhealthy diet lead to worsening health conditions, an increased risk of pathologies and a change in mood tone.

So always pay attention to what you eat, check the origin of the food and its quality. Do yourself good!

Dr. Luisa Gragnoli

Food technologist

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