Food on my genes

by Christina on December 4, 2011

I got double sister time this weekend!

Yay for Kim being in San Francisco!

We made a new favorite San Francisco food discovery – Paxti’s vegan stuffed crust pizza:

Mmm non-hospital food tastes so good!

A recent study brings the importance of food to a new level (in my mind). The scientists (Zhang et al) asked this question:

“What if material from our food actually made its way into the innermost control centers of our cells, taking charge of fundamental gene expression?”

This excellent article in Scientific American explains the results:

“They showed that the subjects’ bloodstream contained approximately 30 different microRNAs from commonly eaten plants. It appears that they can also alter cell function: a specific rice microRNA was shown to bind to and inhibit the activity of receptors controlling the removal of LDL—“bad” cholesterol—from the bloodstream. Like vitamins and minerals, microRNA may represent a previously unrecognized type of functional molecule obtained from food.”

“Zhang [study author] says the findings may also illuminate our understanding of co-evolution, a process in which genetic changes in one species trigger changes in another. For example, our ability to digest the lactose in milk after infancy arose after we domesticated cattle. Could the plants we cultivated have altered us as well?”

So we actually ARE what we eat… and I have been eating way too much food that should not ever be allowed access to my genes!

All I can say is thank goodness for my sisters who feed and detox me. Who else would make me this “detox salad”?!

Thank you, Jen!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen December 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Gosh I want that pizza now– why did I give you the leftovers?!? Does it taste as good the 2nd day?

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Christina December 5, 2011 at 4:08 am

Jen – I think it tasted BETTER! thank you for being so generous with the leftovers 🙂

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Susan December 5, 2011 at 1:27 am

I love this post! I am already planning all the things we’ll do when sister #3 visits me and sister #2 in SF!

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Christina December 5, 2011 at 4:10 am

ooh I love it! please share fun things you do (and places you eat)!!

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elise December 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm

ah patxis. its the best best best.

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