A reasonably prominent Nutrition and Health educator called Dr Fuhrman has coined a new term to help you remember some of the most nutrient packed and healthful foods around.
The G-BOMB is an acronym for Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds, and it does a pretty good job of rounding up some of the most nutritionally dense foods, certainly from an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory perspective.
The good thing about this is that it doesn’t profess that one food offers the answer to everything, therefore it’s not gimmicky. Foods included in the G-BOMB acronym include kale, cabbage, broccoli, berries, cherries, pomegranate, grapes, tomatoes, onions, garlic, cocoa, mushrooms, turmeric and ginger, according to a recent interview with Dr Fuhrman in Men’s Health this month.
The G-BOMB not only aims to remind you of nutrient packed foods, but also aims to reduce total body inflammation. There are 2 forms of inflammation, acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is the redness, heat and swelling that accompanies a short term muscle strain or ankle sprain and can be adequately reduced via another acronym) known as NICER i.e. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen, diclofenac etc), Ice, Compression, Elevation and Rest.
Chronic inflammation is the long term inflammation that is linked to obesity, diabetes and degenerative conditions such as arthritis. Chronic inflammation also includes the wear and tear in arteries associated with atherosclerosis and heart disease. Chronic inflammation is where diet comes into play, and really where you could drop the G-BOMB for beneficial results.
As a rule of thumb then, aim to consume a balance of protein, carbs and fat ensuring that a quarter of your plate consists of meat (or beans, peas, pulses and lentils if vegetarian), a quarter of starchy carbs such as pasta, rice, potato or quinoa (to name a few) and the other half is comprised of G-BOMBS. Do this, as well as cutting down on refined sugars and Trans fats, and you won’t go far wrong!
Dr Fuhrman, (2015). Smart Nutrition, Superior Health. G-BOMBS: Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, and Seeds. Retrieved 21st August, 2015, from https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/gbombs.aspx