What is Nourish?
Nourish is a health-driven approach to menu creation founded on promoting wellness and maximizing longevity. Inspired by Blue Zones® and the principles of Culinary Genomics discovered from these longevity hot spots, Nourish is designed to modernize our approach to food and nutrition while expanding our understanding of the power of food in ways that will change how we think about, shop for and prepare it.
Big on Flavor – and Bioactives*
To develop delicious, bioactive-rich, nutrient-dense recipes, our team of dietitians and chefs utilize the Genomic Kitchen’s M.I.S.E.™ Ingredient Toolbox. This toolbox guides culinarians in the selection of ingredients that can help offset underlying factors that drive physical disease, such as inflammation and oxidative stress.
Because our approach goes beyond just nourishing your body, and extends to feeding your genes, we understand that food is so much more than just the calories, fat, carbohydrates and protein listed on a nutrition label. All the vitamins, antioxidants, bioactives and minerals “healthy” foods boast really do matter. Every level of your health is impacted by what you eat. We hope to expand your understanding of the power of food in ways that will change the ways you think about, shop for, prepare – and enjoy – each meal.
The byproduct of merging genomics and nutrition science, Culinary Genomics – a term coined by Genomic Kitchen founder Amanda Archibald – is an approach to cuisine that focuses on selecting and preparing ingredients in a way that nourishes your DNA with the aim of reducing chronic disease and accelerated aging
Source: The Genomic Kitchen
*Bioactive compounds such as lycopene (found in cooked tomatoes) and resveratrol (found in red grapes) – are found in small amounts of plants and plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, oils and whole grains. These compounds can trigger physiological reactions that contribute to improved health and are studied for their role in prevention of cancer, cardiac disease and other chronic conditions. These non-nutrient dietary components influence gene behavior, acting like a switch or signal to cells and setting into motion a series of biochemical activities that promote health and reduce disease risk.
Source: National Cancer Institute
Blue Zones, also known as longevity hot spots, are home to small groups with a high concentration of centenarians – people who live to the age of 100 and beyond. In Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Icaria, Greece; and among the Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California, large swaths of the population live long lives that are largely free from illness and disease. Diet and lifestyle play a key role in the long, healthy lives these people enjoy, and Nourish captures these healthy habits and dietary practices with the aim of bringing these benefits outside the Blue Zones and directly to you – our customer.
Source: Blue Zones
The Blue Zone research upon which the Nourish program is inspired centers on three pillars:
Science – Culinary Genomics, a concept that embraces the evidence-based scientific approaches of nutrigenomics, nutrition science, food science and the culinary arts, is the basis upon which Nourish was founded.
Nutrigenomics – This study of how the food we eat interacts with our genes to affect health allows us to look at foods consumed in Blue Zones and their impact on genes – from how they’re grown, sourced, and prepared and how they promote longevity without disease. Guided by this research, we carefully source, select and prepare foods that influence and promote wellness.
Culinary genomics – This union of disciplines, nutrigenomics and the culinary arts, teaches how to choose and prepare specific foods that may influence important genes and promote optimal health.
*The term nutrigenomics emerged from scientific questioning around the interaction between genes, bioactive food compounds and overall health outcomes. Nutrigenomics explores molecular-level interactions between genes and nutrients using multiple fields of scientific study, including biochemistry, physiology, nutrition, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics and epigenomics.