Articles on Food

Eat Your Fruits – It’s Okay

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Fruit

If you had any doubts about the benefits of eating whole fruit, you can put them to rest. A study out of China published in the New England Journal of Medicine (April 7, 2016, pp 1332-1343) reveals that a higher level of fruit consumption led to lower blood pressure and lower glucose levels. There was also a 30-40% reduction in death from heart disease, and of heart attack, and stroke, both from vessel occlusion and brain hemorrhage.

The greater the fruit intake, the lower was the risk. Apples, pears, and citrus fruits are the main fruits eaten in China, although average fruit consumption in China is generally quite low. Fruit is a rich source of potassium, magnesium, fiber, folate, antioxidants, and many phytochemicals with cardioprotective effects. Fruit is also low in calories, sodium, and fat. Raw vegetable intake in China is high, so it is interesting that adding fruits had substantial beneficial effect. (more…)

Antioxidants for Cataracts

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

GreensAntioxidants in the diet help to prevent cataracts. Thirty thousand women in Sweden were followed for an average of 7.7 years. The incidence of cataracts was compared with dietary antioxidant intake. (JAMA March 10, 2015 pp 1048-49) Women ingesting the highest dietary antioxidants had a significantly lower incidence of cataracts than those with the lowest antioxidant intake.

The main sources of antioxidants were fruits and vegetables, whole grains and coffee. (more…)

Artificial Sweeteners Cause Weight Gain and Diabetes

Monday, February 16th, 2015

diabetesArtificial sweeteners, because they contain no calories, are used in place of sugar to prevent weight gain and diabetes. Unfortunately, they do not provide the benefits attributed to them.

The major artificial sweeteners are Aspartame (Nutrasweet), Sucralose (Splenda), and Saccharin (Sweet “N Low). More than 6000 foods contain these products, and the number is rising. The list includes breads, cereals, sodas, canned products, chewing gum, candy, sauces, soups, jams, jellies, and dried fruits. Twenty percent of the U.S. population, from age 2 on up, consume a diet drink daily.

Nevertheless, weight gain, and resultant diabetes, continue to increase. One third of the population is obese, and 30 million people are diabetic. (more…)

Top Ten Super Foods

Monday, February 9th, 2015

FoodsThe CDC completed a cross sectional study looking at the nutrient density of powerhouse fruits and vegetables. Let’s look at the top 10 nutrient dense foods that we should be emphasizing on a daily basis.

Superfood List

  1. Watercress – This may surprise many as it is not always the first food selected in the produce aisle. However, it is now the unrivaled superfood champion. Gram for gram, this mild tasting green contains 4 times more beta-carotene than an apple and 238% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin K. It is also very rich in anticancer phytonutrients. If you are less familiar with watercress, start adding it to salads, wraps and vegetable juices.
  2. Chinese cabbage – CABG which is also called Knoff or celery cabbage. This is very rich in calcium and iron and as a member of the cruciferous vegetable family also is anti-inflammatory, reduces heart disease and cancer.
  3. Swiss Chard – This is another favorite leafy green that contains at least 13 different antioxidants and has been used to prevent type 2 diabetes
  4. Beet greens – This is another compelling reason to buy organic beets. The beet itself is high in bioflavonoids, antioxidants and an excellent food for detoxification and liver support. Now we are reminded of the nutritional content of the leafy green that is attached to the beet, that sometimes gets overlooked. This is a wonderful green to add to a stir fry or your vegetable juice. (more…)

Bake Your Fish, Don’t Fry It

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
Of 260 normal older adults,those who ate baked or broiled fish weekly, but not fried fish, had greater gray matter volume in areas of the brain responsible for cognition and memory. After 15 years, 47% of those who didn’t have fish at least once a week developed Alzheimer disease or other cognitive impairment, compared to 28% of those who ate fish regularly. (JAMA, Jan 4, 2012)

Green tea may protect DNA from damage

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Drinking green tea every day for a month may protect against damage at a genetic levels, with benefits linked to the beverages antioxidant content, says a new study.
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Pomegranate Juice – Juice From The Tree of Life

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Ancient religions and the mystery traditions have always used the pomegranate tree and its fruit in symbol and decoration and myth, and alchemists and the hermetic traditions have often used it in symbolic form for its many esoteric connections to the Tree of Life, the Qabbalah, and other spiritual streams.

History

The pomegranate is also the traditional representation of fertility and life, and seems to have its origins everywhere, particularly through the Mediterranean, up to Georgia and across to China and to India there is even a Sanskrit word for the fruit, and Indian royalty always included it in banquet and ritual.

There are many European references to pomegranates and they were to be found growing wild in Georgia in 1772. The Spanish Conquistadores took the pomegranate to America and Jesuit missionaries carried it north to their missions in California.

With so much scientific and medical interest being shown in the current era, it seems almost that this fruit is special beyond others, that it has been singled out as a gift to the human race.

And other questions arise: the pomegranate tree lives a very long time and suffers, like the fruit, almost no disease or damage by pests. Is this tree actually keeping its own health? Are its powerful antioxidants actually keeping the tree healthy too?

Why has it been selected by many cultures and religions to represent fertility, good health and good luck, rather than other fruit?

Why are there so many contradictions in the fruit? It is sweet, and yet tart; the fruit is tough and wrinkled, and yet when open is rich and red and sweet. It has been called the fruit of the underworld, with strong connections to Persephone, and yet the Koran calls it the fruit of paradise. It is so hard to eat the fruit and then eventually so rewarding.

In the field of vibrational healing, we are always dealing with the human system as a bio-field, or field of information or energy, which at the most fundamental levels operates on energies of all qualities. All the medications and foods we take are consumed because we wish to incorporate the energetics of those substances in our energy fields. And it is the quality of the energetics of any substance that is of the highest importance.

I believe that the pomegranate has always been recognised as a fruit which holds a particularly potent energetic charge. It is in the look of the fruit, the taste of the juice, the colour of the arils, the variety of its many qualities. Anyone who pays attention to what their senses (including the more subtle senses) are telling them will soon know whether a substance will enhance their health and energy. Naturally occurring pomegranates and their juice register high on the list of those which do enhance.
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The Impact of One Mans Outrage

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

One sometimes hears that the common citizen is helpless and can do nothing against the mega powers that be. Its just one person against the corporate giants that have the money and media on their side. Might as well just go with the tide.

Ivan Royster will beg to differ.

Recently, the New York Times, no less, covered a Facebook page he had created called The Ban of High Fructose Corn Syrup in the U.S. The reason for the coverage was the pages popularity: 120,000 followers and growing. The Times thought the popularity merited not only the article but an opposing viewpoint from the Corn Refiners Association.

Yes, Ivan Royster, an ordinary guy from Raleigh, North Carolina, working a job at a local university library, had come face to face and was squaring off with some of the biggest corporations on the planet.

What led him to that position? Its actually pretty simple: he saw something he thought wasnt right and decided to find out about it. Then he decided to share his discoveries and outrage with the world through the Internet.

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Food Irradiation for Food Safety?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

If youve seen the film Food, Inc., you know that our industrial food system can be severely unsanitary. With the cramped conditions in which animals are bred, raised and slaughtered, it is no wonder that diseases such as E. coli spread so easily and end up in supermarkets and fast-food outlets. Because cattle ranches supply fertilizer to produce farms, such diseases can be spread to our fruits and vegetables as well.

Instead of solving the basic problems of sanitation in the food industry, a recent solution put into effect by food producers to prevent the spread of such bacteria is to irradiate food. According to research conducted by the Center for Food Safety (CFS), food irradiation uses high-energy gamma rays, electron beams or X-raysall of which are millions of times more powerful than standard medical X-raysto break apart the bacteria and insects that can hide in meat, grains and other foods.

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FDA Says Walnuts Are Drugs

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Life Extension has published 57 articles that describe the health benefits of walnuts.

Some of this same scientific data is featured on the website of Diamond Foods, Inc., a distributor of packaged walnuts.

The FDA has determined that walnuts sold by Diamond Foods cannot be legally marketed because the walnuts are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the medical conditions referenced on Diamond Foods website.

According to the FDA, these walnuts are now classified as drugs and the unauthorized health claims cause them to become misbranded, thus subjecting them to government seizure or injunction.

Lets take a look at the science supporting the consumption of walnuts to see what the FDA is up toand what you can do to stop it!

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