BROCCOLI: THE NEW CARROT
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine discovered that sulforaphane, an antioxidant in broccoli, protects human eye cells from UV damage; the more sulforaphane applied to retina cells before exposure to ultraviolet light, the greater level of defense. While future studies will determine the best dose, study author Paul Talalay, M.D., advises eating two to three servings of broccoli sprouts per week for added protection.
EGG YOURSELF ON
Your daily breakfast of hard-boiled, over-easy or scrambled won’t impact the types of LDL cholesterol that raise risk for heart disease, suggests a new University of Connecticut study. “Even for people with elevated cholesterol levels, I would not advise totally removing eggs from the diet,” says study author Maria Luz Fernandez, Ph.D. “They have so many health benefits: Lutein protects against macular degeneration, while lecithin helps preserve the memory.” The study found that adding three eggs a day to the diets of 50 men and women did not boost levels of the smaller, denser LDL particles that penetrate arterial walls and trigger inflammation. “It’s not clear why, but eggs favor the formation of the larger, less threatening LDL particles,” says Fernandez. Instead of nixing eggs, focus on following a diet that’s low in saturated fat and trans fatty acids.
EAT GREENS, EAT LESS
Beginning each meal with a bountiful salad could keep you from overloading on the main course, suggests new research from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. In a study of 42 women, those who started their pasta lunch with a 100-calorie salad containing 3 ½ cups of greens-about the same amount as in a salad bag-ate 107 fewer calories over the course of the meal than those not served a salad.
Resource: NATURAL HEALTH (SPECIAL ISSUE)…HEALING FOODS…AUGUST 2005