Heart Failure: Eggs Bad, Whole-Grains Better

Recent studies have shown egg consumption is linked to diabetes risk and risk of death. And now, new research in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reveals each serving of dairy or eggs increases heart failure risk by 8% to 23%. Conversely, each serving of whole grains dropped heart risk by 7% in middle-aged men and women. Both results account for other factors that might impact heart failure risk, such as calorie intake, lifestyle, heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension; Reuters reports.

Now, don’t go grain crazy! Grains are okay, but Dr. Fuhrman recommends eating more fruits and vegetables instead. Grains aren’t as nutrient-dense. And fruits and veggies are the ultimate heart-protectors, capable of preventing and reversing cardiovascular disease.

The Chinese, whose classic diet involved a lot of fruits and vegetables, have departed from their traditional ways and subsequently suffer from more heart disease and obesity as they consume more eggs, meat and fat, and less plant foods.
 

Take Junk Food Out of Schools, Kids Eat Healthier...

An upcoming study in the Journal of Nutrition claims removing sugary snacks, i.e. vending machines, from schools makes kids more likely to eat fruits and vegetables. And this effect held up even when kids returned home. Most likely because kids are already full, having not eaten empty calories. Currently, 72% school districts limit the fat in cafeteria food and number of vending machines; The Orange County Register reports.

According to the CDC, many schools are already selling less junk. And other officials are working hard to get soda machines out of schools. College is a little different, but my school was loaded with vending machines, snack foods and fast food, and kids ate it up!

Via That’s Fit.

Raw Milk, Full of Germs...

Imagine this. Milking a cow and then gulping down a big ladle full of the stuff. Gross! Yet, some people do it. But health officials warn that raw milk, as it’s called, is a prime spreader of food-borne illnesses and that’s why the FDA has cracked down on the sale of raw milk. In fact, 26 states already prohibit the sale of raw milk for human consumption.

And now, a new study in Food Safety reveals raw milk, or unpasteurized milk, can be contaminated with germs that make people sick. Also, researchers scoff at the notion that raw milk has health benefits and cite evidence that illness from raw milk may actually be on the rise. Cows are hosts to nasty things like E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria; Reuters reports.

Milk grosses me out. As a kid, if I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast, 20 minutes later I’d puke it up. Dr. Fuhrman is no fan of milk either. He says milk is for rapidly growing cows and not slow-growing humans and dairy can increase risk of Parkinson’s, heart disease and ovarian cancer.

Also, previous research has linked dairy to both prostate cancer and diabetes. So eat your veggies instead, they’re loaded with calcium. Not to mention, milk is mutant. Yucky!

Veggie Merry Christmas...

Here’s an over-enthused crop of fruits and vegetables wishing you a Merry Christmas. Actually, it’s a little creepy. Pretty sure I could have used this for Halloween too. Eek!

Hopefully you had a good holiday and enjoyed the past few days of festive veggie posts. And in case you missed them, here they are:

See you tomorrow for business as usual. Peace.

Nutrient-Dense Christmas Goose

Dining on a Christmas goose is not exactly part of a vegetable-based diet. But don’t fret. You can have your veggies and your goose. This chef just needs some squash, carrots, toothpicks and a sharp knife. And presto, twin veggie geese!

I’m tempted to try this myself. But given my artistic abilities it’d probably turn out to be a lame duck. Stop by tomorrow for one last holiday post. Quack, quack.

Don't Lick Metal Poles!

If you ate a lot of veggies for Christmas and aren’t sure if you got enough iron. Remember, licking ice cold metal poles is NOT a good way to get your minerals. Instead, you’ll find all the iron you need in green vegetables, like kale, Romaine lettuce and broccoli.

Now, hopefully you’re enjoying the holiday afterglow. And don’t worry. The blog will be back to full strength Monday. But keep checking all this weekend for more holiday-inspired posts. I triple-dog dare you!

Christmas Pickle

Nope, it’s not like Mr. Hanky. But just as funny. So, in between opening presents, going to the movies or whatever you do on Christmas Day, take a minute and enjoy a Christmas carol with pickles, and a surprise ending!

Hopefully those little guys are salt-free. Happy holidays everyone! And remember to eat wisely today.

Via SeriousEats.

Shoo-Shoo Resistant Flu!

Batten down the hatches. Reports claim a drug-resistant strain of flu is out there, lurking and stalking, and going to get you! Tests concluded 49 out 50 samples were resistant to Tamiflu, the most popular drug used to treat the flu. But lucky for us, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe the situation poses little danger; Reuters investigates.

Not exactly a shocker. In the spring both the World Health Organization and the CDC began collecting flu samples and determined 25% of flu viruses in Europe and 11% of flu viruses in the United States are resistant to antiviral drugs. That’s why Dr. Fuhrman recommends staying healthy, eating healthy and empowering your body to fight off flu cells.

In related news, 25% of people have already said no thank to you flu shots.

Veggie Last Minute Gifts

If you’re in a panic for that ULTRA last minute gift, maybe Santa will bring you these:

  • Organic Egyptian Cotton Veggies and Crate: $24.00
  • Plan Toy Assorted Fruits and Vegetables: $17.98
  • Yellow Label Kids Knit Fruit Rattles: $42.99

Quite honestly, this stuff could keep me busy for hours!

Via Serious Eats.

Japan Only Produces 40% of the Food it Consumes...

Japan’s got a problem. They import 60% of their food. Leaving local farmers in the dust, but that’s just part of the problem. The food they’re importing is bad. The Japanese used to eat a lot of fish and vegetables, but now they’re consuming more meat, fat and oil, giving way to an unhealthy population.

So, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is imploring citizens to reexamine their lifestyle and make smarter choices. Saying if people demand more vegetables and return to their dietary roots, this will help enliven the struggling agricultural community and improve health, i.e. restoring balance.

And it must be a good idea. Because all the little people in the video are bopping to the music!

Via EarthFirst.

Jeremy Piven Sick from Sushi, Mercury...

Hollywood big shot Jeremy Piven has bailed on his Broadway show due to a high mercury count and the cause, eating too much sushi. Piven is a sushi fiend, eating raw fish twice a day. Piven told reporters he has 6 times the healthy amount of mercury in his system and complained of dizziness, fatigue and difficulty lifting his limbs. His doctors advised him to rest; Reuters reports.

Mercury freaks me out! And according to Dr. Fuhrman, mercury from fish, particularly fish with high levels, like swordfish, mackerel, tilefish, shark and tuna, can be hazardous, specifically in pregnant women. He advises expectant mothers avoid fish and for everyone else, don’t eat fish more than twice a week and choose low-mercury seafood, like sole, trout, flounder and tilapia.

Now, I love sushi, but I hardly eat raw fish anymore. Instead, I eat veggie sushi. It tastes great and it’s easy to make!
 

Fear of Nuts, Hysteria!

Breastfeeding is strong medicine! Breast milk provides babies with necessary antibodies that help ward off allergies and boost immune systems and Dr. Fuhrman blames the decrease in breastfeeding for the rise in allergies among young children.

And now, a new study in the British Medical Journal claims the fear of nut allergies is becoming overblown. Researchers suggest the food industry’s restrictions and warnings about nuts, however well intentioned, are fueling the hysteria.

Especially since a previous study in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology shows despite 69% of Israeli children eating nuts and only 10% of British children consuming nuts, kids in the U.K. were 10 times more likely to have peanut allergies; FoodNavigator reports.

Clearly, there is another factor at play here and not just nuts themselves.
 

Poinsettias Aren't Toxic to Eat

A new study in British Medical Journal reveals the age-old claim that eating poinsettias will kill you, isn’t true. Researchers determined even in large dosages poinsettias appear to be safe, but they still don’t recommend eating them; via HealthDay News.

Oh yeah, next they’re going to tell me Santa Claus isn’t real either! Now, if you simply must eat a holiday plant, consider a brussel tree instead.

Research: Healthy Breakfast, Healthier Diet

A new study in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests eating a healthy, low-calorie breakfast, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains, leads to a better overall diet than gorging on a high-calorie, unhealthy breakfast, like steak and eggs or doughnuts and pastries. Participants eating a healthy breakfast weighed less than people eating a calorie-heavy breakfast or no breakfast at all; Reuters reports.

Now, for a great breakfast try some Blueberry Nut Oatmeal, Healthy Pancakes or my chocolate pudding. I eat it everyday!

 

School Lunch Poor, But Could Teach...

In the fall, a report by the California Food Policy Advocates gave U.S. school food a failing grade, citing poor nutritional quality, i.e. kids aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables. And now, a new release from the Institute of Medicine, in Washington D.C., reveals school food provides more than half of a student's nutrient intake during the school day, making school meal programs the perfect vehicle for teaching children the importance of good nutrition; Reuters investigates.

But not all U.S. schools are devoid of good health and nutrition. Recently, schools like Anthony Elementary, Leavenworth, Kansas and South Elementary, Pinson, Tennessee, were praised for their efforts to get kids healthy, by opening onsite wellness centers and eating lunch in the classroom, to promote a family-like atmosphere.

Even Prince Charles wants kids to reconnect with healthy food.

Low-Carb Diets Make You Dopey

Despite the fads, “carbs” are not the enemy of health. Unrefined carbohydrates, like those in beans and fruit, are essential. According to Dr. Fuhrman, our brains are designed to run on carbohydrates. That’ll explain why new research in Appetite reveals eliminating carbohydrates, which are broken down into brain-fueling glucose, makes people more forgetful. Low-carb dieters actually preformed worse on memory-based tasks than participants on a reduced-calorie balanced diet; WebMD reports.

Cancer More Lethal for Diabetics

A new study in Journal of the American Medical Association has determined people with diabetes who get cancer are more likely to die. Researchers examined studies involving 125,000 people from 10 countries. Revealing female diabetics had a 76% higher risk of death from uterine cancer, 61% higher risk for breast cancer and 32% higher risk for colorectal cancer; Reuters investigates.

Try preventing both diseases! Fruits and vegetables are potent cancer and diabetes fighters.

Fruits and Vegetables Stomp Breast Cancer Risk!

A new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reveals breast cancer survivors who consume fruits and vegetables beyond current recommendations, more than 5 servings per day, had less risk of reoccurring tumors. Researchers claim estrogen causes many common types of breast cancer and eating lots fruits and veggies helps lower levels of harmful estrogen; Reuters reports.

Not exactly a new revelation, but still cool! Fruits and vegetables, such as kale, arugula, watercress, bok choy, broccoli and cabbage, have powerful anti-cancer effects, like halting the growth of breast cancer cells and inhibiting the progression of lung cancer. And, previous research has determined eating fruits and vegetables helps reduce men’s risk of colon cancer.

Also, earlier this month, a study showed fruits and vegetables help strengthen bones too.
 

Vitamins and Selenium Don't Prevent Prostate Cancer

Cancer is a disease. And according to Dr. Fuhrman, eating lots of high-nutrient foods protect against prostate cancer, namely fruits and vegetables, like watermelon, tomatoes, pomegranates, green vegetables, berries and figs. And avoiding harmful foods, like meat and dairy, help reduce men’s risk of prostate cancer. A healthy diet is key! Not just taking supplements and eating crappy food.

That’s why a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium don’t prevent prostate cancer. Researchers found that 35,533 cancer-free men, in their 50’s, who took selenium and vitamin supplements, several years later had the same risk of developing prostate cancer as men who received the placebo, Health Magazine investigates.

And similar research has shown simply taking vitamins C and E don’t ward off heart disease either.

Veggie Ink...

Now, I love fruits and veggies and I’ve got a bunch of tattoos myself. But I'd never go that far! However, if you think its a good idea, Eating Cleveland has more. Here’re my favorites:

All my tattoos are black, so maybe I could get an eggplant or a plum, but probably not. Oh, and girls. If you have tattoos, chances are I want to date you. Wink, wink.

Via Serious Eats.
 

Kitten Demands Broccoli!

Alright, I’ve tried to amp up the quality of the blog. Lots of research, lots of news, lots information! But occasionally, something comes along that is just too freaking cute to ignore.

This noisy little kitten wants his broccoli, damn it! Num, num.

Via I Can Has Cheez Burger.

Oh, Brussel Tree...

No matter what holiday you celebrate. If you like vegetables, you’ll appreciate this holiday sentiment.

Via SeriousEats.

Obesity Risk: Family Lifestyle Equal to Genes

New research in the American Journal of Sociology claims to be the first study to illustrate that the link between parents and children’s bodyweight is social as well as genetic. Scientists determined parents’ weight did contribute to a child’s likelihood of becoming obese, but lifestyle choices, like physical activity and meals, also played an important role, specifically in teens; Reuters investigates.

Actually, I think Dr. Fuhrman beat these guys to the punch. “Setting an example supported by both parents is the most important and most effective way for your children to develop a healthy attitude toward food,” he explains. Not mention, a previous report shows when families reconnect at mealtime, children become more likely to eating healthy as adults and less likely to pick up bad habits.
 

Eating Nuts Cuts Metabolic Syndrome

A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine claims a Mediterranean diet plus daily servings of nuts helps older heart patients manage metabolic syndrome. Of the two groups assigned a Mediterranean diet, the individuals eating nuts lowered their prevalence of metabolic syndrome by 13.7%, but the people told to consume olive oil only reduced their risk by 6.7%; HealthDay News investigates.

According to Dr. Fuhrman nuts, and seeds, are a natural part of the human diet. And nuts protect against heart disease and help lower cholesterol. But the Mediterranean diet is outdated. Back in the 1950s people eating the Mediterranean diet consumed a lot of saturated fat, primarily olive oil, but they also did manual labor. But now, with the help fast food, many people in the Mediterranean are fat just like us!

Alien Potato

That spud weighs nearly 25 pounds! A 56-year old farmer in Lebanon unearthed the monster. Grown naturally, without any chemicals, the man hopes it'll get him in the Guinness Book of World Records; the AFP reports.

Actually, insane fruits and veggies pop up all the time, like 600-pound pumpkins, watermelons auctioned for over $6,000 and crazy people that think they’ve grown a strawberry inside a tomato
 

Fruits and Vegetables Keep Bones Strong!

Dr. Fuhrman explains that diets high in animal products and low in fruits and vegetables weaken bones. And a new study seems to agree. Research in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism reveals eating a lot of protein and grains produces excess acid, causing calcium excretion, hurting bones, but diets rich in fruits and vegetables help strengthen skeletal health; via NewsWise.

Surviving the Supermarket

The supermarket is a treacherous place. Plenty of fruits and veggies, but wall to wall candy, cookies, bacon bits, chips and soft drinks too. So, when shopping, resist temptation. Try leaving kids at home, shoppers with kids buy 40% more groceries and avoid big shopping carts, people buy 30% more stuff when pushing around a giant cart; from Parade Magazine.

Via That’sFit.

Stop Diabetes, Get Kids Doing Yoga

India has the most diabetes worldwide, with 41 million cases in 2007 and an estimated of 70 million by 2025. Officials blame modern life and inactivity. That’s why India’s health minister wants to make Yoga mandatory for all school-going children; Reuters reports.

In addition to a healthy diet, Dr. Fuhrman insists exercise is an integral part of diabetes-prevention and previous reports agree. Now, Yoga is phenomena exercise! It’s awesome for your abs, helps reduce stress and can aid in breast cancer recovery. So, go get bendy!
 

Veg Imitates Art...

Artist Ju Duoqi uses fruits and vegetables to recreate famous pieces of art. You’re looking at Liberty Leading the Vegetables. Other masterpieces include:

Okay, this is pretty freaking cool!

Via Serious Eats.

Bowel Cancer: Brits Eating Less Processed Meat...

In lieu of reports linking processed meat with cancer, specifically bowel cancer, British consumers are now eating less meat. Of the 2,124 people surveyed 11% said they were trying to reduce foods like bacon and 26% reported eating more fruits and vegetables; via FoodNavigator.

Meat takes longer to digest. As it sits in the gut, it promotes prolonged exposure to carcinogenic compounds found naturally in meat. Now, on the flipside, fruits and vegetables reduce the incidence of cancer, like colon cancer, because phytonutrients protect the body against disease!

Eggs Boost Diabetes Risk...

Eating eggs may increase type-2 diabetes risk. A new study in Diabetes Care claims men consuming 7 or more eggs per week are 58% more likely to develop type-2 diabetes and women are 77% more likely; from MedPage Today.

“The combination of being overweight and eggs, likely the cholesterol, do something to either impair pancreatic function or impair glucose tolerance,” explains Dr. Fuhrman. And initially this research found eating 7 or more eggs a week increased death-risk in men.