Spice Up Your Broccoli and REALLY Kick Cancer to the Curb

Photo by: Mr. Beaver

Aside from it’s cute look and great taste, many people eat broccoli for its cancer-fighting power.  And now, a new University of Illinois study found that eating spicy foods rich in the enzyme myrosinase such as broccoli sprouts, mustard, horseradish, or wasabi with broccoli ensures better and faster absorption of broccoli’s cancer-fighting compound called sulforaphane.

Other foods that enhance broccoli’s beneficial breakdown include arugula, radishes, cabbage, watercress, and Brussels sprouts. The scientists recommend 3 to 5 servings of spiced up broccoli per week to get the maximum cancer-kicking benefit. But it can’t hurt to have it 3 to 5 times a day either!

Harvard Revises USDA’s “MyPlate”

Yay for Harvard! Noting that the USDA’s “MyPlate” is based on a mix of science and US agricultural interests (rather than just on science), the Harvard School of Public Health created a much easier to understand “Healthy Eating Plate“, which replaces dairy milk with water saying there’s little evidence that dairy protects bones, and even more evidence that dairy may be harmful to health, and also emphasizing healthier proteins and whole grains, and encouraging some healthy oils and exercise. Read more about both here.

Looks like the country is getting even closer to the plant-powered “Power Plate” created by PCRM! Go plants!

Meat-Eaters May Be Short on Fiber and Cancer-Fighting Antioxidants

Veggie Burger by: SweetOnVeg

With all the news on Clinton’s year-long vegan diet, and basically whenever someone decides to give up meat, there’s a flurry of concern the diet will be short on protein, calcium, vitamin B12, and zinc. But actually, Bill’s current tour de force not only has sufficient protein, calcium, vitamin B12, and zinc from beans, nuts, meatless burgers, fortified non-dairy milks, and fortified cereals, but it’s also skyrocketing the charts on heart-healthy and cancer-busting fiber and antioxidants. So, until Bill goes totally RAW and starts sprouting grains, avoiding all processed foods, and making almond milk from scratch (which is actually a pretty righteous nutrition situation, but does require a daily multivitamin), there is no need for panic.

But why don’t we see this headline in the news?
Meat-Eaters May Be Short on Fiber and Cancer-Fighting Antioxidants

Ironically, meat and processed-food enthusiasts should be extra careful because by skipping out on plant proteins (beans, tempeh, nuts, broccoli, quinoa) and instead downing meats and other processed foods, they’re missing out on key life force nutrients that work to prevent heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. This is why in nutrition counseling, I recommend multivitamins to meat-eaters, and not to plant food junkies.

Did you get your 9 servings of veggies and fruits today?