I hate rude fruit, don’t you? Some people just hate fruit, but that is not a good idea. I think NOBODY eats five servings of fruits and vegetables everyday, (especially rude fruit), but if we just took our fruits and vegetables seriously, our hospitals would be a lot less full.
It doesn’t take much to get five servings a day. We just think it’s hard. Eat an apple midmorning, have handful of raisins, a small salad for lunch or dinner, munch on a few carrots, and put some blueberries on your morning porridge. How hard is that?
Here are some REAL FACTS about how powerful fruits and vegetables are for fighting disease……….
Eating tomatoes and broccoli can shrink prostate cancer tumors. Two years ago, University of Illinois researchers published the study. Doctoral candidate Kirstie Canene, one of the study authors explained, “As nutritionists, it was very exciting to compare…surgery to diet and see that tumor reduction was similar. Older men with slow-growing prostate cancer who have chosen watchful waiting over chemotherapy and radiation should seriously consider altering their diets to include more tomatoes and broccoli. ”
She goes on to explain – “To get these effects, men should consume daily 1.4 cups of raw broccoli and 2.5 cups of fresh tomato, or 1 cup of tomato sauce, or ½ cup of tomato paste. I think it’s very doable for a man to eat a cup and a half of broccoli per day or put broccoli on a pizza with ½ cup of tomato paste.”
Last October, the Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences published results of a study that showed eating grapes could lower blood pressure in lab mice fed salty diets. Something in the grapes (and the scientists don’t know what) was powerful enough keep blood pressure normal even when the mice were fed diets high in sodium.
Perhaps one of the most powerful vegetables is the blueberry – because blueberries are loaded with antioxidants…
…Or are blueberries the healthiest fruit?
Actually, a new study shows that plums are jam packed with nutritiion – so much so that plums give blueberries a run for the money for keeping us healthy. Researchers spent a lot of money studying plums and other stone fruits to find out they are powerhouses when it comes to fighting disease. How timely is that, with the economy being so stiff, and the price of blueberries!
Peaches, and nectarines were also studied, and fared very well for fighting disease. The study was led by Dr. Luis Cisneros, AgriLife Research food scientist. Csneros says, “Stone fruits are super fruits with plums as emerging stars.”
The researchers tested compounds in plums in the lab. One finding was that the nutrients in plums stopped breast cancer growth without having any impact on healthy cells.
We really can’t close our eyes, even when fruit is rude. Fruits and vegetables are just too important for good health.
So do you eat your fruits and vegetables daily? If not, what’s the deal?
Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences, 2008, Vol. 63A, No. 10, October 2008