Monday, July 25, 2005

Pineapple stem may combat cancer

Researchers have found that pineapple may combat cancer. Probably a good idea to have some occasionally.

Been thinking it would be great if outfits like Jamba Juice would put together a smoothy with a little bit of all these fruits and vegetables that are great for health. Like garlic, tumeric, tomato (lycopene).

Such a smoothie might taste pretty wierd, but I'll bet it has to taste better than the wheat grass they sell. I've tried it, as its very healthy for you, but it leaves you reeling! To get extra greens on a regular basis, I use Garden of Life's Perfect Food Super Green Formula. They even have tablets that you can swallow. None of it is very fresh, of course, and that's a problem.

I do have my doubts about Jamba Juice though. They claim to "not use questionable, hyped or unproven nutrients or botanicals that lack thorough research", but I saw that they used this Splenda crap in some of their smoothies. Splenda may be quite a problem for your health.

Friday, July 15, 2005

What about that Nutrasweet?

According to this BBC article, aspartame (Nutrasweet) has been 'linked' to leukemia.

If it doesn't occur in nature, think long and hard before putting it in your body every day! Even if its a vitamin, which doesn't occur in nature in an isolated form.

You are better off getting a vitamin in a whole food, where it exists with other helpful compounds, many of which may not even be understood yet. And where digestion releases things into your system gradually, not all in one big, unnatural megadose.

I still take vitamins and other supplements as well, but I really think its important to know what you are doing and why. And to take your pills with food to buffer their impact on the system.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Curry ingredient fights skin cancer

According to this article, curcumin may keep skin cancer cells from becoming a problem. I remember reading about curcumin being helpful with cystic fibrosis as well. Probably a good idea to cook with this ingredient at least once a week. I put tumeric (which contains curcumin) in my veggie scrambles.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Popeye Food

I've decided to go have a salad for my last meal of the day (otherwise known as dinner). Spinache is loaded with nutrition, so it accounts for half of my salad. The other half is mixed baby greens.

Got both at Safeway, but got salad dressing at Whole Foods that had fresh olive oil and lots of other good stuff. Also adding raw almonds and raisins for flava.

Got the big bags to save money, but have been reading how spinache and other vegetables lose their nutrition over time. So I will probably buy the smaller bags or buy the unbagged veggies like everybody else does. I bought a veggie mix from a bin at Whole Foods, though, and got some nasty stuff in the bargin, so may stick to the bagged, prewashed stuff (which I still wash anyway).