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Calcium

Calcium rich foods are proving to provide protection from breast cancer, , says a new study from France. Increased intake of dairy products may reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by at least 45 per cent - much of the benefit may come from the calcium content of the food.

The research, published in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, reports that the benefits are increased further for pre-menopausal women.

 

Carbonated Drinks

Carbonated sodas are playing havoc with tooth enamel; encouraging erosion. All carbonated drinks in a recent study had some impact on tooth enamel . Citrus-flavored sodas and colas hit teeth hardest, and it didn't matter if the drinks were diet or full-sugar. It's not the sugar, but the acids that is the culprit.

The total acid content and acid type -- phosphoric, citric, malic, and tartaric -- in a beverage affect how strong the attack is on your teeth. Reduce the impact of acides by rinsing after sipping a soda.

Carotenoids

Carotenoids are nutritional, fat-soluble chemicals found in the pigment that colors fruits and vegetables, and some photosynthetic organisms (algae, fungi, bacteria, etc.) . They are antioxidants as well as being converted to essential vitamins.

These pigments generally include lutein, lycopene, alpha carotene, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene. Carotenoids also provide natural color to organisms such as salmon, lobster and shrimp.

Cashews

This favorite nut improves baroreflex sensitivity - when your blood pressure rises, cashews tell your heart to calm down, among other cardio benefits.

Cashews are a source of heart-healthy good fats, magnesium, potassium, protein, and fiber.

They are high in calories -- about 175 per quarter cup.

 

Chocolate

Chocolate possesses both good and bad food elements.

Good Chocolate Facts

Antioxidants – only found in the cocoa, not the sugar or milk. Will stay in the blood for up to 6 hours. Only dark chocolate has the antioxidants.

Stearic Acid – a fatty acid that doesn’t raise cholesterol.

Mineralsmagnesium, copper, iron, zinc.

Dark chocolate is good for your heart; lowering both blood pressure and cholesterol. Some of the fats in chocolate are good for your health:

  • Oleic Acid - a healthy monounsaturated fat also found in olive oil
  • Stearic Acid - a saturated fat with a neutral effect on cholesterol.
  • Palmitic Acid - a saturated fa that raises cholesterol and heart disease risk. Not so good!

Bad Chocolate Facts

The less cocoa, the more sugar:

  • 75% cocoa bar has only 25% sugar
  • 40% cocoa bar has 60% sugar

Most chocolate candy bars are manufactured with alkalides, which works against the antioxidants. So look for dark chocolate without alkalides.

Chocolate is addictive – it has 3 addictive substances

  1. Sugar
  2. Caffeine
  3. Theobromine – same category as caffeine. A natural pesticide for bugs and animals. So never give chocolate to your pets. Also has a stimulant effect on animals. Contributes to acid reflux in humans.

High Calories – a standard Hersheys bar at 55g contains 275 calories. 25% total daily fat allowance. With 33g of carbohydrate, with 31g of this from sugar. The average chocolate bar 220 calories. If you ate 220 calories of fruit you are getting all the nutrients as well as the sweetness.

 

Cocoa

High blood pressure is virtually unheard of within the Indian tribe in the Panamanian islands. This is thought to be due to tribe members drinking three or four 10-ounce servings of cocoa per day. Cocoa contains flavonoids, which are known to be good for the heart.

The gently manner in which they process their cocoa beans, releases maximum epicatechin, a flavonoid that helps widen and relax blood vessels.

The tribes lack of other common illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer may also be attributed to their high intake of fish and fruit.

To get your cocoa flavonoids from chocolate - go for the dark kind - it hasn't had its flavonoids completely destroyed by processing. Chocolate is also known for its mood calming properties due to its tryptophan content.

The majority of studies to date using flavonoid-rich cocoa have focussed on potential benefits for cardiovascular health, while a small number of studies have reported benefits for diabetes and skin health.

 

Coffee

Drinking more than three cups of coffee a day may decrease a woman's rate of cognitive decline associated with age, but offers no such benefits for men.

A study, published in the journal Neurology, included 4,197 women and 2,820 men in France, found that women who drank at least three cups of coffee a day had a 33 per cent lower decline in verbal retrieval and an 18 per cent lower decline in visuospatial memory, compared to those who drank one cup or less.

Regular and high coffee drinking may reduce the risk of liver cancer by 55 per cent, says a new meta-analysis of observational studies published in Hepatology. Liver cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world, and third most common cause of death from cancer, according to Cancer Research UK.


Vitamin C

Higher intakes of Vitamin C and linoleic acid are associated with better skin-ageing appearance. Higher intakes of vitamin C and linoleic acid, combined with lower intakes of fats and carbohydrates are associated with better skin in older age, leading to beauty foods and nutricosmetics.

This is mainly due the vitamin's antioxidant properties, affecting collagen synthesis and protecting the skin from photo-damage.

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