Fruits and Vegetables – Is the age-old advice wrong?
I am writing in response to a scientific study that you may have read about. Media outlets everywhere have been trumpeting the finding that fruits and vegetables give no protective effect or in any way reduce cancer!!! Interesting, to say the least. I hear that many nutritionists and dietitians are still trying to pick themselves up from the floor! My intention here, is not to discount or lightly dismiss such a study. In fact, the finding does not surprise me in the least…now don’t fall off your own chair! It’s not that I don’t think fruit and vegetables (assuming they are fresh and still contain a high level of the natural intelligence they are born with), contribute substantially to cancer protection, but the fact due to the nature of modern scientific research, in any isolated individual study, it can produce almost any result. Unfortunately, none of the media outlets I heard from, even bothered to mention what the actual research design or method of results analysis etc was. So, we are none the wiser, whether it was good science or not. Even assuming that it was a well conducted study, have you ever heard the media proclaim that something is good because of ABC, then 6 months later say that the exact same thing is dangerous because of XYZ? Red wine, chocolate, dairy etc are all evil one year and promoted as ‘angels from heaven’ the next after a single study or research finding. Artificial sweeteners, Soy products, cholesterol lowering spreads are hailed as ‘food of the Gods’ one minute and then attacked from pillar to post the next!!!
Alternative Breakfast to ‘Processed’ Cereals
- 1-2 green apples (some varieties cook more easily than others) or pears
- 2-3 cloves
- 2 pinches ginger powder
- Optional – Rapadura sugar (or other unrefined sugar or Stevia), cardamom, cinnamon, licorice (to taste), raisins
Quantities: based on 1 person – increase accordingly.
Peel the apples/pears and cut/dice into small pieces.
In a saucepan
- Put in the apples/pears and add ½ cup water (you may need to add more as you go)
- Put on low heat and cook slowly
- Add cloves, ginger and anything else you like – e.g. raisins, sugar, 3 pinches cardamom
- Put a lid on the saucepan and cook slowly till fork friendly (soft but not mushy)
This is a general guide only – vary to suit
Re; sugar – generally 1/2 a teaspoon or so is okay but depends on individual.
Fruits at Work – an inexpensive way to boost staff performance
Despite being one of the simplest & cheapest ways of improving our health & work performance, I’m amazed at how few people actually get around to doing it. Here are some tips for a healthier, happier workplace.
Do You Know That Different Foods Nourish Different Organs?
Have you ever wished you knew what foods were good for what things, without needing to do a nutrition course for years or consult a dietician?
If you want to strengthen your bones, improve your eyesight or nourish your heart, would you like to have a good idea of what foods nourish those organs without needing to consult some external expert or book?