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Wednesday, November 02, 2005 

Eat Your Vegetables

100 years ago, Ellen White wrote this paragraph in her book:

Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigour of intellect, that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet. [Ellen White, Ministry of Healing p296 (1905)]

My mother told me a similar version, in simpler terms every meal time - "Eat your vegetables." Maybe they both had insight into the beneficial effects of vegetables. Well, science appears to be taking their side.

Broccoli sprouts, cabbage, ginkgo biloba and garlic appear to have a role in preventing a variety of cancers, researchers report.

  • In the first study, Akinori Yanaka and colleagues from the University of Tsukuba in Japan found that in 20 people, a diet rich in broccoli sprouts significantly reduced Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection. H. pylori, a bacterium, is a cause of gastritis -- inflammation of the stomach lining -- and is a major factor in peptic ulcer and stomach cancer

  • Another study with broccoli sprouts found that when an extract from the sprouts was applied to the skin of hairless mice, it counteracted carcinogenic responses to ultraviolet light exposure, a cause of skin cancer

  • Data collected from the U.S. component of the Polish Women's Health Study showed an association between eating cabbage and sauerkraut and a lower risk of breast cancer. The effect seemed to be highest among women who eat high amounts starting in adolescence and continue to do so throughout adulthood. The most protective effect appeared to come from raw or briefly cooked cabbage

  • In the fourth study, researchers from Brigham and Woman's Hospital in Boston found that ginkgo biloba appears to lower the risk of developing ovarian cancer

  • In the final study, researchers found that garlic may help ward off carcinogens produced by meat cooked at high temperatures. Cooking meats and eggs at high temperatures releases a chemical called PhIP, which may be a carcinogen.
    "Generous consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced cancer risk"

"An extensive body of epidemiologic evidence suggests consistently, if not decisively, that generous consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced cancer risk," said Dr. David L. Katz, an associate professor of public health and director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine. [A Shopping Cart of Cancer Fighters, Yahoo! News Oct. 31, 2005]

So now when kids refuse to eat their vegetables, all their moms have to do is to start up their web browsers and show today's Net savy kids the benefits of following their advice… Now, if only something could be done about the taste of vegetables...

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I always try to eat vegetables. Its realy good for a body. You all should try!!!

ps. just a blog MaxWilly

When I was young, I only eat vegetable that don't have a weird taste. It was later when I realized that these vegetables are healthy. So, don't worry about the taste but think about the benefits you will get

it is a realy good for boday!


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