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Tomatoes for Stroke Prevention?

Tomatoes for Stroke Prevention? | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

My comment:  Another data point adding to the recommendation for 5 fruits and vegetables daily.  DON'T take some nutritional supplement - eat your veggies!

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Lycopene, which is found in high concentrations in tomatoes and tomato-based products, may lower stroke risk in men, researchers found. "Foods such as tomatoes, guava, watermelon, and grapefruit are good sources of lycopene,"  "When a tomato is cooked, the heat processing actually increases the levels of cis-lycopene, which is easily absorbed by the body."

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Healthy Food Is a Better Deal Than Junk, USDA Says

Healthy Food Is a Better Deal Than Junk, USDA Says | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it
Healthy food isn't necessarily more expensive than junk food, according to a new government report.

 

The finding contradicts long-held conventional wisdom that it’s cheaper to snack on potato chips than carrots, and bolsters the Obama administration’s fight against rising obesity levels in the U.S.

Food economists traditionally measure the amount of calories you get for your money. By that measure, you still get more when you buy pizza, French fries or other foods high in sodium, salt and saturated fat.

But the USDA study looked at a food’s worth from new perspective and concluded there’s better value in fruits, vegetables, lean meat and low-fat milk. You may get fewer calories per dollar, researchers say, but you get more food when you’re measuring based on price per weight, or price per portion.  By the food-portion metric, romaine lettuce is much cheaper than ice cream sandwiches and 1% milk is cheaper than soda.

 

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Apples Good for Heart

Apples Good for Heart | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

My comment:  The current recommendation is for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Apples look like a good option for one of these servings.

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Apples Reduce Oxidized LDL: Teachers will love apples even more when they understand how the fruit helps to keep arteries unclogged. It's believed that an apple a day will keep the doctor away, but now researchers know why. A group of 16 healthy volunteers who ate an apple a day for 4 weeks had a 40% reduction in oxidized LDL compared with 18 people who took two placebo capsules per day supposedly containing apple polyphenol extract. A third group of 17 volunteers who consumed two capsules of apple polyphenol extract per day for 4 weeks registered a measurable effect regarding oxidized LDL, but not as strong as the effect among those who ate actual apples.

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