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The Mediterranean Diet … What’s the Secret?

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
January 30, 2017
File under: Fruit, Greens, Healthy Eating, Legumes, Nuts, Vegan

The Mediterranean Diet is an “in” topic nowadays in both the medical literature and the lay media. What is it? Where did it come from? Why is it good? Merits are rarely detailed; possible downsides are never mentioned.” So, let’s dig in….

After World War II, the government of Greece asked the Rockefeller foundation to come in and assess the situation. Impressed by the low rates of heart disease in the region, nutrition scientist Ancel Keys – after which “K” rations were named – initiated his famous seven countries study.

In this study, he found the rate of fatal heart disease on the Greek isle of Crete was 20 times lower than in the United States. They also had the lowest cancer rates and fewest deaths overall. What were they eating? …read more of The Mediterranean Diet … What’s the Secret? here

 
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How Phytates Fight Cancer Cells

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
June 15, 2015
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Nuts, Seeds, Vegan

Phytate is a compound found in beans, grains, nuts and seeds. The average daily intake of phytate in vegetarian diets is about twice that of those eating a mixed diet of plant and animal foods, which may help explain their low cancer rates. Aside from helping to prevent helping to prevent cancer dietary phytate has been reported to help prevent kidney stone formation and to protect against diabetes mellitus, dental cavities and heart disease.

Do all these potentially beneficial effects sound too good to be true? Are there other examples of compounds made by plants that can have benefits across multiple diseases? Yes! Aspirin, for example, found throught the plant kingdom may also account for a variety of plant-based benefits. Video: Aspirin in Plant Foods

But of all the things phytates can do, the anticancer properties of phytate (aka phytic acid, IP6, or inositol hexaphosphate), is considered one of its most important benefits.

…read more of How Phytates Fight Cancer Cells here

 
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Magnesium-Rich Foods Prevent Sudden Death

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
November 26, 2012
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Nuts, Seeds, Vegetarian, Whole Grains

Most men and women who succumb to heart disease die suddenly without any known history of heart problems. As noted in my three minute video How Do Nuts Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death?, up to 55 percent of men and 68 percent of women have no clinically recognized heart disease before sudden death.

They obviously had rampant heart disease, however it just wasn’t recognized until they were lying on a slab in the morgue. So if there was ever a case to be made for primary prevention, the determination to start eating healthier right now – tonight – before the symptoms of sudden cardiac death arise is it. Especially since that first symptom is often the last. So how do we do it?

Our story begins 43 years ago with a fascinating paper in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled, “Sudden Death and Ischemic Heart Disease: Correlation With Hardness of the Local Water Supply.”[1]

There appeared to be “an increased susceptibility to lethal arrhythmias [fatal heart rhythms] among residents of soft-water areas.” So maybe one of the minerals found in hard water is protective, but which one? Researchers decided to cut some hearts open to find out. …read more of Magnesium-Rich Foods Prevent Sudden Death here

 
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5 Heart-Smart Snacks that Knock Out Cholesterol!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 29, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Natural Alternatives, Nuts

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Reducing cholesterol intake is a good idea for everyone, regardless of age or health.  But where do you start?  One easy place place to start, is something we all do…snacking!

Choosing delicious heart-smart snacks unprocessed whole foods that are rich in fiber, phytonutrients and complex carbohydrates is not only heart-smart, it’s planet-smart.

Here are five tasty snacks that are nutrient-dense and stave off hunger with zero cholesterol and fewer calories and fat. …read more of 5 Heart-Smart Snacks that Knock Out Cholesterol! here

 
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Homemade Peanut Butter

By Kirsten Dirksen
March 1, 2010
File under: Nuts, Recipes, Snacks

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You may think of peanut butter as more of a childhood staple, but it’s also a great source of protein for adults.

Surprisingly, it may also be a great for weight control: one study found that peanut eaters tend not to overeat their daily calories. As a source of antioxidants, peanuts- according to recent studies- may rival some fruits.

By making your own peanut butter you can be sure to avoid the trans-fats of some commercial brands. Plus, it’s a way to avoid all those containers that tend to pile up if you’re a fan of the spread. …read more of Homemade Peanut Butter here

 
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