Soy Foods and Breast Cancer Survivors

New studies show soy is now good for breast cancer survivors

For years, there’s been confusing debate over whether breast cancer survivors should eat soy. However, a new study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) found that women who ate the most soy food didn’t increase their risk of breast cancer recurrence, but reduced their risk.

Since soy foods contain large amounts of isoflavones, survivors had been advised against consuming them. Isoflavones are phytochemicals (chemicals found in plants) that have both estrogen-like and anti-estrogenic effects.   Continue reading “Soy Foods and Breast Cancer Survivors”

Get the Disorder in Order with the Right Foods (ADHD)

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a problem with inattentiveness, overactivity, and/or impulsivity. The number of children diagnosed with ADHD has risen  significantly over the years affecting 3-5% of school-age children. This increase may be due in part to schools testing school children for the disorder whereas years ago they may have just been labeled as “disorderly”. The surge in ADHD cases is also linked to the greater consumption of refined foods and unhealthy fats.  Here are some tips to nourish your child to develop a healthy brain and body.   Continue reading “Get the Disorder in Order with the Right Foods (ADHD)”

Eating for Healthy Eyes

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March is “Save Your Vision Month”.  The eyes age just like the skin and are at risk for chronic diseases. Approximately 43 million Americans suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or cataracts, the leading causes of vision loss and blindness.  Here’s a quick overview of the key nutrients that help preserve your vision.  See also Are Carrots Good for Cataracts?.

Omega Muffins

Walnuts are rich in healthy essential fats.

Omega-3  and omega-6 fatty acids are essential fats that your body can’t make on its own and can only get from the food you eat. So here’s one way to slip some healthy fat into your diet.

It’s currently recommended that you consume 7-11 grams of omega-3 fatty acids each week. They’re crucial for brain function and there’s strong evidence they reduce your risk for heart disease. These fats are also great for your skin! (See Eating for Healthy Skin – Part 2.)   Continue reading “Omega Muffins”

The Sunnier Side of Eggs

USDA reports new data on eggs.
The “New Superfood”

Often shunned by those on low-cholesterol diets, eggs are lower in cholesterol than originally thought.  But beyond that, they’re being hailed as the “new superfood”. Here’s why…

Vitamin A for Healthy Eyes and Skin

Egg yolks are rich in vitamin A, a nutrient necessary for healthy eyes and skin. See Are Carrots Good for Cataracts? and also Eating for Healthy Skin.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin for Good Eyesight

Egg yolks contain lutein and zeaxanthin which protect the eyes. These eye-friendly nutrients are yellow-orange-red pigments that accumulate in the lens of the human eye and the central part of the retina (macula) and filter out harmful components of sunlight. They act like “internal sunglasses”.

Vitamin D for Strong Bones

The recent egg analysis also found an egg contains 64 percent more vitamin D. At 41 IU, eggs provide 7-20% of the current daily recommendation.  Vitamin D is a key player in maintaining strong bones.

Choline for Memory

Choline is essential to synthesize acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter, and is necessary for brain function (e.g., preserving memory) and muscle control. Egg yolks are rich is this essential nutrient. A medium egg contains 125 mg choline. It’s recommended that men consume 550 mg choline per day and women 425 mg.

Sensible Protein

If you’re watching your pocketbook or your waistline, eggs are an inexpensive, low-calorie option to get some of your protein*. They’re about 25 cents each and just 70 calories, not to mention a good source of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

*One small  egg contains about 5 g of protein, large (6 g) and jumbo (8 g). To put that in perspective, 1 oz. of meat has about 7 g of protein.

Less Cholesterol

Egg yolks are one of the most concentrated sources of cholesterol, but if you like them, they can still fit into a cholesterol-limiting diet. According to the USDA, an average large egg has 185 mg. of cholesterol which is 14 percent less than last tested in 2002.

Previous tests revealed an egg contained 211 mg. of cholesterol.  To put this number in perspective, eating 300 mg. of cholesterol or less a day is the standard recommendation for controlling or lowering your cholesterol numbers and 200 mg. or less if you have heart disease.

Hen’s New Diet

The USDA reports that the egg’s improved nutritional profile is due in part to hens being raised on better quality feed which consists mainly of corn, soybean meal, vitamins and minerals.