Diet and Food Safety

  1. Macular degeneration defeated… by avocado?

    An avocado a day will keep the eye doctor away!

    Here in sunny San Diego, we're just a few miles from the "Avocado Capital of the World."

    We put avocado on just about everything -- not just salads and sandwiches. There's also grilled avocado with a pinch of salt... cold avocado soup with mint and lime... and even frozen avocado ice pops.

    But according to the latest science, avocado isn't just a trendy and delicious addition to your meals. It's also packed with essential vitamins, including the nutrients needed to protect your eyes from one of today's leading causes of vision loss.

    Maybe all that avocado is the reason California has the one of the lowest rates of macular degeneration in the country, a full 15 percent below the national average.

    New research shows how that might not be an avocado coincidence. It finds that eating avocados can boost your levels of vision-protecting nutrients and improve conditions inside the macula of your eye.

    In the study, older volunteers were given either an avocado a day or a similar amount of potato or chickpeas. After six months, the folks given the avocado -- and ONLY the folks given the avocado -- saw a big-time boost in their macular pigment density levels.

    That's exactly the part of the eye you need to keep healthy in order to prevent macular degeneration.

    There's no drug that can boost those levels. But avocados can, and the key might be in an eye-protecting nutrient called lutein.

    An avocado contains only a fraction of the lutein found in a typical vision supplement, but the fats inside the fruit (yes, it's a fruit!) help your body soak it up and use it better.

    That means your body -- and your eye -- can more effectively use the lutein, even when there's less of it.

    The proof is in the guacamole: While supplements contain up to 25 times the amount of lutein in an avocado, the folks in the new study who ate an avocado a day had greater improvements than what we see in folks who take supplements.

    That said, there are a couple of downsides to avocado. Eating one every single day might be a bit much for many people, even here at the center of the avocado universe.

    It can also get a little expensive.

    If you're not ready to commit to a daily avocado, you can get the best of both worlds by eating avocado on some days and taking a vision support formula daily. Be sure to have a little healthy fat with your supplement, and your body should be able to soak up the lutein a little better so your eyes get more protection.

  2. Weight loss slashes breast cancer risk

    Cut your breast cancer risk by 42 percent

    Ladies, it's being billed as the easy way to slash your risk of some of today's leading killer cancers.

    One quick procedure, and you can wipe out cancer before ever has a chance to take hold.

    I bet you're thinking there's a catch.

    Of course there is... and it's a doozy!

    The "quick and easy" way is neither as quick nor as easy as doctors would have you believe.

    It's weight-loss surgery, as new research on older women finds that stomach-shrinking procedures will bring your overall cancer risk down by a third.

    For some of the deadliest forms of the disease, the numbers are even more impressive.

    Your risk of breast cancer will drop by 42 percent, while your odds of facing endometrial cancer will plunge by up to 50 percent. The same procedure will cut your risk of colon cancer by 41 percent and pancreatic cancer by 54 percent.

    Tempting?

    Don't fall for it! The real reason for the drop in risk, of course, has nothing to do with the actual surgery.

    It's all about the weight loss.

    Obesity is one of the biggest preventable risk factors out there. One new report from the CDC finds that extra weight plays a role in at least 13 forms of the disease, including some of the deadliest cancers in women.

    The report links obesity to cancers of the breast, uterus, and ovaries in women... as well as brain, colon, esophagus, gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, stomach, and thyroid in men and women alike.

    The study finds that 40 percent of all cancers in the nation have SOME link to obesity!

    Obviously, that makes losing weight one way to rapidly cut your risk of both getting this disease AND dying from it. But while surgery might help you lose weight and cut the risk of cancer at the same time, it can increase your risk of a whole lot of other problems.

    There are short-term complications such as the risk of infection. Some people even die during the procedure itself.

    Then there are the long-term risks that often follow surgery, including a common condition where the smaller stomach can no longer effectively absorb nutrients from food.

    That leads to dangerous and potentially deadly deficiencies.

    There's a simpler, safer, and far more effective way to lose weight and prevent cancer at the same time.

    Try the Mediterranean diet. This healthy lifestyle is not only filled with many of the foods you already love, it's also proven to help shrink your waistline, protect your heart, prevent a stroke, and slash your risk of cancer -- including cutting your risk of the deadliest form of breast cancer by 40 percent.

    The only knife you'll need is a dinner knife!

  3. Honey laced with insecticides

    Everyone's buzzing over this chemical found in honey Ever hear of "honey laundering?" It's a silly sounding name, but the practice itself is dead serious. It's when honey from places like China, which are not allowed to export the stuff to the United States, is sent to another country first to hide where it's coming from. Then, it's shipped off...
  4. Skipping breakfast won’t lead to weight loss

    This diet fad is a diet dud The other day, I saw a Christmas display in a store. Christmas! In October! I love the holiday as much as anyone, but this sure strikes me as early -- and Christmas isn't the only thing arriving ahead of schedule this year. The daffy diet plans that usually hit the press around New...
  5. Glyphosate weedkiller found in orange juice

    The cancer-causing chemical in your breakfast drink What's breakfast without orange juice? Many folks can't even picture starting the day without the stuff. But I've got news today that could change your breakfast forever. And by tomorrow morning, you might never take another sip of OJ! New research exposes the bitter truth about this sweet drink. It reveals how every...
  6. Whole grains aren’t as healthy as advertised

    EXPOSED: Whole grains AREN'T healthy! Don't be a chicken! You don't act like a chicken. At least, you don't THINK you act like a chicken... but there's a good chance you share at least one habit with the old yardbird. Odds are, both of you are eating whole grains. Those are the backbone -- or maybe the wishbone -- of...
  7. GMO chemical could get banned in Europe

    The dangerous chemical hiding in your dinner I'd like to think that anything France can do, we can do better... but it might be about to speed ahead of us in one very important way. France could soon become the leading voice of sanity and reason when it comes to keeping DEADLY chemicals out of your food. Everyone should want...
  8. Dairy substitutes can miss critical iodine

    One thing to watch for when you don't drink milk If you're giving up milk or have already quit, congratulations. You've taken a big step in the right direction -- because dairy is responsible for more food sensitivities than anything else out there. But new research reveals one thing you need to watch out for: Common milk substitutes don't contain...
  9. Arthritis caused by food sensitivities

    The hidden cause of arthritis pain... and how to stop it Researchers have just come closer than ever to discovering what I've known for years. They almost figured out one of the true causes of arthritis of the knees... but even with the evidence right in front of them, they STILL couldn't put the pieces together! The new study confirms...
  10. Disability linked to being sedentary

    How to hold onto your independence as you get older MOVE it... or LOSE it! When it comes down to it, that's the most important piece of advice I could ever give you -- especially if you're a little older. Sure, you need to eat right and watch your nutrition. Those are important parts of the "big" picture, including protection...
  11. Diet changes can improve acid reflux

    Toss your 'heartburn' meds... and put THIS on the menu! Chronic acid reflux can turn every meal into a nightmare. You're hungry, so you have to eat. But you know what's coming next... so every bite is filled with fear. Today, I'm going to end the nightmare. You can go back to eating many of the foods you love with...
  12. Protein at every meal helps save your muscles

    Get stronger muscles in 3 meals a day It's the ultimate secret to staying strong, even as you get up there in years. This powerful, natural approach can restore your youthful vigor and save you from crippling frailty. Ready for the best part? It's absolutely delicious! New research reveals that all you TRULY need to do to keep your strength...
  13. Healthy gut bacteria fight the flu

    Turbo-charge your immune system for flu season Labor Day weekend is just a week away, and that means you can expect to see some really dumb ads for used cars and appliances. And the ridiculous marketing doesn't end when the holiday weekend's over. In some ways, it's just getting started -- because the END of Labor Day is the unofficial...
  14. Tomatoes reduce risk of skin cancer

    Slash your risk of skin cancer in half with THIS It's far and away the most common form of cancer in the country, something up to half of all Americans will battle at some point. Because it's usually not deadly, it doesn't get nearly as much attention as the rest. But make no mistake about it: Non-melanoma skin cancer can...
  15. Glyphosate weed killer found in ice cream

    Is this cancer-linked poison hiding in your favorite summer treat? Ice cream might seem like the perfect cool treat on a warm summer's day. Sure, you know it's not exactly HEALTHY. But what's summer without a little ice cream? So of course, you'll have some... and you might think you're safe if you go with a flavor from a brand...

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