Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Food, not pills - again! - Update

I just posted an addendum to a post I made last October. The information only reinforces what I recommended back then, but I did not want this information 'lost' in the archives. If you read my post the first time, feel free to skip to the highlighted area at the end of this post. If not, here is my entire post complete with the added information at the end.

What will you be eating today or tomorrow? Please don't limit yourself to kale but enjoy the wide variety of the Brassica (cruciferous) vegetables available that I have listed on the right side of this blog, and yes, I believe I can continue to enthusiastically and safely encourage you to consume a serving of these delicious and health-promoting vegetables every day of the year. :)

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A recent research publication once again has showed that consuming Brassica or cruciferous foods (i.e., in this case broccoli sprouts) is superior to ingesting a dietary supplement (i.e., pills) that contains a precursor to a bio-active molecule found in cruciferous foods but also lacks the necessary molecule that is needed for the enzymatic conversion of the pre-cursor molecule to active molecules.
Food, not pills. Food, not pills.........I've said it before, so I'll say it again.
I still eat 5-7 servings/week of Brassica vegetables, some raw, some very lightly cooked (i.e. still crunchy). This is the season to really enjoy the wide variety of these delicious vegetables.
Let's see what have I eaten during this past week already: arugala, kale (of course), mustard greens, turnips, kohlrabi, broccoli, bok choy, daikon radish, and there are still two days still to go!
The Linus Pauling Institute has a great website that is always up to date with its information about Brassica vegetables.
I love food, not pills, just in case you did not catch my drift! :-)
Addendum (2.28.2012) - I just found the link to the actual PhD thesis from which the data for this research publication were derived. The important tidbit I gleaned from skimming through the actual thesis is that one serving/day of the cruciferous food consumed was enough, safe, and recommended to maintain a steady and effective level of anti-cancer molecules in the body. 

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Where kale (and all other Brassica vegetables) continue to be on my plate nearly 365 days per year!

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

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