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Healthy Food Quiz: Questions and Answers to Help You Fight Disease

This healthy food quiz - questions and answers included - will test your knowledge on what to eat.

Most people know that calcium is good for bones, fiber is good for constipation, and iron is good for blood, to name a few. But once you go beyond the basics, the picture gets murky.

Here’s a healthy food quiz (questions and answers included) to see how well you know which foods or nutrients can prevent or promote which diseases.

Feel free to cheat. The questions aren’t really a test of how well you read (and remember) every issue of Nutrition Action. They’re just a sneaky way to get you to look at the answers, which contain a wealth of information on how your diet affects your health.
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Antioxidants and Cancer: What Are the Antioxidant Benefits?

Maybe those antioxidant benefits aren't so beneficial after all.

Antioxidants and cancer were supposed to be bitter enemies. We were told antioxidant benefits also included a reduction in heart disease, memory loss, type 2 diabetes, cataracts and macular degeneration. Antioxidant vitamins (C, E, and beta-carotene) were supposed to help prevent all of them.

So far, the three antioxidants (plus zinc) have succeeded with only one: slowing the pace of macular degeneration in older people who already have the eye disease.

“The randomized trials for antioxidants have been very disappointing,” says Harvard’s JoAnn Manson, who led the Women’s Antioxidant Cardiovascular Study, the Women’s Folic Acid Study, and other major trials.
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The Risks of Eating and Drinking Aloe Vera

Is something safe just because it’s natural?

Aloe vera, which comes from a succulent plant, is sold as a juice and is added to foods, supplements, and skin care products. But just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s safe to eat.

Carefully conducted studies by the U.S. government concluded that there was “clear” evidence that aloe vera extracts caused intestinal cancers in male and female rats, but not mice, when consumed. (Applying aloe vera on the skin is not likely to cause harm.)   Read More

Magnesium-Rich Foods to Prevent a Stroke

Among foods to prevent a stroke, magnesium-rich foods are a good choice

More magnesium may mean a lower risk of stroke.

Researchers looked at seven studies that followed a total of roughly 240,000 people for eight to 15 years. The risk of an ischemic stroke was 9 percent lower for each 100 milligrams of magnesium the participants reported eating per day. This may seem like a low number, but simple changes or additions in diet may offer complementary benefits. Preparing foods to prevent a stroke will often coincide with eating foods that are good for your overall health.   Read More

Is Soy Consumption Linked to Breast Cancer?

The real story on soy and breast cancer

The rap: “Researchers have linked soy to an early form of breast cancer.”
—rethinkingcancer.org

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The real story: “When I started out in soy research 20 years ago, most researchers were convinced that   Read More

Can Probiotic Dietary Supplements Prevent Travelers Diarrhea?

Can taking Saccharomyces boulardii capsules help you avoid getting sick while travelling?

The problem: From 5 percent to 50 percent of travelers get hit by diarrhea after being exposed to bacteria their immune system hasn’t seen before.

What may help: Saccharomyces boulardii.

Act Now to download your FREE copy of Dietary Supplements: How to Read a Multivitamin Label without cost or obligation!

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