I recently read that Squash can help fight lung cancer

I found butternut squash at Boston Market for years and was not very fond of the taste, but now that I like it, Boston Market does not seem to sell it anymore.

Stupid Murphy’s Law.

I love it now and make it at home. I chop it up in my food processor and then sautee it in a little olive oil (just a little).

The substance know as “beta-cryptoxanthin” may significantly lower one’s risk of developing lung cancer.

I read that a carcinogen in cigarette smoke, called benzoapyrene, increases vitamin A deficiency, which is a good deterent of cancers of all kind. For smokers, it also decreases your chance of developing emphysema. Not bad.I read this on the web “…vitamin A’s protective effects may help explain why some smokers do not develop emphysema. “There are a lot of people who live to be 90 years old and are smokers,” he said. “Why? Probably because of their diet…The implications are that those who start smoking at an early age are more likely to become vitamin A deficient and develop complications associated with cancer and emphysema. And if they have a poor diet, forget it.” If you or someone you love smokes, or if your work necessitates exposure to second hand smoke, protect yourself by making sure that at least one of the World’s Healthiest Foods that are rich in vitamin A, such as winter squash, is a daily part of your healthy way of eating.”That makes butternut squash alone, ok, in my book.

We hear that bananas are high in potassium, but what exactly does potassium do?

I lot of us like bananas, although the unique taste of bananas had to grow on some people, like me. When I was a kid growing up, I hated bananas and never really cared for the taste, but they eventually grew on me.

Bananas are famous for potassium and almost everybody knows it and most people only know that potassium is good for you, but most people have no idea what it does for you.

Potassium’s best defense is against high blood pressure. It actually is known to keep it level. I know a lot of people who are on high blood pressure medicine, but I believe eating foods rich in potassium help as well.

Potassium is also good just after working out.

Potassium is also good for more than just preventing high blood pressure. It is great for achy muscles and fatique as well. It makes sense that consuming foods rich in potassium are perfect just after a phsical workout.

Are you an irritable person?

Most people are irritable. It just seems to be the human nature for normal stress response and being irritable usually comes from fatique and stress. Potassium is excellent for mitigating irritability at the end of the day and it DOES help you relax better.

What else can potassium protect you from?

Sufficient amounts in the diet helps protect you against heart disease, hypoglycemia, diabetes, obesity and kidney disease.

I enjoy a banana shake every night which actually has two bananas in it with some chocolate whey protein and 6 ounces of milk.

Just in case you do not like bananas, there are other foods that are high in potassium like:

Pears, melons, avocados, beets, potatos, raisins, kiwi, spinach. There are other foods high in potassium, but this is a good list.

Enjoy and have fun eating right!

Recipe: Just Peachy Chicken

This recipe is much healthier than Saucy Susan (the famous peach sauce), which contains a lot of sugar and preservatives. This recipe has only natural sugar from peaches and nothing is added. As a result, it is ot as sweet as Saucy Susan, but much healthier!

Ingredients:
3 medium chicken breasts
4 peaches

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, puree all the peaches.
  2. Cook the chicken breasts until lightly brown.
  3. Add the peach puree to the chicken…SERVE!

 

Health Benefits of Peaches
Peaches and nectarines are good sources of lycopene and lutein.  Lutein gives the red,
orange, and yellow colors to fruits and vegetables.  These phytochemicals are especially
beneficial in the prevention of heart disease, macular degeneration, and cancer. 

Vitamin c present in peaches is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Its anti-inflammatory activity may decrease the incidence of asthma symptoms. A large preliminary study has shown that young children with asthma experience significantly less wheezing if they eat a diet high in fruits rich in vitamin C.

A diet high in fiber prevents coronary heart disease. Eating fruits high in the soluble fiber pectin has also been linked with reduced cholesterol levels, which protects against atherosclerosis.

A diet high in antioxidants may protect against the free-radical-damaging effect of environmental toxins or cigarette smoke. Studies comparing different populations have shown that increasing fruit consumption may reduce the risk of developing chronic bronchitis.

Other health benefits of peaches:

  • Prevents bruising
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Strengthens your capillaries
  • Lowers risk of cataracts
  • Lowers risk of diabetes