Taking Care of Your Health

Fun Food Facts

July 26, 2015


In addition to citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit, red and green peppers, kiwi, strawberries, sweet potatoes, kale, cantaloupe, broccoli, pineapple, Brussels sprouts, mangoes, tomato juice and cauliflower are also good sources of vitamin C. These foods provide 10-19% of the daily recommended intake for vitamin C.

Coffee may have a protective effect against cancer of the uterus, liver and oral cavity. A review of recent studies has shown that coffee drinkers had a decrease in risk of these cancers when compared to non-coffee drinkers. These studies involved moderate amounts of coffee such as two to four cups per day. In addition to caffeine, coffee also contains several other compounds such as cafestol and caffeic acid that are known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. While coffee is not for everyone, for those who love their morning java enjoy and forget about feeling guilty. Also keep in mind, moderation is key.

In addition to omega 3 fatty acids, salmon is a rich source of vitamin D. Consuming adequate amounts of vitamin D is important in the maintenance of bone health and may also protect against many different types of cancer. Due to recent findings which reveal that many people have low levels of vitamin D, the Institute of Medicine is reviewing all the data to determine new recommendations for daily vitamin D requirements. Stay tuned.

Sweet potatoes, tomato paste, tomato puree, beet greens, white potatoes, white beans, lima beans, cooked greens, carrot juice and prune juice are rich sources of potassium. Adequate intake of potassium is important for maintaining proper muscle function and may also help to control blood pressure.

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