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Can Cabbage Cure Cancer?

We’ve all heard that eating dark leafy greens is healthy. What is the science behind this widely accepted notion?

A recent article published on BBC states that a team of scientists may have discovered why some vegetables – including cabbage, broccoli and kale – can help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.

“A study at the Francis Crick Institute in the UK found that anti-cancer chemicals were produced as the vegetables were digested.

The research focused on how vegetables alter the lining of the intestines. Researchers investigated a chemical called indole-3-carbinol, which is produced by chewing such vegetables. The chemical is modified by stomach acid as it continues its journey through the digestive system.

“Make sure they’re not overcooked, no soggy broccoli,” said researcher Dr Gitta Stockinger.

Prof Tim Key, from Cancer Research UK, said: “This study in mice suggests that it’s not just the fibre contained in vegetables like broccoli and cabbage that help reduce the risk of bowel cancer, but also molecules found in these vegetables too.

“Further studies will help find out whether the molecules in these vegetables have the same effect in people, but in the meantime there are already plenty of good reasons to eat more vegetables.”

Article written for the BBC by:

@JamesTGallagher

BBC Health and science correspondent.

How Not to Break Your Fast

Are there any guidelines about what to eat or what not to eat when breaking a fast? In this article I’ll share one of my personal experiences, the first time I broke a 2-day fast. I’ll also point you to some informative articles I found online on healthy ways to break your fast.

“What kind of Pizza do you want?”

“For dessert we have Key Lime Pie, chocolate ice cream, and glazed doughnuts with sprinkles.”

While attending my family reunion in Florida, these are the questions I was asked while seated at the dinner table. I ate a salad for dinner, which aroused suspicions among family members seated around me. This naturally led to inquisitive conversations about my dietary choices and my experiences with Intermittent Fasting.

I enjoyed a salad with organic sprouts and raw walnuts that I’d stashed in my backpack for just such an occasion. After finishing the salad, I really wanted to show my family members that I was still a ‘normal’ person, who could eat what they want when they wanted. I didn’t want them to think I’d turned into a fanatical vegan hippy.

So, I grabbed two slices of cheese pizza and proceeded to eat most of it, except the crust which just seemed unnecessary. I felt OK after eating the pizza, proving to myself and the table that I could still enjoy ‘normal’ food even while fasting.

Then came dessert…

Since we were in Florida, everyone gravitated towards the Key Lime Pie. I jumped on the bandwagon and ordered a slice of my own.

I raised the fork to my lips and took a bite. Immediately a sugar rush came over me…. I broke out in a sweat. I could feel my pulse pounding in my head.

I finished desert and excused myself from the table.

I felt dizzy as I stood up. I began to wonder if I’d come down with food poisoning, but everyone around me seemed OK.

As I raced back to my hotel room, a massive wave of nausea came over me. I resisted the urge to throw up, which grew stronger every moment. When I finally made it into the privacy of my room, I ran to the toilet. Sorry for the intimate details, but let’s just say I had to sit down on the commode as quickly as possible to contain the flood. It seemed like gallons of water escaped my body at once.

My mind was racing at this point, I began to wonder if I’d done any serious damage by spiking my insulin and blood sugar in response to the Key Lime extravaganza.

This led me to the following articles on the topic, which gave me more insight into how to break your fast, and how not to:

https://www.wikihow.com/Break-a-Fast

https://www.quora.com/What-foods-are-the-best-to-break-your-intermittent-fast-and-why

 

 

The Skinny Shaming of Cinderella

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