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Eating Broccoli May Help Prevent Bladder Cancer

For those of you who have a history of urinary tract infections, bladder infections, and/or a family history of bladder cancer, it may be wise to make broccoli a staple in your diet.

Researchers at Ohio State University report that broccoli contains phytochemicals called glucosinolates, which turn into compounds called isothiocyanates, which in turn, have been shown to slow down the growth of bladder cancer cells in laboratory experiments. Read more

 

Seaweed: An Ancient Korean Health Food

When my sisters and I were growing up, it seemed like there was always a huge pot of seaweed soup on the stove. Seaweed soup, called Mi-Yuk Gook in Korean, has been a staple in the Korean diet for much of Korea's 5000 year history.

For Koreans living all over the world, seaweed soup is a must for all pregnant women and students. Read more

 

Improving School Lunches For Children

Here in Canada, a cable channel called The Food Network just began showing a television series out of the United Kingdom, called Jamie's School Dinners. The two episodes that I have watched have been positively brilliant.

This television series follows celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, as he visits schools around the country with a mission to change the way that the government and parents are feeding their kids. It was both shocking and sad to see Jamie ask a group of elementary students to identify various vegetables, only to have asparagus mistaken for onion and celery mistaken for potato. I thought that I was the only kid to have soda and chocolate bars for lunch. Read more

 

Apples & Antioxidants

One of the most powerful steps that you can take to prevent disease is to eat plenty of antioxidant-rich foods.

A recent study by the Canadian government found that good ol' apples are an excellent source of antioxidants. Here is a summary of what this study found:

  • Of eight different varieties of apples, Red Delicious had the highest concentration of antioxidants
 

How To Pick A Good Watermelon

Need some help with choosing a good watermelon? Here are a few of the things that I look for when digging through the watermelon bin at our local market:

1. Press your fingers and thumbs into the skin from all angles. A good watermelon should be hard all around. Read more

 

Why Do Asians Eat Mainly White Rice?

I thought I would take a moment to answer the following question, sent in by a reader of our weekly newsletter:

"Asian culture is big on polished white rice with all their meals. Do you eat white rice or brown, and why? And why is (it) that Asians don't switch to a healthier carb like brown rice?"

Thank you,
John B.

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Traditional Korean Tea

My wife and I have tried a lot of different teas over the years. One of our favourites is a traditional Korean tea called bori-cha. Read more

 

Enjoy the Health Benefits of Goji Berries at a Fair Price

Please note: This article has been updated and incorporated into the following page:

Authentic Tibetan Goji Berries Read more

 

Which Foods Contain the Most Antioxidants?

One of the most important steps you can take to prevent heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's disease is to eat plenty of antioxidant-rich foods. As discussed in a previous article on free radicals, antioxidants protect your health by preventing and repairing damage caused to your cells by excessive free radicals. Read more

 

Are Dairy Products Good For Your Health?

Before my parents immigrated to Canada close to four decades ago, my mom was convinced that one of the benefits of living in Canada was the amount of cow's milk that was available. Back in Korea, moms, dads, and grandparents of all ages were sure that their babies and grandchildren could be bigger, stronger, and healthier if they could only have easy access to milk. Read more

 

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