Bread — It’s All About the Crusts

Bread crusts are a rich source of antioxidants that combat diseases, according to a study by the German Research Center of Food Chemistry. The study discovered that the heat used in baking bread produced a type of antioxidant called pronyl-lysine that is effective against cancer. Although found throughout the bread, pronyl-lysine is eight times more plentiful in the crusts than at the bread’s center because the crusts are exposed to high temperatures. So when the bread is served, don’t leave the crusts of the bread behind on the plate. (From Men’s Health, U.S.A.)

Almonds Reduce Risk of Parkinson’s Disease

Eating a handful of almonds each day may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease by 30 percent. A Harvard University research team analyzed the diets of more than 124,000 men and women and discovered that the more vitamin E a person consumed, the less the likelihood of developing Parkinson’s disease. What is important, however, is that the vitamin E must be digested from foods, because supplements are not absorbed well from the body, said Dr. Zhang, who conducted the study. Dr. Zhang recommended about 12-15 milligrams of vitamin E each day — about 1/3 cup of almonds — to prevent Parkinson’s disease. (From Men’s Health, U.S.A.)

Tomatoes May Prevent Osteoporosis

Tomatoes are known for their cancer-preventing benefits, but now it has been discovered that they may also reduce the risk of osteoporosis. According to research conducted at the University of Toronto, lycopene found in tomatoes helps bone formation and prevents bone deterioration. Cooked tomatoes contain greater amounts of this beneficial compound than raw tomatoes. (From SELF, U.S.A.)

New Garlic Benefits

Garlic has many well-known benefits. Now, research conducted in India indicates that garlic may reduce damage associated with heart attacks or open-heart surgery. Test animals fed a regular diet of garlic had higher levels of antioxidants (which protect the heart) than animals that were not fed garlic. Garlic supplements, however, did not have the same benefits; actual garlic must be eaten. (From TIME, U.S.A.)

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