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Eye Strain? Eat More Dark, Leafy Greens!

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Chinese researchers evaluated students from five universities and found that participants with poor eyesight who consumed larger quantities of dark, leafy green vegetables in their diet had a 40% reduced risk for eye strain. Examples of dark, leafy greens include spinach, broccoli, collard greens, kale, Swiss chard, arugula, and bok choy.
International Journal of Ophthalmology, June 2018

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Breastfeeding and Picky Eaters.

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According to a Danish study that included 236 boys and girls, the longer a child exclusively breast feeds, the lower the chances they’ll be picky eaters when they move on to solid foods. In particular, the researchers found that kids who exclusively breast fed for their first four/five months of life were almost three-times less likely to exhibit picky eating behavior than children who breast fed for less than a month.

PLOS ONE, July 2018

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Regular Egg Consumption May Decrease Cardiovascular Risk.

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An analysis of data concerning nearly half a million people in China showed that daily egg consumers had a 26% lower risk of hemorrhagic stroke, a 28% lower risk of death from hemorrhagic stroke, a 12% lower risk of ischemic heart disease, and an 18% lower risk of cardiovascular death. Though the study was only observational, the findings suggest that there is an association between moderate egg consumption and a lower rate of cardiac events.
Heart, May 2018

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Cutting Down on Meat and Dairy May Reduce Heart Failure Risk.

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Middle-aged men who eat a lot of meat, dairy, and other high-protein foods may be increasing their risk for heart failure. A review of 22 years of data concerning 2,400 Finnish men found that those with a high-protein diet had a 33% increased risk for heart failure, and the risk increased if their primary sources of protein were animal meat or dairy. Researcher Dr. Jyrki Virtanen notes, “Our findings indicate the high protein intake may have some adverse effects on ...

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Green Tea May Protect the Heart.

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In atherosclerosis, a protein called apolipoprotein A-1 (apoA-1) sticks to plaques and makes them larger, which further restricts blood flow. In a new study, researchers discovered that a compound found in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) can break down apoA-1, potentially improving blood flow.

Journal of Biological Chemistry, May 2018

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