Science Shows These Foods Rock

March 18, 2011

Several studies have come out recently suggesting the following foods may be good for your health. Some of them are expected, but others might not be.

1) Fish: Eating oily fish, chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, could reduce the risk of blindness. In particular, fish like tuna and salmon could slow the onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Affecting mainly people over the age of 40, AMD starts with a black spot in the center of the eye and gradually expands. Previous research focused on men, but this new evidence show that women can benefit as well.
Wild Salmon Cakes
2) Mustard, Wasabi, and Horseradish: Researchers claim to have identified a new cancer-fighting compound abundant in mustard, wasabi, and horseradish. The allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) compound was given to rats and stopped the growth of bladder cancer by a third. Though non-conclusive, the study provides just one more reason to add these flavorings to your favorite dishes.
Wasabi Sauce
3) Alcohol: Drinking alcohol in moderation, even after age 75, could prevent against dementia. Drinking a serving or two of alcohol daily could reduce the risks by up to 30%, compared to non-drinkers. The research was conducted in Germany and found the same results for Alzheimer's disease, which is considered a specific type of dementia. An independent organization reviewed the results of the study and found them to be strong. So have a glass of wine if you want.
Riesling Wine