posted Feb 18, 2014, 3:36 PM by Merrin McGregor
updated Feb 18, 2014, 3:48 PM
Yes, we all know eating lots of fruits and veggies is good for us. Really, no one is doubting that anymore, but there are many interesting and unusual benefits that are specifically attributed to upping the produce in your diet. [Of further surprise is that people are actually studying this stuff … but that’s another topic entirely. I’m really glad they are.]
Here is a must-read-more collection of findings from recent news headlines, touting some surprising advantages a fruit-and veggie-rich diet may offer:
1. Brussels Sprouts: Boosting Fertility in Women
Research has found that 9 percent of all conceptions take place over the holiday period, making December the most fertile month of the year. For couples wanting a baby, Neema Savvides, a nutritional therapist at the Harley Street Fertility Clinic in the UK, advised adding more Brussels sprouts to your plate, The Daily Mail reports.
"Believe it or not, this green micro-cabbage is a baby-making superfood," she said, according to BabyWorld.co.uk
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2. Fruits & Vegetables: Preventing Impotence in Men
A new Canadian study suggests that men with diabetes are less likely to have erectile dysfunction (ED) if they eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, and the beneficial effect seems to increase with each serving they consume.
It is even possible that vitamins, amino acids and other nutrients in the foods aid men in getting an erection, say the Public Health Agency of Canada researchers behind the “unique” study.
3. Apples: Preventing More Heart Attack Deaths Than Medications Do
A new study shows that an apple a day may keep the doctor away by preventing thousands of heart attacks and strokes in British adults over 50 years old.
The fruit may be even prevent more cardiovascular deaths than commonly-prescribed statin medications, according to the findings.
"This study shows that small dietary changes as well as increased use of statins at a population level may significantly reduce vascular mortality in the U.K.," the authors wrote.
4.Grapes: Minimizing Parkinson's, Stroke, Alzheimers … and Drug Addiction
Studies have shown that resveratrol, a natural compound found in colored vegetables, fruits and especially grapes, may minimize the impact of Parkinson's disease, stroke and Alzheimer's disease in those who maintain healthy diets or who regularly take resveratrol supplements. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that resveratrol may also block the effects of the highly addictive drug, methamphetamine.
5. Eat Your Vegetables: People Will Like You [and Your Cooking] Better
A study published in Public Health Nutrition found that adding vegetables enhances enjoyment of a meal and heightens the diners’ perception of the cook. The ratings for meals served with vegetables were much higher than those without. For example, diners preferred beef with broccoli rather than just beef. They also chose more positive attributes for the meal preparer who served a meal including vegetables. Overall, vegetables enhanced the expectations of the meal as well as the perception of the cook.
It’s science, people. I don’t make this stuff up. And I don’t have to! The research goes on and on. Want to keep up? Follow Vegetables Accidentally on Facebook