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Food-aceuticals: Drink - and Eat - to Your Health

Every day there seems to be another story touting the amazing health benefits found in everyday foods. Is the recipe for better health found in the pantry instead of the medicine cabinet?

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For example, a recent study showed that mice with prostate cancer fed a diet rich in both broccoli and tomatoes experienced much less tumor growth than those fed either food alone.

Another study showed that people who ate "polymeals" consisting of wine, fish, dark chocolate, fruits and vegetables, almonds, and garlic on a daily basis had a lower risk of heart disease and lived longer than those who didn't. A polymeal is a combination of foods that have been individually shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.

"When you look at individual phytochemicals, it's very exiting to see that each individual phytochemical has its own function in terms of cancer prevention and health protection. But the possibilities of looking at what they can do together working as a team could be phenomenal," says Polk. "The best way to get these substances is by eating whole foods."

Lichtenstein says researchers are now coming to the realization that certain diet and lifestyle patterns are associated with a lower risk of disease, rather than any one food.

"Fortunately those are virtually the same for heart disease, cancer, and diabetes," says Lichtenstein. "It's to consume a diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat and nonfat dairy products, legumes, and fish and have regular physical activity."-->

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