Good for You? Bad for You?
- Old news: Keep the red wine flowing — it helps fight heart disease, cancer,
and Alzheimer's disease. The magic ingredient: anthocyanins — antioxidants
found in the grape skins used to make red wine — which prevent disease-causing
- Latest news: White wine may be as heart-healthy as red. Grape flesh — used
to make both red and white wine — contains antioxidants that are just as
powerful as those in grape skins, according to a new study.
The real deal: More research is needed, but the study does
seem sound, says Goldberg. Interestingly, other studies have shown that beer
and hard liquor have similar health benefits, indicating that it may be the
alcohol itself that's doing our bodies good. But don't use that as an excuse to
booze it up: One or two drinks a day is fine; any more than that can actually
negate the health benefits.
- Old news: Soy is a superfood: It can help reduce your risk of heart
disease, cancer, and more. Soy first seized the spotlight when researchers
linked the low incidence of heart disease among Asians with their high-soy
diets. The word spread in 1999 when the FDA allowed food labels to claim that
25 grams of soy protein a day may cut heart disease risk.
- Latest news: Soy has little effect on heart health, cancer, or reproductive
health, according to a review of 200 human studies.
The real deal: Soy foods are high in calcium and protein
and contain heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats. But experts say eating more soy
won't significantly reduce your risk of disease — unless you're eating soy
instead of other foods high in unhealthy saturated fats.
Originally published on September 26, 2007
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