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from LaCrista News, Vol.5 , Issue 4

Fresh vs. Frozen

Researchers at the University of Illinois have found that canned or frozen produce may be more vitamin-rich than fresh, at least until the expiration date. Why? Foods are canned or frozen within hours of being harvested, which deactivates enzymes that cause nutrient-robbing deterioration. Fresh foods may take ten days to reach store shelves.

Alcohol & Breast Cancer

The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that after 6 long-term studies they found a definite link between alcohol and breast cancer in women. More than 1 alcoholic drink a day can increase a woman's risk of breast cancer by 41%.

Eye Drops

Repeated use of eve drops to remove the - red won't harm your vision, but eventually may make eyes even redder, say specialists at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. These products contain vasoconstrictors (to contract blood vessels) and preservatives. Overuse may diminish their effectiveness or cause sensitivities or both. If dry eyes are a problem, use a non-preserved lubricating drop.

Apple Cider & Juices

The FDA is now requiring all apple cider and juice makers who don't use pasteurization or other germ-removal processes to post this - "warning: This product has not been pasteurized and therefore may contain harmful bacteria than can cause serious illness to children , the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems."

A Banana a Day

If you're trying to lower your blood pressure, grab a banana. A recent study from Harvard School of Public Health shows that potassium can significantly lower blood pressure, and bananas are a great source of potassium.

Cheese Alert

Some soft cheeses can be dangerous to eat during pregnancy. They may contain
the Listeria bacterium, which can cause severe infections resulting in miscarriage or stillbirth. Avoid feta, brie and mozzarella - unless they're pasteurized.

Green Tea

An ongoing Japanese study indicates that regular consumption of green tea may help prevent cancers of various organs, without toxic effects.

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