Phillip Minton M.D.

Archive for the ‘health food’ Category

Augmenting Health Foods with Chocolate

In health food on October 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm

As we all know, many “health foods” are not the best tasting. The health food that breaks this rule “big-time” is, of course, dark chocolate. But can chocolate be combined with other health foods to make them both more palatable and even healthier? According to this entry on the Oprah Blog, there are indeed some novel ways to do this.


Sulforaphane Against Cancer

In cancer, diabetes, health food on July 31, 2012 at 12:20 am

Sulforaphane is a naturally occurring chemical found abundantly in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. As its name implies, sulforaphane contains sulfur. Sulforaphane exhibits anti-microbial, anti-diabetic and anti-cancerous effects in experimental models. It is one of the most exciting natural organo-chemical substances in modern anti-cancer research.

Although research is ongoing, it seems that sulforaphane acts principally on genes that fight cancer and its spread such as the tumor suppressor genes. The likely pathway by which it primarily effects prostate cancer, for example, is that sulforaphane interferes with the expression of male hormone receptor genes.

The richest food source of sulforaphane is to eat young broccoli sprouts. The act of chewing the sprouts “releases” the beneficial sulforaphane, although you also experince a somewhat unpleasant bitter taste as well.


Health Chocolate versus Chocolate Candybars

In anti-aging, cardiovascular, chocolate, diabetes, diet, health food, low carb diet, prevention diet on May 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

It may be apt to say that for many people, perhaps even most, who do not have a major health problem such as diabetes, chocolate itself is so healthful that even consuming chocolate in the form of candy may be better than eating none at all. The reason is that cocoa solids, the raw material from which all chocolate confections must, at least in part, be made is so very healthful.

Let’s think about it. What are the main differences between the common chocolate candy bar and health chocolate? Keep reading…

Truly Original Hot Cocoa

In chocolate, health food, history, recipe on March 22, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Totenac villagers from east coastal Mexico are making traditional hot cocoa drinks from raw,  natural cacao and vanilla, just as they have for hundreds of years. No one knows for sure how long the Totenacs have lived in the region, but their oral traditions at the time of Hernando Cortez in the 16th century indicated they had been there for at least 800 years prior to the arrival of the Spanish conqueror. Keep reading…

Make A Delicious New Year’s Resolution

In anti-aging, cardiovascular, dementia, diabetes, diet, health food, immune system, low carb diet, prevention diet on December 31, 2011 at 11:15 am

At this time of year we often determine to do better in life. We determine that this new year will be a better year. We will end it looking better, feeling better and having improved our life over the course of the year. These aspirations are laudable, but are they realistic? Are they achievable?

Let me tell you about one resolution that you will love to keep, and that will truly be likely to improve your quality of life and well-being. Keep reading

An Amazing Nutritious/Medicinal Tree

In health food, prevention diet on July 2, 2011 at 8:57 am

Since I write so much about chocolate, you probably think this post concerns the theobroma cacao, but no, it doesn’t. I write instead of the “drumstick tree”, Moringa oleifera. This little tree that could is an amazingly nutritious vegetable tree, wherein nearly all parts are edible. It grows well in poor tropical soils, and feeds unknown throngs in southeast Asia. Keep reading

A Green Superfood Reaffirmed

In health food, prevention diet on June 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Remember all those times you have been told to eat more broccoli because it fights cancer…and you hoped beyond hope that someday this would be proven wrong? Well, too bad, it does seem to be true. As more research is done, scientists are slowly discovering how and why sulforophanes in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts fight cancer. It seems that the cancer fighting chemical sulforophane works on the genes in our cells. It causes the genes of both healthy and cancerous cells to activate in ways that makes it harder for cancer to occur in normal cells, and harder for cancerous cells to remain alive. Keep reading…