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Weekly Newsletter - September 5, 2016

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the healthiest way for optimal health.

Dear Friend,

One of the most frequently asked questions from Readers is in regard to microwave cooking and what we think about it. Microwave ovens have risen to a place of special prominence in U.S. households. A 2013 study showed 97% of all households now include a microwave oven, and in one survey of life satisfaction in the U.S., ownership of a refrigerator and a microwave were found to play an important and measurable role - right alongside televisions and washing machines. we discourage use of microwave ovens for any type of cooking. While research has found many benefits to using this cooking method, we recommend avoidance of microwave cooking in all circumstances and regardless of the food or nutrient in question, our reasons are not based on nutritional studies or environmental concerns. We discourage use of microwave ovens for an entirely different set of reasons, which we would summarize with the phrase "relationship with food." For the complete story about the Pros and Cons of Microwave Cooking.

Enjoy a week of healthy eating,


Food of the Week

Enjoy Watermelon This Week

Alongside tomatoes, watermelon has moved up to the front of the line in recent research studies on high-lycopene foods. Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient that's especially important for our cardiovascular health, and an increasing number of scientists now believe that lycopene is important for bone health as well. Among whole, fresh fruits that are commonly eaten in the U.S., watermelon now accounts for more U.S. intake of lycopene (by weight of fruit eaten) than any other fruit. Pink grapefruit and guava are two other important fruit sources of lycopene, although in the U.S., these fruits are more often consumed in the form of juice. Read More
Recipe of the Week

Try This Recipe of the Week
5-Minute Watermelon Frappe

Enjoy this delicious, easy-to-prepare, cooling summer drink found on page 597 of the 2nd Edition of theWorld's Healthiest Foods. Read More

Nutrient of the Week

Watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin C

Watermelon is an excellent source of important health-protective nutrients, including vitamin C. Read More

Hot Topic

What is meant by the term "goitrogen" and what is the connection between goitrogens, food and health?

"Goitrogen" is a medical term that is used to describe any substance that interferes with function of the thyroid gland. The word itself comes from "goiter," which means enlargement of the thyroid. If its ability to produce thyroid hormones becomes impaired, the thyroid gland can grow in size in an effort to keep up with the body's need for thyroid hormones.

It's important to remember that any substance that interferes with thyroid hormone production can be referred to as a "goitrogen," since that substance would be helping to generate the condition known as goiter. The best-studied human goitrogens are drugs and chemical toxins. In some cases, goitrogenic drugs have been intentionally developed for the express purpose of interfering with thyroid hormone production. Read More

Here's to a week of the Healthiest Way of Eating and Cooking!

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