August 25, 2003 |
Although soybeans are a top agricultural product in the United States, soy products remain more popular abroad -- particularly in Asia -- than here at home. Many studies have linked soy-rich diets with good heart health, but the effects of soy supplements are less clear. Most are formulated to provide high concentrations of isoflavones -- plant chemicals such as genistein and daidzein that are found in soybeans and behave similarly to human estrogen.
June 14, 2004 |
Health food advocates have long claimed that soy, the little legume used in tofu burgers and smoothies, can protect against heart disease, ward off cancer and combat hot flashes. Those claims are coming under scrutiny now that a soy food manufacturer is seeking government approval to tout on its labels soy's supposed cancer-fighting abilities.
April 28, 1999 |
Mexican food entrepreneur Mark Roth owes his latest product innovation to his cardiologist. After heart bypass surgery in 1992, Roth's doctor told the 60-year-old he should avoid his thrice-weekly breakfast of eggs and chorizo, the tasty but fat-laden Mexican sausage Roth learned to love in his days as a supermarket owner catering to Latino customers in El Monte. No chorizo? It was a life sentence for the guy who founded El Burrito Mexican Food Products Inc.
March 1, 2004 |
Because the early signs of oral cancer -- white spots or red areas in the mouth -- are painless and difficult to detect, diagnosis usually occurs only after the disease has spread to the lymph nodes in the neck. Consequently, patients often need aggressive, disfiguring surgical treatments. Half of those diagnosed will die of the disease.
February 19, 2007 |
If you can't stand black coffee, chances are good that you also turn up your nose at bitter-tasting grapefruit juice, broccoli, spinach, green tea or soy products. You may be a genetic "super-taster" -- with more specialized taste buds on the tip of your tongue than the average person. For you, tasting foods can be the equivalent of feeling objects with 50 fingers instead of five -- due to tiny genetic differences you share with fellow super-tasters. The super-taster story goes back decades.
October 19, 2009 |
Full-fat, low-fat or skim? Used to be, there weren't many choices to make over what to pour on your cereal. But the number of alternatives to cow's milk -- soy, goat's, hemp milk, more -- has steadily grown. Each has its fans: those who swear by goat's milk's creamy texture or who love almond milk's subtle, nutty flavor. But when it comes to nutrition, there's no clear winner. Cow's milk is a good source of protein but can be high in saturated fats. Hemp milk offers little protein but is rich in certain essential fatty acids.