Nightshade vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, contain alkaloids that some people worry may promote inflammation, but registered dietitian Cynthia Sass said there is a lack of good research on the issue and most nightshades contain only a small amount of the chemical compounds. Sass said people with inflammatory conditions or autoimmune disease might try cutting out nightshade vegetables to see if they feel better, but for most people there is no reason to not to enjoy them.
Small payments and the chance to win bigger prizes work to convince schoolchildren to eat more fruits and vegetables, according to a study published in the The Journal of Human Resources. In a weeklong experiment at 15 schools, compensating students for eating fruits and vegetables resulted in an 80% rise in consumption and a 33% decline in waste.
Chefs and restaurants will get more creative with salads and vegetable dishes next year as more consumers discover the benefits of going meatless at more meals, Technomic predicts in its trend list for 2013. Chicken and a wider selection of grains are also likely to show up on more menus next year, the report says, along with smaller dishes that feed our growing hunger for snacks.
Winter radishes are a great ingredient for the chef looking to keep his kitchen stocked with seasonal produce all year long. Bolder and more complex than the light spring varieties, winter radishes come in all shapes and colors and are well suited to a multitude of recipes, from a simple roast to hearty risottos.
Red meat and processed meats have been linked to a higher risk of cancer, but experts say to cut back, not eliminate them, and to look for lean protein that includes "loin" in the description. An overall low-fat diet and keeping BMI in normal ranges also can reduce cancer risks. Cancer researcher Diane Wilson says the top 10 cancer-fighting foods include cruciferous vegetables, berries, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, nuts and Greek yogurt.