Food of the Week
The George Mateljan Foundation is a non-profit organization with no commercial interests. Our purpose is to show you a healthier way of eating that's enjoyable, affordable, quick and easy to fit your personal needs and lifestyle.
January 31, 2005

Dear Friend,

A recent issue of Newsweek featured a fascinating cover story on the interplay between genes and diet. As research unfolds more information about the specifics of how certain foods enhance the action of protective or harmful genes, it now appears that overwhelming evidence will support the importance of continuing to eat a healthy diet. In other words, our genetic predispositions cannot be blamed for many of our health problems. For example, studies have found that in most cases, a predisposition to heart disease, identified by the presence of a variant of a particular gene, can be totally neutralized by a healthy diet and lifestyle! So when all is said and done, the recommendations continue to be to eat more fruits and vegetables and less sugar and saturated fat - continue to enjoy the World's Healthiest Foods!

George Mateljan

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FOOD OF THE WEEK . . . Broccoli

Did you know that broccoli is one of a small number of vegetables that contribute to a significant reduction in heart disease? Of the more than 100,000 individuals who participated in seven prospective studies, those whose diets most frequently included broccoli, tea, onions and apples (the richest sources of flavonoids) gained a 20% reduction in their risk of heart disease! Flavonoids are an amazing array of over 6,000 plant nutrients found in fruits and vegetables that are increasingly being associated with the health benefits derived from many fruits and vegetables. Broccoli also contains a wealth of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber, plus carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which help reduce the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Read more...

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A Quick Winter Meal

Recipe of the Week

Shopping List:

  • 1 TBS dried hijiki seaweed
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 TBS minced fresh ginger
  • 1 medium sized carrot
  • 2 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 4 oz firm light tofu
  • 2 TBS light miso
  • 2 TBS soy sauce
  • 2 TBS rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds