April 24, 2012
Each week a nutritionist from the University of Maryland Medical Center provides a guest post to The Baltimore Sun's health blog Picture of Health (baltimoresun.com/pictureofhealth). This week, Karen Kolowski weighs in on pomegranates. The pomegranate has a long, rich history and has been considered a mystical fruit throughout the centuries. One of the earliest cultivated fruits, the pomegranate can be traced to 3,500 B.C. It is believed by some scholars to be what tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden rather than an apple.
September 13, 2005
DRINK A LOT of coffee? Good job. It might make Americans jittery or feisty, but they get more antioxidants - those good-health nutritional nuggets - from drinking coffee than from eating or drinking anything else. Of course, that's because most folks drink a lot of coffee and don't eat the stuff that's really packed with antioxidants - prunes, cranberries, spinach, broccoli, whole grains and so on. But at least they're getting the good stuff from somewhere. Recent research suggests additional benefits.
November 27, 2003
YET AGAIN, Mom was right. Hot cocoa is so, so good for you. Besides its delightful flavor, the rich choco-powder turns out to be chock-full of antioxidants, substances that can prevent cancers and other forms of disease in the body, say scientists at Cornell University. In fact, it handily out-healths those previous surprise superdrinks: A single cup of hot cocoa contains nearly twice the antioxidants as a glass of red wine and up to three times those in a cup of green tea. That's in addition to its previously known benefits -- as a mild stimulant, a diuretic and blood-vessel expander, among others.
November 20, 2012
A nutritionist from the University of Maryland Medical Center regularly provides a guest post. This week, Debra Schulze weighs in on fall fruits and vegetables. The chill of fall is in the air along with the bright red, orange and yellow colors of the leaves. Fall offers many fruits and vegetables that are delicious and packed with nutritional benefits. This is the best time of year to experience the red pomegranates, the orange winter squash, the yellow peppers along with many other members of the season's bounty.
April 17, 1994
Until this week I had been losing a supper-table argument.I had been arguing against an extra course, a pill course, being added to the family meal. I was worried that in the name of good health, I would soon have to pop pills containing big doses of vitamins A and E, members of a class of chemicals known as antioxidants.I believe that all vitamins should appear the way God made them, namely, in the form of delicious food and drink. I was opposed to tossing down tablets.The key to good health, I argued, was at the dinner table, not at the medicine counter.
November 11, 2004
NEW ORLEANS - In a blow to the belief that mega antioxidant supplements can prevent disease, people who took a common dose of vitamin E had a moderately higher risk of dying, researchers said yesterday. Doctors say the finding should finally resolve years of conflicting information about high doses of the popular supplement, which is taken to prevent a variety of illnesses, including heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. "I think people should have stopped taking it two years ago," said Raymond Gibbons, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist who was not associated with the research.