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What does broccoli sprout tea have to do with cancer?

From a young age, kids are taught to eat their vegetables for the healthy benefits they pose. Now research is suggesting cruciferous vegetables like broccoli sprouts could offer more gains — cancer prevention.

Stephen Hecht, Ph.D., a University of Minnesota professor of laboratory medicine and pathology, and member of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, conducts research focusing on tobacco-related cancer prevention. He recently was part of a different kind of groundbreaking research finding the right diet has the ability to decrease risks of developing certain types of cancer.

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U of M expert: Maximize your health through diet and exercise

Regular exercise is extremely important for people of all ages in order to stay healthy, whether it’s running a marathon or simply setting aside time to power walk a few times per week. But knowing when to eat, what to eat and what exercises are safe at a given age can have a major impact on how someone gains muscle or loses excess fat.

In order to fully understand some variables that impact the effectiveness of a diet and exercise routine, Health Talk consulted David Jewison, M.D. in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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Men’s health: Diet and quality food key to lifelong health and wellness

Promising a slimmer waist or quick weight loss results, new diet fads or trends often offer the easy way out rather than focusing on lifelong health and wellness. Earlier this year Health Talk featured the top diet trends for 2014 with some words of advice from School of Public Health professor David Jacobs, Ph.D.

Jacobs advised to maintain a diet with minimally processed foods along with a more plant-centered diet along with smaller portion sizes.

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The public and science go ‘nuts’ over the Mediterranean diet

Last month, Health Talk highlighted the best and worst diets for 2014 as determined by U.S. News & World Report. Once again, the Mediterranean diet was among the top overall diets, coming in tied at #3. Now, a new study by the Harvard School of Public Health has added some additional fuel to the Mediterranean diet fire.

The study tracked 780 male Midwestern firefighters over the age of 18 and concluded that firefighters who closely followed the Mediterranean diet had fewer risk factors for heart disease than those who did not eat this diet.

The good news for the public is you don’t have to be a firefighter to reap the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

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In the News: Best and worst diets for 2014

Like clockwork, many Americans are flocking to their local gyms, loading up on dietary supplements and immersing themselves with the latest diet trends in a quest to adhere to 2014 New Year’s resolutions. But which diets are the best?

According to an annual analysis by U.S. News & World Report, the DASH Diet Eating Plan or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, was named the best overall diet for the fourth year in a row. DASH was developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for people with high blood pressure and has been shown to be effective in lowering cholesterol and heart disease risk.

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Family breakfast is important, too.

It’s been said that a family dinner is important, but what about a family breakfast?

New research from the University of Minnesota has found that families who eat breakfast together may be positively influencing their teen’s food choices and weight-related health.

The latest study examined a diverse group of teens to learn about the practice of eating breakfast together as a family and connections with diet and weight status.

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