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4/6/09

HealthWise at 5 for 4.6

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Cancer Fighting Broccoli Sprouts

Broccoli sprouts may help fight stomach cancer.  Johns Hopkins researchers studied 48 people who were infected with bacteria known to cause stomach cancer.  Half were assigned to eat about 2 ½ ounces of broccoli sprouts a day and the rest ate alfalfa sprouts as placebos.  After 8 weeks, those who had eaten the broccoli sprouts had much lower levels of the bacteria.

Effects of Smoking in Movies

Watching actors smoke on the big screen can have an impact on your teen.  Researchers at Dartmouth followed the movie watching habits of over 1700 pre-teens over seven years.  They already knew that kids were more likely to try smoking if they saw it on screen, but they found an even more alarming result.  Those who were exposed to the most amount of movie smoking were twice as likely to become established smokers as those with little exposure to blowing smoke on the big screen.

Sugar Substitute That Really Works

Replacing sugary drinks with water may be a way to slow the childhood obesity epidemic.  Researchers at Columbia University looked at data collected from over 3000 children and teens.  The kids reported what they ate and drank on two separate days and researchers calculated how many calories would be cut if the kids drank water instead of drinks like juice and soda.  They found an average 235 calories would be spared if children would drink water instead.

By the way, they did not find any negative effect from drinking water, especially among kids who were under weight.  Researchers did not find a calorie benefit for replacing sugar-sweetened drinks with milk.

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