4 New Ways to Boost Food’s Anticancer Properties

Cancer researchers have long known that certain vegetables contain powerful anticancer compounds, but whether our bodies get the full dose of these substances often depends on how we cook the vegetables and even what other foods we eat along with them. This week, at the annual conference of the American Institute for Cancer Research, scientists presented new research on how to get the most cancer-preventive properties out of certain vegetables we eat. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Here’s …

Can Spaghetti Sauce Prevent a Stroke?

Good news, Italian-food lovers: A new study finds that eating lots of tomatoes and tomato-based foods like spaghetti sauce is associated with a lower risk of stroke. Tomatoes, you might remember, are high in the antioxidant lycopene, which gives tomatoes their red color. The study of 1,031 older men in Finland found that those who had the highest amount of lycopene in their blood were 55 percent less likely to have a stroke than those with the lowest amounts. The …

Before You Bite: News About Organic Tomatoes, Walmart Corn

The juiciest tomatoes and the sweetest corn are two of summer’s most anticipated gifts, which is why we were both happy and troubled to read the latest health news on both those favorite foods. First, the good news. You may want to spend a little more to eat organic tomatoes, a new study suggests, because they have a higher level of antioxidants than conventionally grown ones. Researchers from the University of Barcelona and the Institute of Health in Spain compared …