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Loma Linda University  reported that people who ate beans at least three times a week had a 33% reduced risk of colon polyps (which often lead to colon cancer).

Researchers at Colorado State University reported on the anticancer abilities of beans: white kidney beans have greater impact on cancer cells than navy beans, and that more colorful beans have milder effects. Foods that were found to be especially protective against head and neck cancers, which include cancer of the mouth, throat, and larynxthese cancers included beans, carrots, and tomatoes, among others.

1305104161078Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and kale, among others, contain several compounds shown to fight cancer.

Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene, a potent antioxidant that has been associated with a reduced risk of various cancers, including prostate, mouth, throat, colon, stomach, and bladder. This does not include beta-carotene supplements – to receive the benefits, carrots must be eaten.

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In one laboratory study, capsaicin slowed the growth of prostate cancer cells and prompted apoptosis (cell suicide), while a subsequent study found similar results regarding apoptosis and prostate cancer cells. Capsaicin also fights stomach cancer.

Garlic contains allium compounds that enhance the activity of immune system cells designed to fight cancer – they block carcinogens from getting into cells and also slow the development of tumors.

Mushrooms, including shiitake, reishi, coriolus versicolor, and maitake, have demonstrated cancer-fighting properties. The anticancer abilities are attributed to polysaccharides, including beta glucan, which enhance the immune system and strengthen it against cancer. Mushrooms also contain complex protein/sugar molecules called lectin, which have an ability to prevent cancer cells from multiplying. Another compound in mushrooms is ergosterol peroxide, which can inhibit the growth or prostate cancer cells and prompt apoptosis, according to a study reported in Chemico Biological Interactions. The yamabushitake mushroom has demonstrated potential against human leukemia.

Raspberries have been shown to decrease the number of esophageal tumors. In subsequent studies, black raspberry extracts inhibited the growth of colon cancer cells.

A recent review in Current Medicinal Chemistry reports on the impact of lycopene on cancer in general, and how its potent antioxidant properties help it prevent cell damage and inhibit cell growth. In addition, some case-control studies have shown that greater consumption of tomatoes and lycopene is associated with a reduced risk of lung cancer.

The spice turmeric: Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, appears to involve a blend of anti-carcinogenic, pro-apoptotic, anti-angiogenic, anti-metastatic, immunomodulatory and antioxidant activities. One study showed  it inhibited the growth of both human and animal prostate cancer cell lines.


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Why I love HEB

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HEB Grocery owns serveral brands: H-E-B, Central Market(similar to Whole Foods), Hill Country Fare (HCF), Hill Country Essentials, EconoMax, H-E-Buddy, and the new store Joe V’s Smart Shop in Houston. Their food is sourced & manufactured locally (Texas & Mexico).  Some HEB Plus stores have: car washes, health food section (with raw nuts, seeds, herbs, organic products, etc), gas stations, “Backyard” (plants, chairs, BBQ pits, etc), electronics, bookstore, baby dept, deli, coffee shops, and a new one in San Antonio even has an auto repair shop! HEB is just freakin awesome! Their prices, products, & quality beat out almost all competitors.

In 1905, Florence B. opened the C.C.B Grocery Store in Kerrville, TX. She invests $60 in the business to get started. In 1920 Florence’s youngest son, Howard E.B. takes over the business.

HEB Unsweetened applesauce (apples are naturally sweet):

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Compare it to Mott’s Applesauce which adds high fructose corn syrup:

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HEB frozen veggies (they have a variety of these):

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HEB’s Central Market fresh baby spinach. I always freeze it (hence the condensation went I took it out to take a photo). By freezing it, it lasts as long as you need it to, you can grab a handful and crumble little pieces into any broth, soup, salad, eggs, etc.

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Some HEB stores carry HEB’s very inexpensive brand called Economax. I paid $0.68 for this bag of veggies:

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Kale provides us with soooo many nutrients it’s amazing! I freeze Kale & crumble it into eggs, onto meat, etc…just like spinach:

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HEB has a variety of natural eggs. This is the one that I usually buy:

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I love mushrooms! I like buying this product at HEB – you guessed it….I put it in the freezer so they last forever. Heat up some mushrooms & avocado, serve it with eggs or beef…yum! If you want diced mushrooms…I strongly suggest you chop them before you freeze them. It’s darn near impossible to cut these suckers when they are frozen! Same with whole ones.

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