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Another Reason To Eat Your Veggies!

Posted by Dr. Gray on Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Remember when your mother used to tell you to eat your vegetables because they were good for you? You might not have liked it, but increasing research shows just how right she was. The latest example: A study suggests that eating a healthy dose of vegetables each day is good for you by helping to prevent atherosclerosis, which in turn can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and other disorders.

In this study, researchers looked at the relationship between vegetables and atherosclerosis in a group of genetically altered mice. For 16 weeks, half of the mice were fed a diet in which 30 percent of the calories came from a mixture of broccoli, green beans, peas, corn and carrots. The rest of the mice consumed a diet free of vegetables. At the end of the study period, researchers found that, compared to the mice that didn’t eat any vegetables, the buildup of atherosclerosis was 38 percent less in the group of mice that ate the vegetable diet. In addition, blood cholesterol levels were 32 percent lower, and the mice in the vegetable diet group weighed an average of 7 percent less.

If you’re at risk of developing atherosclerosis, now might be the time to consider changing your diet to include more vegetables like the ones included in this study. Doctors of chiropractic are also well-versed in nutrition and can help create a diet program that increases your consumption of vegetables, fruits and other foods that are good for you.

Adams MR, Golden DL, Chen H, et al. A diet rich in green and yellow vegetables inhibits atherosclerosis in mice. Journal of Nutrition July 2006;136:1886-1889.


2 Responses to “Another Reason To Eat Your Veggies!”

  1. How are green,red,yellow, and orange peppers since they are part of the nightshade family good for you to eat if you have any joint pains?
    Barbie Edwards

  2. Dr. Gray said


    Thank you for your question. You are correct that foods from the “nightshade” family have a tendency to irritate some conditions. However, this is not universal. Just as some people show a sensitivity to dairy products (sensitivity does not necessarily mean an allergy), others may be sensitive to the nightshade family of foods. Ultimately, even “nightshade” foods can be good for you, and have many health benefits. The goal we should strive for is not to decide what we can’t eat… rather how to prepare and consume a variety of healthy, raw foods to provide our bodies with the building blocks it needs.

    A properly functioning autonomic nervous system and digestive system should have no difficulty assimilating these foods without leading to inflammatory reactions in the joints or irritation to the nerves. A skilled practitioner in Nutrition Response Testing, applied kinesiology, or other form of muscle testing should be able to assist in finding sensitivities, toxicities, or deficiencies that can help one determine an individualized nutritional plan. Simply… everyone’s different!

    For a good description of Nutrition Response Testing and/or designed clinical nutrition, follow this link:


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