Dr. Bollmann, Skin Care Specialist, Anti-Aging Expert

In recent years there has been a proliferation of protein and other kinds of drink. My wife has become a fan of kale and other green vegetables in a blended drink. This lasted until she found out that the kale is rich in iodine and is causing problems with hyperthroidism.

I am not sure why these drinks are so popular. When overdone, they can be harmful - too much protein, too much of other things, etc. What happened to eating food? Don't we get enough nutrients and vitamins from just basic foodstuffs? And doesn't it taste better? My  wife's kale and other green stuff tasted like cut grass. I would think it would have been as beneficial just putting grass in the blender.

Personally I like FOOD! Michael Pollan has a terrific book, "In Defense Of Food", which was on the best seller list a few years ago. He summed it up in 7 word - "Eat food, not too much, mostly vegetables".

The following is from "Men's Health":

"Carotenoids may lower lipid and oxidative stress markers, among middle-aged men.

Lending fruits and vegetables their bright orange, red, and yellow colors, carotenoids are abundant in antioxidants, for which previous studies have associated a lower risk of premature death. P. G. Cocate, from the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (Brazil),  and colleagues assessed 296 healthy middle-aged man, average age 50.5 years and with body mass index (BMI) of 25.8 kg/m2.  The team tracked each participant’s carotenoid intake (including b-cryptoxanthin, lycopene, lutein plus zeanthin, beta-carotene, and alpha-carotene). Data analysis revealed that total carotenoid intake was inversely associated with lipid and oxidative stress markers, and the study authors note that:"in middle-aged men … [beta]-carotene was negatively associated with five of the six lipid and oxidative stress markers."

When shopping for fruits and vegetables, try to buy the ones with the deepest color - they contains the most vitamins and nutrients.



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