Bullet point health briefs: Beans, weeds and microgreens

We present Beans, weeds and microgreens (as well as other health-related topics) in this brief format in the hope that readers will do further research on these issues that affect us all.
** Meals based on legumes such as peas and beans are more satiating than pork and veal-based meals, according to a study by the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports.

The recent study demonstrated that protein-based meals based on beans and peas increased fullness more in the study participants than protein-based veal and pork.

The study suggests that one can eat a fiber-rich meal and achieve the same sensation of fullness, said head researcher Anne Raben.

** An invasive shrub known as the Brazilian peppertree could be a new weapon in the fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, reports WashingtonPost.com.

The Brazilian peppertree is the scourge of homeowners in the southern U.S. But traditional healers in the Amazon have been using its bright red berries for centuries, and researchers from the University of Iowa and Emory University believe the plant contains a substance that neutralizes methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

** The microgreen craze is on! They are sprouting up everywhere, from uypscale restaurants to home gardens.

Microgreens are tender, immature plants that take only a couple of weeks to grow before they are ready for harvesting.

A growing body of research suggests that microgreens offer more health benefits than their mature counterparts. The study was published in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Beans, weeds and microgreens are only part of the story, as modern people begin to realize that the Standard American Diet that has been foisted on us is cheating our nutritional needs.

Beans have long been know as a nutritional powerhouse. Invasive weeds such as nutrition-packed dandelions have been poisoned for years in some parts of the country.

But the health value of microgreens have only recently been studied. There is much to learn as we plunge through the jungle of modern chemicals and how they may be affecting our health.

** Do you suffer from heartburn from stress and the inferior diet you consume? Commonly prescribed acid suppression medications such as proton pump inhibitors have been linked with an increased risk of intestinal infections with C.difficile and Campylobacter bacteria, which can cause considerable illness.

** How about fast food wrappers? As if fast food didn’t carry enough health risks, researchers have found a new danger: the peer-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) contained within food packaging.

These chemicals have been linked to health issues including cancer, infertility and immune system disorders.

Researchers tested 400 samples from 27 fast-food chains and found PFASs in 56 percent of dessert and bread wrappers, 38 percent of sandwich and burger wrapping and 20 percent of cardboard.

Study author Laurel Schaider told Health.com that “we already have some reasons to reduce how much fast food we consume—this may be another one.”

And as a final note, researchers at Loyola University in Chicago discovered that while exercise is beneficial, EATING THE RIGHT FOOD is much more so, according to lead author Lara Dugas in an interview with LiveScience.com.

Beans, weeds and microgreens sound better all the time.

Sources: TheWeek.com, Acresusa.com