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Eat Happy
Researchers with the Food and Mood Project in London said a survey of 200 people found that 88 percent reported that changing diet improved mental health significantly.

Respondents said that cutting down on food "stressors" and increasing "supporters" had beneficial affects on mood. A quarter reported decreased mood swings; another 26 percent reported fewer panic attacks, and 24 percent experienced less depression.

Stressors include sugar, caffeine, alcohol and chocolate, while supporters include water, fruits and vegetables, and oil-rich fish. The survey was subjective, as respondents were asked to judge their own mental health and keep a food diary.

Teetotalers Take on French Paradox
A glass of red with dinner was thought to be the reason why the French, who eat more fat than most, have lower incidence of cardiovascular disease. But by this science, those who eschew alcohol were then left with one less piece of ammunition in the fight to protect their hearts.

But according to research recently published in the November 2002 issue of the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, eating fresh grapes provides the same heart-health benefits. Scientists found that table grapes and wine had many of the same polyphenols, and the study confirmed that grape polyphenols are just as effective as antioxidants.

Time for Breakfast
There's an old Hungarian proverb quoted in Molly Katzen's new cookbook, Sunlight Café: Breakfast Served All Day (Hyperion, 2002), that says, "Eat breakfast as a king, lunch as a citizen, and dinner as a beggar on the corner." But most of us, including Katzen, struggle to marry that need with the competing demands of the morning.

The latest cookbook from the author of the Moosewood Cookbook and Vegetable Heaven takes on this challenge. Sunlight Café offers more than 350 recipes in 12 sections on subjects such as yogurt and cheeses, pancakes and waffles, muffins and biscuits, eggs and tofu, and includes a host of related research and information.


Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXIV/number 1/p. 28

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