Vegetable and fruit studies

Commented on November 19, 2011
Created November 18, 2011 at 10:54 PM

I would look this up myself, but I don't really have the background necessary to evaluate scientific studies for myself.

My question is basically if anyone could show me some well-done studies that show a specific benefit of a specific vegetable or fruit. I want studies done on live human beings eating real food that show a specific benefit. No test tubes, petri dishes, concentrated extracts, mice, etc.

Stephan Guyenet did a blog post back in February about plant polyphenols and hormesis. He linked some well-done studies that show specific benefits of a specific food. For example, blueberries lowered blood pressure and oxidized LDL in people with metabolic syndrome. Here is the abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20660279

The researches fed realistic amounts of blueberries to live human beings and found tangible benefits. They didn't use a concentrated extract. They didn't use mice. They didn't put human cells in a test tube and expose them to specific polyphenols. This is exactly what I am looking for.

Thanks for any help!



on November 19, 2011
at 08:56 AM

When i wonder around forrest during blueberry season it is plain obvious that we nordic people should be eating a ton of berries. Forrests are still so full of them. Theres an average of 100kg of wild berries per citizen of finland (5,5m citizen). So they are very easy source of calories during almost half the year.



on November 19, 2011
at 02:15 AM

Now if you were looking to address a deficiency in your overall nutritional intake/profile and your question was what foods are a good source of XXXX? That would be beneficial to human health.



on November 19, 2011
at 02:13 AM

Well its your question, so do as you like. But why? Any study that singles out one food for inquiry in the system of human health is likely to be flawed. I mean it makes good headlines to proclaim the "WONDERS OF XXXX", but beyond that its fairly useless.



on November 18, 2011
at 11:39 PM

Wow, you don't ask for much do you?

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