Coffee: May Protect Against Obesity?

…a new study suggests a chemical compound found in coffee might protect against a host of obesity-related diseases, as well.

…It’s a potent antioxidant called chlorogenic acid (CGA), which scientists focused on in a new study published in Pharmaceutical Research. For 15 weeks, the researchers fed mice a high-fat diet while also injecting them with a chlorogenic acid solution twice a week. Not only did the CGA prevent the mice from gaining weight during the test period, but the effects against obesity were also promising.

Source: Potential Super-Antioxidant in Coffee May Protect Against Obesity

Important notes:

  • the researchers worked with mice
  • the mice were injected with a high dose of CGA – a lot more than you’d get in a standard cup of coffee

Prunes: 5 Reasons to Eat More

Not a fan of prunes? You’re not alone. In fact, women ages 25 to 54 react so negatively to the idea of prunes that the California Prune Board pressured the Food and Drug Administration to change their name to the more appealing ‘dried plums’ (which they technically are), and it worked! Sales of this super-healthy purple fruit have hit new heights.

Beyond the benefits to your digestive tract, and the fact that they offer a sweet hit for only 30 calories, plums and prunes have many other wonderful health properties.

Source: 5 healthy reasons you need to eat more prunes

There’s a recipe at the end for plum-quinoa salad.

What the article doesn’t mention is that plums/prunes increase the absorption of iron.  Ladies, are you listening?  Because as prunes/plums are good for weight loss too.  But be aware that there is a reasonable amount of vitamin K in them, so mind how much you consume.  For more information on plums/prunes, see this link.