We all know that smoking is bad for your health. But whether you’re a secondhand smoker or are still trying to beat your addiction, there’s something you can add to your diet to help negate the nasty cancer-causing effects. Watercress.
Recent research found that phenylethylisothiocyanate (PEITC), found predominantly in watercress, reduced the rate of lung cancer by 50 percent in animals exposed to the carcinogens found in tobacco smoke. Human trials have revealed similar results.
Your healthiest bet is to kick the habit. But adding watercress to your diet may help reduce the damage that’s inevitable as a result of smoking. Buy fresh watercress and mix with your favorite salad greens. Its peppery, piquant bite is complemented by sweet fruits like pears and apples.[Ed. Note: It may sound overly simple, but it’s true: The foods you choose to eat can have a drastic effect on your health.
And now you can make healthful choices when it comes to dessert. Nutrition expert Kelley Herring has developed a sinfully delicious chocolate cake that you can make at home… and it’s good for you. Learn more here.]