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.]  

Kelley Herring

Kelley Herring is the Founder & CEO of Healing Gourmet – a multimedia company that educates on how foods promote health and protect against disease. As a young adult, Kelley battled a debilitating health condition that went misdiagnosed by multiple doctors for more than a year. Finding no help from “modern medicine”, she turned to her own knowledge of biochemistry and her passion for health research. She soon learned that her symptoms were related to nutrition and within weeks, she charted a course back to health with nothing more than simple lifestyle changes and the power of the plate. The lessons she learned spawned the creation of Healing Gourmet. Kelley is a firm believer in vigorous exercise, moderate sun exposure and delicious, healthy, home-cooked meals. She is also the creator of Healing Gourmet’s Personalized Nutrition Software and Editor-in-Chief of the Healing Gourmet book series published by McGraw-Hill including Eat to Fight Cancer, Eat to Beat Diabetes, Eat to Lower Cholesterol and Eat to Boost Fertility.

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