Bordeaux, Dijon and Montpellier, France—Well-known in the kitchen as a light and tasty way to liven up food, olive oil also has been said to offer protective effects against many potentially dangerous cardiovascular risks like high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol.

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Columbia, MO—A recently published article in Obesity shows that eating a high-protein breakfast decreases hunger and increases one’s feeling of fullness.

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Tallahassee, FL—Tart or sweet, green or red, apples are enjoyed by millions across the globe. Now, a USDA-funded study has highlighted the heart health benefits of consuming apples. The findings were presented at Experimental Biology 2011.

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Berkeley, CA—Researchers at University of California’s Berkeley School of Public Health believe that prenatal exposure to organophosphate (OP) pesticides is linked to lower intelligence scores in children.

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Buffalo, NY; Atlanta, GA—According to a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, those with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood may have a decreased risk for developing early age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye disease that could lead to blindness.

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Philadelphia, PA—Statistics show that about 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. A woman’s genetic makeup along with long-term exposure to estrogen are believed to elevate her risk for the disease. However, Jose Russo and his team at Fox Chase Cancer Center, based here, believe omega-3 fatty acids may lessen estrogen’s effect and thus reduce her chance of developing breast cancer.

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A recent study conducted at the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition found that there are more antioxidants and flavanoids in cocoa powder and dark chocolate than in powders derived from superfruits such as açaí, blueberries, cranberries and pomegranates.

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Vitamin D has anti-cancer and anti-allergy affects.

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 Can dairy products reduce your risk of developing diabetes?  One study confirms that they could.

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Eating blueberries can help to fight off hypertension.

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