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By Ann (Lai Cheng) / Category: Essays and pictures

This article of “No food is healthy. Not even kale” is found at: from The Washington Post by Michael Ruhlman on January 17, 2016.  The author talks about kale, eggs, cheese, packaged foods (natural), protein shakes, pork, and etc. In this article, Ruhlman discusses that nobody has questions about eating eggs in the 1970s. However, now a day, people are concerned about eating eggs because it has high cholesterol and it’s a heart attack risk food.

Ruhlman discusses that kale is not good eating with a big Mac.  People need to think about what they eat and combine with other food to be seen as a good and healthy food or a bad food. It is not just eating healthy, and it is what people need to figure out what they eat.

The author also states that some food should change their labels, such as Kraft cheese should not be called cheese, it can be labeled as “cheese food” or a “cheese product.”  Some packaged foods should not be labeled “natural” or “all natural” because the products are not natural, which includes some not natural processing. I was wondering why Ruhlman recommends people take “protein snack” during the day, which is made from the pig skin.

The author says that if people eat nutritious food, people will be healthy based on what combination of foods to eat. I like that the author put the green salad on the beginning of the article. It makes me want to eat green and healthy food. However, I do not agree with this article that “no food is healthy. No even kale.” I found that the other article showed that there are a lot of good foods.

According to another website there are many of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, and we should eat them.  Based on the researchers at the Human Nutrition Research Center, they provide different kind of vegetables for antioxidant power. I selected some of my favorite foods to post on our semester foodies blog.


kyle “Rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants and vitamins, kale is also a good source of beta-carotene and is the top combo of both lutein and zeaxanthin.” I agree that kale is a good food including the antioxidants and vitamins that fight cancer.


spinch “Spinach is packed with carotenoids—antioxidants that promote healthy eyes and help prevent macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older people.” I like to eat spinach in salad and cooked because it has good antioxidants.

Brussels sprouts

brussels “These broccoli cousins have plenty of bitter sulforaphane as well as compounds called isothiocyanates, which detoxify cancer-causing substances in the body before they can do their dirty work. In one Dutch study, guys who ate Brussels sprouts daily for three weeks had 28 percent less genetic damage (gene damage is a root cause of cancer) than those who didn’t eat sprouts.” I am not familiar with Brussel sprouts; however, I tried one time last month and willing to try it again.

Alfalfa Sprouts

Alfalfa “This tiny powerhouse is rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that protects against lung cancer and helps maintain healthy skin, hair, nails, gums, glands, bones, and teeth. It’s also a good source of vitamin E, which may help prevent heart attacks, stokes, and lower the risk of death from bladder cancer.” I have never tried alfalfa sprouts.

Broccoli Flowers

broccoli “Broccoli is full of cancer-fighting antioxidants. One study found men who ate 5 servings or more per week of cruciferous veggies like broccoli were half as likely to develop bladder cancers over a 10-year period as men who rarely ate them.” I often eat broccoli flowers with shrimp and fish.


Beets “Beets are packed with healthy nutrients, like five essential vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, and protein.” I have never seen beets in the supermarkets. Maybe I did not pay attention.


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