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Carcinogen-Busting Health Benefits of Sprouts

Carcinogen-Busting Health Benefits of Sprouts

The three-month long study included about 300 Chinese men and women living in one of the most polluted areas of China, a rural community in the Jiangsu Province.

The test group drank half a cup a day of a beverage consisting of sterilized water, pineapple, and lime juice, with dissolved freeze-dried broccoli sprout powder. The control group drank the same mixture without the addition of the sprouts.

After urine and blood tests were collected and analyzed, the researchers found that the test group, who received the broccoli sprout powder, excreted far greater levels of two carcinogens. Excretion of benzene increased 61 percent, and the rate of excretion of acrolein increased by 23 percent.”

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Trashless Restaurant!

Trashless Restaurant!

“Owner and operator Justin Vrany personally ensures that any waste the restaurant creates receives the proper disposal: biodegradable materials get composted, cardboard goes to recycling, and so forth.

After two years, Sandwich Me In had produced eight gallons of waste; that’s what an average restaurant throws out in a single hour. Faced with this existential dilemma, Vrany gave the waste to an artist for a sculpture project, officially making the sandwich shop a zero-waste establishment.

In addition to its garbage policies, Sandwich Me In also operates on renewable energy and uses local, sustainable meat. The best part? All of the sandwiches cost less than $10, which goes to show that these policies don’t have to break the bank.”