Wonders of The Vegetable Bin

Six ordinary foodstuffs that medical researchers think have potent effects on cholesterol and cancer

Take another look in the pantry: it might be a drugstore. Six of the latest hot health foods are common, garden-variety foodstuffs, from garlic to celery and -- sorry, George Bush -- broccoli, that show uncommon potential for preventing cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. Scientists are only beginning to appreciate the way that common plants store potent chemical compounds that may block the body's synthesis of carcinogens or decrease cholesterol levels in the blood. "We're finally catching up with what vegetarians and health-food nuts believed all along," says Jon Michnovicz, medical director of New York City's Institute for Hormone Research....

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