Nancy Dell: Diet and ovarian cancer; coconut water

Coconut water is not everything it's said to be


1. Do any foods reduce my risk of developing ovarian cancer?

Each year in the U.S., 20-thousand women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Researchers at Harvard Medical School recently found the food you eat can reduce your risk.

They studied the diets of nearly 200-thousand women for 30 years. They found tea, citrus fruits, apples and grapes significantly reduced the risk of developing ovarian cancer. In fact, drinking two cups of black tea a day reduced the risk by 31-percent.

In the study, citrus juices did cut risk, but if you are watching your weight, it is always best to eat the whole fruit, as it gives you extra fiber.


2. Is coconut water as healthful as people say?
Kelly, Westfield

Coconut water has claimed to be packed with nutrients, great as a sports drink and a natural cure for a hangover. In reality, coconut water is a good source of potassium, but not all it is cracked up to be. Nutrition experts say, you are better off drinking water and getting your potassium from bananas and yogurt. You’ll get calcium, fiber and other nutrients along with the potassium.

In 2011, consumerlab.com tested coconut waters and found most did not have the amount of potassium and magnesium claimed on the label. In 2012, a study funded by a coconut water manufacturer compared the athletic performance in men drinking water, coconut water or a sports drink, and found little difference between the three.

One coconut water manufacturer was sued for the unfounded claims and then agreed to a 10-million-dollar settlement. So, if you like water and eat fruits or yogurt, there is no additional benefit to drinking coconut water.

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