Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at 10:36 pm
For so many years when people tell me they use honey in their tea or other foods I always question to make sure it isn’t honey from a plastic squeezable bear. I am surprised how many people use inexpensive ‘honey’ from a standard grocery. You get what you pay for.
There is a great new article from the Food Safety Network entitled “Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey”. Please read it to learn about what was found in store bought honey. The results aren’t sweet.
Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 at 11:41 pm
Interesting how chocolate is often associated with ‘love’ and ‘heart’ given its known benefit on the cardiovascular system . A review study just presented in Paris – a city that is renowned for its love of food and chocolate – showed that individuals who ate the most chocolate had a 37% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 29% lower risk of stroke compared with individuals who ate the least amount of chocolate. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 7:29 pm
There is so much data about the correlation with milk and chronic diseases. There was a lot of press about A1 vs A2 types of milk and the correlation with heart disease about 7 years ago. Now there was just another study released that correlated milk intake in adolescence with prostate cancer which is what prompted me to write this post.
I am not going to go into much detail here, but there is the no-milk.com website that contains a plethora of references.
I think it is unfortunate that so many people believe that pasteurized homogenized milk that can come from many cows in one carton is healthy. Perhaps raw milk from organic grass fed cows can be healthy for people that are in a ‘deficient’ state. Or milk from goats or other animals not in feedlots (as some ‘organic’ milk is!).
But we really need to think about drinking milk. Small amounts are probably OK as the dose can make the poison in most cases. (except IgE allergies which there are many to milk products). But drinking a glass of milk is just not a smart idea.
Here is another good article: http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/one-type-of-milk-may-cause-diabetes-the-other-doesnt-which-do-you-drink/
Thursday, June 16th, 2011 at 8:50 pm
The Environmental Working Group has released the new shopper’s guide. They have a “Dirty Dozen” produce items that need to be purchased organic and “clean 15″ that have low residues of pesticides. I was surprised to see corn as #2 on the “Clean 15″ list since any non-organic corn is almost guaranteed to contain genetically modified protein sequences that have unknown physiological effects. However then I read the preamble to the list where they suggest purchasing organic corn if we are concerned about GMO. We all need to be concerned about GMO foods. Read the rest of this entry
Friday, May 6th, 2011 at 9:06 am
Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 5:25 am
Given all the research about pesticide dangers and diseases it has been attributed to such as Parkinson’s it still amazes me that foods grown with chemicals still make up the vast majority of foods consumed. This is probably largely due to the fact that chemical companies have a ton of money and political lobbyists. The vast majority of commercial farmers only know the way of the past 60 years and are of the false belief that organic farming is out of their reach. Not only are we exposed to pesticides from foods, but also those nice green lawns. Read the rest of this entry
Sunday, August 15th, 2010 at 10:53 pm
It is widely knows that the phytonutrient known as isothiocyanates have powerful anti-cancer effects. Isothiocyanate are found in mustard, horseradish, and onions to name a few. It is what gives the herb its powerful biting taste. However another anti-cancer phytonutrient that doesn’t get as much attention is phenethyl ITC (PEITC). Watercress contains high amounts of PEITC. A recent study looked at what happens in women’s blood after ingesting watercress. In particular they looked at a specific blood marker that shows a reduction in cancer cells. What they found is marked inhibition in cancer cell activity, even stronger inhibition than what is found with isothiocyanates.
So next time you have the opportunity to buy fresh watercress please do so. Add some to your salad to give it some bite and reduce your cancer risk as well. Besides watercress is delicious! Read the rest of this entry
Monday, April 12th, 2010 at 8:57 am
There is a new study out of Harvard by the well respected Walter Willett that is making headlines. I’ve seen some headlines say “Fruits and Vegetables Do Not Reduce Cancer Risk” or “Eating Vegetables Does Not Stop Cancer” which is incorrect at best. The headlines is not what this study reports, but the media needs to sell newspapers and thanks to the dumbing down of our society (with Fox leading the way) they need the sensationalist headlines to garner attention.
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Friday, April 2nd, 2010 at 7:03 am
There has been a lot of research about maternal diet and health of offspring recently, but diet is important during pre-conception as well. There have been links to gluten sensitivity and infertility, vitamin D deficiency and infertility, and now there was a study just released that showed a Mediterranean diet can help boot conception rate in couples undergoing IVF.
Fertil Steril.2010 Feb 18
The preconception Mediterranean dietary pattern in couples undergoing in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection treatment increases the chance of pregnancy.
Vujkovic M, de Vries JH, Lindemans J, Macklon NS, van der Spek PJ, Steegers EA, Steegers-Theunissen RP.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Erasmus MC, University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Friday, June 19th, 2009 at 7:37 am
A great website for determining the pesticide load on foods and what foods to by organic is called “What’s On My Food”.
From the website:
What’s On My Food? is designed to allow you a deep look into the USDA PDP results, linked up with all the information on pesticides that we have compiled over many years of studying them. The data and search functionality here allow you to see what levels of pesticide residues are on your food, in what combinations, and with what associated health risks.
We begin with the tests on tens of thousands of samples that USDA has performed as part of the Pesticide Data Program. Between 1992 and 2007, 89 different foods have been tested for pesticide residues. USDA often tests the same foods in different years. Since older tests aren’t as relevant for the food you eat today, this website contains data only for the test years 1999 to 2007.
The USDA test results in the database can be searched for three kinds of information:
- How often is a pesticide residue found in a food?
- On average, how much of a pesticide residue is found in a food?
- What is the maximum amount of a pesticide residue in a food?
Ideally, there would be hundreds of tests for every combination of food and residue, but in practice there are not always that many. When there are very few measurements, the queries become unreliable. To only show reliable results, when there are fewer than five measurements, the What’s On My Food? website puts “N/A” instead of a number.
What’s On My Food? also allows you to compare organic, conventional, domestic and imported test results. USDA has some other categories in addition to organic and conventional, but there are so few tests in those categories that we have not included them.