Monthly Archives: March 2012

Group petitions the FDA to force food companies to label genetically modified foods.

“Just Label It,” a consumer advocacy group pushing for GMF labeling, has collected an FDA petition with over one million supporters. The Grocery Manufacturers Association estimates about 80% of packaged foods contain GM ingredients. While 40 nations already require GMF labeling, the US government has been resistant thus far. Read more…

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Beef industry braces for loss of ‘pink slime’ filler

While many are glad to see the removal of pink slime by both grocers and meat processors, other are not as enthused. Beef Products International has agreed to shut down three plants that create ‘finely textured beef.’ This not only affects the workers at the plant but it may also cause a rise in beef prices across the country. Read more…

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Vitamin D linked to lower risk of heart disease in type 2 diabetes patients

According to a new study, daily intake of a vitamin D-fortified yogurt drink “improved inflammatory markers in type 2 diabetics and extra calcium conferred additional anti-inflammatory benefits.” Inflammation is a critical part in the development of type 2 diabetes and further complications such as coronary heart disease and stroke. Previous studies have found that vitamin D also lowered blood glucose levels. Read more…

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Popcorn a health food?

A new study shows that popcorn is rich in polyphenols, antioxidants that prevent damage to cells. These antioxidants are concentrated in the ‘hulls’ of popcorn because popcorn is naturally whole grain. It is key, however, that popcorn not contain execssive amounts of butter, salt, or artificial butter substitute. Read more…

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The health benefits of drinking red wine

A recent study suggests that one of two glasses of wine a day may be good for your health. The possible heart benefits of wine may help solve the so-called ‘French paradox,’ the observation that French on average have low levels of coronary heart disease despite a high-saturated fat diet. According to Physician Julie B. Damp, “There are multiple observational studies suggesting moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with decreased incidence of cardiovascular disease, including lower risk of heart attacks.” Read more…

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Eating lots of chocolate helps people stay thin, study finds

A news study from the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who frequently eat chocolate have a lower body mass index than people who didn’t. Even though chocolate is loaded with calories, it has tons of antioxidants that help to promote weight loss. While these finding are intriguing, it is too soon to tell how much chocolate should be eaten and in what amounts. Read more…

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Vitamins C, E don’t stem Alzheimer’s

A new study by researchers from the University of California, San Diego, has found that vitamins E, C and alpha lipoic acid do not improve Alzheimer’s disease. For a time, it was believed that some vitamins and nutrients can prevent Oxidative damage in the brain, which is associated with aging and Alzheimer’s. While the vitamins may contribute to the reduction of oxidative stress, there was no correlation with the treating of Alzheimer’s. Read more…

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Where’s the Beef?: Grocery Chains Ditching “Pink Slime”

In response to widespread public outcry, many grocery store chains are eliminating ‘pink slime.’ At the same time that schools are routing out the slime, Safeway, Supervalu, and Food Lion, are all no longer selling products which contain the filler. This ‘pink slime’ issue is a perfect example of how public interest in food safety can prompt policy change. Read more…

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Genetically modified food serves up a host of ills

Even though scientific evidence continues to mount against GM crops, the corporate-controlled U.S. government continues to avoid the dangers and actively promote these crops. Many scientists are getting their national funding cut off if they begin to suggest possible negative side effects. Instead of increasing yields, GM crops are causing insects to develop resistance to pesticides. Read more…

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5 Ways to Get Kids to Eat Healthy Foods

Children today are inundated with targeted advertizing, selling them a host of unhealthy snacks and treats. How can parents get their kids to choose healthy foods? It begins by teaching your child nutrition from a very early age. You would be surprised what sinks in over time. It is essential that you go through your pantry and refrigerator to decide what foods you want them to eat. Read more…

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