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Do Organic Foods Offer Health Advantages Over Conventional Foods?

Do Organic Foods Offer Health Advantages Over Conventional Foods? | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

Organic foods do not offer health advantages over conventional foods, says study. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has conducted an extensive analysis of scientific evidence surrounding organic produce, dairy products, and meat. They  found no direct evidence that consuming an organic diet leads to improved health or lower risk of disease.

 

There are some benefits:

They did find that organic foods have the same vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins, lipids, and other nutrients as conventional foods, but they also have lower pesticide levels. Organically raised animals are also less likely to be contaminated with drug-resistant bacteria because organic farming rules prohibit the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics.

 

“What’s most important is that children eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products, whether those are conventional or organic foods. This type of diet has proven health benefits,” said Janet Silverstein, a member of the AAP Committee on Nutrition and one of the lead authors of the report. “Many families have a limited food budget, and we do not want families to choose to consume smaller amounts of more expensive organic foods and thus reduce their overall intake of healthy foods like produce.”

 

The report outlines the research that has been conducted on organic foods, including evidence of lower exposure to pesticides and less contamination of livestock with drug-resistant bacteria.

“At this point, we simply do not have the scientific evidence to know whether the difference in pesticide levels will impact a person’s health over a lifetime, though we do know that children—especially young children whose brains are developing—are uniquely vulnerable to chemical exposures,” said Joel Forman, a member of the AAP Council on Environmental Health and one of the lead authors of the AAP clinical report.

 

The AAP found no individual health benefit from purchasing organic milk, but emphasizes that all milk should be pasteurized to reduce the risk of bacterial infections. Purchasing meat from organic farms that do not use antibiotics for nontherapeutic uses has the potential to reduce antibiotic resistance in bacteria that infect people.

 

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Report (pdf)

 

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Antioxidants Prove Promising in Alzheimer’s Research

Antioxidants Prove Promising in Alzheimer’s Research | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
Researchers look to antioxidants as possible defenders against dementia.

 

Vitamin C, Beta-Carotene and green tea were found to be  helpful.

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Eating more legumes may improve glycemic control, lower estimated heart disease risk

Eating more legumes may improve glycemic control, lower estimated heart disease risk | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

Eating more legumes (such as beans, chickpeas or lentils) as part of a low-glycemic index diet appears to improve glycemic control and reduce estimated coronary heart disease risk in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus.


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Why wine and tea pair so well with a meal: It's all in the mouthfeel

Why wine and tea pair so well with a meal: It's all in the mouthfeel | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

Of course a nice glass of wine goes well with a hearty steak, and now researchers who study the way food feels in our mouths think they may understand why that is: The astringent wine and fatty meat are like the yin and yang of the food world,..."

 

The research from a reliable source. Sensory science--one of my areas of expertise, deals with how the senses perceive food. 

FoodieDoc, Anna Resurreccion, Ph.D.


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Low Vitamin D Ups Alzheimer’s Risk

Low Vitamin D Ups Alzheimer’s Risk | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
Individuals with low concentrations of vitamin D may experience decreased cognitive function and have an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology.
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Eating White Fish Benefits Heart Health, Reduces Weight

Eating White Fish Benefits Heart Health, Reduces Weight | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
Frequent consumption of white fish, such as hake, improves blood pressure, lowers cholesterol and reduces weight, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Nutrition & Obesity Unit of Hospital Ramón y Cajal in Madrid.
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Low Vitamin D Levels Increase Mortality in Older Adults

Low Vitamin D Levels Increase Mortality in Older Adults | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

VITAMIN D IMPORTANT IN AGING ADULTS AND CHILDREN

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Low levels of vitamin D and high levels of parathyroid hormone are associated with increased mortality in black and Caucasian older adults, according to a new study accepted for publication in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM).

 

A 2010 study conducted by researchers from Emory University found almost 75% of healthy, low-income, minority children were low in vitamin D. They also found age and season were significant predictors of vitamin D deficiency, and most children get their vitamin D through fortified milk.

 

http://www.foodproductdesign.com/news/2012/10/low-vitamin-d-levels-increase-mortality-in-older.aspx

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Delish: Crisper than a Klausen's! Crisp Refreshing Homemade Fermented Kosher Dill "Half Sour" Pickles

Delish: Crisper than a Klausen's! Crisp Refreshing Homemade Fermented Kosher Dill "Half Sour" Pickles | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

I have not tried to prepare these pickles, but the recipe appears to be reasonablble. TRy at your own risk.

FoodieDoc, Anna Resurreccion, Ph.D..

 

 

Last summer I totally fell in love with the idea of making my own pickles. Full of optimism, I bought 5 pounds of the most gorgeous Persian cucumbers, and spent hours slicing cukes, simmering vinegar, perfecting seasonings, canning and processing. And oh my, those pickles were gorgeous: they looked like jewels in their shining glass jars. We waited in anticipation for the jars to cool, the pickles to pickle, the spices to infuse, and when we opened the first jar, pulled out the first emerald spears, we closed our eyes, took a bite and...


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Cookit - recipe creator

Cookit - recipe creator | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

Create and show a presentation of your favourite recipe.

Learned via @timrylands http://www.timrylands.com/2012/10/11/cookit/


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Report warns of global food insecurity as climate change destroys fisheries | Guardian

Report warns of global food insecurity as climate change destroys fisheries | Guardian | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
Persian Gulf, Libya, and Pakistan expected to be hardest hit by decline in fish stocks in coming decades...

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Energy dense supplements may not benefit malnourished children: Study

Energy dense supplements may not benefit malnourished children: Study | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
Energy dense, ready-to-use food supplements given to young malnourished children may not have benefits for body weight, according to new research.

 

Clearly, more research is needed to determine how these supplements can be more effective.

 

 FoodieDoc, Anna Resurreccion

 

http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Energy-dense-supplements-may-not-benefit-malnourished-children-Study?utm_source=copyright&utm_medium=OnSite&utm_campaign=copyright

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‘Unexploited seeds’ may prove healthier alternative to sunflower oil

‘Unexploited seeds’ may prove healthier alternative to sunflower oil | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that Tunisian acacia seeds are rich in lipids and could carry potential as healthy oils.

 

These acacia  contained carotenoids, tocopherols and sterols.  

 

Among the1,350 acacia species, the four analyzed are grown in Tunisia.  Other countries grow acacia, which need to be analyzed to be exploited.

 

FoodieDoc, Anna Resurreccion

 

http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Unexploited-seeds-may-prove-healthier-alternative-to-sunflower-oil/?utm_source=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%2BWeekly&c=CPafHKnsO6jQhIs%2BV0AN6iLVAnHLRaO8

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PepsiCo back in the firing line over all-natural claims as new class action targets Frito-Lay

PepsiCo back in the firing line over all-natural claims as new class action targets Frito-Lay | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

PepsiCo back in the firing line over all-natural claims as new class action targets Frito-Lay

 

PepsiCo has been targeted by the latest in a string of class action lawsuits alleging big brands are misleading consumers by labelling products as ‘all-natural’ when they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

 

 

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http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Regulation/PepsiCo-back-in-the-firing-line-over-all-natural-claims-as-new-class-action-targets-Frito-Lay

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Cocoa: More Benefits Abound

Cocoa: More Benefits Abound | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

Two recently published reviews have added to that growing volume of evidence, this time citing cocoa’s ability to improve blood vessel health and thwart diabetes risk factors.

 

In the first review, published in the Journal of Nutrition, lead researcher and Harvard epidemiologist and nutritionist Eric Ding, PhD, found consumption of flavonoid-rich cocoa was linked to reductions in risk factors for diabetes, a major contributor to cardiovascular disease. Resistance to the hormone insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar, favorably dropped among people who consumed cocoa compared to controls.

 

A growing body of evidence suggests that the consumption of foods rich in polyphenolic compounds, particularly cocoa, may have cardio-protective effects.

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Baked Polenta With Sausage & Mushrooms

Baked Polenta With Sausage & Mushrooms | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

 

 

 

A creamy baked polenta dish layered with sausage and mushrooms.

Baked Polenta With Sausage & Mushrooms
Yield: Serves 6 Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 40 mins
A hearty baked casserole featuring creamy polenta layered with sausage, mushrroms, and cheese.

Ingredients:
Polenta:

4 1/2 Cups Water 1 1/2 Cups Coarse Cornmeal 3 Tablespoons Butter 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan or Pecorino Cheese Salt & Pepper

Assembling Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 4 Sausage Links, Casings Removed 8 Ounces Mushrooms, Cleaned & Slices 1/2 Medium Onion, Diced 2 Cloves Garlic, Peeled & Minced 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano 4 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Parsley 1 Cup Grated Melting Cheese Such As Scamorza, Fontina, Asiago

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Top Five Myths Of Genetically Modified Seeds, Busted : NPR

Top Five Myths Of Genetically Modified Seeds, Busted : NPR | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
While there's hot debate over whether genetically modified food should be labeled or is killing us, there are some questions we can definitely answer.

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Image Gallery Top 10 Food Product Design, September 2012 - Page 9

Image Gallery Top 10 Food Product Design, September 2012 - Page 9 | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

The top 10 in the image gallery of FOOD PRODUCT DESIGN are presented to you in this slide show. 

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Lycopene-Rich Tomatoes Slash Stroke Risk in Men

Lycopene-Rich Tomatoes Slash Stroke Risk in Men | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
Men who eat large amounts of lycopene-rich tomatoes and tomato products have a 55% reduced risk of stroke compared to men who lowest amounts of lycopene in their blood, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology.
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Eating An Apple A Day Cuts Atherosclerosis by 40%

Eating An Apple A Day Cuts Atherosclerosis by 40% | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it
There’s new science supporting the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Healthy middle-aged adults who ate one apple a day for four weeks lowered blood levels of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is linked to hardening of...
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Roast chicken with lemon, bay leaves and pepper

Roast chicken with lemon, bay leaves and pepper | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

The lemon and bay give the meat a fragrant lift

Ingredients for 4

Free range chicken – 1.5kg/3.5lbs Extra virgin olive oil crushed with lemons – 2 tblsp Lemons – 2 Bay leaves – 15 Black pepper – 2 tblsp freshly ground Sea salt – 1 tsp

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47th National White Truffle Fair of Acqualagna in northern Le Marche

47th National White Truffle Fair of Acqualagna in northern Le Marche | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

The 47th National White Truffle Fair of Acqualagna in northern Le Marche, it will open October 28th and will be kept in these specific dates in November 1-2-3-4-10-11.
Acqualagna Its long tradition of research, production and sale of truffles makes its market the ideal meeting place for Italian and international buyers. Acqualagna must be considered the international Truffles Capital because of its numbers. Acqualagna, with about 600 tons of truffles of all kinds, collects two thirds of national production of the precious tuber.


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Fred Harden's curator insight, April 20, 2013 9:55 PM

Store it away and start planning for next October. Alba gets the white truffle publicity, their event is around 12 October. There's time to visit both I reckon.  Hat tip to Carol at Living Italy.

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Mushroom Hunting in the Hills of Le Marche + 3 Fall Funghi Recipes

Mushroom Hunting in the Hills of Le Marche + 3 Fall Funghi Recipes | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

A favorite fall pastime in Le Marche is mushroom hunting! It' a peaceful way to explore the woods and forest floor while foraging for dinner! This years conditions have been ideal for funghi and we have brought home kilos of porcini, russola, biette and even huge portabello mushrooms! Our resident expert on everything, Dott. Gaggi leads the way, off the trail, passing over the toxic breeds and directing us to exactly where the delicious edibles can be found. After a long walk in the woods, we return for an aperitivo and reinspect our baskets of booty! So, what to do with these fragrent plump mushrooms? Eat them!


Favorite Fall Mushroom Recipes:

Tagliatelle con Porcini - Fresh Pasta with Wild Mushrooms Risotto with Porcini or Wild Mushrooms Lasagna in Bianco with Porcini, Sausage & Truffles
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31 Lentil Recipes We Love

31 Lentil Recipes We Love | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

Do you ever wish more foods were reliably cheap, healthy and tasty? Lentils meet all three of those criteria! Overlooked by many a supermarket shopper, protein-rich lentils are faster than other types of dried legumes to prepare, and they easily absorb your favorite flavors from other foods and seasonings. As a result, you can never really run out of ways to make them.

31 Lentil Recipes We Love


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Coconut oil could combat tooth decay

Coconut oil could combat tooth decay | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

Coconut oil could soon be making waves in the oral health arena, after new research reveals it is able to attack the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

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Applicatons could be the use of the coconut oil, a natural product,  in dental preparations.

 

http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Coconut-oil-could-combat-tooth-decay

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Expert outlines case for folate fortification in Europe

Expert outlines case for folate fortification in Europe | FoodieDoc says: | Scoop.it

Folic acid is good for everybody, and should be fortified into foods , according to experts meeting at the ESPEN congress.

 

Scientist Rina Obeid states the importance of folic acid in pregancy, for development of the fetus; and also in the elderly population.

 

http://www.nutraingredients.com/Regulation/Expert-outlines-case-for-folate-fortification-in-Europe/?utm_source=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%2BWeekly&c=CPafHKnsO6g8CnF2NvxyClBA%2FmRMi8Ik

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