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Eating fish linked to longer life: US study

Eating fish linked to longer life: US study | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AFP) – People age 65 and older who eat fish may live an average of two years longer than people who do not consume the omega-3 fatty acids found mainly in seafood, a US study suggested on Monday.

People with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids also had an overall risk of dying that was 27 percent lower, and a risk of dying from heart disease that was 35 percent lower than counterparts who had lower blood levels, said the study.

While other studies have demonstrated a link between omega-3 fatty acids and lower risk of heart disease, this research examined records of older people to determine any link between fish-eating and death risk.

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Oh boy! Will elephant-poop coffee become a thing? Is it cruel? ("it may better protect the elephant")

Oh boy! Will elephant-poop coffee become a thing? Is it cruel? ("it may better protect the elephant") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Jury's still out on Crappacino...

Black Ivory Coffee is made by feeding elephants coffee beans and then, after some digestion, picking the remains from... well, elephant poop.

Like with civet "cat-poop" coffee, the idea is that the fermentation that takes place during the digestion process of the animal supposedly makes the coffee better. I'm not going to argue that part, as I haven't tried it and am no coffee connoisseur, but like with using civets, I have a problem with feeding animals things that they haven't necessarily evolved to eat in those quantities, and keeping them in captivity for those reasons.

The latter part might not be as big a problem in this case, as the company behind the elephant poop coffee (how's that for branding?) claims that they only use "street rescued Thai elephants at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation" and that "8% of Black Ivory Coffee sales will help fund a specialist elephant veterinarian to provide free care to all the elephants of Thailand through the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation", but there are still questions that remain about the long-term effect of feeding coffee beans to elephants.

I'm genuinely wondering. I'm not saying it's necessarily bad, and the intentions behind this venture certainly seems to be good (though sometimes it's the unintended consequences of our actions that are problematic). The jury's still out...

Either way, don't drink civet coffee. That one is cruel for sure.


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If you think patronizing civet coffee is cruel, check out this new coffee source -- elephant poop!

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Crazy ideas.

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9 Ways Processed Foods Are Slowly Killing People » EcoWatch ("unmask this silent 'unreal food' killer")

9 Ways Processed Foods Are Slowly Killing People » EcoWatch ("unmask this silent 'unreal food' killer") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Processed foods are usually loaded with added sugar … or its evil twin, High Fructose Corn Syrup. Processed foods are high in unhealthy fats. Hydrogenated

The word “processed” often causes some confusion, so let me clarify what I mean.

Obviously, most foods we eat are processed in some way. Apples are cut from trees, ground beef has been ground in a machine and butter is cream that has been separated from the milk and churned.

But there is a difference between mechanical processing and chemical processing.

If it’s a single ingredient food with no added chemicals, then it doesn’t matter if it’s been ground or put into a jar. It’s still real food.

However … foods that have been chemically processed and made solely from refined ingredients and artificial substances, are what is generally known as “processed food.”

Here are nine ways that processed foods are bad for your health.

1. Processed Foods Are Usually High in Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup

2. Processed Foods Are “Hyper Rewarding” and Lead to Overconsumption

3. Processed Foods Contain All Sorts of Artificial Ingredients

4. Many People Can Literally Become Addicted to Processed Junk Foods

5. Processed Foods Are Often High in Refined Carbohydrates

6. Most Processed Foods Are Low in Nutrients

7. Processed Foods Tend to be Low in Fiber

8. It Requires Less Energy and Time to Digest Processed Foods

9. Processed Foods Are Often High in Trans Fats or Processed Vegetable Oils

Bert Guevara's insight:

"When we replace real, traditional foods like butter, meat and vegetables with crappy, processed junk foods, we get fat and sick.

"Real food is the key to good health, processed food is not. Period."

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Antibiotics Becoming Useless -- Here's What's Happening ("new antibiotic-resistant diseases found")

Antibiotics Becoming Useless -- Here's What's Happening ("new antibiotic-resistant diseases found") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
It appears after too much use on humans, and even more so with farm animals in factory farming, that antibiotics are becoming useless. A curse, or blessing?

Margaret Riley, Ph.D professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst considers taking a course of antibiotics analogous to ingesting a hydrogen bomb that indiscriminately kills everything in its path.

Riley explains that antibiotics kill not only the bad and the ugly (bacteria), but also the good. They are not smart bombs or laser-guided missiles that only destroy a designated target. And it’s the good bacteria that keep the bad bacteria in check and even signal other areas of our immune systems to release anti-pathogenic “killer cells”.

If you want to see how terrible antibiotic side effect adverse reactions can be, ask fluoroquinolone antibiotic victims (those who have taken Cipro, Leviquin, Avelox, and Floxin).

The AMA, Big Pharma, and even the media claim these drugs were responsible for the eradication of the raging killer infectious epidemics of the previous centuries like: the plague, cholera, scarlet fever, yellow fever, and typhoid.nBut antibiotics were not available until the 1940s and 1950s. By then, improved nutrition and sanitation had boosted folks’ inner terrains (immune systems) sufficiently to ward off most of those diseases.

 While antibiotics certainly offer some solutions, we simply need to move toward a different healing medium.

Ironically, because of the rampant, overuse of antibiotics, we are now battling antibiotic-resistant diseases like: tuberculosis, gonorrhea and MRSA, which are responsible for many deaths, especially in our hospitals and nursing homes.

According to the CDC, during 2013 in the USA approximately 2 million people become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and 23,000 people die each year from these infections, while others die from complications related to antibiotic-resistant infections.

Bert Guevara's insight:

The other side of the antibiotic paradigm...

"Science and history tell us that while we are living longer than our ancestors, it’s not necessarily the result of modern medicine, but rather improved sanitation, hygiene, cleaner water, better sewage management, and adequate nutrition."

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Anti-biotics!!! Useless!!! 

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7 Awesome Natural Sources of Vitamin D ("to compensate for less sunlight, try some of these foods rich in Vitamin D")

7 Awesome Natural Sources of Vitamin D ("to compensate for less sunlight, try some of these foods rich in Vitamin D") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
The skin cancer scare has rendered many Americans vitamin D deficient, with many avoiding highly beneficial natural sources of vitamin D.

In the approaching winter months, however, sunlight plentiful in vitamin D will become scarce.  We’ll have to expand our diets by eating lots of foods high in vitamin D (but taking care to avoid mercury-laden fish) and potentially high quality vitamin D3 supplements.  According to Harvard, how much vitamin D our bodies need varies with our age and skin color.  Natural health experts agree that between 5,000 and 8,000 international units (IUs) daily is most beneficial.

Here are 7 great natural sources of vitamin D:

1. Salmon

2. Sardines

3. Eggs

4. Cheese

5. Beef liver

6. Mushrooms

7. Sunlight (The Absolute Best)

Depending on your skin hue, anywhere from 10 minutes (light skin) to 30 minutes (dark skin) of near-full-body exposure in the summer sun without sunscreen will fulfill your vitamin D intake. Remember that sunshine cannot create vitamin D through glass, and it is always important to build up your skin to the sunlight by going outside in increasingly larger amounts each day.

 

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We all need this vitamin D.

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Flourless Ginger Turmeric Cookies ("definitely healthy for the family")

Flourless Ginger Turmeric Cookies ("definitely healthy for the family") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
The Free Coconut Recipes Blog of Tropical Traditions, including gluten free recipes using coconut flour. : Flourless Ginger Turmeric Cookies

Servings: 15
Preparation Time: 10 minutes

 

1 cup coconut butter, softened (also known as coconut cream concentrate)*

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 heaping teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1/8 teaspoon or more black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees ºF.

Place the coconut butter, egg and vanilla in a food processor and combine.

Add in the sweetener, soda and all spices, blend until combined. 

Form dough into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Press each cookie down with your palm, these don't spread much

Bake in preheated oven 10-15 minutes or until a bit brown.

These cookies are fragile when warm, so let them cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet. Remove and let them cool completely on a cooling rack. They will harden up as they cool.

Store in an airtight container.

Bert Guevara's insight:

This is a good way of taking turmeric - through biscuits.

An easy recipe for the health conscious.

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5 Big Benefits Of Coconut Oil

5 Big Benefits Of Coconut Oil | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
If it's not in your kitchen cabinet already, consider adding coconut oil to your collection....

To simplify things, here's an overview of some of the coconut oil's most noteworthy benefits:

Easy-to-Use Energy Source
Lauric acid, the predominant saturated fat in coconut oil, is a medium-chain fatty acid. The body uses these types of fatty acids differently than the long-chain fatty acids that make up a large percentage of other dietary fats. Medium-chain fatty acids are processed by the liver and are quickly converted into energy by our cells, which is why studies like this one from 2003, and another from 2008, suggest that these particular fatty acids may be beneficial for weight loss -- in moderation of course.

Good Cholesterol Booster
As far as blood cholesterol levels are concerned, consumption of solid fats like coconut oil that are rich in lauric acid have been linked to increases in both "good" (HDL) and "bad" (LDL) cholesterol levels. Though your "bad" cholesterol may go up, so should your good cholesterol. The evidence suggests coconut oil may have a neutral, or even slightly beneficial effect on cholesterol levels when used in place of other saturated, ortrans-fats.

Antimicrobial and Antioxidant Advantages
Coconut oil has long been revered for its bug-fighting properties. Though more research needs to be done in this area, coconut oil contains compounds thought to prevent or fight certain viral, bacterial and fungal infections like the flu, bronchitis, yeast infections, acne and more. Additionally, coconut oil, particularly unrefined or virgin coconut oil, contains phenolic compounds which have protective, antioxidant properties.

Convenient for Cooking
As far as cooking benefits are concerned, coconut oil is a more solid oil that is both mild in flavor and fairly heat stable. It works well for a variety of dishes, particularly baked goods and medium-heat sautes. The mild taste makes it a popular choice for curries or other dishes that benefit from a hint of tropical flavor.
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Coconut oil has benefits beyond food and nutrition. It doubles as a great make-up remover and moisturizer, especially during cold winter months when skin is more susceptible to dryness and cracking.

Bert Guevara's insight:

So, is coconut oil all it's cracked up to be?

Due to its high lauric acid content, virgin coconut oil is a great substitute for other types of saturated fats, such as lard and butter, and trans fats, such as vegetable shortening. But, despite having several great qualities, coconut oil is still a fat, and all fats are calorie-dense so it's best to use in moderation.

Which brings me to my next point. It's great for cooking, but should it be the only oil you use?

For beauty purposes it can be, but it's probably best not to rely on just one cooking oil. Using it in addition to other types of cooking oils will not only produce better results depending on the type of dish you're preparing, but will also provide a variety of other important fats, like those heart-healthy Omega-3s.

Bottom Line: If it's not in your kitchen cabinet already, consider adding coconut oil to your collection.

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4 Natural Food-Solutions for Boosting Brain Health ("to counter noise effects, try food boosters")

4 Natural Food-Solutions for Boosting Brain Health ("to counter noise effects, try food boosters") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Want to keep your brain healthy but don’t know where to start? In addition to exercising regularly, begin eating these 4 foods to preserve brain health.
1. Hot Chocolate

Really? Hot chocolate for brain health? Yes, researchers with Harvard Medical School found last year that a few cups of hot cocoa each day could help memory and fight cognitive decline in the elderly.

2. Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba has long been recognized as a food-solution for brain health. You can find it in nearly any drug store, sold as a supplement. One of the oldest trees in the world and originating in China, ginkgo biloba can be found in nearly any drug store sold as a supplement.

3. Coconut Oil

In just a single daily serving, coconut oil can begin repairing neural pathways, improving memory and brain function, according to a report from Christina Sarich. Sarich says it’s the medium chain triglycerides that can be credited with the health benefits. These fatty acids are not only good for your brain, but your entire body, even working to reduce belly fat.

4. Spirulina

An algae which has been around since at least 9th century, when it was used in the Kanem Empire of Chad in Africa, spirulina has been shown to destroy cancer, cleanse the body of heavy metals, and boost academic performance.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Are you feeling any memory gaps and slowing down of the brain functions?

"Truthfully, staving off cognitive decline isn’t terribly difficult – it just takes a little knowledge and effort. Eating healthful foods in general while avoiding processed junk is always a great advice for boosting any aspect of health, and that is true here as well. Though there are indeed some specific foods that can help more than others."

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Consistent Loud Noises Hurt Brain’s Ability to Function ("damage to the ear & brain may be permanent")

Consistent Loud Noises Hurt Brain’s Ability to Function ("damage to the ear & brain may be permanent") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Noise pollution is more than annoying. Researchers found that consistent loud noises hurt the brain’s ability to function, especially when decoding speech.


Noise is defined as any unwanted sound – it can be a jack hammer incessantly drilling away on the roads outside your apartment on a busy city street: the sound of loud, irritating cell phone ringing, the low hum of a train, or monorail that is located near your domicile. It could even be the decibel-shattering music coming from that car next to you on your morning commute.
Increased urbanization has led to more sound pollution, and while scientists already figured out that this unwanted noise can lead to sleep deprivation, concentration issues, headaches, and irritability, UTD scientists now say it can even impair how our brain processes human speech in a quiet environment.
Consistent loud sounds damage the tiny hairs in our ears that act as receptors. Once they are damaged, they can’t grow back.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Sound and noise pollution may be all around, you don't mind it anymore. But it has serious effects to the brain.

"Increased urbanization has led to more sound pollution, and while scientists already figured out that this unwanted noise can lead to sleep deprivation, concentration issues, headaches, and irritability, UTD scientists now say it can even impair how our brain processes human speech in a quiet environment."

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5 Foods to Eat for Cancer Prevention ("can be included in regular diet, cheap and easy to find")

5 Foods to Eat for Cancer Prevention ("can be included in regular diet, cheap and easy to find") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Many of the top researched cancer-fighting foods are easy to find and simple to incorporate into your diet. Here are 5 foods to eat for cancer prevention.
1. Foods Rich in Lycopene

A recent study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute specifically looked at the effects of lycopene on angiogenesis in prostate cancer. They found remarkable results, determining “lycopene was associated with reduced risk of lethal prostate cancer and with a lesser degree of angiogenesis in the tumor.”

So, what foods give you the most lycopene? Tomatoes are a great source and are widely available. Other good sources of lycopene include: watermelon, guava, papaya, red bell peppers, asparagus, mango, and red cabbage.

2. Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the most powerful, researched anti-cancer foods out there. Its active component curcumin has been found to reduce certain types of tumors by 81%! Researchers at UCLA found that curcumin is the component harnessing the ability to actually block cancer growth. Not surprisingly, the cancer-fighting ability that turmeric possesses makes up only a single facet of the many benefits of turmeric.

3. Garlic4. Ginger5. Cruciferous Vegetables
Bert Guevara's insight:

Eating more of these powerful foods could reduce your risk of developing obesity, heart disease, and even cancer. Luckily, many of the top researched cancer-fighting foods are both easy to find and simple to incorporate into your diet.

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These healing foods have been shown to have strong cancer-preventing properties. 

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3 Reasons To Keep Your Phone Away from the Bed ("change a dangerous habit before it hurts you")

3 Reasons To Keep Your Phone Away from the Bed ("change a dangerous habit before it hurts you") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Ever fall asleep while Insta-scrolling on your smartphone—or purposely leave it on your bed while you snooze? You’re not alone: 44% of cell phone owners…

You’re not alone: 44% of cell phone owners have slept with their phone next to their bed to make sure they didn’t miss any crucial calls or texts, according to the Pew Internet Project. But while you may have good intentions, snuggling up to your phone could be hazardous to your health.

You could set your pillow on fireYou could keep yourself awake


The health risks of cell phones are murky



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Organic Food Contains up to 60 Percent More Antioxidants - Epoch Times (like eating 2 more portions")

Organic Food Contains up to 60 Percent More Antioxidants - Epoch Times (like eating 2 more portions") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Organic Food Contains up to 60 Percent More Antioxidants
Epoch Times
Organic food really is better for you, revealed the largest review of published data on organic food ever conducted.

They determined that, overall, organic produce contains between 18 and 69 percent higher polyphenolic content compared to conventional produce, which is substantial considering the amazing health benefits of this class of antioxidants. Polyphenols, as you may already know, have been linked to a reduced risk of chronic disease, including serious cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as cancer.

Organic produce is so superior, in fact, that eating it is like eating 1-2 extra portions of fruit and vegetables daily, admit researchers. In other words, eating one organic apple may be the nutritional equivalent of eating three conventional apples, at least as far as antioxidant levels are concerned.

During the Newcastle review, scientists found that organic produce contained up to 50 percent less cadmium than conventional produce. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists cadmium as among the 275 most hazardous substances on Earth, and chronic exposure to it through food is known to inhibit calcium metabolism, damage kidneys, induce lung damage and even cause autism.

Similarly, organic produce was found to contain significantly lower levels of pesticide and herbicide residues. Conventional produce, it turns out, often contains up to four times more chemical residue than organic produce, which is reason enough to skip what the factory farms are producing and stick with the clean stuff, even if it’s slightly more expensive.


Bert Guevara's insight:

Why go to all the trouble of eating organic?

“This study demonstrates that choosing food produced according to organic standards can lead to increased intake of nutritionally desirable antioxidants and reduced exposure to toxic heavy metals,” stated Prof. Carlo Leifert, lead author of the study. “This constitutes an important addition to the information currently available to consumers which until now has been confusing and in many cases is conflicting.”

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Eating Fish Makes Your Brain Healthier, Study Says - TIME ("sorry, fried fish sticks don't count")

Eating Fish Makes Your Brain Healthier, Study Says - TIME ("sorry, fried fish sticks don't count") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
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Eating Fish Makes Your Brain Healthier, Study Says
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Eating fish is linked to more gray matter in the part of the brain that controls memory, according to a new study.

As the number of people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s continues to grow, identifying lifestyle modifications that benefit the brain is a popular area of research. In the study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers looked at 260 people who reported their diets and underwent MRI scans, and discovered that those who ate baked or broiled fish weekly had more gray matter in their brains, which could mean better memory (sorry, fried fish sticks don’t count).

Interestingly, the researchers actually did not find an association between how the brains looked and the levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the participants’ blood. Prior studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids, commonly found in foods like fish and nuts prevent brain decline, but more recent research is questioning their effect, since omega-3 supplements do not always have an effect on memory loss. The researchers concluded there are likely other perks from eating fish besides their omega-3s.

The findings, like many others before this study, show that lifestyle behaviors really do matter when it comes to memory and overall health.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Eating home-cooked fish benefits the brain better than taking just the omega-3.

"... that those who ate baked or broiled fish weekly had more gray matter in their brains, which could mean better memory..."

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Ancient Medicine Uses Ginger as a Solution for Diabetes ("try 3-week intake + yoga")

Ancient Medicine Uses Ginger as a Solution for Diabetes ("try 3-week intake + yoga") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Research found that supplementing with ginger root powder for 3 weeks can effectively improve markers for diabetes, aiding those with diabetes Type 2.

... the plant Zingiber officinale (ginger) can help with proper insulin release, lipid metabolism, and has demonstrated antihyperglycemic effects. Ayurvedic medicine utilizes this healing remedy along with a few others to help diabetics control blood sugar levels and improve the function of their hearts.

The most active ingredients in ginger are the pungent principles: gingerols, and shogaols. Ginger has shown outstanding protective effects on the diabetic liver, kidney, and eyes, and reduces neural system complications. The pharmacokinetics, or bioavailability of ginger is superior as well. It can even be utilized as a safe, natural substitution for pharmaceutical insulin in diabetes type II patients in many cases.

In research just recently released, it was found that diabetes type 2 patients who took just 3 grams of powdered ginger root for three weeks experienced statistically improved levels of insulin sensitivity.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Try this 3-week challenge!

"Practicing this cleansing ginger diet just once a month can reduce toxic mucus in the body, reduce swelling and stiffness, help one lose weight, and control blood sugar levels. Even those who suffer from diabetes may discover that their insulin sensitivities are greatly reduced, or over time, completely eliminated."

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NRDC: The Dating Game ("dates are only suggestions & indicate peak quality; not health safety")

NRDC: The Dating Game ("dates are only suggestions & indicate peak quality; not health safety") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
NRDC: U.S. consumers and businesses needlessly trash billions of pounds of food every year as a result of America's dizzying array of food expiration date labeling practices.

Here's a superbly-kept secret: All those dates on food products -- sell by, use by, best before -- almost none of those dates indicate the safety of food, and generally speaking, they're not regulated in the way many people believe. The current system of expiration dates misleads consumers to believe they must discard food in order to protect their own safety. In fact, the dates are only suggestions by the manufacturer for when the food is at its peak quality, not when it is unsafe to eat.

Confusion over dates, according to a survey by the Food Marketing Institute, leads nine out of 10 Americans to needlessly throw away food. For the average family of four, this could translate to several hundred dollars' worth of food being thrown away every year. A senseless waste, when we're all keeping a close eye on our household budgets, and when one in six Americans lacks a secure supply of food. Because regulators, industry players, and citizens have become accustomed to seeing date labels on many food products over time, policymakers have not asked important questions about the date labeling system, and there has been a dearth of rigorous policy analyses of how these labels affect consumers' choices surrounding purchasing and discarding food products.

This report by NRDC and the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic examines the historical impetus for placing dates on food -- namely a desire to indicate products' freshness -- and the ways in which the system has failed to meet this goal. Relevant federal laws and authorities are described along with a comparison of state laws related to food date labeling.

Bert Guevara's insight:

"Here's a superbly-kept secret: All those dates on food products -- sell by, use by, best before -- almost none of those dates indicate the safety of food, and generally speaking, they're not regulated in the way many people believe. The current system of expiration dates misleads consumers to believe they must discard food in order to protect their own safety. In fact, the dates are only suggestions by the manufacturer for when the food is at its peak quality, not when it is unsafe to eat."

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14 Non-Dairy Foods That Are High in Calcium ("good news for the elderly, women and vegans")

14 Non-Dairy Foods That Are High in Calcium ("good news for the elderly, women and vegans") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Calcium builds healthy bones and teeth and ensures your muscles, cells, and nerves work properly. Adults need about 1,000 milligrams a day—that's a little more…

but what if you’re vegan, lactose intolerant, or just don’t like the taste of dairy products? Here’s a little-known fact: there are lots of non-dairy foods with calcium. Here are 14 of them.

Collard greens

Broccoli

Broccoli rabe

Kale

Edamame

Bok Choy

Figs

Oranges

Sardines

Canned Salmon

White Beans

Okra

Tofu

Almonds


Bert Guevara's insight:

This is welcome news for vegans, the elderly and women. We cannot seem to have enough of calcium.

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5 Benefits of Dropping Meat from Your Diet ("no need to be vegan; just eat less meat")

5 Benefits of Dropping Meat from Your Diet ("no need to be vegan; just eat less meat") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
There are several benefits to going vegetarian, from helping the planet and animals to boosting your health. Here are 5 benefits of going meat-free.

1. Longevity - ... from Harvard Medical School indicates cutting out red meat could prolong your life by up to 20%. That study concluded that each serving of red meat increased your risk of death by 13%.

2. Cardiovascular health - While the link between saturated fats and heart disease has been debunked, there is no doubt that red meat can increase your risk of cardiovascular problems. ... Regardless of the method, two or more daily servings of red meat per day could increase your risk of heart disease by 30%.

3. Help the environment - The production of meat can have some heavy negative effects on our planet. Factory farms alone are said to produce 100 times more waste than every single person in the United States combined. 

4. Save some money - If you’re on a budget and don’t want to subject yourself to conventional meat, reducing or eliminating meat consumption entirely could help you save money.

5. Weight maintenance.

Bert Guevara's insight:

There are people who are die-hard meat-eaters and there are those who are not. But regardless of where you fall on the meat spectrum, even reducing your consumption could provide significant benefits.

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Study Identifies Anti-Cancer Properties of Honey Compounds ("remarkable anti-cancer food")

Study Identifies Anti-Cancer Properties of Honey Compounds ("remarkable anti-cancer food") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Honey is awesome, but could it be powerful enough to treat cancer? Flavonoids and phenolic acids may be responsible for honey’s anti-cancer properties.

The health benefits of honey are remarkable, as the substance holds antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antibiotic properties. A recent review published in the journal Molecules tried to identify just how honey worked to ameliorate various types of cancer. As Sayer Ji at GreenMedInfo reports, the research indicated flavonoids and phenolic acids as the primary compounds in honey’s anti-cancer properties.

Many of these flavonoids are phytoestrogens, meaning they bind easily to estrogen receptors, potentially increasing the positive influence they have on estrogen receptor-positive cancers. Further, some (but not all) honeys are able to target cancer cells selectively in “selective cytotoxicity”, where the cancer cells are killed, but nearby healthy cells are left alone.

Honey’s anti-cancer properties have been under the microscope for years. Studies have linked it to positive results in various forms of cancer including liver, colorectal, prostate, bladder, endometrial, skin, cervical, lung, mouth, bone, and renal cell carcinoma.

We are only beginning to understand the many potential anti-cancer benefits of honey. But as we learn more, it’s becoming apparent that this natural food-healer could very well be more effective and no-doubt less harmful than conventional treatments like chemotherapy.

Bert Guevara's insight:

The amazing benefits of HONEY.

“Honey is a natural product that shows potential effects to inhibit or suppress the development and progression of tumor and cancer. Its antiproliferative, antitumor, antimetastic and anticancer effects are mediated via diverse mechanisms, including cell cycle arrest, activation of mitochondrial pathway, induction of mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization, induction of apoptosis, modulation of oxidative stress, amelioration of inflammation, modulation of insulin signaling, and inhibition of angiogenesis in cancer cells.

"Honey is highly and selectively cytotoxic against tumor or cancer cells while it is non-cytotoxic to normal cells. It can inhibit cancerogenesis by modulating or interfering with the molecular processes or events of initiation, promotion, and progression stages. It, therefore, can be considered a potential and promising anticancer agent which warrants further research—both in experimental and clinical studies.”

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Watching A Pair Of Smoker's Lungs Vs. A Pair Of Healthy Lungs Is Pretty Crazy ("smokers, check out")

Watching A Pair Of Smoker's Lungs Vs. A Pair Of Healthy Lungs Is Pretty Crazy ("smokers, check out") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it

Maybe looking at an actual pair of human lungs will convince smokers that it's actually pretty dang bad for you.

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Maybe a video comparison will give the right message to smokers.

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The Benefits Chocolate has on Blood Pressure, Weight, & More ("bring out those dark choco bars now!")

The Benefits Chocolate has on Blood Pressure, Weight, & More ("bring out those dark choco bars now!") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
How beneficial is chocolate? Research has shown that consuming dark chocolate can lower blood pressure, prevent oxidative stress, and boost heart health.

The cardiovascular benefits of chocolate come largely from its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s loaded with flavanols like quercetin and theobromine.

It’s these flavanols that were credited in a recent study for providing better coronary artery protection than coffee and green tea. An ongoing study, according to NaturalNews, is looking at the preventative effects of cacao’s flavanols and polyphenols on coronary heart disease.

A study published last year looking at the historical uses of chocolate said that modern research has only begun to touch on all of the heart healthy benefits of the plant. The abstract reads: “The consumption of cocoa/chocolate increases plasma antioxidant capacity, diminishes platelet function and inflammation, and decreases diastolic and systolic arterial pressures.”

Know your chocolate. A milk chocolate bar or a pint of chocolate ice cream will not have these many listed benefits, or at the very last, not to the same degree as other more nutritionally-rich chocolates. Instead, chocolate with the highest levels of cocoa per ounce will deliver the most bang for your buck without adding as much sugar to your diet. The answer in simple terms? Dark chocolate.

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A bar or two a day, keeps the doctor away!

"Look for chocolate with at least 70% cocoa listed. You can further seek out organic, fair trade chocolates free of ingredients like soy lecithin. 

"Enjoy the the many dark chocolate health benefits now! Have a small square or two per day to help keep your heart healthy and even keep cravings at bay."

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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Aggressive Prostate Cancer ("old men need the sunshine for Vitamin D")

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Aggressive Prostate Cancer ("old men need the sunshine for Vitamin D") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Research indicates that a deficiency in the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D, could lead to particularly aggressive forms of prostate cancer

Lead researcher Dr. Adam B. Murphy of the Department of Urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, says vitamin D has known impacts on both benign and malignant prostate cancer cells, and that a lack of the vitamin could even predict the potentially deadly cancer.

“Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that is known to affect the growth and differentiation of benign and malignant prostate cells in prostate cell lines and in animal models of prostate cancer,” said Adam B. Murphy, M.D., MBA, assistant professor in the Department of Urology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “In our study, vitamin D deficiency seemed to be a predictor of aggressive forms of prostate cancer diagnosis in European-American and African-American men."


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Older men need regular sunshine to activate Vitamin D to prevent prostate cancer. Morning outdoor exercise is the best.

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5 Blood Sugar-Regulating Foods for Diabetics ("cinnamon, oatmeal, broccoli, ginseng, salmon")

5 Blood Sugar-Regulating Foods for Diabetics ("cinnamon, oatmeal, broccoli, ginseng, salmon") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Whether you have Type 2 or Type 1 diabetes, you can benefit from eating foods that help stabilize blood glucose levels. Here are 5 beneficial foods.
1. Cinnamon

A study published in the journal Diabetes Care in 2003 found daily consumption of cinnamon had positive effects on blood sugar, along with several other markers. The 40-day study period concluded with reductions in blood serum glucose levels of 18 to 29%. But it also worked to reduce triglyceride levels (23-30%), LDL cholesterol (7-27%), and total cholesterol (12-26%).

Cinnamon for diabetes could be one of the most effective known dietary solutions out there.

2. Oatmeal

Because oatmeal is a slow-digesting carbohydrate, it won’t raise blood sugar levels as quickly or as much as other carbs. It’s a better option over white toast, for example. In addition, it can help control weight, a factor in the management of diabetes Type 2 specifically.

3. Broccoli

Like oatmeal, broccoli is high in fiber and is a good replacement for other starchy options. Vegetables like potatoes and corn, for instance, can cause spikes in blood sugar. In addition, broccoli is a good source of chromium, which has been shown to help stabilize blood sugar levels.

4. Ginseng

Ginseng, a root, has been shown to lower fasting and post-meal blood sugar levels. It can be added to the diet as a tea or found in the supplement aisle.

5. Salmon

Salmon is all protein and no carbohydrates, a good mix for blood sugar regulation. Further, it is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are great forboosting heart health—something diabetics must be cautious of. Like broccoli, salmon is also a good source of chromium.

When it comes to controlling diabetes, we often think of what is on the do not eat list. But foods like these are important additions that can improve your health and make the disease easier to manage.

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Whether you have Type 2 or Type 1, you can benefit from eating foods that help stabilize blood glucose levels. Some of these foods include:

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Control diabetes.

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Obesity 'linked to 10 cancers' ("Cancer of uterus, gallbladder, kidney, cervix, thyroid, leukaemia")

Obesity 'linked to 10 cancers' ("Cancer of uterus, gallbladder, kidney, cervix, thyroid, leukaemia") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Being overweight raises the risk of developing some of the most common cancers, according to a study of more than five million adults in the UK.

Doctors often warn being overweight can increase the risk of developing cancer, but this study highlights those forms of the disease where the risk is greatest.

Led by scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine researchers gathered data on five million people living in the UK, monitoring changes to their health over a period of seven years.

They found each 13-16kg (2-2.5 stone) of extra weight an average adult gained was linked firmly and linearly to a greater risk of six cancers.

How big this risk was varied depending on tumour type.

Cancer of the uterus had the highest increased riskgallbladderkidneycervixthyroidleukaemia had the lowest rise in risk.

Dr Krishnan Bhaskaran, who led the research, said: "There was a lot of variation in the effect of BMI on different cancers.

"For example, risk of cancer of the uterus increased substantially at higher body mass index, for other cancer we saw a more modest increase in risk or no effect at all.

"This variation tells us BMI must affect cancer risk through a number of different processes, depending on cancer type."

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The Benefits of Eating More Raw Foods ("great advantages for a healthy life without extra cost")

The Benefits of Eating More Raw Foods ("great advantages for a healthy life without extra cost") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A raw food diet, an even a high-raw diet, has huge advantages. Otherwise, nobody would do it! (Either as a short-term plan or long-term.)
Let’s take a good look at what the benefits are, but also understand where these benefits come from.
Easy weight managementLow-toxin dietNutrient DensityPhytochemicalsLow Toxic LoadIncreased immunityEliminating Everything Else That’s Bad for You
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Let’s take a good look at what the benefits are, but also understand where these benefits come from. Once we are clear about the benefits and what creates them in the raw food diet specifically, we can design an approach that combines the best from both raw and cooked worlds.

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You can add raw into your life to suit your needs and lifestyle.  Going completely raw isn't for everyone.Try going raw all day and then a cooked evening meal if you prefer.  Maybe half the week raw and the other half cooked.  Just get some good organic raw food into your life!

Jackie Sue Griffin's curator insight, August 11, 9:20 AM

Nature's bounty

Eric Larson's curator insight, August 11, 6:36 PM

We all need to be eating more raw vegetables.

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Could Coffee Prevent Tooth Decay and Help Fight Plaque? ("take it black and strong but in moderation")

Could Coffee Prevent Tooth Decay and Help Fight Plaque? ("take it black and strong but in moderation") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A new study suggests moderate consumption of black coffee could protect your teeth from decay and actually help fight plaque. Could it be true?

A new study suggests moderate consumption of black coffee could protect your teeth from decay and actually help fight plaque.

Researchers with Federal University in Rio de Janeiro tested the effects of coffee on donated baby teeth. The scientists used an extract from Coffeea canephora, a bean that makes up about 30 percent of the world’s coffee.

Using the donated baby teeth, the researchers cultivated biofilms using bacteria in saliva samples. These biofilms cause dental plaque, a cause of tooth decay. When exposed to a solution of the coffee extract, the bacteria were broken down.

“Dental plaque is a classic complex biofilm and it’s the main culprit in tooth decay and gum disease,” explained Antonio. The researchers believe the coffee’s antioxidant compounds could be responsible for the benefits.

But, they advised caution. The coffee tested was black and strong, and it was applied in moderate amounts.

This is far from the first study, which was published in the Letters in Applied Microbiology, to implicate coffee in boosting health. Earlier this year, a study published in the journal Diabetes Care identified both regular and decaffeinated coffee as having anti-diabetes benefits.

In that study, daily coffee drinkers saw their risk of diabetes drop when compared with those who abstain from java or only drink it on occasion. Those who drank three cups a day saw the risk drop to 79%, and those who drank six cups of coffee had a relative risk of only 67%.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Another benefit of taking coffee - black and strong.

"Coffee is an ancient bean and beverage with numerous health benefits. But that doesn’t mean drinking some frothy, sweetened, fancy drink from your local coffee shop is good for you. If it’s the coffee itself that is healthy, best stick with something strong and black."

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Cinnamon for Diabetes - Could this be the Simplest Solution? ("fantastic friend of diabets; so handy")

Cinnamon for Diabetes - Could this be the Simplest Solution? ("fantastic friend of diabets; so handy") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Many diabetics don't know you can use cinnamon for diabetes - this spice can be key for lower fasting glucose (blood sugar) levels, helping all diabetics.

Here is how cinnamon can positively affect your metabolism and help with diabetes:

Cinnamon improves the sensitivity of insulin by slowing the emptying of your stomach following meals.Cinnamon enhances your antioxidant defenses. According to a study published in 2009, “Polyphenols from cinnamon could be of special interest in people who are overweight with impaired fasting glucose since they might act as both insulin sensitizers and antioxidants.”Glucose metabolism can be increased nearly 20-fold thanks to cinnamon. This increase greatly improves blood sugar regulation.Cinnamon acts as an insulin substitute and possesses “insulin-like effects” due to a bioactive compound.Proanthocyanidin, a bioflavonoid in cinnamon, could alter insulin-signaling activity in your fat cells.

As reported by us in the past, cinnamon has a wealth of other health benefits. Other benefits of cinnamon include:

Reducing bad cholesterolPromoting cardiovascular healthPreventing heart diseaseTreating arthritisAlleviating menstrual painReducing inflammation
Bert Guevara's insight:

So many ways of taking cinnamon in daily meals! It's a matter of having it nearby, even with coffee.

"While cinnamon is just another valuable tool to help control diabetes, there has also been a connection made between turmeric and diabetes, as well as magnesium, foods rich in vitamin K, and oil from wild almond trees known as sterculia foetida."

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