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7 Natural Teeth Whitening Home Remedies for a Beautiful Smile

7 Natural Teeth Whitening Home Remedies for a Beautiful Smile | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Want whiter teeth? No problem! There are plenty for teeth whitening at home. Here are 7 natural teeth whitening home remedies for a beautiful smile.
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The Benefits of Being an Older Mother ("there are notable merits in mature motherhood; be proud moms")

The Benefits of Being an Older Mother ("there are notable merits in mature motherhood; be proud moms") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

See the growing list of benefits for older mothers.

Here are a few more reasons not to sweat later-life parenting: 

- Older moms live longer: 

According to a 2016 study of 28,000 U.S. women, those who had their first child after age 25 were 11% likelier to live to age 90 than those who became mothers younger. 

- Their kids are taller and smarter:

The investigators surveyed 1.5 million men and women in Sweden and found that those born to older mothers were more physically fit, had better grades when they were in school and had at least a small height advantage over people born to younger mothers.

- They have more energy than you’d think: 

A study of mothers who had babies via egg donation after age 50 — well and truly beyond the point at which most women consider conceiving — found that they had levels of energy and physical function similar to women who had babies in their 30s and 40s.

- Trends are on their side: 

In the U.S., maternal age at the time of first birth has risen from 25 to 26 since 2000, and it’s gone up at nearly twice that rate in three states and Washington, DC.

- And as for dads? 

You know, those ostensible sperm factories who can just keep on cranking out kids for as long as they remain alive? Well, an increasing number of studies do find that older fatherhood is linked to a range of health and developmental issues in babies, including autism, certain cancers and low birth weight.

Bert Guevara's insight:
This article made me take a closer look at my kids. One was born to my wife at 38; the other at 40.
Come to think of it, this article is credible.
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Why Swimming Is the Best Cardio Workout There Is ("here are 10 reasons to dive in pool this summer")

Why Swimming Is the Best Cardio Workout There Is ("here are 10 reasons to dive in pool this summer") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Swimming can make over your muscles, transform you into a cardio goddess, and turn back the aging clock. Check out these awesome benefits of swimming.

1. It Counts as Both Cardio and Strength Training 

Plus, water is about 800 times denser than air, ..., so your muscles are under constant resistance. 

2. It's Easy on the Impact 

"You can swim at higher intensities on a regular basis without feeling wear and tear on your body," 

3. It's Great for Your Lungs 

When your face is under water, oxygen is at a premium. 

4. It Makes You a Better Runner 

By increasing your ability to take in and effectively use oxygen, swimming increases your endurance capacity like crazy, 

5. Anyone Can Do It 

Whether you're recovering from an injury, pregnant, a new mom, or an Ironman competitor, swimming can give you a great workout 

6. It Slashes Major Stress 

While exercise-induced endorphins will do wonders for your stress levels, getting in the water for your workout may have its own special brand of mood-boosting benefits ...

7. It Turns Back the Clock 

Scientists say that, even up until your 70th birthday, swimming affects blood pressure, cholesterol levels, cardiovascular performance, central nervous system health, cognitive functioning, muscle mass, and blood chemistry to be much more similar to that of your younger self. 

8. It Hits Otherwise Underworked Muscles 

... swimming helps you develop the deep stabilizing muscles in your core and lower back that women often miss. 

9. Benefits of Swimming: It Makes You Smarter Blood flow to the brain increased by up to 14 percent when men submerged themselves in water up to their hearts, 

10. It Opens You Up to Awesome Experiences 

"Swimming's a life skill. It opens the doors to a lot of fun stuff."

Bert Guevara's insight:
Summer season is here and swimming can be the best thing to do for your health. Here are 10 reasons why, in case you didn't know.

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EWG's Cancer Defense Diet Calculator: Am I Eating The Right Foods? ("answer & submit questionnaire")

EWG's Cancer Defense Diet Calculator: Am I Eating The Right Foods? ("answer & submit questionnaire") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of cancer. See how your diet stacks up.

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of cancer. 

See how your diet stacks up. 

Fill out our quick questionnaire to learn: 

- How your diet compares to experts’ recommendations, 

- The kinds of beneficial plant compounds, or phytochemicals, your diet packs – or lacks – and 

- How to fill holes you might have in your diet. 

Don’t have time for a questionnaire? See how the average American scores. 

Instructions 

Use your best guess of the typical foods you eat weekly. For foods that you eat occasionally, use your best estimate of your consumption over the course of a month or a year. If you only want feedback on your diet over the past week or month, that’s fine too. But, always consider both the amount and frequency with which you eat a food on average. 

Unsure of how to estimate amount or frequency? Use our guidelines.

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A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of cancer. See how your diet stacks up. 
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of cancer. 
See how your diet stacks up.
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Is Cold-Pressed Juice Really Healthier? ("not all juices are made the same; make the healthy choice")

Is Cold-Pressed Juice Really Healthier? ("not all juices are made the same; make the healthy choice") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Whether you like to grab a bottle post-workout on the way home or have been known to subscribe for a mail-order cleanse, cold-pressed juice

"Cold-pressed juice refers to juice made using a hydraulic press to extract the juice from fruits and vegetables, which is different from the pasteurization process, which involves high heat," says Dr. Haythe. "The cold-pressed process involves shredding fruits and vegetables and then compressing them between two plates at a very high pressure." The pasteurization process is what helps kill potentially harmful bacteria in juice, while the cold-pressing process gets the most liquid and nutrients out of the produce as possible. All juices are not created equal, and many grocery stores and health stores sell both pasteurized and unpasteurized juices. It's important to look at what you are buying.

When a juice is pasteurized, the same high temperature that kills bacteria also helps to prolong the shelf life. (Pregnant women should stick with pasteurized for that reason, FYI.) This means that the pasteurized orange juice you buy from the grocery store is likely to last you a long time, while the cold-pressed juices you pick up should be consumed in a matter of days.

Because no heat or oxygen is used in the cold-pressing process, nutrients are not lost as they typically are when heated during pasteurization. That makes cold-pressed juice sound like a win, right? 

Not necessarily, says Dr. Haythe. The high-pressure processing of cold-pressed juice leaves behind the pulp, where fiber is typically stored, so cold-pressed juices may be lacking in fiber. And no matter what kind of process your juice goes through, all juices are still high in sugar. Drinking your fruits and veggies may give your body the nutrients it needs. But the missing fiber can do a number on your glucose levels and even your weight, since you may consume more calories trying to reach that full feeling that you're missing with a fiber-filled snack. Even more, "there is no data to support the idea that cold-pressed juices are healthier than other juices."

Bert Guevara's insight:
Be an informed consumer. Not all fruit juices are made the same.

"The pasteurization process is what helps kill potentially harmful bacteria in juice, while the cold-pressing process gets the most liquid and nutrients out of the produce as possible. All juices are not created equal, and many grocery stores and health stores sell both pasteurized and unpasteurized juices. It's important to look at what you are buying."
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How to eat cake and not regret it ("made of vegetables! wow this is the ultimate guilt-free dessert")

How to eat cake and not regret it ("made of vegetables! wow this is the ultimate guilt-free dessert") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Imagine biting into a beautiful cake, but instead of a sugary rush you get the fresh flavors of celery, carrot and red cabbage.

Nagoya native Mitsuki Moriyasu, a cafe owner and food stylist, in 2015 invented what she calls the "Vegedeco Salad" (decorated vegetables) as a guilt-free alternative to traditional baked goods.

These sinless sweets substitute cream "frosting" for that made out of tofu, a "sponge" base for one of soy powder, eggs and vegetable oil, while the rainbow hues that decorate the "icing" come from natural vegetable colorings such as red beetroot juice. 

Marinated, diced and cooked vegetables such as radish and daikon replace the sponge, while this wheat-free creation uses a traditional Japanese yeast to achieve a subtly sweet flavor. 

"It looks like a normal cake -- but it's made of only veggies. You can have it for breakfast, lunch -- and it's very suitable for dinner with wine," Moriyasu tells CNN. 

"Each cake tastes different, depending which vegetables we use -- but I would say it tastes like something you've never had before."

Moriyasu's two sons have food allergies and so for years she had been tinkering with recipes, to find alternatives for sugar and wheat. 

"We had homemade meals as I wanted them to eat lots of vegetables, and not take too much sugar," she tells CNN.

Bert Guevara's insight:
I will surely enjoy going vegetarian if food looks this good! Even picky kids may make the switch to veggies if they are as colorful as these.

"Food is, and has always been, a place for creativity and innovation in Japan. Salad cakes are just one manifestation of food play in that nation."
"Without using sugar and wheat, I realized you can still have a fun and surprising experience eating a salad that is shaped like a cake. 
"Eating beautiful color energize and makes you smile. That's our wish."
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The best exercise to stay young ("try HIIT - high intensity interval training & boost mitochondria")

Regular high intensity interval training (HIIT) helps to reverse the declining ability of our cells to generate energy.

HIIT it! We’re often told that exercise is the best medicine, and it now seems that regular high intensity interval training (HIIT), in particular, is great for reversing the declining ability of our cells to generate energy. 

HIIT involves short bursts of very intense activity, interspersed with recovery periods of lower-intensity exercise. Sreekumaran Nair at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and his colleagues assigned groups of people aged between 18 and 30 and between 65 and 80 to three months of interval training, weight training or a combination of the two. Muscle biopsies were taken before and afterwards to measure the impact of these regimes on their cells. 

Interval training boosted the ability of the mitochondria within cells to generate energy by 69 per cent in older volunteers, and by 49 per cent in the younger group.

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For seniors, try this routine anti-ageing regimen.

"Mitochondrial activity declines with age, which may aggravate fatigue and reduce the size and ability of muscles to burn excess blood sugar – a risk factor for diabetes. But this decline was halted and even reversed in the older interval-training group. “
"After three months of interval training, everything converged towards what we saw in young people,” says Nair. Interval trainers also saw surges in lung, heart and circulation health. The amount of oxygen they could inhale and consume at full tilt rose by 28 per cent in the younger group and by 17 per cent in the older group.
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12 Reasons to Stop Multitasking ("does not always lead to better efficiency; may only slow you down")

12 Reasons to Stop Multitasking ("does not always lead to better efficiency; may only slow you down") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

We all do it: Text while walking or email during meetings. But too much multitasking can actually make you LESS efficient.

Research shows that it’s not nearly as efficient as we like to believe, and can even be harmful to our health. Here are 12 reasons why you should stop everything you’re doing—well, all but one thing—and rethink the way you work, socialize, and live your life.

1.  You’re not really multitasking

“When it comes to attention and productivity, our brains have a finite amount,” he says.

2.  It’s slowing you down

In fact, it will probably take you longer to finish two projects when you’re jumping back and forth than it would to finish each one separately.

3.  You’re making mistakes

4.  It’s stressing you out

5.  You’re missing out on life

6.  Your memory may suffer

As the brain ages, researchers say, it has a harder time getting back on track after even a brief detour.

7.  It’s hurting your relationships

8.  It can make you overeat

9.  You’re not actually good at it

10. It’s dampening your creativity

11. You can’t OHIO

The problem with multitasking, though, is that it makes Only Handling It Once a near impossibility—instead, you’re handling it five or six times,

12. It can be dangerous

Texting or talking on a cell phone, even with a hands-free device, is as dangerous as driving drunk—yet that doesn’t stop many adults from doing it, even while they have their own children in the car.

Bert Guevara's insight:
I am one of those who try to be efficient by doing several things at the same time. My desktop has 3 monitors running at the same time with my phone as the 4th, just to cite an example.
After reading this, i am seriously rethinking my work habits.

"We all do it: Texting while walking, sending emails during meetings, chatting on the phone while cooking dinner. In today’s society, doing just one thing at a time seems downright luxurious, even wasteful. 
"But chances are, you’re not doing yourself (or your boss, or your friends and family) any favors by multitasking your way through the day. Research shows that it’s not nearly as efficient as we like to believe, and can even be harmful to our health. 
Here are 12 reasons why you should stop everything you’re doing—well, all but one thing—and rethink the way you work, socialize, and live your life."
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What's the Difference Between Cage Free, Free Range and Pasture Raised Eggs? ("aren't they the same?")

What's the Difference Between Cage Free, Free Range and Pasture Raised Eggs? ("aren't they the same?") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

How much access to open space do chickens that lay cage-free eggs get? And are these eggs, or pasture-raised eggs, better for your health?

More consumers are paying attention to how the chickens that lay their breakfast eggs are treated, and industry is starting to respond. In the last few months, several major American fast food restaurants chains have made a pledge to switch to eggs from cage-free chickens in the next decade, some by 2020 and others by 2025. 

Should the hens be happy?

Cage free: A cagey term

Cage-free hens, by contrast, are able to walk freely inside the building in which they’re housed and lay their eggs in nests. 

That doesn’t mean they get fresh air and sunshine. Cage-free hens often “live in very large flocks that can consist of many thousands of hens who never go outside,” explains the Humane Society. NPR reports these hens get only 1 square feet of space each on average.

“Free range” and “pasture raised” equal outdoors time

Free-range eggs are eggs produced from birds that are allowed outdoors for at least part of the day. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) asks producers to show that the chickens have been allowed outside access in order for them to claim their poultry is free-range. "Outdoors" doesn't necessarily mean grassy fields, however. 

Pasture raised eggs, on the other hand, are eggs from hens that were fully raised outdoors and had a diet of feed, wild plants and insects, according to the USDA.

"Certified Organic"

Certified organic eggs come from hens that are fed organic and vegetarian feed, free of pesticides and antibiotics, in accordance with the USDA’s National Organic Program regulations. By law, these hens also have access to the outdoors and are not confined to cages.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Eggs aren't all made the same. Be informed. In the first place, hens aren't machines.

"Is cage free healthier for you? 
"It's possible. One 2010 study conducted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences found that eggs from pastured hens contained more healthy omega-3 fatty acids and more vitamin E than factory hens."
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Here Are the Hidden Health Benefits of Your Workout Routine ("get off that chair & get moving")

Here Are the Hidden Health Benefits of Your Workout Routine ("get off that chair & get moving") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Find out what hidden perks come with your favorite workout routine beyond basic weight loss and calorie burning.

Fitness: Maybe you don’t need another reason to hit the gym, but if you do… Did you know that exercising three times a week can lower your chance of depression? And that getting the recommended 150 minutes of weekly activity (even just energetic walking) can cut your risk of heart disease by 25 percent? We’ve gathered research on the lesser-known payoffs of all types of workouts so you can pat yourself on the back for the perks that you didn’t realize you were getting—or tweak your regimen to reap extra rewards! 

1. The Workout: Lifting Light Weights 

Added Benefit: Builds Bone Density

2. The Workout: A Brisk Morning Walk 

Added Benefit: Improves Sleep

3. The Workout: Strength Training 

Added Benefit: Boosts Memory

4. The Workout: Interval Cycling 

Added Benefit: Relieves Arthritic Pain

5. The Workout: Cross-Training 

Added Benefit: Helps You Live Longer


More is More: Why not add at least one more activity to your weekly routine? If yoga is your primary activity, find time for some strength training. If you’re a runner, mix it up with some cycling. And if you haven’t had time to be active at all lately, let this information motivate you to try different offerings at the gym and fall in love with a few types of movement.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Get off that chair; turn off that computer or gadget and get moving!!! Do some simple exercises and live longer!

"We’ve gathered research on the lesser-known payoffs of all types of workouts so you can pat yourself on the back for the perks that you didn’t realize you were getting—or tweak your regimen to reap extra rewards! 
1. The Workout: Lifting Light Weights 
Added Benefit: Builds Bone Density 
2. The Workout: A Brisk Morning Walk 
Added Benefit: Improves Sleep 
3. The Workout: Strength Training 
Added Benefit: Boosts Memory 
4. The Workout: Interval Cycling 
Added Benefit: Relieves Arthritic Pain 
5. The Workout: Cross-Training 
Added Benefit: Helps You Live Longer"
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Why You Should Stop Eating Egg Whites ("benefits of whole egg beats the fear of cholesterol")

Why You Should Stop Eating Egg Whites ("benefits of whole egg beats the fear of cholesterol") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Eat your yolks, folks. They have fat, cholesterol and a ton of good nutrients that you just don't get from egg whites.

Left behind are a wobbly mix of water, protein, some vitamins and little else. These whites are also sold in one-ingredient cartons, pasteurized so they can be eaten raw. (That's not the case for shell egg substitutes, like Egg Beaters Original, which come with egg whites but cut out cholesterol by mimicking the yolk with natural flavor and color, vegetable gums, maltodextrin and many other added ingredients.) 

But there's good reason not to fear the yolks. Scientific research has vindicated dietary cholesterol, finding that eating cholesterol has no real impact on cholesterol metabolism. That is, eating foods high in cholesterol does not mean you’ll develop high cholesterol. Some evidence suggests that eggs might even be beneficial for cholesterol by raising levels of HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that’s linked to a lower risk of heart disease. 

Egg yolks contain a vibrant mix of saturated and unsaturated fat—another nutrient that, when it comes from a healthy whole food source, is unfairly slandered. Yolks have a good helping of vitamin E, one of the nutrients Americans eat too little of. But the real case for egg yolks can be made by their abundance of carotenoids, nutrients in plants and animal fats that give things like egg yolks (and even autumn leaves) their yellow color. Egg yolks are rich in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which help eye health and protect against inflammation.

Sure, you can find carotenoids in more virtuous places, like fruits and vegetables. But egg yolks have an edge. Carotenoids need to be eaten with fat in order for the body to more fully absorb them, and a whole egg is the total package. Eat them, and you’ll get more of these nutrients—not just from the eggs, but from the stuff you eat it with, too. Two large eggs provide 143 calories, 13 grams of protein and almost 10 grams of fat.

Bert Guevara's insight:
There is a good reason why eggs were created with the yellow and the white together. Find out why you should eat them together.

"... Egg yolks are rich in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which help eye health and protect against inflammation.
"Sure, you can find carotenoids in more virtuous places, like fruits and vegetables. But egg yolks have an edge. Carotenoids need to be eaten with fat in order for the body to more fully absorb them, and a whole egg is the total package. Eat them, and you’ll get more of these nutrients—not just from the eggs, but from the stuff you eat it with, too. Two large eggs provide 143 calories, 13 grams of protein and almost 10 grams of fat."
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What Bacon Really Does to Your Body ("6 slices daily can increase risk of colorectal cancer by 18%")

What Bacon Really Does to Your Body ("6 slices daily can increase risk of colorectal cancer by 18%") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Bacon reserves are at a 60-year low. Maybe it's time to rethink eating so much of it

Americans are eating so much bacon these days, our reserves of the fatty meat are at the lowest levels seen in half a century. According to the non-profit Ohio Pork Council, inventory of frozen pork belly dropped to 17.8 million pounds in December, which means we aren't going to run out any time soon, but prices will likely rise for the breakfast staple. But this news might be a good moment for Americans to reflect on their bacon habit. In 2015, the World Health Organization's cancer agency found that processed meats like bacon cause colorectal cancer, making headlines and disappointing bacon lovers everywhere. In a cover story called "The War on Delicious," TIME explained the findings meant "that 50 grams of processed meat per day — one hot dog or about six pieces of bacon — raises the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Many of us love bacon. But read the infographic in this article and find out what it may cost you.

"Just 50 grams a day or 6 slices of bacon (both red or white) can increase your chances of having colorectal cancer by 18%."
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Turmeric May No Longer Be So Miraculous (it's still good, but not 'super' as previously thought")

Turmeric May No Longer Be So Miraculous (it's still good, but not 'super' as previously thought") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Are there still reasons to include the “golden spice” of turmeric, with its active compound curcumin, in your diet?

Turmeric, the bright yellow spice often used in curries, mustards and golden milk lattes, has gained quite a reputation as a superfood. It’s been touted for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and hailed as a natural defense against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. 

That reputation, however, may have just gone down a notch: A new review of scientific literature on curcumin, the most well-known chemical in turmeric, suggests that the compound has limited, if any, actual health benefits. 

There may still be reason to include the “golden spice” in your diet, say the authors of the new review, published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. But as far as current evidence shows, its most famous compound doesn’t live up to its hype. 

Ground turmeric root has been used in Indian and Chinese cooking (and traditional medicine) for centuries. But when the reviewers looked at several recent clinical trials and epidemiological studies on curcumin, they noticed that research findings often weren’t translated correctly in the media.

One big problem, the new report notes, is that curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body. And despite the thousands of research papers published on turmeric, the reviewers were unable to find any double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials (the gold-standard of medical research) to support its myriad health claims.

But don’t count out turmeric just yet, says registered dietitian Wendy Bazilian, who was not involved in the new research. She says it’s true that curcumin is no cure-all—“just like no other single nutrient isolated and extracted from a food, or for that matter, any one food itself.” But based on research in both animals and humans, she adds, “there’s no question that there are some health properties associated with the spice.”

Bert Guevara's insight:
Like any wonderful herb, it may be best taken in combination with other stuff to aid in absorption in the body.

"One big problem, the new report notes, is that curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body. And despite the thousands of research papers published on turmeric, the reviewers were unable to find any double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials (the gold-standard of medical research) to support its myriad health claims."
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5 Things to Finally STOP Doing in 2017 ("be more earth-friendly and feel good about it")

5 Things to Finally STOP Doing in 2017 ("be more earth-friendly and feel good about it") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

New Year's resolutions often center around things we'd like to add our lives — this year, take some things away instead.

1. Cancel Your Cable

There are many reasons to ditch your digital subscription, but the strongest argument for me has always been the amount of advertising you can avoid.

What can you do instead? Consider switching to something like Netflix, which provides commercial-free entertainment (and, according to some estimates, will save you from watching more than six days’ worth of commercials each and every year).

2. Stop Shopping

We are far more than just passive consumers, and in order to remember this, it would behoove us to spend less of our time wandering around these massive monuments to consumption.

3. Eat Less Meat

This is another area where it doesn’t have to be all or nothing — just reducing your meat intake by one burger a week for a year can have the same effect as taking your car off the road for 320 miles. Not only that, but it allows the environment a little breathing room.

4. Just Say No to Disposable Products

5. Jettison Judgment

When you’re making positive change in your life, it’s easy to slide right past patting yourself on the back to becoming smug and judging others for not making similar shifts. As you carry your new habits through 2017, remember that everyone makes changes at their own pace and to fit their own lives.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Let's strive to become MORE earth-friendly in 2017 by applying some discipline or abstaining from some wasteful habits.
(These suggestions are not mine, nor do I claim to be doing all of it.)

1. Cancel Your Cable
2. Stop Shopping
3. Eat Less Meat
4. Just Say No to Disposable Products
5. Jettison Judgment 
When you’re making positive change in your life, it’s easy to slide right past patting yourself on the back to becoming smug and judging others for not making similar shifts. As you carry your new habits through 2017, remember that everyone makes changes at their own pace and to fit their own lives.
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The Ingredient to a Long, Healthy Life is in Your Bowl of Cereal ("less sugar; more fiber is the key")

The Ingredient to a Long, Healthy Life is in Your Bowl of Cereal ("less sugar; more fiber is the key") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Some scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health have been researching the impact of cereal fiber on diet for years. They found that people who reported in surveys a diet rich in cereal fiber lived longer than those who chose less well in the morning. They had a 19 percent reduced risk of death, compared to those who ate the least amount of cereal fiber. 
Crunching the numbers even further, the authors found that high fiber cereal eaters had a 34 percent lower risk of death from diabetes and a 15 percent reduced risk of death from cancer. People who ate a lot of whole grains and dietary fiber had a 17 percent lower risk of all-cause mortality. 
Cereal fiber, they conclude, is one “potentially protective component” of a really healthy, premature death-preventing diet.
Whole grains and regular dietary fiber also may help reduce your mortality risks, the study found, and those can be found in a large number of products. 
Consider oatmeal or a non-high fiber cereal (3 to 5 grams), eat a piece of wheat bread (about 5 grams) or a whole wheat tortilla (about 5 grams). Black beans are a rich source for dietary fiber (19.5 grams). And add even some fruit like apples (a large one has 4.5 grams) or a half a cup of blackberries (4.4 grams) all of that would add up to this ‘higher’ total that may improve your odds of living a longer life. 
And if you don’t want to spend hours reading labels at the grocery store, dietitian Lori Zanini said she tells her clients this fiber rule of thumb: “No animal product will naturally have this,” Zanini said. “Plants are where you should go to find fiber. It only comes from the cell walls of plants.”
The operative word is “may,” study author Dr. Lu Qi said. Keep in mind the study looks at connections; it doesn’t show causality. To definitively show cereal is the key to long life, the professor at the Harvard medical school and Harvard’s school of public health said, you’d need a clinical trial that would look at this specific issue.
Bert Guevara's insight:
We already know the health benefits of oatmeal, wheat bread, wheat tortilla and black beans. Now we learn that cereal fiber diet for breakfast is good for long life. Check this out.
But stay away from the sugary brands.

"They found that people who reported in surveys a diet rich in cereal fiber lived longer than those who chose less well in the morning. They had a 19 percent reduced risk of death, compared to those who ate the least amount of cereal fiber. 
"Crunching the numbers even further, the authors found that high fiber cereal eaters had a 34 percent lower risk of death from diabetes and a 15 percent reduced risk of death from cancer. People who ate a lot of whole grains and dietary fiber had a 17 percent lower risk of all-cause mortality. 
"Cereal fiber, they conclude, is one “potentially protective component” of a really healthy, premature death-preventing diet."
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5 Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol ("is it too hard to do live a healthy daily routine? start today!!!")

Learning you have high cholesterol can be scary, but the good news is that by making a few small changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can significantly lower your cholesterol levels.

How to Start Lowering Your Cholesterol Today 

1. Change the way you eat 

One of the contributing factors in the development of high blood cholesterol is a diet high in saturated fat, which is a form of fat typically found in foods that come from animal sources, including beef, pork, poultry, and dairy products like cheese and milk. Saturated fat can also be found in processed food and snacks like chips, cookies, and doughnuts.   

2. Lose weight 

Losing weight is key to helping you lower your blood cholesterol, particularly if you’re obese. Shaving off as little as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight will help you improve your cholesterol levels. As mentioned above, switching to a plant-based diet is a good first step to help you lose a few pounds. 

3. Start moving 

Regular physical activity doesn’t just help you maintain a healthy weight, it also helps you lower cholesterol by stimulating the enzymes that move the “bad” cholesterol in your blood to the liver, where they’re either converted to bile for digestion or excreted. 

4. Quit smoking 

Smoking creates a double whammy in terms of cholesterol by lowering HDL levels (“good” cholesterol) while simultaneously worsening existing LDL. Research suggests that the toxins produced by cigarettes oxidize LDL cholesterol, making the “bad” cholesterol more potent and damaging. 

5. Get enough sleep 

Sleep is as important as diet in combating high cholesterol. An investigation done by a research group in Helsinki concluded that the gene responsible for cholesterol transport is less active in those who are sleep-deprived. The study also showed that people who suffer from sleep loss have lower HDL levels compared to those who are getting at least seven hours of sleep each night.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Lowering Your Cholesterol Is Easier Than You Think

"You can see that lowering your cholesterol level doesn’t have to be a difficult process. Even though millions of Americans are taking statin drugs to lower their cholesterol levels, you can make a bigger impact by simply making a few positive lifestyle changes. As you develop good eating habits, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep each night, you’ll fight off “bad” cholesterol and better utilize “good” cholesterol to boost your overall health and significantly reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke."
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Eat a rainbow: The benefits of colorful foods ("check out the infographic; each color has a purpose")

Eat a rainbow: The benefits of colorful foods ("check out the infographic; each color has a purpose") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The following infographic explains the health benefits of colorful fruits and vegetables.

The following infographic explains the health benefits of colorful fruits and vegetables. 

Nutritionists tell us to eat fruits and vegetables of many different colors in order to get a wide range of nutrients, but do you know what those nutrients actually are or what they do for your health? This fun, informative infographic has lots of specific facts and tips that will inspire you to fill the fruit bowl and crisper and get munching.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Check out the info-graphics in the original article. 
You will not go wrong. My advise: eat all of them (as much as possible) according to their season and as natural as possible.

Although I cannot document it, colorful foods have improved my eyesight despite my diabetes.
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Does Drinking Soda Really Give You Diabetes? ("better to get used to water in quenching your thirst")

Does Drinking Soda Really Give You Diabetes? ("better to get used to water in quenching your thirst") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Find out what your soda habit is doing to your blood sugar and risk of diabetes.

In a study of over 1,600 people, those who drank regular soda more than 3 times a week were 46% more likely to develop prediabetes—a disease where your blood sugar is elevated, but not quite at the diabetes threshold—over a 14-year period than those who didn’t drink any of the beverage. 

Even just one 12-ounce can of soda more than three times a week is enough to raise your health risk. 

This link between soda and prediabetes persisted even after the researchers adjusted for potential factors that may be skewing the relationship, like calorie consumption, physical activity levels, and body mass indexes (BMI).

One possible reason is that the sugar content of regular soda may overwhelm the drinker’s system with excess glucose and fructose, says lead study author Nicola McKeown, PhD, of Tufts University. 

The extra sugar rush raises the amount of sugar in your body in the short-term. But it can also mess with your system long-term, by changing the way the pancreas releases insulin, a hormone that allows your body to absorb glucose for energy. As a result, you can develop insulin resistance, a condition where your body needs higher and higher amounts of insulin to function, says McKeown. When your body can’t churn out enough insulin to keep up with that demand, the glucose builds up in your blood, and you can develop prediabetes, and eventually diabetes.

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Why? 
One possible reason is that the sugar content of regular soda may overwhelm the drinker’s system with excess glucose and fructose. 

"The extra sugar rush raises the amount of sugar in your body in the short-term. But it can also mess with your system long-term, by changing the way the pancreas releases insulin, a hormone that allows your body to absorb glucose for energy. As a result, you can develop insulin resistance, a condition where your body needs higher and higher amounts of insulin to function, says McKeown. When your body can’t churn out enough insulin to keep up with that demand, the glucose builds up in your blood, and you can develop prediabetes, and eventually diabetes."
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Can Organic Food Prevent a Public Health Crisis? | Civil Eats ("recent findings clearly show benefits")

Can Organic Food Prevent a Public Health Crisis? | Civil Eats ("recent findings clearly show benefits") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

From children’s development to antibiotic resistance, a new European Parliament report charts the many benefits of organic food.

Previous reports have looked selectively at the potential benefits of organic food and agriculture—its environmental sustainability or whether it contains certain pesticide residues, for example. This report, however, takes an unusually comprehensive look at the full range of possible benefits, from nutrition to absence of toxics. It’s also based on hundreds of studies that include food analyses and epidemiological and laboratory studies. 

Their findings are clearest when it comes to minimizing exposure to pesticides and to antibiotics used in livestock production. But the report also found that organically grown produce tends to contain less of the toxic metal cadmium—which the authors note is “highly relevant to human health.”

Most striking in its findings is the evidence suggesting organic food can help protect children from the brain-altering effects of some pesticides. And while there is evidence of greater nutrient content in some organic food—particularly milk and meat—as health benefits, these differences appear to be less significant than organic food’s lack of hazardous chemicals. 

When it comes to pesticides, antibiotic resistance, and cadmium exposure, the authors write, “If no action is taken, an opportunity to address some important public health issues would be missed.”

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Is organic food better for us? A growing number of scientific studies suggest that it is.

"Previous reports have looked selectively at the potential benefits of organic food and agriculture—its environmental sustainability or whether it contains certain pesticide residues, for example. This report, however, takes an unusually comprehensive look at the full range of possible benefits, from nutrition to absence of toxics. It’s also based on hundreds of studies that include food analyses and epidemiological and laboratory studies. 
"Their findings are clearest when it comes to minimizing exposure to pesticides and to antibiotics used in livestock production. But the report also found that organically grown produce tends to contain less of the toxic metal cadmium—which the authors note is “highly relevant to human health.”
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White wine linked to higher risk of certain melanomas - Harvard Health ("better choose red vs white")

White wine linked to higher risk of certain melanomas - Harvard Health ("better choose red vs white") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Data from more than 200,000 people indicates that the risk of developing melanoma increases by 13% for every glass of white wine consumed per day. Drinking…

Alcohol is responsible for about 4% of cancer cases worldwide, typically in the esophagus, liver, pancreas, colon, rectum, and breast. A possible explanation is that the ethanol in alcohol metabolizes into acetaldehyde, which damages DNA and prevents DNA repair. 

A team of researchers from Harvard and Brown universities sought to determine whether alcohol consumption can also raise risk for melanoma—a potentially deadly skin cancer. They used data from three large prospective studies in which 210,252 participants completed questionnaires about their alcohol consumption. The researchers noted which people developed several types of cancer, including melanoma, over an average of 18 years. 

Overall alcohol intake was associated with a 14% higher risk of melanoma per drink per day. While each drink of white wine was associated with a 13% increase in melanoma risk, beer, red wine, and liquor had no significant effect. The researchers speculated that white wine may be more likely than red to increase melanoma risk because it contains more acetaldehyde and a lower concentration of antioxidants to counter the effects than red wine does. The study appeared in the December 2016 issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 

If you drink white wine, you might want to consider reserving it for special occasions. And you may want to sample a few reds as well.

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If you have a choice between red wine, white wine, beer or liquor, which do you think is healthier?

"Alcohol is responsible for about 4% of cancer cases worldwide, typically in the esophagus, liver, pancreas, colon, rectum, and breast. A possible explanation is that the ethanol in alcohol metabolizes into acetaldehyde, which damages DNA and prevents DNA repair.
"While each drink of white wine was associated with a 13% increase in melanoma risk, beer, red wine, and liquor had no significant effect.
"If you drink white wine, you might want to consider reserving it for special occasions. And you may want to sample a few reds as well."
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9 unique eats in Nueva Ecija ("from tilapia ice cream, batotay, to bangus spaghetti to buko lumpia")

9 unique eats in Nueva Ecija ("from tilapia ice cream, batotay, to bangus spaghetti to buko lumpia") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

For those going to Nueva Ecija, here are just a few of the unique dishes you can find there.

1. Tilapia ice cream 

Tired of the usual rocky road and vanilla ice cream? How about a nice big helping of tilapia ice cream? Daerry’s novelty ice cream is one of the products of the Central Luzon State University (CLSU), developed as a response to the challenge to make use of tilapia, a type of freshwater fish.

2. Puno's Ice Cream & Sherbet

3. Pinapaitang kambing with alibangbang leaves

In Nueva Ecija, a local version involves cooking the broth in alibangbang or butterfly leaves, a souring agent similar to tamarind leaves.

4. Boodle fight 

The military style of eating where food is prepared on a long table for people to eat with bare hands has become a culinary experience it itself, especially for city folk and balikbayans who have never tried it.

5. Local kakanin

PMP Paradise Farms offers culinary tours where visitors can try making palitaw and nilupak among others. Palitaw is a small, sweet rice cake made from rice flour and water. The treats are sprinkled with sugar, coconut, and sesame seeds before serving. Nilupak is another delicacy made from either mashed cassava, sweet potatoes or cardaba bananas wrapped in banana leaves and served with margarine.

6. Batotay and Cabanatuan longganisa

7. Bangus spaghetti

Chanos Chanos' spaghetti uses bangus flakes with a creamy tomato sauce, resulting in a healthier yet still delicious family favorite.

8. Buko lumpia

9. Carabao's milk dairy products

Bert Guevara's insight:
Trying some local delicacies can be healthy; just take it easy.

For those going to Nueva Ecija, here are just a few of the unique dishes you can find there. 
1. Tilapia ice cream 
2. Puno's Ice Cream & Sherbet 
3. Pinapaitang kambing with alibangbang leaves 
4. Boodle fight 
5. Local kakanin 
6. Batotay and Cabanatuan longganisa 
7. Bangus spaghetti 
8. Buko lumpia 
9. Carabao's milk dairy products
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The Surprising Benefit of Showering at Night ("it's the timing & how it tells your body to sign off")

The Surprising Benefit of Showering at Night ("it's the timing & how it tells your body to sign off") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Discover how a hot shower before bed can improve your sleep.

The main trick is to not start too late. “You don’t want to heat yourself up right before bed,” says Dr. Dianne Augelli of the the Center for Sleep Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. That’s because body temperature plays an important part in regulating circadian rhythm, which tells the body when to feel sleepy or alert. During the day, body temperature naturally rises until the late afternoon, when it reverses and begins to fall. “Cooling down is a signal that tells us we’re supposed to go to sleep,” she says, so interrupting this process can make it harder to fall asleep.

Showering earlier in the evening gives your body a chance to cool off and can even trigger sleep, says Shelby Harris, director of behavioral sleep medicine at New York’s Montefiore Medical Center. Several studies have shown that warming your body by taking a bath can help induce sleep when there’s enough time to cool off afterward. While much of the research has focused on baths, a 20-minute shower would have similar effects, Harris says. 

Time your shower so you’re done about an hour and a half before you want to hit the sack, Harris recommends. That way, by the time you lay down in bed, your body will be cool, dry and ready for sleep.

As a bonus, you can fold the very important step of washing your face into your nighttime shower. According to the National Sleep Foundation, cleansing before bed can help clear your skin and reduce breakouts, guard against wrinkles and help night creams and moisturizers work more effectively.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Develop the right habit of telling your body to sign off by taking a shower at night, about an hour and a half before your planned bedtime.
And turn off those gadgets!

“Cooling down is a signal that tells us we’re supposed to go to sleep,” she says, so interrupting this process can make it harder to fall asleep.
"Time your shower so you’re done about an hour and a half before you want to hit the sack, Harris recommends. That way, by the time you lay down in bed, your body will be cool, dry and ready for sleep."
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South Pacific islands ban western junk food and go organic ("so we can live w/o junk food")

South Pacific islands ban western junk food and go organic ("so we can live w/o junk food") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Leaders of Vanuatu province want to turn local people and tourists away from unhealthy imports in favour of locally grown crops and seafood

A group of south Pacific islands are banning foreign junk food imports in favour of an all-local, organic diet as a way to combat future health problems. 

Torba province, part of Vanuatu, aims to impose restrictions on the import of western foodstuffs and instead take advantage of its productive agricultural land and rich natural resources. 

Located in the northern part of Vanuatu, Toba is often described as the “forgotten province” and the majority of its 10,000 people are subsistence farmers.

Father Luc Dini, a community leader and head of the local tourism council, said a ban on foreign food imports would improve the health and wellbeing of islanders. 

“At the moment we have an infiltration of junk food from overseas,” he said. 

“It is easy to boil noodles or rice, but they have almost no nutritional value and there is no need to eat imported food when we have so much local food grown organically on our islands.” 

Dini said his province had an abundance of locally grown or sourced food to sustain its population including fish, crabs, shellfish, taro, yams, paw paw and pineapple. 

The most popular imported foods consumed in Torba were rice, sweets, tinned fish and biscuits, he said. 

“We are Vanuatu’s most isolated province and so far our health has stayed pretty good because of that, but we want to continue to be healthy,” he said.

Bert Guevara's insight:
It only makes sense to eat natural organic food when it is available. We can survive without junk food. Tell that to your kids!

“If you really want to live on a paradise of your own, then you should make do with what you have and try and live with nature,” he said.
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How Coffee Might Slow Down Aging ("coffee fights inflammation, which is connected to aging diseases")

How Coffee Might Slow Down Aging ("coffee fights inflammation, which is connected to aging diseases") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Researchers zero in on the way caffeine and coffee might combat inflammation, a common problem of aging

To the age-old question “Is coffee bad for you?”, researchers are in more agreement than ever that the answer is a resounding "no." A new study published in the journal Nature Medicine found that older people with low levels of inflammation — which drives many, if not most, major diseases — had something surprising in common: they were all caffeine drinkers.

“The more caffeine people consumed, the more protected they were against a chronic state of inflammation,” says study author David Furman, consulting associate professor at the Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection at Stanford University. “There was no boundary, apparently.”

In the study, Furman and his colleagues analyzed blood samples from 100 young and old people. The older people tended to have more activity in several inflammation-related genes compared with the younger group — no surprise, since as people get older, inflammation throughout the body tends to rise. Chronic diseases of aging, like diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, cancer, joint disorders and Alzheimer’s, are all believed to have inflammation in common. "Most of the diseases of aging are not really diseases of aging, per se, but rather diseases of inflammation," Furman says. The more active these genes were, the more likely the person was to have high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.

What's more, even among older people, those with lower levels of these factors were more protected against inflammation — and they had something else in common too. They all drank caffeine regularly. People who drank more than five cups of coffee a day showed extremely low levels of activity in the inflammatory gene pathway. Caffeine inhibits this circuit and turns the inflammatory pathway off, the researchers say.


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READ THIS fellow coffee-lovers! Let's increase our coffee parties and enjoy healthy aging!!! 

"In the study, Furman and his colleagues analyzed blood samples from 100 young and old people. The older people tended to have more activity in several inflammation-related genes compared with the younger group — no surprise, since as people get older, inflammation throughout the body tends to rise. Chronic diseases of aging, like diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, cancer, joint disorders and Alzheimer’s, are all believed to have inflammation in common. "Most of the diseases of aging are not really diseases of aging, per se, but rather diseases of inflammation," Furman says. The more active these genes were, the more likely the person was to have high blood pressure and atherosclerosis."
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The Case Against 'Whole Wheat' and 'Whole Grain' Bread ("don't be fooled with misleading labels")

The Case Against 'Whole Wheat' and 'Whole Grain' Bread ("don't be fooled with misleading labels") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Those wholesome whole grain foods you’re eating? They might not be as full of nutritious goodness — or even whole grains — as you think.

So you’re ready to include more whole grains in your diet, and you reasonably want to start with your daily bread (and crackers, and granola bars, and other grain-based snacks). When you consider that most U.S. adults only get half the recommended amount of daily fiber, opting for the bread that says “whole grain” or “high fiber” or “whole wheat” seems like a sage choice. And it is, if you know what to look for. The trouble is, it’s easy to get duped. 

Not all whole grain foods are what they claim to be. Some contain only a small amount of actual whole grains and instead include refined flour—a pulverized version of what may, at some point, have been a whole grain. That’s a problem, because how much a grain has been milled or manipulated can also make a difference in how nutritious it is. Complicating matters is the fact that there’s no standard for telling people how much of a product — 50%, 100% — comes from whole grains.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates nutrient and health claims about foods, a whole grain food must contain all components of a grain kernel. That includes the bran, the germ and the endosperm (the inner most part of the kernel). Whole wheat, oatmeal, brown rice, whole rye and quinoa are all examples of whole grains. Manufacturers take these whole grains and turn them into all sorts of products, from breads and crackers to pizza crusts, and that’s where the confusion sets in, since some of these products retain all three parts of the grain, while others do not.

Bert Guevara's insight:
To clear up confusion, here are the five things you need to know about whole grains. 
1. “Made with whole grains” does not mean much.
2. The term “whole grain” doesn’t always refer to food of equal nutritional value.
3. Fiber claims can be misleading.
4. “Multigrain” is another very tricky word.
5. Not all whole grain foods are healthy.

"According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates nutrient and health claims about foods, a whole grain food must contain all components of a grain kernel. That includes the bran, the germ and the endosperm (the inner most part of the kernel). Whole wheat, oatmeal, brown rice, whole rye and quinoa are all examples of whole grains. Manufacturers take these whole grains and turn them into all sorts of products, from breads and crackers to pizza crusts, and that’s where the confusion sets in, since some of these products retain all three parts of the grain, while others do not."
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Nutella maker fights back on palm oil after cancer risk study ("would nutella make the shift?")

Nutella maker fights back on palm oil after cancer risk study ("would nutella make the shift?") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The $44 billion palm oil industry, under pressure in Europe after authorities listed the edible oil as a cancer risk, has found a vocal ally in the food sector: the maker of Nutella.

The $44 billion palm oil industry, under pressure in Europe after authorities listed the edible oil as a cancer risk, has found a vocal ally in the food sector: the maker of Nutella. 

Italian confectionery firm Ferrero has taken a public stand in defense of an ingredient that some other food companies in the country are boycotting. It has launched an advertising campaign to assure the public about the safety of Nutella, its flagship product which makes up about a fifth of its sales. 

The hazelnut and chocolate spread, one of Italy's best-known food brands and a popular breakfast treat for children, relies on palm oil for its smooth texture and shelf life. Other substitutes, such as sunflower oil, would change its character, according to Ferrero. 

"Making Nutella without palm oil would produce an inferior substitute for the real product, it would be a step backward," Ferrero's purchasing manager Vincenzo Tapella told Reuters. He features in a TV commercial aired in Italy over the past three months that has drawn criticism from some politicians.

Any move away from palm oil would also have economic implications as it is the cheapest vegetable oil, costing around $800 a ton, compared with $845 for sunflower oil and $920 for rapeseed oil, another possible substitute.

The World Health Organization and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization flagged the same potential risk that EFSA had warned of regarding GE, but did not recommend consumers stop eating palm oil. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also has not banned the use of palm oil in food.

Bert Guevara's insight:
To Nutella-addicts! Take it easy! Beware of the palm oil; not the hazelnut.
There are local chocolate/hazelnut spreads available that taste almost the same.

"The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said in May that palm oil generated more of a potentially carcinogenic contaminant than other vegetable oils when refined at temperatures above 200 degrees Celsius. It did not, however, recommend consumers stop eating it and said further study was needed to assess the level of risk.
"The World Health Organization and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization flagged the same potential risk that EFSA had warned of regarding GE, but did not recommend consumers stop eating palm oil. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also has not banned the use of palm oil in food."
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