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4+ Reasons Onions may be the Next Big Superfood ("also good for oral health and arthritis")

4+ Reasons Onions may be the Next Big Superfood ("also good for oral health and arthritis") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Onions harness some key beneficial compounds that can bring your health to the next level. Here are 4 reasons onions can be called a superfood.

Most of the benefits of onions come from something called quercetin. Quercetin is a powerful flavonoid, or type of antioxidant, that provides numerous benefits throughout the body by protecting cells from free radical damage. Onions are one of the top dietary sources of this powerful compound.

Onions are also rich in sulfur, vitamin C, manganese, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, and potassium. All of these together add up to a wealth of benefits. Some of the benefits they’ve found include:

1. Reduced Cancer Risk - Several studies have connected quercetin with reduced cancer risk. One study in particular found that onions combined with turmeric create a synergistic effect that reduced both the size and number of precancerous legions in the intestine, reducing colon cancer risk.2. Improved Oral Health - ... chewing raw onion is known to improve the strength of teeth and kill problem-causing bacteria that can lead to tooth decay.3. Cardiovascular Benefits - ... quercetin is able to significantly reduce high blood pressure in hypertensive adults. The sulfur in onions may also be able to improve cholesterol levels and red blood cell health.4. Anti-Inflammatory Powers - Quercetin, the star of onions, is known to have powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. According to Arthritis Today, this is why it can aid in the treatment of arthritis.

Onions are also good for relieving clogged sinuses, soothing an earache, relieving the pain of a bee sting, and detoxifying the body. As an added bonus, they are very versatile in the kitchen and can be cooked with just about any dish or eaten raw on a salad.

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What You Need to Know About the Cellphone and Cancer Study ("if you are a heavy user, then read this")

What You Need to Know About the Cellphone and Cancer Study ("if you are a heavy user, then read this") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Federal researchers have rushed out results from a study that shows cellphone radiation might cause brain and heart tumors in rats. Should you worry?

The rats in the study got high levels of cellphone signal, mostly above the legal limits set by the Federal Communications Commission for mobile phones, and were exposed for nine hours a day, every day, from the time they were in their mothers' wombs until they died about two years later. 

"All these animals were exposed at levels that were heavy," Bucher said. That's standard in rat trials, so that researchers can have a better chance of getting an effect. So there is no telling whether that translates to people. 

Another hint: Brain cancer rates have not shot up. "We are aware of the fact that there certainly has not been an increase in brain cancer rates in the United States," Bucher said. But people live much, much longer than rats do and cancer can take decades to develop. 

Most studies have shown no evidence cellphone signals can cause cancer. This one made news because it did, but scientists know that no single study tells the whole story. It's the body of evidence collected over years by different groups taking different approaches that yields a good answer.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Most studies have shown no evidence cellphone signals can cause cancer. This one made news because it did, but scientists know that no single study tells the whole story.

"Federal researchers have rushed out results from a study that shows cellphone radiation might cause brain and heart tumors in rats. It's a worrisome finding that seems to validate suspicions that have been brushed off by many mainstream scientists for years."
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This Is What Happens To Your Brain, Heart, And Waistline When You Eat 3 Banannas A DAY! – Be Healthy

This Is What Happens To Your Brain, Heart, And Waistline When You Eat 3 Banannas A DAY! – Be Healthy | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Did you know that if you eat at least three bananas a day, you can significantly reduce your risk of having a stroke or heart attack? According to British and Italian researchers, consuming one banana at breakfast, one at lunch, and one in the evening will provide enough potassium to reduce the risk of a blood clot in the brain by 21%.
The 2011 report, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggests that stroke cases can be prevented or even reduced by the potassium levels found in certain foods, including bananas, fish, spinach, and lentils.
Researchers discovered that a daily potassium intake of around 1,600 mg can lower stroke risk. An average-sized banana contains approximately 500 mg of potassium—three a day can lower blood pressure and help with proper brain and nerve function.
Bananas are not only packed full of potassium, but they are also good sources of vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese, biotin, and dietary fiber, which can help to properly regulate the digestive system. The average banana contains approximately 108 calories; they contain little cholesterol, fat, or sodium. (all of which can contribute to weight gain.)
Since bananas are low in glycemic carbohydrates, they make a delicious snack for athletes who are looking for anextra boost of energy. Some research even shows that consuming three bananas can give you enough energy to complete an intense 90-minute workout.
Bert Guevara's insight:
In addition to significantly reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke, by consuming three bananas a day (equivalent to 1,500 milligrams of potassium) the benefits are numerous:
1. Reduces depression
2. Regulates blood pressure
3. Treats constipation
4. Cures hangovers
5. Boosts bone mass
6. Fights stress
7. Smoking
8. PMS
9. Anemia
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Eat three bananas?
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How Ginger Destroys Prostate Ovarian And Colon Cancer Better Than Chemo – Be Healthy ("go natural")

How Ginger Destroys Prostate Ovarian And Colon Cancer Better Than Chemo – Be Healthy ("go natural") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
The active compounds of ginger, gingerols, shagaols, and paradols are known to be anticancer compounds. This was discovered in a study published in the Journal of Food and Chemical Technology. Many other studies have confirmed these results to be true and have proven that ginger is very efficient in killing cancer cells in ovarian, prostate, and colorectal cancer. 
Furthermore, according to some, the anticancer effects of ginger are even stronger than the ones of chemotherapy. Ginger Kills Prostate Cancer Cells The British Journal of Nutrition has published a study conducted in America which revealed that ginger extract (zingiber officinale Roscoe) can inhibit the development of prostate cancer cells in humans when ingested at a daily dose of 100 mg per kg of body weight. According to this study’s results, ginger extract is able to reduce prostate cancer growth in nearly 56 percent of subjects. 
According to the estimations of the researchers, consumption of 100 grams of fresh ginger every day will give the same results in adults that weight about 70 kg. This study has also shown that ginger did not impact other body cells, including the bone or stomach cells, which also divide quickly.
The researchers summed up that this study is the first report to describe identification and give details on the evaluation of in vitro and in vivo anticancer activity on entire ginger extract in the therapeutic management of human prostate cancer. All in all, ginger may turn out to be more efficient prostate cancer treatment than chemotherapy, considering the fact that chemotherapy also impacts the healthy body cells. Ginger Kills Ovarian Cancer Cells Angiogenesis gives details about the commencement of cancer.
Bert Guevara's insight:
You don't have to be sick to take ginger or other anti-cancer foods. Eating anti-cancer foods as part of daily diet is our best medicine.

"If the angiogenesis is stopped at an early stage, cancer can be successfully prevented. The BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal has published a study which discovered that cancer cell growth can be stopped by the active ingredients ginger root contains."
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Take your ginger capsules?
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How GPS Is Messing With Our Minds ("too much reliance can dull the common sense; don't overuse GPS")

How GPS Is Messing With Our Minds ("too much reliance can dull the common sense; don't overuse GPS") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Reliance on GPS erodes our ability to build our own cognitive maps, changing technology and messing with our minds

There is mounting evidence that GPS is doing something to our minds—and maybe even our brains. Several academic studies have proven what any of us who have driven with GPS assistance already know intuitively, that GPS allows a driver to “disengage” from the environment. A useful model is the “cognitive map,” a term first used in 1948 by Edward Tolman, a UC Berkeley psychologist. He argued that experiments with rats in mazes demonstrated their ability to envision the totality of the maze, how the various parts fit together to create a whole. A growing number of researchers now agree that reliance on GPS essentially erodes our ability to build our own cognitive maps. 

It may even turn out that our GPS addiction can have actual physiological consequences. In 2006, a British study made headlines by announcing that London taxi drivers, whose jobs require them to integrate a vast body of knowledge, have above-average amounts of grey matter in the region of the brain responsible for complex spatial representation. Preliminary research also suggested that the volume of grey matter decreases when these drivers retire. At least one of the neuroscientists involved in the study has speculated that prolonged GPS use could have a similar effect. 

It will be a long time—if ever—before scientists are able to reach this conclusion. But a clue to this process may be sitting in your glove compartment, gathering dust. It’s probably been a long time since you unfolded that paper map. Again, we have anecdotal evidence—ask a Baby Boomer or Gen-X-er about millennials’ lack of map-reading skills, and you’ll get an earful—along with empirical data. A Japanese project in 2008 that compared three navigational methods—GPS, paper maps, and direct experience (a guide led subjects through a route and then asked them to repeat it)—found that the GPS group lagged behind the others.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Too much reliance on GPS is not good for our sense of direction.

"A growing number of researchers now agree that reliance on GPS essentially erodes our ability to build our own cognitive maps."
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The Cold Medicine That's Linked to Cognitive Problems ("time to switch to natural cold remedies")

The Cold Medicine That's Linked to Cognitive Problems ("time to switch to natural cold remedies") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A common kind of drug, anticholinergic medication, is linked to poorer cognition in older adults

A common kind of prescription and over-the-counter medication, including some cold medicines, has been linked to cognitive impairment in older adults, finds a new study published in JAMA Neurology. Shannon Risacher, assistant professor of radiology and imaging sciences at Indiana University School of Medicine and first author of the new paper, and her colleagues analyzed already existing data from 451 people around ages 70-75 who had normal brains. They examined the results of memory tests, MRI brain scans and other neuroimaging data—all while paying particular attention to people who said they took anticholinergic drugs. These include certain over-the-counter drugs, like Benadryl, Tylenol PM and Advil PM, according to the researcher, along with prescribed medications like some antidepressants, motion sickness medications and bladder control drugs. Anticholinergic drugs block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain. The researchers found that older people who regularly took at least one anticholinergic drug showed poorer cognition, lower brain volumes and less glucose metabolism in the whole brain and the temporal lobe, which is important for memory, than people who didn’t report taking this kind of medications. The link persisted even after the team controlled for the number of medications the people in the study were taking.

Bert Guevara's insight:
For senior citizens, taking instant remedies for the ordinary cold has some suspicious side effects on the brain. It's time to learn about natural remedies.

"These include certain over-the-counter drugs, like Benadryl, Tylenol PM and Advil PM, according to the researcher, along with prescribed medications like some antidepressants, motion sickness medications and bladder control drugs. Anticholinergic drugs block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain."
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10 Healthiest Foods for Your Brain –Be Healthy ("feeding brain prevents alzheimers and keeps u alert")

10 Healthiest Foods for Your Brain –Be Healthy ("feeding brain prevents alzheimers and keeps u alert") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Do you know that your brain requires nutrients that are needed for its nutrition? A healthy brain is essential for our body to function properly, as well, to make smart decisions. In line with that, diet plays a major role in having a healthy brain and great memory. To fuel your body and brain, here are the healthiest foods you need to include in your diet.
1. Oily fish
If you love to eat seafoods, you’re lucky to have two nutrients that can keep your mind sharp: Omega-3 fats and vitamin D. Studies have shown that people who ate fish such as salmon, tuna, and halibut at least 3 times a week can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by nearly 40%.
2. Green leafy vegetables
3. Olive oil It’s great today that using olive oil is promoted in healthy cooking.
4. Blueberries
5. Tomatoes
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. It helps protect against the kind of free radical damage to cells which occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s.
6. Sage are proven to be effective in improving memory and yet most studies focus on sage as an essential oil, it could be worth adding fresh sage to your diet too
7. Pumpkin Seeds
8. A great source of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower, broccoli is truly known as “superfoods”.
9. Nuts
10. Wholegrains
Bert Guevara's insight:
Do you want your children to be sharper?
Are you having problems with memory gaps? 
Are you afraid of Alzheimer's Disease?
Then feed your brain with the right foods.
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Dr. Meaghan's curator insight, April 27, 2:17 AM

Feeding the brain is so important.  Your brain is only as healthy as the food that you eat.  Want to feed your brain?  Read this

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Lifesaving Diabetes Drug Price Tripled in 10 Years ("this supports the urgency of natural food diets")

Lifesaving Diabetes Drug Price Tripled in 10 Years ("this supports the urgency of natural food diets") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The drug and people's spending on it has tripled over 10 years

Insulin can help control abnormal blood sugar, which makes it crucial for people managing diabetes. Now, a new study out Tuesday reports that the cost of insulin has tripled over the last 10 years. By looking at what people and their insurers paid for diabetes medications from 2002 through 2013, the researchers found that the average price of insulin has nearly tripled, from $4.34 per milliliter in 2002 to $12.92 in 2013. Since 2010, the cost of spending on insulin per person is higher than spending on all other diabetes drugs. The study is published in the journal JAMA. “The dramatic increase in the cost of insulin in the United States may deny some people access to a life saving therapy,” says study author Dr. William H. Herman of the University of Michigan. “The price increases have had the greatest impact on individual patients without pharmacy benefits who pay out-of-pocket for their insulin, not on pharmacy benefit managers for large insurance companies who receive discounts.” Over the study period, the cost of insulin per person more than tripled, from $231 a year to $736 a year. Simultaneously, insulin use and dosing also went up, which the researchers say may be due to the rise of overweight and obesity nationwide. Obesity can contribute to diabetes, and weight gain interferes with how much insulin a person needs to maintain blood sugar control.

Bert Guevara's insight:
This situation all the more raises the need to supplement our medication with natural food. 

"Over the study period, the cost of insulin per person more than tripled, from $231 a year to $736 a year. Simultaneously, insulin use and dosing also went up, which the researchers say may be due to the rise of overweight and obesity nationwide. Obesity can contribute to diabetes, and weight gain interferes with how much insulin a person needs to maintain blood sugar control. 
“Although the newer, more expensive insulins have some advantages over the older, less expensive insulins, physicians and patients must ask themselves if those advantages justify their use, especially for patients with type 2 diabetes,” says Herman."
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9 ways to use an avocado pit ("more ways to benefit from this superfruit")

9 ways to use an avocado pit ("more ways to benefit from this superfruit") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

You can do more than compost the pits from avocados. Much more.

I have several avocado pits drying on my windowsill right now. I made a big batch of guacamole last weekend (here's my guacamole recipe if you're interested), and decided to research if the pits had any uses. I found several ways the seeds from this fruit can be used. I’m drying them for use in #4 below, but I thought I'd share all of the ideas I found while I was researching. 

1. Make dye

2. Save your guacamole

3. Whip up a facemask Dry the pits, grind them up, and put them in a homemade facemask as an exfoliant.

4. Eat it You can grind up avocado pits in a smoothie.

5. Make tea Put chunks of avocado pit inside a tea infuser, put the infuser in a mug, and pour boiling water over it.

6. Make mole sauce Grate the pit and use it to whip up some tasty mole sauce.

7. Grow an avocado plant

8. Be creative

9. Wash your hair Get clean with some homemade avocado shampoo.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Since you are paying for the big seed in the middle of the avocado fruit, you may as well learn some of its uses.

"I found several ways the seeds from this fruit can be used. I’m drying them for use in #4 below, but I thought I'd share all of the ideas I found while I was researching."
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Since you are paying for the big seed in the middle of the avocado fruit, you may as well learn some of its uses.

"I found several ways the seeds from this fruit can be used. I’m drying them for use in #4 below, but I thought I'd share all of the ideas I found while I was researching."
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4 Ways Quality Sleep Supports Healthy Aging ("it's the simplest way to age gracefully; but difficult")

4 Ways Quality Sleep Supports Healthy Aging ("it's the simplest way to age gracefully; but difficult") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

By: Rosi

We know that getting a good night’s rest helps us feel better in the morning, but what may be even more important is how consistent sleep habits might predict future health. From smoother, glowing skin to a sharper mind and a healthier heart, mounting research shows that quality rest can help us all age a little more gracefully. Here’s how. 


Regular Sleep Reduces Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease 

Those planning on powering through early adulthood and middle age with little sleep and resting in old age might want to take particular notice. One recent review from Baylor University examining decades of data, suggests that getting good sleep in middle age and young adulthood protects against age-related cognitive decline during senior years.


Deep Sleep Protects Skin Against Damage and Aging 

During sleep, our bodies repair and renew at a cellular level. For example, growth hormone peaks during deep sleep, which plays an important role in aging and metabolism. Even a single night of sleep deprivation can affect how attractive and healthy we appear to other people.


Restful Sleep Lowers Risk of Obesity


Good Sleep Protects Your Heart


Bert Guevara's insight:
What can you get from quality sleep?

1. Regular Sleep Reduces Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

2. Deep Sleep Protects Skin Against Damage and Aging

3. Restful Sleep Lowers Risk of Obesity

4. Good Sleep Protects Your Heart
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Eric Larson's curator insight, March 25, 4:03 PM
What can you get from quality sleep?

1. Regular Sleep Reduces Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

2. Deep Sleep Protects Skin Against Damage and Aging

3. Restful Sleep Lowers Risk of Obesity

4. Good Sleep Protects Your Heart
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Eye Problems in Elderly: Never Miss Eating These Foods ("eat healthy now and avoid expensive surgery")

Eye Problems in Elderly: Never Miss Eating These Foods ("eat healthy now and avoid expensive surgery") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Because of the increasing percentage of the older population, the incidence of eye problems in elderly is expected to rise.

Because of the increasing percentage of the older population, the incidence of eye problems in elderly such as dry eyes and macular degeneration is expected to rise. According to U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans age 55 and over will almost double in the next 20 years. Aging is not reversible. However, many health related conditions can be prevented or at least have their negative effects to our body minimized. Since most people don’t like taking medications; other reasonable treatment alternatives should be considered. One of these alternatives is balanced nutrition.

The federal government’s National Eye Institute sponsored Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) found that adding vitamin C, E, beta carotene, zinc and copper at levels above the recommended daily allowances could reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration by 25%.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Don't wait until your eyesight starts to deteriorate. Eating healthy foods for the eyes may spare you from future expensive eye surgery.
Check out the article for suggested food items that cater to better eye health.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, March 25, 4:04 PM
Don't wait until your eyesight starts to deteriorate. Eating healthy foods for the eyes may spare you from future expensive eye surgery.
Check out the article for suggested food items that cater to better eye health.
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This Is What Will Happen When You Drink Coconut Water For A Week – Be Healthy

This Is What Will Happen When You Drink Coconut Water For A Week – Be Healthy | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

1. You’ll Strengthen Your Immune System Daily consumption of coconut water has the ability to strengthen your immune system.

 

2. You’ll Start to Feel More Energetic

Coconut water enhances the thyroid gland hormones, which gives you an energy boost at a cellular level. After a week of consuming coconut water consistently, you may just see a spring in your step that wasn’t there before.

 

3. You’ll Feel Better Internally

 

4. You’ll Notice Improvements in Your Digestive System

 

5. You’ll Lose Weight

 

6. You’ll Relieve Certain Types of Headaches For Good

 

7. You’ll Notice More Radiant Skin

 

8. You’ll Feel Younger

If you’re tired of eating carrots in the hopes of saving your eyesight, coconut water may just be your answer. Coconut water has the ability to reverse visions problems such as glaucoma and cataracts. Through drinking coconut water, you’ll have boosts of energy, your risk of heart attacks and strokes will be reduced, and the aging process will be slowed down at a cellular level.

Bert Guevara's insight:

First of all, look for a store near you. Better to buy it fresh.

 

1. You’ll Strengthen Your Immune System

2. You’ll Start to Feel More Energetic

3. You’ll Feel Better Internally

4. You’ll Notice Improvements in Your Digestive System

5. You’ll Lose Weight

6. You’ll Relieve Certain Types of Headaches For Good

7. You’ll Notice More Radiant Skin

8. You’ll Feel Younger

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First of all, look for a store near you. Better to buy it fresh.

 

1. You’ll Strengthen Your Immune System

2. You’ll Start to Feel More Energetic

3. You’ll Feel Better Internally

4. You’ll Notice Improvements in Your Digestive System

5. You’ll Lose Weight

6. You’ll Relieve Certain Types of Headaches For Good

7. You’ll Notice More Radiant Skin

8. You’ll Feel Younger

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Biking or walking may be the secret to a happier life ("less stressful than driving & public transpo")

Biking or walking may be the secret to a happier life ("less stressful than driving & public transpo") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
A UK study finds that people who switch from driving to walking or cycling have better moods than other commuters.

There are many anecdotes about the joys of trading in a car for a bike, and now researchers in England are backing this idea with data. A study from the University of East Anglia and the Centre for Diet and Activity Research finds that people who switch from commuting by car to biking or walking improved their overall well-being.

Researchers examined data from 18,000 commuters in Britain, collected by the British Household Panel Survey. They looked at mental health indicators such as feelings of worthlessness, sleepless nights, the ability to face problems and unhappiness. People who walk or cycle to work reported better concentration and lower levels of stress, compared to people who drive a car.

The study controlled for a number of factors that also impact well-being, like income, relationship changes and switching jobs.

The researchers also found that people who use public transportation like buses and trains also experience less stress than drivers. A longer drive to work was associated with a more negative physiological impact.

This isn’t the first study to link bike commuting with happiness. Research based on data from the American Time Use Survey found that biking had the most positive impact on mood compared to other modes of transportation—although the study also found that the way we travel doesn’t impact our mood as much as other daily activities.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Driving long distances to work (through city traffic) can be very stressful. Try biking or walking part of the way, or look for a job closer to home. You may live longer, unless the pollution kills you.


"People who walk or cycle to work reported better concentration and lower levels of stress, compared to people who drive a car. ...

"The researchers also found that people who use public transportation like buses and trains also experience less stress than drivers. A longer drive to work was associated with a more negative physiological impact."

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Driving long distances to work (through city traffic) can be very stressful. Try biking or walking part of the way, or look for a job closer to home. You may live longer, unless the pollution kills you.


"People who walk or cycle to work reported better concentration and lower levels of stress, compared to people who drive a car. ...

"The researchers also found that people who use public transportation like buses and trains also experience less stress than drivers. A longer drive to work was associated with a more negative physiological impact."

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Cholesterol in Eggs May Not Hurt Heart Health After All ("don't be deprived of its many benefits")

Cholesterol in Eggs May Not Hurt Heart Health After All ("don't be deprived of its many benefits") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
The once-maligned egg may not be a heartbreaker after all, new research suggests.

The findings followed the 20-year plus tracking of dietary habits among more than 1,000 middle-aged Finnish men. All were heart healthy at the study’s start, and about a third carried the APOE4 gene, the researchers said.

“It is quite well known that dietary cholesterol intake has quite a modest impact on blood cholesterol levels, and cholesterol or egg intakes have not been associated with a higher risk of heart disease in most studies,” said study author Jyrki Virtanen. He is an adjunct professor in nutritional epidemiology with the University of Eastern Finland Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition in Kuopio, Finland.

“However, dietary cholesterol intake has a greater impact on blood cholesterol levels among those with [APOE4],” Virtanen added. “So it was assumed that cholesterol intake might have a stronger impact on heart disease risk among those people. However, our study did not find an increased risk even among those carrying [APOE4].”

Although the study didn’t find a link between dietary cholesterol and adverse heart health, the study authors said they weren’t able to prove that dietary cholesterol doesn’t have a significant impact on cardiovascular disease. For example, one limitation of the study the authors noted was that they only collected dietary information at the start of the study, and had no way of knowing if people’s diets changed over time.

At the end of the 21-year tracking period, 230 of the men had experienced a heart attack. But, the study authors determined that neither egg habits, nor overall cholesterol consumption, had any bearing on heart attack risk or the risk for hardening of the arterial walls.

Virtanen noted that none of the research participants had heart disease or diabetes at the study’s launch. “[And] there is some study data from other study populations that egg or cholesterol intakes may increase the risk of heart disease among diabetics,” he said. “So our study is not a ‘license’ to eat as much cholesterol or eggs as one likes.”

Bert Guevara's insight:

Don't deprive yourself of the many health benefits of eggs, but don't indulge!


“Eggs are a powerhouse of nutrition,” she said, “with much of that nutrition found in the yolk. The yolk has vitamin D, essential fats, choline, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more. Good for bones, good for the brain, and good for the eyes. [And] the white is a high quality protein, as well as a source of B vitamins.”

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Your Brain Will Age Better If You Do This ("stay busy but not stressful to maintain brain sharpness")

Your Brain Will Age Better If You Do This ("stay busy but not stressful to maintain brain sharpness") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

One of the best ways to keep your brain sharp as you get older may be to stay busy, according to new research.

While scientists have previously recommended engaging in mentally challenging activities, a new study suggests that keeping a packed schedule may offer similar benefits.

In a survey of over 300 people participating in the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study, study authors found that among adults over the age of 50, having a busy schedule was associated with better brain processing, improved memory, sharper reasoning and better vocabulary.

People in the study ranged from 50 to 89 years old, and the positive effect of busyness on the brain was consistent across age. This, the study authors conclude, suggests that keeping a busy lifestyle is important in middle age as well as old age.

It’s possible that staying busy increases people’s ability to learn new things, as they may be exposed to different situations, people, and information on a daily basis, the researchers suggest. But it’s also possible that people with higher cognitive abilities are also more likely to be busier. The study cannot definitively determine that busyness alone causes better brain health.


Bert Guevara's insight:
For seniors with a lot of time, ditch the idea of long-term vacations doing nothing. Get busy and stay alert!
I suggest you serve the Lord and you will soon find yourself all over the place.

And what about the stress that can come from maintaining a tight schedule? “We certainly considered that being very busy could hurt cognition,” says study author Denise Park, director of research at the Center for Vital Longevity at The University of Texas at Dallas. “Basically, the data suggest that the benefits of busyness outweigh the downside.”
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The Case Against Antibacterial Soap Is Getting Stronger ("potentially dangerous household chemical")

The Case Against Antibacterial Soap Is Getting Stronger ("potentially dangerous household chemical") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Triclosan, which is found in antibacterial soap and toothpaste, among other things, is linked to disruption in the gut microbiome a new study shows.

If you wash your hands in public restrooms, brush your teeth and wear antiperspirant, you’ve come in contact with triclosan, an antibacterial used in many personal care products. But mounting evidence, much but not all of it done on animals, has linked triclosan to bacteria resistance, hormone disruption, and possibly even liver cancer. These studies were published after the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates personal care products, deemed it generally recognized as safe (GRAS), but in light of the new evidence, the agency is currently reviewing the new research. 

Now a new study done in zebrafish suggests triclosan also messes with our gut—interfering with the community of bacteria that makes up our microbiome. In the new study, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers at Oregon State University exposed 45 adult zebrafish to either normal food or food with triclosan for up to seven days. After that, the researchers analyzed the microbiomes of the fish and found that exposure was linked to significant shifts in the diversity and structure of the fish’s microbiome.

“Consider the diversity of chemicals we consume on a daily basis, any of which could have an unpredictable impact on the gut microbiome,” says study author Thomas Sharpton, an assistant professor of microbiology and statistics in the OSU Colleges of Science and Agricultural Sciences. “By using zebrafish, which is inexpensive to grow in high volume and grows rapidly, we can relatively easily screen for those chemicals that disrupt the microbiome.” Sharpton says the chemicals or ingredients that cause a change in the microbiome in fish can then be followed-up for effects in mice or humans.

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This is only a warning. Conclusions are still too early to make.

"While the levels of triclosan in products are usually deemed too low to cause the most severe forms of disease linked to the ingredient, the study authors note that research is increasingly connecting the microbiome to health, and that disruption of the body’s bacterial make-up could contribute to a variety of diseases."
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Why You Might Not Need Your Antibiotics ("very demanding patients may pressure doctors to prescribe")

Why You Might Not Need Your Antibiotics ("very demanding patients may pressure doctors to prescribe") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

About 30% of antibiotics that are prescribed in doctor's offices, clinics and emergency rooms are unnecessary, according to a new report

About 30% of antibiotics that are prescribed in doctor’s offices, clinics and emergency rooms are unnecessary, according to a new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 

The researchers looked at medical care survey data from 2010-2011 to analyze rates of prescriptions for oral antibiotics. The study authors looked for cases where the medication prescribed was “inappropriate”, meaning it wasn’t necessary, or when the wrong antibiotic was chosen, the dosage wasn’t right or the drug was used for too long or too short a time.

More than 12% of the 180,000-plus visits in the study ended with an antibiotic prescription, often for cases that didn’t meet clinical standards for the condition. Sinus infections were the most common conditions to get antibiotics; ear infections and sore throat were also common. During the study period, the estimated yearly antibiotic prescription rate was 506 per 1,000 people, but only 353 of the prescriptions were deemed appropriate for the condition.

Two million Americans get infections that are resistant to antibiotics each year, which lead to about 23,000 deaths. Antibiotic resistance is a national priority, and the goal of the White House National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria is to reduce outpatient antibiotic use by 50% and inpatient use by 20% by the year 2020.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Too much unneeded antibiotics being prescribed, not including self-medication. Patients who often demand instant cure get over-medicated!
There's something wrong with antibiotic use in our age, that there is now a growing increase in antibiotic resistance.

"The study authors looked for cases where the medication prescribed was “inappropriate”, meaning it wasn’t necessary, or when the wrong antibiotic was chosen, the dosage wasn’t right or the drug was used for too long or too short a time. ...
“Often, clinicians are worried about patient satisfaction. They think that a patient wants antibiotics, and they want the patient to be satisfied with their care, sometimes leading them to prescribe when they shouldn’t.”
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6 'Healthy' Foods Nutrition Pros Refuse to Put in Their Bodies ("don't be deceived by labels; beware")

6 'Healthy' Foods Nutrition Pros Refuse to Put in Their Bodies ("don't be deceived by labels; beware") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Don't be fooled by the health halo on whole wheat bread, cold-pressed juices, veggie chips, and more.

We know nutrition pros load up on wild salmon, ancient grains, and kale, but what virtuous-seeming fare will you never find on their plates? Here are the health-halo items they leave right on the shelves. 

No-Sugar-Added Ice Cream 

"I never buy no-sugar-added or light ice creams. ...

Puffed Veggie Chips 

"I stay away from puffed veggie chips like Pirate's Booty and Veggie Straws. ...

Powdered Peanut Butter 

"People think powdered peanut butter is healthier because it has fewer calories and less fat. But one of the best things about peanut butter is that it's loaded with healthy fats, which also help make it satisfying.

Most Commercial Salad Dressings 

"They can contain highly processed oils or partially hydrogenated oils, added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and artificial colors. ...

Whole-wheat bread 

"This is one of the ultimate cons and deceivers. The glycemic index of wheat bread is 69. ...

Cold-Pressed Juices 

"While these juices often contain a great deal of fruits and/or vegetables, the amount of sugar is extremely high. ...

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How Fast Food Messes With Your Hormones ("decades-old warning is unheeded, urban society is sick")

How Fast Food Messes With Your Hormones ("decades-old warning is unheeded, urban society is sick") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

If you want to eat healthy, you’ll need to forgo fast food, which is high in sodium, sugar and grease. A new study supplies even more incentive to do so by finding that fast food is a source of chemicals called phthalates, which have been linked to a list of possible health burdens like hormone disruption and lower sperm count.

The new report, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that people who ate more fast food also had higher levels of two substances that occur when phthalates—which make plastic more flexible—break down in the body. “The same range of concentrations measured in this [group] overlaps with the range of concentrations that have been measured in some of epidemiological studies that find adverse health effects,” says study author Ami Zota, an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Prior studies have shown that diet is a source of exposure for plastics chemicals like phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA), and that processed food may be of particular concern. The new study is the largest to look at exposure from fast food fare specifically.

In general, about a third of all the people in the study had eaten fast food in the prior day. “That’s a lot,” says Zota. “That alone tells you the public health impact of this type of food preparation.” It’s believed that phthalates could leach into food during preparation or packaging. Plastic gloves and conveyer belts could be sources, Zota says, and heat from cooking may also make it easier for chemicals to get into food.

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Home cooked meals are still the best ... if we have time to cook at home. Maybe 50% less social media time is enough to cook a meal.

"If you want to eat healthy, you’ll need to forgo fast food, which is high in sodium, sugar and grease. A new study supplies even more incentive to do so by finding that fast food is a source of chemicals called phthalates, which have been linked to a list of possible health burdens like hormone disruption and lower sperm count."
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Broken hearts at higher risk of failing – study ("losing a spouse is like losing half your heart")

Broken hearts at higher risk of failing – study ("losing a spouse is like losing half your heart") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The death of a life partner may trigger an irregular heartbeat, itself potentially life-threatening, says new research

The death of a life partner may trigger an irregular heartbeat, itself potentially life-threatening, said new research Wednesday, April 6, into the risk of dying from a broken heart. A trawl of data on nearly a million Danes showed an elevated risk, lasting about a year, of developing a heart flutter. Under-60s whose partners died unexpectedly were most in peril. The risk was highest "8-14 days after the loss, after which it gradually declined," said a study published in the online journal Open Heart. "One year after the loss, the risk was almost the same as in the non-bereaved population." Much research has focused on explaining the observed phenomenon of people dying soon after their life partner. Several studies have shown that grieving spouses have a higher risk of dying, particularly of heart disease and stroke, but the mechanism is unclear. The latest study asked specifically whether bereaved partners were more likely than others to develop atrial fibrillation, the most common type of irregular heartbeat and a risk factor for stroke and heart failure.

Bert Guevara's insight:
This explains why some loving couples die soon after the other one passes away. There is a medical reason why this phenomenon occurs. 

"The loss of a partner is considered one of the most stressful life events. It can lead to mental illness symptoms such as depression, and can cause people to lose sleep and appetite, drink too much and stop exercising – all known health risks."
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Waist size ‘strongly predicts’ heart disease risk: study ("are you overweight or obese?) 

Waist size ‘strongly predicts’ heart disease risk: study ("are you overweight or obese?)  | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

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Having excess belly fat, or having an apple-shaped figure, has already been linked to high blood pressure, high sugar levels, elevated cholesterol, coronary artery disease and heart failure. “Our research examined patients with diabetes, who are considered high risk for developing heart disease already, and found that the shape of your body determined if you were at a greater risk to develop left ventricular dysfunction,” said Brent Muhlestein, co-director of research at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City. “This study confirms that having an apple-shaped body — or a high waistcircumference — can lead to heart disease, and that reducing your waist size can reduce your risks.” Problems with the left ventricle can lead to congestive heart failure. Researchers said more study is needed to see if diabetic patients with large waists and signs of heart problems go on to develop heart failure or artery disease in the future. 

Bert Guevara's insight:
Time to check your waistline. 

"A study involving people with diabetes has shown that belly size is a stronger predictor of a dangerous kind of heart disease than body mass index, researchers said Saturday."
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The Netherlands’ New Dietary Guidelines Take Meat Off The Menu ("1 pound of meat per week is enough")

The Netherlands’ New Dietary Guidelines Take Meat Off The Menu ("1 pound of meat per week is enough") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

New dietary guidelines tell Dutch residents to cut meat consumption to twice a week, for better health and a smaller carbon footprint.

The Dutch government has a new message for its residents: when it comes to meat, less is more. This week, the Netherlands Nutrition Centre — a government-funded program that creates dietary guidelines — issued a recommendation that people eat no more than two servings of meat per week. According to National Geographic, it’s the first time that the Nutrition Centre has placed a hard limit on the amount of meat a person should consume. The Centre released its recommendations after nearly five years of studying the health and ecological impacts of an average Dutch diet. The new guidelines recommend that a person should consume no more than 500 grams (or a little over a pound) of meat per week. Of that, no more than 300 grams should be red meat, or what the Centre calls “high-carbon.” Instead, the guidelines recommend that people incorporate other sources of protein into their diets, from things like nuts or pulses. The Netherlands isn’t the first country to look at dietary guidelines from both a health and ecological standpoint. Last week, the U.K.’s government-backed nutritional body released updated dietary guidelines recommending that residents replace several servings of animal protein with plant-based protein from things like pulses, a category of food that includes lentils, peas, and beans. The guidelines also recommend a 7 percent reduction in dairy consumption. Both the Netherlands and the U.K. are years behind Sweden, however, in including sustainability concerns in their dietary guidelines. In 2009, Sweden became the first country to recommend that residents take environmental concerns into account when making food choices.

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"The Centre released its recommendations after nearly five years of studying the health and ecological impacts of an average Dutch diet. The new guidelines recommend that a person should consume no more than 500 grams (or a little over a pound) of meat per week. Of that, no more than 300 grams should be red meat, or what the Centre calls “high-carbon.” Instead, the guidelines recommend that people incorporate other sources of protein into their diets, from things like nuts or pulses.
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84 Year Old Man Beginning to Lose His Mind Makes Full Recovery After Consuming Coconut Oil

84 Year Old Man Beginning to Lose His Mind Makes Full Recovery After Consuming Coconut Oil | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

My father at 84 years old had an unexplainable experience happen to him about 9 months ago. He woke up disoriented and was unable to button his shirt or zip up his pants, he also had a hard time trying to figure out what he wanted to say. He is always very busy and takes great care of his 75 chickens and 5 cats, he loves taking care of them. 

When he tried explaining to me what was happening to him he was very frightened, it was a bit scary for me too seeing this first hand and feeling helpless asking myself, “What can I do?”

He didn’t even want to have anything to do with the chickens or cats for about 5 days. 

He was getting really worried and was even beginning to think this was the end of his life, when we got him to the hospital he said that he wouldn’t be coming back out. 

I gave him 1 huge teaspoon full of coconut oil 3 different times in a very small cup with warm juice so that the coconut oil would melt, he drank the juice very willingly. 

At the hospital the doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with him. My sisters and I believe that the coconut oil helped him recover quickly. 

Something was going on in his brain, we don’t know what and the doctors didn’t know either. The great news is that it hasn’t happened again, my father feels strong and healthy at 85 years old.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Another testimony of coconut oil on brain health. You don't have to be 84 to start using it. Take VCO (virgin coconut oil) regularly today.
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"My father at 84 years old had an unexplainable experience happen to him about 9 months ago. He woke up disoriented and was unable to button his shirt or zip up his pants, he also had a hard time trying to figure out what he wanted to say. He is always very busy and takes great care of his 75 chickens and 5 cats, he loves taking care of them. I gave him 1 huge teaspoon full of coconut oil 3 different times in a very small cup with warm juice so that the coconut oil would melt, he drank the juice very willingly. At the hospital the doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with him. My sisters and I believe that the coconut oil helped him recover quickly."

Eric Larson's curator insight, March 22, 5:54 PM
Another testimony of coconut oil on brain health. You don't have to be 84 to start using it. Take VCO (virgin coconut oil) regularly today.
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20 Things You Didn't Know About... Beer | DiscoverMagazine.com ("in heaven there is no beer ...")

20 Things You Didn't Know About... Beer | DiscoverMagazine.com ("in heaven there is no beer ...") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Sate your thirst for knowledge with these facts about beer's ancient origins, health benefits and surprising chemistry.

1. The oldest known recipe is for a 4,000-year-old beer made by the Sumerians.

2. In the 1980s, Anchor Brewing re-created these ancient Fertile Crescent suds.  

3. Sumeria’s neighbors, the Egyptians, built the pyramids under the influence. Workers at Giza received about four liters of beer a day, according to Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania.  

4. Beer (in part because it contains antimicrobial ethanol) was a healthier drink than polluted Nile river water.  

5. Ethanol, the intoxicant in beer, is a powerful antiseptic, but not a good cold remedy. The optimal blood alcohol content to kill germs would be more than 60 percent. Alas, that’d kill you, too. (Fatal alcohol poisoning occurs between 0.40 and 0.50 percent.)  

6. Salud! Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that micronutrients called polyphenols in one 12-ounce (0.35-liter) bottle of beer create protective levels of plasma antioxidants that can prevent heart disease.  

7. But at three bottles a day, the cardiovascular benefits of beer are reversed by the pro-oxidants your body creates as it metabolizes excess ethanol.  

8. Another side effect, beer farts, might earn you an offer for a bung — the large cork that seals a cask’s bunghole to allow beer to ferment properly.  

9. In Great Britain alone, 93,000 liters of beer are rumored to be lost each year in facial hair.  

10. You might have known that fact if you were a beer expert, or cerevisaphile — a word derived from the Latin name of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres, and vis, meaning strength.

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What can you get from 2 bottles of beer a day?

"6. Salud! Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that micronutrients called polyphenols in one 12-ounce (0.35-liter) bottle of beer create protective levels of plasma antioxidants that can prevent heart disease.
7. But at three bottles a day, the cardiovascular benefits of beer are reversed by the pro-oxidants your body creates as it metabolizes excess ethanol."
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13 Ways To Lower Blood Pressure Naturally ("healthy habits are not too hard to take up; just go!")

13 Ways To Lower Blood Pressure Naturally ("healthy habits are not too hard to take up; just go!") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Lower blood pressure naturally and quickly with 13 tips for healthy eating, exercise and lifestyle habits to treat high blood pressure.

But it plays a contributing role in more than 15% of deaths in the United States, according to a new Harvard study. Although it causes no symptoms, high blood pressure boosts the risks of leading killers such as heart attack and stroke, as well as aneurysms, cognitive decline, and kidney failure. 28% of Americans have high blood pressure and don't know it, according to the American Heart Association. If you haven't had yours checked in 2 years, see a doctor. 

While medication can lower blood pressure, it may cause side effects such as leg cramps, dizziness, and insomnia. Fortunately, most people can bring down their blood pressure naturally without medication. First, get to a healthy weight. Then try these strategies to reduce the risk of heart disease.

1. Go for power walks

2. Breathe deeply

3. Pick potatoes

4. Be salt smart

5. Indulge in dark chocolate

6. Take a supplement

7. Drink (a little) alcohol

8. Switch to decaf coffee

9. Take up tea

10. Work (a bit) less

11. Relax with music

12. Seek help for snoring

13. Jump for soy


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1. Go for power walks

2. Breathe deeply

3. Pick potatoes

4. Be salt smart

5. Indulge in dark chocolate

6. Take a supplement

7. Drink (a little) alcohol

8. Switch to decaf coffee

9. Take up tea

10. Work (a bit) less

11. Relax with music

12. Seek help for snoring

13. Jump for soy

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1. Go for power walks

2. Breathe deeply

3. Pick potatoes

4. Be salt smart

5. Indulge in dark chocolate

6. Take a supplement

7. Drink (a little) alcohol

8. Switch to decaf coffee

9. Take up tea

10. Work (a bit) less

11. Relax with music

12. Seek help for snoring

13. Jump for soy

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What You Need to Know About Artificial Food Coloring Phase-Outs ("better to reduce intake for kids")

What You Need to Know About Artificial Food Coloring Phase-Outs ("better to reduce intake for kids") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Civil Eats investigates food coloring: Mars joins group of food companies pledging to phase out artificial food coloring—its use remains widespread.

“Artificial colors pose no known risks to human health or safety, but consumers today are calling on food manufacturers to use more natural ingredients in their products,” said Mars in its announcement. This sentiment echoes the other big food producers that have made the change. In fact, the companies we spoke to echoed much of the same sentiment.

Mondelez International—manufacturer of brands that include Oreos and Ritz crackers—told Civil Eats that consumers are asking for “simpler ingredients and no artificial colors or flavors.” Or as Nestlé put it, “we are on a journey to simplify our recipes and ingredient labels and offer more choices to meet consumers’ evolving preferences.” Kellogg’s said, “We know consumers are looking for foods with simpler ingredients and work is well underway to answer that call.”

What these companies don’t mention, however, is that these artificial colors have been under scrutiny since the 1970s for their potential role in contributing to the rise in rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. They also don’t mention the fact that studies demonstrating such links prompted the European Union to require warning labels on products containing these dyes beginning in 2010.

Nor that the U.K. banned these food additives in 2008—a move that led to the reformulation of many products also sold in the U.S. The companies also fail to mention that recent studies suggest many children may be consuming far more dyes via the food and drinks they consume than previously thought.

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Better to eat natural. Read and find out why.


"So what’s a parent to do? “[Food coloring] is hard to avoid entirely so it’s a matter of minimizing,” says MacCleery. “Kids are getting way too much,” she says so “anything you can do to reduce this, they’ll be better off.” 

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