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Man and Woman Use Carrot Juice to Cure Stage 4 Cancer ("why let bugs bunny have all the fun")

Man and Woman Use Carrot Juice to Cure Stage 4 Cancer ("why let bugs bunny have all the fun") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
This is the story about how a man and woman 'cured' their stage 4 cancers with only carrot juice. It took 5 lbs of carrots daily for months, but it worked.

A routine follow-up CT scan indicated lung cancer. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer which had metastasized to the lungs. Her doctor predicted a two to three year life expectancy.

On November 17, 2012, Ann began a daily regimen of 5 pounds of juiced carrots, which produced one quart to a quart and one-third. Ann juiced in the morning, drank a glass and then refrigerated the rest, which she finished off throughout the day. Ann faithfully continued juicing five pounds of carrots daily, but there was an occasional non-juice day thrown in, just as Ralph Cole did.

Ann had no chemo, no radiation and no other dietary modifications except the added carrot juice. She continued eating some meat and sometimes indulged in various unhealthy foods, including ice cream.

By July 30, 2013, CT scanning showed the cancer was gone! All swollen cancerous lymph nodes had returned to normal after eight months of daily heavy carrot juicing, with an occasional day or two off.

And soon after not drinking so much carrot juice, Ann’s skin color returned to normal from it’s slightly orange tint.

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Why Cauliflower Is the New 'It' Vegetable ("substitute for white rice and glutten-filled grains")

Why Cauliflower Is the New 'It' Vegetable ("substitute for white rice and glutten-filled grains") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

No longer a boring side dish, cauliflower is seeing a surge in popularity, driven by the desire for alternatives to gluten-filled grains

Driven by carbo-adverse consumers' desire for a healthy alternative to white rice and gluten-filled grains, demand for cauliflower has grown steadily over the past few years.

Last summer, Whole Foods introduced a 365-branded cauliflower rice to its freezer section. It now ranks at No. 4 in the store's top 10 frozen vegetables, a list that previously was limited to mainstays like broccoli, peas and spinach, says Jenna Layden, senior buyer for the private label brand at Whole Foods. Cauliflower rice is so popular at Trader Joe's that the grocery chain recently began enforcing a two-bag limit per customer, rationing it so that there's enough to go around. When manufacturer B&G acquired Green Giant in 2015, the company immediately expanded its cauliflower line to include three types of cauliflower rice, increasing the amount of the vegetable harvested every week from 5 acres to 35 acres, according to Green Giant VP and general manager Jordan Greenberg.

The versatility of cauliflower has boosted its popularity. It can be mashed and buttered like potatoes, sautéed in spices for a curry or tossed in buffalo sauce and fried to make meatless chicken wings. The more home cooks learn about the creative ways they can prepare cauliflower, the more we're seeing it on the dinner plate — in a phenomenon similar to Brussels sprouts' growth about four years ago, says Michael Solmonov, the chef at Zahav, an Israeli restaurant in Philadelphia.

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When was the last time you had cauliflower? Check out it's now popularity.

"Driven by carbo-adverse consumers' desire for a healthy alternative to white rice and gluten-filled grains, demand for cauliflower has grown steadily over the past few years.
"The versatility of cauliflower has boosted its popularity. It can be mashed and buttered like potatoes, sautéed in spices for a curry or tossed in buffalo sauce and fried to make meatless chicken wings. The more home cooks learn about the creative ways they can prepare cauliflower, the more we're seeing it on the dinner plate — in a phenomenon similar to Brussels sprouts' growth about four years ago, says Michael Solmonov, the chef at Zahav, an Israeli restaurant in Philadelphia."
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Your morning cup of tea could help keep dementia away ("it's not only coffee; tea is new brain brew")

Your morning cup of tea could help keep dementia away ("it's not only coffee; tea is new brain brew") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Drinking tea reduces the risk of cognitive impairment by 50 percent—and as much as 86 percent for older adults who have a genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease—a study of 957 Chinese seniors 55 and older shows.

“While the study was conducted on Chinese elderly, the results could apply to other races as well. Our findings have important implications for dementia prevention. Despite high quality drug trials, effective pharmacological therapy for neurocognitive disorders such as dementia remains elusive and current prevention strategies are far from satisfactory,” says Feng Lei, assistant professor of psychological medicine at the National University of Singapore’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. 

“Tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. The data from our study suggests that a simple and inexpensive lifestyle measure such as daily tea drinking can reduce a person’s risk of developing neurocognitive disorders in late life.”

For the study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, older adults provided information on the amount of tea they drank from 2003 to 2005. The researchers assessed them on cognitive function every two years until 2010. They also collected data on lifestyle, medical conditions, and physical and social activity.

Long-term benefits are due to the bioactive compounds in the leaves, such as catechins, theaflavins, thearubigins and L-theanine, Feng says.

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Even if the findings are still new, it won't hurt to start the healthy habit of drinking tea during breakfast. This is great for people who find coffee too strong.

Long-term benefits are due to the bioactive compounds in the leaves, such as catechins, theaflavins, thearubigins and L-theanine, Feng says. 
“These compounds exhibit anti-inflammatory and antioxidant potential and other bioactive properties that may protect the brain from vascular damage and neurodegeneration. Our understanding of the detailed biological mechanisms is still very limited so we do need more research to find out definitive answers.”
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The Surprising Benefit of Eating Fish ("are you having problems with arthritis? try some fish")

The Surprising Benefit of Eating Fish ("are you having problems with arthritis? try some fish") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Eating fish twice a week may ease the aches and pains of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new study.

People with RA who ate fish at least twice a week reported less joint swelling and tenderness than those who rarely or never did—and the findings suggest that the more fish they ate, the less active their disease. 

The study involved 176 people with RA who answered questions about their diet over the past year. Specifically, the authors looked at responses to questions about how often people ate tuna, salmon, sardines and other fish prepared raw, broiled, steamed or baked. 

They did not look at how often people ate fried fish, shellfish or fish in mixed dishes (like shrimp stir-fry, for example), because these meals tend to be lower in omega-3 fatty acids—a type of fat with anti-inflammatory properties. Previous studies have shown that taking fish-oil supplements (which are rich in omega-3s) may benefit people with RA, but this is among the first studies to look at the consumption of actual fish.

The researchers also looked at the patients’ disease-activity scores, a measure that takes into account the number of swollen and tender joints they have, as well as a blood marker of inflammation. 

Disease-activity scores were an average of half a point lower for people who ate the most fish (twice a week or more) compared to those who ate the least (once a month or never). This was found after researchers adjusted for a number of factors that may otherwise affect the results, including age, sex, body mass index, depression, marital status, medication use and fish-oil consumption.

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If you are looking for a dietary solution to arthritis, you have to start liking tuna, salmon, sardines and other fish prepared raw, broiled, steamed or baked.

"Disease-activity scores were an average of half a point lower for people who ate the most fish (twice a week or more) compared to those who ate the least (once a month or never). This was found after researchers adjusted for a number of factors that may otherwise affect the results, including age, sex, body mass index, depression, marital status, medication use and fish-oil consumption.
"The study also suggests that people don’t have to eat fish twice a week to get some benefit, and they don’t have to stop at twice a week, either. Each serving of fish per week was linked to lower disease activity."
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Ketogenic Diet May Be Key to Cancer Recovery ("this preventive dietary approach to cancer may work")

Ketogenic Diet May Be Key to Cancer Recovery ("this preventive dietary approach to cancer may work") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The premise is that since cancer cells need glucose to thrive, and carbohydrates turn into glucose in your body, then cutting out carbs literally starves the cancer cells. Additionally, low protein intake tends to minimize the mTOR pathway, which accelerates cell proliferation.

This type of diet, in which you replace carbs with moderate amounts of high quality protein and high amounts of beneficial fat, is what I recommend for everyone, whether you have cancer or not. It’s simply a diet that will help optimize your weight and health overall, as eating this way will help you convert from carb burning mode to fat burning.

Current conventional cancer treatment typically involves chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Chemotherapy is a cytotoxic poison, and radiation is devastating to the human body. More often than not, the treatment is what eventually kills the patient. This can no longer be accepted as “the best we can do.”

CBN News recently published an article on the ketogenic diet.2 Clearly, many people are realizing that what we have been doing in terms of fighting cancer is simply not working, and we cannot afford to continue in the same way. Prevention must be addressed if we ever want to turn the tide on the growing incidence of cancer across all age groups. But even more astounding, in terms of treatment, is that cancer may respond to diet alone.

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Ever heard of KETOGENIC diet? This may be a more pleasant way to fight cancer. Find out what it is all about.

"Clearly, many people are realizing that what we have been doing in terms of fighting cancer is simply not working, and we cannot afford to continue in the same way. Prevention must be addressed if we ever want to turn the tide on the growing incidence of cancer across all age groups. But even more astounding, in terms of treatment, is that cancer may respond to diet alone."
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Eating Eggs and Dairy Makes Kids Grow Faster (better "length-for-age; weight-for-length; BMI")

Eating Eggs and Dairy Makes Kids Grow Faster (better "length-for-age; weight-for-length; BMI") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

New studies found that eggs and cow's milk can help spur child growth at an early age.

Feeding eggs to children as young as six months can help them grow and reduce stunting, according to a recent study published in Pediatrics. What’s more, giving kids eggs at such a young age did not seem to increase the risk of allergic reactions, adding to similar findings from other recent research. In the study, no allergy symptoms were reported by caregivers.

At the end of the trial, the toddlers in the egg group were 47% less likely to have stunted growth, and 74% less likely to be underweight for their age, compared to those who were not fed eggs on a daily basis. Length-for-age, weight-for-length, and body mass index (BMI) percentiles also increased significantly for children in the egg group versus the control group.

Iannotti says that eggs can be an easy way to help children grow and gain weight in poor and undeveloped countries, since they’re widely available, cost less than meat or fish, and can be easily stored and transported. They’re also high in choline, a nutrient that’s important for growth, and amino acids, the building blocks of protein.

“Eggs have been part of the Homo sapien diet for a long time, so we may even be genetically disposed to absorbing nutrients from them more efficiently.”

The researchers also found another benefit of an egg-heavy diet: When kids ate an egg a day, they ate fewer sugar-sweetened foods than those in the control group. “We don’t know if the kids were full and didn’t eat as much sugar, or if the parents were feeding them less,” Iannotti says. “But whatever the reason, it was a positive finding.”

Bert Guevara's insight:
More points in favor of eggs and dairy for children. 

"Feeding eggs to children as young as six months can help them grow and reduce stunting, according to a recent study published in Pediatrics. What’s more, giving kids eggs at such a young age did not seem to increase the risk of allergic reactions, adding to similar findings from other recent research. In the study, no allergy symptoms were reported by caregivers."
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5 Shocking Ways Your Cell Phone Is Hurting Your Health ("every good thing may have a dark side")

5 Shocking Ways Your Cell Phone Is Hurting Your Health ("every good thing may have a dark side") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Sure, your iPhone is a lifesaver when it comes to multitasking, but did you know that it could also be causing significant physical and emotional health problems for you? Check out this list and see if you identify with any of these problems — and then find out how to remedy the situation.

Nomophobia 

The problem: Becoming addicted to your phone has become such a real condition that experts have given it a name: "Nomophobia" (no-mobile-phone-phobia). It's not limited to the hardcore Wall Street types with their "crackberries" though; it's more widespread than we realized.

Layers of Filth 

The problem: The disturbing number of germs found on your phone is no joke — one University of Arizona study found that the average phone has up to 10 times the amount of bacteria found in a bathroom!

Dangerous Distractions 

The problem: Using your phone increases your chances of being seriously injured. Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University studied the brains of drivers using cell phones, and found that just listening to someone talk reduced brain activity by 37 percent.

Poor Sleep Health 

The problem: You should know by now that using gadgets with bright screens before bed makes it harder to fall asleep. Exposure to artificial light before going to bed can suppress your brain's ability to release melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle.

Weakened Relationships 

The problem: Constantly checking your phone while spending time with people takes away from your relationships, and it might even be making people see you differently.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Almost everybody is carrying one, but many of us aren't aware of the down side of too much use without precautions. It's time to be aware.

"Sure, your iPhone is a lifesaver when it comes to multitasking, but did you know that it could also be causing significant physical and emotional health problems for you? Check out this list and see if you identify with any of these problems — and then find out how to remedy the situation."
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Ketogenic Diet Improves Insulin Sensitivity & Numerous Aging Markers ("not how much but what you eat")

Ketogenic Diet Improves Insulin Sensitivity & Numerous Aging Markers ("not how much but what you eat") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A high-fat low-carb ketogenic diet can optimize your metabolism. Numerous studies have shown that lowering your caloric intake may slow down aging, help prevent age-related chronic diseases, and extend your life. As you age, your levels of glucose, insulin and triglycerides tend to gradually creep upward.

What we know now about calorie restriction is that, in animals, it reduces metabolic rate and oxidative stress, and it alters neuroendocrine and sympathetic nervous system function. We also know that calorie restriction improves insulin sensitivity, and high insulin levels accelerate aging. 

Therefore, it is safe to assume that much of the longevity phenomenon can be attributed to improved insulin signaling. What this means for you is that your longevity depends more on whatyou eat than on how much you eat.

What is a Ketogenic Diet? 

Dr. Attia consumed what is known as a ketogenic diet, which is one that shifts your body’s metabolic engine from burning carbohydrates to burning fats. Your cells have the metabolic flexibility to adapt from using glucose for fuel to using ketone bodies, which come from the breakdown of fats—hence the name “ketogenic.” Another term for this is nutritional ketosis. As an aside, many types of cancer cells do NOT have this adaptability and require glucose to thrive, which makes the ketogenic diet an effective therapy for combating cancer. 

A ketogenic diet requires that 50 to 70 percent of your food intake come from beneficial fats, such as coconut oil, grass-pastured butter, organic pastured eggs, avocado and raw nuts (raw pecans and macadamia nuts are particularly beneficial). One of the fastest ways to prevent nutritional ketosis is by consuming sugar or refined carbohydrates.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Is there a relation between diet and aging? Read the whole article and be informed about the advantages of "ketogenic diet".

"A 2010 study examined the effects of a high-fat diet on typical markers of aging. Study participants were given a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet with adequate protein, and the results were health improvements across the board. Serum leptin decreased by an average of eight percent, insulin by 48 percent, fasting glucose by 40 percent, triglycerides by nearly eight percent, and free T3 (thyroid hormone) by almost six percent."
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What Might Happen If You Walk 30 Minutes a Day ("better than 30 minutes sitting on FB & Twitter!!")

What Might Happen If You Walk 30 Minutes a Day ("better than 30 minutes sitting on FB & Twitter!!") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

1. Think About It

Be honest: You easily spend 30 minutes a day on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. (It's OK, we do, too.) Well, put down your phone and use that time to take a walk around the neighborhood. There are eight amazing things that might happen if you do.

2. You'll Burn About 150 Calories

Depending on your weight and the speed you're walking, you're likely to burn about 150 calories whenever you take a half-hour stroll.

3. You'll Feel Calmer

The act of walking can be relaxing, even if you're exploring a busy city street and not a quiet meadow.

4. Your Legs Will Become More Toned

Just 30 minutes a day can strengthen and tone the muscles in your thighs and calves.

5. And You Might Reduce Varicose Veins

Walking regularly has been proven to help reduce the appearance and pain of varicose veins, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

6. You'll Improve Your Digestion

A 30-minute walk will help get things moving in your digestive tract and keep your blood sugar levels more stable,

7. And You'll Feel More Creative

8. You'll Get Errands Done On-the-Go

Something else you can take on that walk: your phone. Use the time to catch up with long-distance friends and family.

9. You Might Be Inspired to Exercise Even More

After a few weeks of making this routine, your half-hour walk will become a piece of cake. You might even be inspired to take it to the next level and try a 30-minute run or bike ride. The possibilities are endless, people.

Bert Guevara's insight:
For those in my age range, walking may be the safest and best daily exercise available.
I started using a Fitness Band and became conscious of how many steps I take in a day. On the first week, I started with 3000 steps daily and managed it usually by strolling in the mall.
By the 3rd week, I set the target at 4000 steps but still working on it.
The results are noticeable.
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Here’s How Much Coffee Is Really Safe to Drink ("daily intake of four 8-oz cups still good, no worry")

Here’s How Much Coffee Is Really Safe to Drink ("daily intake of four 8-oz cups still good, no worry") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A new scientific review offers reassurance that, in moderate amounts, caffeine is perfectly healthy.

The paper confirms the results of the last big review done on caffeine safety, back in 2003: that intake levels of up to 400 mg a day, or about four 8-ounce cups of coffee, are not associated with health risks for adults. The results, published in Food and Chemical Toxicology, were recently presented at the Experimental Biology conference in Chicago. 

“After decades of research and thousands of papers, we know a lot about caffeine,” says lead author Daniele Wikoff, health sciences practice leader at ToxStrategies, a private scientific consulting firm. “And what our findings truly confirm is that having caffeine as part of your daily diet is still acceptable and without adverse effects.”

Despite all the new research, the paper’s conclusions remain generally the same as the previous review’s. More than 90% of Americans currently consume less than 400 mg a day of caffeine, the authors wrote, and the findings of the new review "support the safety of standard consumption practices in the United States.”

The studies included in the review looked at a variety of caffeine sources, including coffee, tea, chocolate, other beverages, and supplements, but the review did not evaluate the health effects associated with these different sources separately. When considering your caffeine intake, says Health’s medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj, it's important to keep in mind the entire food or drink.

Plain coffee, for example, is rich in antioxidants and may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Soda and fancy coffee concoctions, on the other hand, can be high in calories or contain artificial sweeteners, while energy drinks can contain sugar and other stimulants that have been associated with health risks.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Plain coffee is better than the fancy concoctions. Four 8-oz cups daily is a healthy habit.

"The paper confirms the results of the last big review done on caffeine safety, back in 2003: that intake levels of up to 400 mg a day, or about four 8-ounce cups of coffee, are not associated with health risks for adults.
"Plain coffee, for example, is rich in antioxidants and may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Soda and fancy coffee concoctions, on the other hand, can be high in calories or contain artificial sweeteners, while energy drinks can contain sugar and other stimulants that have been associated with health risks."
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Why Working Out Is the ~ Least ~ Important Part of Losing Weight ("healthy diet and enough sleep vital")

Why Working Out Is the ~ Least ~ Important Part of Losing Weight ("healthy diet and enough sleep vital") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

If you really want to lose weight, the gym should be your last priority, the Revenge Body-trainer explains. Here's why.

As Pasternak explains, "There are 168 hours in a week, and even if you're working out two, three, four, or five times a week for an hour, you're still not working out at least 95 to 98 percent of the week. So it's what you do during that time that's far more impactful than what you do in the gym." That's why the women Pasternak was teamed up with weren't allowed "anywhere near the gym for the first two weeks." Yep—really!

1. Get Moving 

While Pasternak didn't have the women hit the gym for the first two weeks, he did have them moving. "The first thing I did was give them a Fitbit and a daily step goal. First, we started at 10,000 then 12,000, and eventually worked up to 14,000 steps per day."

2. Reset Your Diet 

The next thing he did? Put the women on his Body Reset Diet. This means, for the first five days, three smoothies and two crunchy snacks per day. The next five days, replace your dinner smoothie with a regular solid, single-dish meal (otherwise known as an "S" meal)—smoothie, soup, salad, sandwich, stir-fry, sushi, Pasternak explains. The reasoning? "It resets the metabolism, digestion, and appetite," 

3. Focus on Your Sleep 

"Although sleep is supposed to be one-third of our lives, we don't get enough sleep or quality sleep, and studies show that people who don't get enough quality sleep gain more weight," he says. 

4. Unplug 

Pasternak also had the women he was teamed up with unplug from their phones, computers, and other screens for at least one hour per day, since, as Pasternak explains, "Studies show that the blue light emitted from our screens has been shown to mess up our sleep patterns, mood, and appetite."

Bert Guevara's insight:
It's what you do outside the gym that matters more!
1. Get Moving
2. Reset your diet
3. Focus on your sleep
4. Unplug

"As Pasternak explains, "There are 168 hours in a week, and even if you're working out two, three, four, or five times a week for an hour, you're still not working out at least 95 to 98 percent of the week. So it's what you do during that time that's far more impactful than what you do in the gym." That's why the women Pasternak was teamed up with weren't allowed "anywhere near the gym for the first two weeks." Yep—really!"
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Why You Should Eat More Avocado (the cheapest food that can provide the most health benefits")

Why You Should Eat More Avocado (the cheapest food that can provide the most health benefits") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A new review of scientific literature suggests that eating avocado may help prevent metabolic syndrome.

Here is some very good news for guacamole lovers everywhere: A new review of scientific literature suggests that eating avocado may help prevent metabolic syndrome. Dubbed "the new silent killer," metabolic syndrome is the term used to describe a combination of three or more risk factors for heart disease and diabetes (like high blood pressure, high triglycerides and large waist circumference). 

The review, conducted by Iranian researchers and published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, looked at 129 previously published studies examining the effects of avocado consumption on different components of metabolic syndrome. Most of the studies involved the fleshy part you’re used to eating, but some also included avocado leaves, peels, oil, and pits. 

The researchers concluded that avocados have the most beneficial effects on cholesterol levels and that consumption of the creamy fruit can influence several different measurements: LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, triglycerides, total cholesterol and phospholipids. 

That’s not all, though. "The lipid-lowering, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, anti-obesity, antithrombotic, antiatherosclerotic, and cardioprotective effects of avocado have been demonstrated in several studies," wrote the authors, and most of those studies recommend eating the fruit on a daily basis. In other words, avocados can help fight pretty much every aspect of metabolic syndrome.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Don't believe the old myths about avocado. Eat them as often as possible and stay healthy.

The researchers concluded that avocados have the most beneficial effects on cholesterol levels and that consumption of the creamy fruit can influence several different measurements: LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, triglycerides, total cholesterol and phospholipids. 
That’s not all, though. "The lipid-lowering, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, anti-obesity, antithrombotic, antiatherosclerotic, and cardioprotective effects of avocado have been demonstrated in several studies," wrote the authors, and most of those studies recommend eating the fruit on a daily basis. In other words, avocados can help fight pretty much every aspect of metabolic syndrome.
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7 Reasons To Eat More Chocolate, According To Science ("why didn't i know this when i was a boy")

7 Reasons To Eat More Chocolate, According To Science ("why didn't i know this when i was a boy") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

If you love dark chocolate, then start celebrating. Here are 7 legitimate health reasons to eat chocolate every day.

So what are those great benefits? Aside from chocolate's reputation as an aphrodisiac and a momentary mood-booster, here are seven legitimate reasons you should be eating it every day.

1. Healthier skin

Eating antioxidant-rich chocolate leads to skin that's smoother, less dried out, and more resistant to sunburn, studies have shown.

2. Healthier teeth

In fact, in a study of Indian children who hadn't brushed in four days, a single rinse with a cocoa-based mouthwash reduced plaque by nearly 50% and killed 21% of bacteria.

3. Reduced cravings and weight gain

Researchers from the Netherlands found that people who simply smelled 85% dark chocolate reported that their appetite levels dropped by up to half. Smelling dark chocolate, they found, stimulates production of an antihunger hormone called ghrelin, and the effect lingers for about an hour.

4. A healthier heart

Chocolate is often vilified because it contains cocoa butter, which is high in saturated fat. But it turns out that like other forms of saturated fat, such as coconut oil, cocoa butter could actually be good for you.

5. Sharper focus

6. Less anxiety

Stress prompts your body to produce cortisol, which has an added downside of triggering the accumulation of the abdominal, or visceral, fat that builds up around your organs and can contribute to depression, along with heart disease and stroke.

7. A more effective workout

Boosting your pre-exercise energy levels, powering through a hard sweat session, and cutting down on post-workout soreness—chocolate helps all three.

Bert Guevara's insight:
If you love dark chocolate, then start celebrating. Here are 7 legitimate health reasons to eat chocolate every day.

"So what are those great benefits? Aside from chocolate's reputation as an aphrodisiac and a momentary mood-booster, here are seven legitimate reasons you should be eating it every day.
1. Healthier skin
2. Healthier teeth
3. Reduced cravings and weight gain
4. A healthier heart
5. Sharper focus 
6. Less anxiety
7. A more effective workout"
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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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Artificial Sweeteners Are Linked to Weight Gain: Study ("better to go for natural sweeteners")

Artificial Sweeteners Are Linked to Weight Gain: Study ("better to go for natural sweeteners") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A new study suggests that artificial sweeteners are linked to weight gain—not weight loss—as well as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

In the report, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers analyzed 37 studies on artificial sweeteners to see if they were successful for weight management. The studies followed more than 400,000 people for about 10 years. Seven of the studies were randomized controlled trials, a type considered to be the gold standard in scientific research. 

Artificial sweeteners did not appear to help people lose weight. Instead, observational studies that looked at consumption over time suggested that people who regularly consumed them—by drinking one or more artificially-sweetened beverages a day—had a higher risk for health issues like weight gain, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

“I think there’s an assumption that when there are zero calories, there is zero harm,” says study author Meghan Azad, an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics and child health at the University of Manitoba in Canada . “This research has made me appreciate that there’s more to it than calories alone.”

It's not yet clear whether artificial sweeteners actually cause harm, however. Observational studies that link the sweeteners to health problems do not prove the sweeteners themselves are responsible. Other factors may muddle the link; people who consume more artificially sweeteners may eat more processed food, for example, which is linked to a higher risk for obesity or heart-related problems.

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Artificial sweeteners might seem like a low- or no-calorie way to enjoy sweet food and not gain weight. But a new study links them to the opposite.

"Because artificial sweeteners have been associated with health problems, experts have several working theories to explain the link. Some researchers speculate that the sweeteners interfere with a person’s microbiome, a collection of gut bacteria crucial for the absorption of nutrients. Regularly eating or drinking sugar substitutes may also cause people to crave sweeter foods more often. People may also believe that because they haven't consumed calories, they have license to splurge elsewhere. Some researchers also believe that sweeteners may interfere with the body’s mechanisms for metabolizing sugar."
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4 Natural 'Cures' That Are Bad for Your Health ("there are proper ways of using natural meds")

4 Natural 'Cures' That Are Bad for Your Health ("there are proper ways of using natural meds") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

It’s a common misconception that natural or alternative medicine treatments are safer than prescription drugs and procedures. But a recent death from turmeric is proof that even natural treatments can be dangerous. 

According to a report from a local ABC News affiliate, Jade Erick from Encinitas, California died after an IV infusion of turmeric, which resulted in an adverse reaction to the spice. Her official cause of death was "anoxic encephalopathy," after her heart stopped and her brain was deprived of oxygen.

Dr. Taw had never heard of anyone introducing turmeric to the system via IV infusion—and you should never use an IV of any substance without consulting a doctor first, he says. Also be wary of these other "natural" or alternative treatments, all of which can do serious damage to your health.

Activated charcoal

Doctors use activated charcoal to treat overdoses, because the substance "binds" harmful chemicals, preventing their absorption in the gut ...

"In the alternative medicine community, it is used as a means of decreasing cholesterol through ingestion," she says. 

But there's a laundry list of potential side effects: Activated charcoal can reduce the effectiveness of other medications, including birth control. If inhaled instead of swallowed, it may cause lung damage. And it can also lead to upset stomach. "I strongly advise people don't ingest activated charcoal, as the harms outweigh the benefits," says Dr. Levine.

Aconite

While raw aconite is poisonous, processed aconite is sometimes used in small amounts in the alternative medicine community to treat pain. But Dr. Taw recommends avoiding it altogether.

Hydrogen peroxide

"People believe that it's hyper-oxygenating, putting extra oxygen into your beverage, and that it somehow improves your health." 

There's no scientific truth to back up these cleans, though, so don't be fooled—and definitely don't drink it. "If you accidentally take too much, it could have very serious consequences," says Dr. Hatten.

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The Hidden Dangers of Makeup and Shampoo ("trying to look and feel good may have bad results")

The Hidden Dangers of Makeup and Shampoo ("trying to look and feel good may have bad results") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A new study shows that people report a number health and safety issues concerning their cosmetics, makeup and hair care to the FDA.

"As a dermatologist, we live and breathe cosmetics and personal care products," says study author Dr. Steve Xu, a resident physician in the department of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, citing his motivation for the study. "I get asked every day, 'What is safe to use?'" 

In the new research letter, Xu and his colleagues looked at the number of adverse events reported to the FDA and found that over a 12-year period, there were 5,144 health-related complaints submitted due to cosmetic products.

The study authors were able to evaluate the number of cases reported to the agency because in 2016, the FDA made the CFSAN database publicly available. The new researched shows that between 2004 and 2016, an average of 396 events were reported per year, with an increase between 2015 to 2016. The three most commonly cited products were for hair care, skin care and tattoos. "This isn't designed to be alarmist," says Xu. Still, "we have this huge industry and there are lots of chemicals in these products that largely go unregulated."

To combat the problem, the writers of both the study and the editorial argue that better surveillance is needed. Xu encourages more people and their doctors to provide thorough reports to the FDA, and he argues companies should take a greater role in this reporting, too. "I think broader reporting from all parties and mandatory reporting from manufacturers is not a controversial thing to ask for," says Xu. Increasing the agency's budget and oversight is another solution, and the editorial authors argue the agency is "underresourced for even the very limited responsibilities it currently has for the safety of cosmetics." However, a bump to the FDA's budget, at least for now, doesn't seem likely, as the agency is facing the potential for budget cuts in the near future.

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There is big money in the wellness industry but not all players are selling safe products. Awareness of health issues is becoming a primary concern.

"The new researched shows that between 2004 and 2016, an average of 396 events were reported per year, with an increase between 2015 to 2016. The three most commonly cited products were for hair care, skin care and tattoos. "This isn't designed to be alarmist," says Xu. Still, "we have this huge industry and there are lots of chemicals in these products that largely go unregulated."
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Red Onions May Help Prevent Cancer More Than White Onions ("never mind the stronger breath effect")

Red Onions May Help Prevent Cancer More Than White Onions ("never mind the stronger breath effect") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Researchers found that red onion extract killed three to four times the number of cancer cells compared to lighter-colored onions.

The next time you’re shopping for burger toppings or salad ingredients, opt for red onions over white. Both types of veggies contain potent antioxidant properties, but a new study suggests that the red variety may be especially powerful at fighting cancer. 

When researchers exposed human cancer cells to extracts from five different varieties of onions, they found that the red-onion extract killed three to four times the number of cells compared to extracts of lighter-colored onions, says co-author Suresh Neethirajan, PhD, associate professor of bioengineering. His team’s findings are published in Food Research International.

The authors say that red onions not only have high levels of quercetin, but that they’re also rich in anthocyanin—a plant pigment that enhances the ability of quercetin molecules to “scavenge,” or hunt down and destroy, dangerous free radicals that can lead not only to cancer but also to heart disease, diabetes and other inflammation-related conditions. 

Anthocyanins are also what provide the red, blue, purple, and black hues of many fruits and vegetables. Nutrition experts have long recommended choosing richly colored fruits and vegetables, and it’s not surprising that red onions would have more cancer-fighting power than white, the authors say. Still, this is the first time the hypothesis has been confirmed in this type of laboratory setting.

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This is a good reason to opt for red over white onions. Anyway, your breathe will smell the same either way.

"The next time you’re shopping for burger toppings or salad ingredients, opt for red onions over white. Both types of veggies contain potent antioxidant properties, but a new study suggests that the red variety may be especially powerful at fighting cancer. 
"When researchers exposed human cancer cells to extracts from five different varieties of onions, they found that the red-onion extract killed three to four times the number of cells compared to extracts of lighter-colored onions, says co-author Suresh Neethirajan, PhD, associate professor of bioengineering. His team’s findings are published in Food Research International."
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A Natural Alternative to Coffee - Life Extension ("another natural way to get a brain boosting brew")

A Natural Alternative to Coffee - Life Extension ("another natural way to get a brain boosting brew") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A recent poll found that 26% of Americans are addicted to coffee. For those seeking a healthy alternative, a cup of hot spearmint-cocoa, rich in bioactive compounds, has been shown to clear brain fog and stimulate brain blood flow. Controlled studies show that adults drinking this spearmint-cocoa beverage improve their concentration, working memory and mental clarity.

That afternoon low point in mental sharpness, focus, and attention is something most of us have learned to live with. 

Some reach for another cup of coffee, but at this time of day that extra cup could cost them valuable sleep. 

Human studies have demonstrated that a group of phenolic compounds from spearmint can enhance performance on tests of working memory, the critical factor in sustaining attention and focus during problem solving. 

Cocoa powder was recently shown to significantly improve the match between brain cell activity and brain blood flow, an important requirement for crisp mental function that also correlates with resistance to developing dementia. 

Spearmint extracts have now been added to a high-quality cocoa powder to provide a boost for attention and mental focus, capitalizing on the benefits of each natural compound. 

There is no longer any reason to tolerate morning grogginess or the “four o’clock fade.” A cup of spearmint hot chocolate may be just the right prescription for sustained brain performance throughout the day.

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A healthy alternative to coffee has been shown to quickly reverse mental deficits. Those who experience brain fatigue in the morning or later in the day now have a pick-me-up alternative that also improves brain focus and clarity.

"For those who don’t want to reach for a cup of coffee, the combination of cocoa and spearmint is a great alternative for erasing brain fog and achieving mental clarity."
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The 10 Worst Foods For Your Heart (stay away from major sources of unhealthy fats, sugars & sodium")

The 10 Worst Foods For Your Heart (stay away from major sources of unhealthy fats, sugars & sodium") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

To keep your heart healthy for years to come, stay away from these major sources of unhealthy fats, sugars, and sodium.

1. Fast-food burgers

But in general, Druz says, “saturated fats from animals, especially when combined with carbohydrates, appear to have a deleterious effect on heart health."

2. Processed and cured meats

“The majority of people should be on a salt-restricted diet because of sodium’s link to high blood pressure,”

3. Deep-fried foods

“If you’re making a veggie stir-fry at home and you’re preparing it with olive oil and coconut oil, there’s certainly nothing wrong with that,” says Druz. “But what most people understand as typical fried food, the kinds you don’t prepare at home, should certainly be avoided.”

4. Candy

“The debate in cardiology has pivoted from saturated fat and cholesterol to sugar,” says Druz. “If there is one ingredient I would say anyone with heart disease or risk for heart disease must avoid, it’s added sugar in any form.”

5. Soft drinks and sugar-sweetened juices

6. Sugary cereals

“Eating refined carbohydrates and sugars in the morning is going to produce inflammation and make blood sugar go up and down, so you’ll crave more sugar throughout the day,” Druz says. Instead, she recommends having fruit along with an egg or avocado on whole-wheat toast.

7. Cookies and pastries

8. Margarine

To be safe, choose a soft, spreadable margarine that contains no partially hydrogenated oils, or stick with olive oil instead.

9. Meat-lovers pizza

10. Diet soda

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There are foods which are so available on a daily basis, but may raise a red flag. Look through the list and find out why.

1. Fast-food burgers
2. Processed and cured meats
3. Deep-fried foods
4. Candy
5. Soft drinks and sugar-sweetened juices 
6. Sugary cereals
7. Cookies and pastries 
8. Margarine
9. Meat-lovers pizza 
10. Diet soda
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5 Times You Shouldn’t Drink Water - ("more isn't always better, even when it comes to water")

5 Times You Shouldn’t Drink Water - ("more isn't always better, even when it comes to water") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

We all know drinking water is a part of a healthy lifestyle, but there are times when you should back off the water.

Usually, you can't go wrong with H2O. It keeps us hydrated (obviously), helps us avoid overeating, and could even burn extra calories. But, like with many of your healthiest habits, more isn't always better, even when it comes to water. Believe it or not, there are a few times when you should back off the bubbler.

1. When you already chugged a bunch

If you chug enough to dilute your body's natural balance of salt, you can become too low in sodium, a condition known as hyponatremia.

2. When your pee is clear

If you see only clear urine in the bowl, you can probably cut back your water intake a smidge. Darker yellows can be a sign it’s time to get sipping.

3. When you ate a big meal

It's one of the simplest ways to cut back on a few calories: Drink a glass of water before a meal (or when a craving strikes) and you'll naturally eat a little bit less since that fluid is already taking up space in your fist-sized stomach. But for the very same reason, drinking too much water before or during a heavy meal can lead to discomfort.

4. When you’re doing a super-intense workout for a long period of time

We lose electrolytes, like potassium and sodium, through sweat. If you're seriously sweating it out, you'll need to replace those crucial nutrients, which aren't found in plain water.

5. When the water has a not-so-sweet secret

Because these sweeteners have been linked to increased hunger and even weight gain in some studies, commercially available flavored waters might do you more harm than good. Instead, try adding your own flavor to tap water by tossing in lemon, lime, cucumber, watermelon, berries, or even herbs.

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Like any other good thing, water should be consumed in the proper time, at the right amounts. Check out these reminders.

"But, like with many of your healthiest habits, more isn't always better, even when it comes to water. Believe it or not, there are a few times when you should back off the bubbler."
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Starbucks Is Jumping on the Avocado Toast Trend ("can't wait to try this with fresh brewed coffee")

Starbucks Is Jumping on the Avocado Toast Trend ("can't wait to try this with fresh brewed coffee") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Starbucks Is Jumping on the Avocado Toast Trend

Starbucks’s food offerings are getting a little greener this spring with the introduction of an avocado spread. 

Served in a plastic packet so you can top your toasts on the go, the “organic avocado spread” is made with “fresh, organic Hass avocados, sea salt, onion, garlic, jalapeño pepper and lime juice,” according to the coffee chain. The packets, which cost about $1, hit Starbucks locations nationwide on Tuesday.

Starbucks fans had mixed reviews, with some commenting on the bright green hue of the spread.

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I love this idea. Looking forward to healthy coffee breaks.

"Served in a plastic packet so you can top your toasts on the go, the “organic avocado spread” is made with “fresh, organic Hass avocados, sea salt, onion, garlic, jalapeño pepper and lime juice,” according to the coffee chain. The packets, which cost about $1, hit Starbucks locations nationwide on Tuesday."
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Why Adjusting Your Thermostat Can Boost Your Metabolism ("good for insulin sensitivity increase")

Why Adjusting Your Thermostat Can Boost Your Metabolism ("good for insulin sensitivity increase") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Fluctuating indoor temperatures are good for your metabolism, suggests a new scientific report.

In 2015, for example, the researchers found that diabetics who were exposed to 10 days of intermittent cold (59 degrees for a total of six hours a day) saw their insulin sensitivity increase by more than 40%. “This is comparable with the best available pharmaceutical or physical activity therapies,” the authors wrote. 

Several studies have also suggested that exposure to heat or cold can have effects—both positive and negative—on cardiovascular processes, including blood pressure and heart rate, as well as the immune system.

A variation in temperature “trains” the body’s vascular system, says lead author Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, PhD, professor of ecological energetics and health at Maastricht University in the Netherlands—sending warm blood to the skin and cold blood to the core of the body, for example.

Research has also shown that cold temperatures trigger an increase in calorie-burning brown fat, and improve muscle cells’ ability to take up glucose, or energy. (van Marken Lichtenbelt says it’s not yet clear whether it’s the change from warm to cold, or simply the cold itself, that’s responsible for these benefits.)

The authors argue that temperatures in modern homes and offices should be dynamic, and that building professionals should take this research into account when designing and managing living spaces and workplaces.

In other words, make your home and office mimic the outdoors, with natural ups and downs from day to day and month to month. (Think opening the windows instead of cranking up the AC, or dialing down your thermostat a few degrees on cold winter days.) In addition to potential health perks, he says, adjustments like these might also save money and energy.

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This is new! Varying temperatures are good for diabets. Find out how.

"In 2015, for example, the researchers found that diabetics who were exposed to 10 days of intermittent cold (59 degrees for a total of six hours a day) saw their insulin sensitivity increase by more than 40%. “This is comparable with the best available pharmaceutical or physical activity therapies,” the authors wrote. 
"Several studies have also suggested that exposure to heat or cold can have effects—both positive and negative—on cardiovascular processes, including blood pressure and heart rate, as well as the immune system."
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Eye Problems in Elderly: Never Miss Eating These Foods ("choose colorful fruits and see clearer")

Eye Problems in Elderly: Never Miss Eating These Foods ("choose colorful fruits and see clearer") | 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.

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%.

Vitamin C 

This vitamin is an effective antioxidant that protects many essential molecules of the body. It is a water-soluble vitamin that is necessary for the making of muscles, ligaments, collagens and structural components of blood vessels.

Vitamin E 

Vitamin E is also an antioxidant and protects against the oxidation of fat. The retina has a large amount of fatty acids and therefore, protection against free radicals is an important process in this tissue.

Beta Carotene Studies have shown that the daily beta carotene consumption in U.S. is around 3-6 mg/day and the average intake in U.S. men and women over 50 years of age is around 2.6 mg/day. The above mentioned study (AREDS trial) showed a positive effect of taking beta carotene in addition to vitamins C and E, zinc, and copper in reducing the rate of macular degeneration

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This $100 Gadget Is Taking Over Kitchens Everywhere ("this 7-in-1 cooker must be good to be in Time")

This $100 Gadget Is Taking Over Kitchens Everywhere ("this 7-in-1 cooker must be good to be in Time") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The Instant Pot multi-tasking pressure cooker is Amazon's best seller in the kitchen category, with nearly 18,000 reviews. Cooks rave about it.

Instant Pot, which functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and warmer, tends to draw the kinds of over-the-top reviews that seem plucked directly from infomercials. "I seriously can't believe how many foods can be cooked in here!" one reviewer wrote. "Love this!! I was scared to buy a pressure cooker but with all the functions on this it is a breeze to use," another said. The word "love" comes up a lot in these reviews.

How could such a hit product still remain relatively below the radar? The main explanation is that Double Insight, the Canadian firm that makes Instant Pots, has used very unconventional marketing strategies. In fact, the Instant Pot's runaway success was entirely viral.

Instant Pot has been very involved in low-cost social media marketing as well. The company encourages Instant Pot owners to join its Facebook community — which has nearly 450,000 members — where they can share recipes and crowdsource cooking advice. 

Instant Pot runs recipe contests and has a slew of cooking videos on its site — which is good, because one of users' few complaints is the steep learning curve for figuring out how to best use it. There’s a small but growing number of Instant Pot cookbooks too.


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Every once in a while, someone comes up with a brilliant design for a cooking gadget that is also cheap. Check it out.

"Instant Pot, which functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and warmer, tends to draw the kinds of over-the-top reviews that seem plucked directly from infomercials. ...
"How could such a hit product still remain relatively below the radar? The main explanation is that Double Insight, the Canadian firm that makes Instant Pots, has used very unconventional marketing strategies. In fact, the Instant Pot's runaway success was entirely viral."
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Eating More of This Will Make You Live Longer ("you have to love fruits & veggies to extend life")

Eating More of This Will Make You Live Longer ("you have to love fruits & veggies to extend life") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A new study shows people that eat 10 helpings of fruits and vegetables lived longer

By now we know that eating more fruits and vegetables is good for our health, but a new study suggests that eating even more produce can prevent millions of deaths each year. 

In the report, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers from Imperial College London conducted a meta-analysis of 95 studies looking at fruit and vegetable intake. They estimated that 7.8 million premature global deaths could be avoided yearly if people ate 10 portions of fruits and vegetables a day. 

The researchers characterize 10 portions as 800 grams of fruits and vegetables a day. For context, one medium apple is around 182 grams. 

Already eating plenty of fruits and vegetables cut people’s risk of early death from heart disease and cancer. But the researchers estimated that if people ate up to 10 portions a day, there would be a 24% lower risk of heart disease, 33% lower risk of stroke, 28% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, 13% lower risk of cancer, and a 31% lower risk of dying early when compared to not eating any fruit or vegetables.

The fruits and vegetables that were linked to lower risk of heart problems included the usual suspects like apples, citrus, and leafy veggies like spinach. Other cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts as well as peppers and green beans were linked to potentially lower cancer risk.

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Living longer made simple. Check this out.

"But the researchers estimated that if people ate up to 10 portions a day, there would be a 24% lower risk of heart disease, 33% lower risk of stroke, 28% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, 13% lower risk of cancer, and a 31% lower risk of dying early when compared to not eating any fruit or vegetables.
"But how realistic is it to ask people to eat up to 10 portions of produce? Considering fewer than 18% of Americans eat the recommended amount of fruit and less than 14% eat the recommended amount of vegetables, that will be a challenge."
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