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The Real Benefits of Easy Do-it-Yourself Loose-Leaf Tea ("a lot better & safer than commercial tea")

The Real Benefits of Easy Do-it-Yourself Loose-Leaf Tea ("a lot better & safer than commercial tea") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
The best way to make sure you are drinking quality tea is to make it yourself from fresh organic herbs. Here are the benefits of DIY loose-leaf tea.

The best way to make sure you are drinking non-GMO, pesticide-free tea, without added plastics or other toxins, is to make it yourself from fresh organic herbs. Don’t worry; it isn’t as hard as it sounds.

Once you’ve had a cup of freshly brewed, organic, homemade, whole-leaf, or small-leaf tea, you’ll never go back to store-bought, teabags. There is simply no comparison. Plus, the benefits of tea are compounded with a DIY batch, and they are many:

Tea is a known cancer fighter. This is due to the high level of antioxidants concentrated in a single glass, since you are essentially drinking water infused with the utmost nutrition from the leaves, stems, and roots from medicinal plants. Check out the connection between just green tea and cancer here.Tea is full of catechins. These can boost endurance, inhibit weight gain, reduce cardiovascular risks, and slow the aging process. Catechins, a form of antioxidant, can also treat neurological impairment, and reduce LDL cholesterol. Even drinkers of ‘English’ tea, who like to add milk to the beverage, can still enjoy high levels of catechin absorption.Tea hydrates the body, even when it is caffeinated, and can boost mood.Tea helps to fight free radicals, and LDL oxidation. It has a very high ORAC value; this means that your DNA is protected and you are less likely to contract a host of different diseases.Different teas offer different healing properties to the body. Both black tea and green tea, for example, can improve vascular functioning and protect the heart, while chamomile tea, made from one of the oldest medicinal herbs in history, can aid sufferers of hay fever, inflammation, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders, insomnia, ulcers, wounds, gastrointestinal disorders, rheumatic pain, and hemorrhoids.
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It's Tea Party time!

"What has changed; however, is how tea is grown, transported, and packaged. Most of us are used to using tea bags since they seem much more convenient than loose-leaf teas. The only problem with this, aside from the fact that many teas are grown using pesticides, which then become concentrated when the tea is brewed, is that in order to put tea in teabags, the plants which comprise the tea must be chopped into very small tea leaves, which more easily become oxidized – losing a large portion of their flavor, phytonutrients, and medicinal value."

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10 Easy Ways to Slash Sugar from Your Diet ("don't be an ignorant consumer; watch your sugar")

10 Easy Ways to Slash Sugar from Your Diet ("don't be an ignorant consumer; watch your sugar") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Sugar is in everything! These tips will help you cut down.

You may not be eating Oreos by the roll or guzzling cans of Coke, but that doesn't mean sugar's absent from your diet. You're likely eating sugar throughout the day without even realizing it, says Amari Thomsen, RD, owner of Chicago-based nutrition consulting practiceEat Chic Chicago. Sugar is added to foods that don't even taste all that sweet, like breads, condiments, and sauces. And it adds up: although the American Heart Association recommends women consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar per day (or about 100 calories), most of us take in double that. (One note: we're talking about added sugar, not the naturally occurring sugars found in dairy and fruit.) A high-sugar diet boosts your odds of tooth decay,heart disease, and diabetes, not to mention weight gain. Slash your sugar intake now with these 10 expert tips.

1. Read food labels

2. Learn sugar's aliases

3. Buy unsweetened

4. Don't go cold turkey

5. Think protein and fat

6. Never go fake

7. Add more flavor

8. Don't drink it

9. Enjoy dessert

10. Stick with it!

Bert Guevara's insight:

I find these pointers very useful for the urban dwellers who fancy eating "sugared" commercial food. (One note: we're talking about added sugar, not the naturally occurring sugars found in dairy and fruit.)

 

"Sugar is added to foods that don't even taste all that sweet, like breads, condiments, and sauces. And it adds up: although the American Heart Association recommends women consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar per day (or about 100 calories), most of us take in double that. A high-sugar diet boosts your odds of tooth decay,heart disease, and diabetes, not to mention weight gain."

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What's wrong with what we eat ("no longer a simple case of cholesterol intake; it affects the planet")

What's wrong with what we eat ("no longer a simple case of cholesterol intake; it affects the planet") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it's putting the entire planet at risk.
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Let's ponder for a moment about the food we eat, both on a macro level and on a personal level.

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Study shows sleep loss can make you fat ("sleepiness craves for fatty foods; so get enough sleep")

Study shows sleep loss can make you fat ("sleepiness craves for  fatty foods; so get enough sleep") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Scientists find evidence linking lack of sleep to fatty food cravings

Scientists said Tuesday they had found evidence that a lack of sleep causes changes in brain activity that lead to people feeling hungrier and craving more fattening foods.

Researchers have long pointed to a correlation between a steep rise in obesity in industrialised nations and a decline in sleep duration.

A causal link was suspected, but science has not been able to explain the mechanism, until now.

A team from the University of California said they used MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans to spot changes in the brain activity of sleep-deprived test subjects.

"These findings provide an explanatory brain mechanism by which insufficient sleep may lead to the development/maintenance of obesity," they wrote in the journal Nature Communications.

"An additionally interesting finding was that high calorie foods became more desirable to the sleep deprived participants," said study co-author Matthew Walker of the psychology department at the University of California in Berkeley.

"These findings of impaired brain activity in regions that control good judgement and decision making together with amplified activity in more reward-related brain regions fit well with, and potentially explain, the link between sleep loss, weight gain and obesity," he told AFP by email.

"Our findings indicate that (to) regularly obtain sufficient amounts of sleep may be an important factor promoting weight control, achieved by priming the brain mechanisms governing appropriate food choices."

Bert Guevara's insight:

The connection has been made! Sleepy guys look for fattening food, leading to obesity. So why are you still awake?


"Scientists said Tuesday they had found evidence that a lack of sleep causes changes in brain activity that lead to people feeling hungrier and craving more fattening foods."

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11 Superfoods That Work Better Together ("some foods which come in combination")

11 Superfoods That Work Better Together ("some foods which come in combination") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Teaming up two superfoods may be better than one when it comes to eating a balanced diet.

Black beans + red bell pepper

 

Whole grains + onions + garlic

 

Tomatoes + olive oil

 

Salmon + collard greens

 

Broccoli + tomatoes

 

Green tea + black pepper

 

Turmeric + black pepper

 

Brussels sprouts + olive oil

 

Kale + almonds

 

Dark chocolate + apples

 

Garlic + salmon

Bert Guevara's insight:

Check out these 11 combinations; they may work for you. Open the link to know why.

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christopher cyril's curator insight, August 10, 10:31 AM

Check out these 11 combinations; they may work for you. Open the link to know why.

Alberto Saavedra's curator insight, August 10, 11:58 AM

Check out these 11 combinations; they may work for you. Open the link to know why.

Eric Larson's curator insight, August 11, 2:30 PM

Great ideas.

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FDA Breathes New Life into Inhaled Insulin ("diabets may look like coke addicts inhaling their fix")

FDA Breathes New Life into Inhaled Insulin ("diabets may look like coke addicts inhaling their fix") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
The FDA has approved MannKind’s Afrezza® at the third time of asking, making it the first inhaled insulin available for people with diabetes since Exubera® in 2006. As Crown Bioscience reviewed last month, the path to FDA approval has not been an easy one, with concerns over efficacy, safety, and inhaler design. While this approval... Read more »

After 5 years, 3 submissions, and $1.5 billion dollars in operating costs, MannKind’s Afrezza has finally received FDA approval as a fast-acting insulin to be used at meal times for people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The agent is the first inhaled insulin to be approved since Pfizer’s Exubera (which was removed after 1 year on the market due to low sales), and it will be the first ever ultra-rapid insulin to reach the market. It’s aimed at post-meal blood sugar spikes, meaning that it should be used with existing insulin regimes and not as a stand-alone insulin treatment. MannKind are now thought to be looking to find a pharma partner to manufacture and distribute Afrezza, with the product likely to be available in January, or the end of first quarter, 2015.

While the approval is positive for MannKind and people living with diabetes, it has come with some caveats. The drug is only to be used by adults and cannot be used by children, one patient group that may have preferred an alternative to injections. The FDA has requested a post-marketing study of Afrezza in pediatric patients, which MannKind are keen to start as soon as possible (likely to be mid-2015). The FDA still also has some safety concerns around the product. Afrezza must not be used by patients with chronic lung disease, such as asthma or COPD, and will come with a Boxed Warning that acute bronchospasm has been observed in these patients. The FDA has also put a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy in place around this, which consists of a communication plan to inform health care professionals about the serious risk of acute bronchospasm associated with Afrezza.

Bert Guevara's insight:

This is very encouraging for diabets who have to take insulin for life.

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4 ways to improve your brain health ("caring for the brain is simple and practical")

4 ways to improve your brain health ("caring for the brain is simple and practical") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Anthony Hannon outlines the current evidence supporting beneficial lifestyle factors into four pillars of brain health.

First: stay physically active

This is a somewhat obvious lifestyle recommendation, as everyone now knows that physical activity is good for the body. But not everyone yet realises the extent to which physical activity boosts brain health.

Second: stay mentally active

Two of the cardinal rules of brain plasticity (changes in the brain) appear to be “use it or lose it” and “neurons that fire together wire together”. There’s also some evidence that people who maintain higher levels of cognitive (mental) activity may be protected from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Third: eat a healthy diet

Yes, you no doubt know this is good for your body, but did you realise a balanced nutritious diet (such as the one recommended here) is also good for your brain?

Most of the nutrients from food circulate through your brain via the bloodstream. So a healthy diet can directly improve the health of brain cells and may even slow down brain ageing.

Fourth: don’t stress too much!

The human body, including of course the brain, has evolved over many thousands of years. When we were cave-dwellers and hunter-gatherers, the stress response (“fight or flight”) served a very useful purpose in evading predators, obtaining food and other aspects of survival.

Bert Guevara's insight:

4 practical prescriptions:

First: stay physically active

Second: stay mentally active

Third: eat a healthy diet

Fourth: don’t stress too much!

 

"To conclude, I think it was Woody Allen who famously said: “The brain is my second favourite organ!” Considering how fundamental it is to everything we think, feel and do, perhaps we should all be more mindful to look after this most fantastic and plastic of organs, the human brain."

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Why Stevia is Better for Children than Sugar ("a natural alternative to sugar to combat child obesity")

Why Stevia is Better for Children than Sugar ("a natural alternative to sugar to combat child obesity") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
In the last thirty years doctors have seen childhood obesity quadruple.

Pediatricians are currently dealing with conditions that twenty years ago they would have told you were virtually impossible. From breast cancer in young girls to cardiovascular disease, never before have our children faced such dire health consequences attributable to one main cause: Sugar!

Sugar is not the only devil in this childhood obesity equation, but it is by far the leading cause for the epidemic we face as parents. In the early 1800’s we were consuming less than ten pounds of sugar per year per person. By the turn of the century in 2000, this amount had skyrocketed to over 100 pounds per person per year. This tenfold increase in less than two centuries has clearly marred the health of those we see around us today.

Stevia has been on the menu of the Guarani peoples of South America for over 1500 years. Leaves of the Stevia plant were used to add a touch of sweetness to teas, medicines, and as a sweet treat.

The leaves of Stevia rebaudiana contain active ingredients called steviol glycosides, and it is these ingredients that offer a natural alternative to refined sugar. The ingredients contained in Stevia are estimated to be approximately 150 times sweeter than sugar, which means you need very little extract to equal the amount of refined sugar.

Stevia not only reduces calorie intake but may in fact help to reduce the blood sugar spikes that result in cravings and fatigue. In a study published in Metabolism, researchers showed that the consumption of Stevia actually reduced postprandial blood glucose levels.


Bert Guevara's insight:

With all the negative findings of sugar, here is an alternative coming from natural sources. Read the article and find out why.


"Sugar is not the only devil in this childhood obesity equation, but it is by far the leading cause for the epidemic we face as parents. In the early 1800’s we were consuming less than ten pounds of sugar per year per person. By the turn of the century in 2000, this amount had skyrocketed to over 100 pounds per person per year. This tenfold increase in less than two centuries has clearly marred the health of those we see around us today."

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Stevia is what we use in our all natural energy drinks: https://www.mylifevantage.com/lletellier#axio

Eric Larson's curator insight, July 28, 7:50 PM

Stevia combating obesity.

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10 Myths About Vegetarian Diets, Busted ("you can always find the equivalent nutrients in veggies")

10 Myths About Vegetarian Diets, Busted ("you can always find the equivalent nutrients in veggies") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Before you write off a meatless diet, learn the truth about these common vegetarian myths

Myth: You can't get enough protein from plants

Meat doesn't have a monopoly on protein. In fact, almost all foods (except alcohol and sugar) contain some. A half-cup of beans even has about the same amount of protein as one ounce of meat.

 

Myth: Your workouts will suffer

If vegetarian athletes Venus Williams and Carmelo Anthony can cut out meat and stay on top of their game, you can certainly fuel your workout on plants,

 

Myth: It guarantees weight loss

 

Myth: Meatless diets aren't safe for pregnant women

 

Myth: Vegetarian eating is expensive

Sure, produce comes with a price tag, but at three-plus bucks per pound, meat is one of the priciest groceries money can buy, making vegetarian eating by and large less expensive, 

 

Myth: It has to be all or nothing

Trimming your meat habit (even just a little) could cut your risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. 

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

All food is good when consumed in a balanced manner. However, there are just too many myths about a pro-vegetable diets. It is fair to tackle them, if only to know the truth.

After reading the myths against vegetable diets, it will be up to you to make a switch for your own health considerations.

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The 7 Best Food Combinations for Weight Loss ("complementary combos for better metabolism")

The 7 Best Food Combinations for Weight Loss ("complementary combos for better metabolism") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Try corn and beans

7. Tuna + Ginger

Want to look better on the beach? Look no further than the ocean—or at least the oceanside sushi joint. Pairing a tuna roll, or a few pieces of tuna sashimi, with ginger may help your waistline.

6. Spinach + Avocado Oil

If you’re tiring of your usual go-to spinach-and-olive-oil salad, mix things up with avocado oil. Made from pressed avocados, it’s rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that may help improve cholesterol and ward off hunger. 

5. Corn + Beans

While eating “a musical fruit” may not sound like the best way to lose weight or reduce bloat, hear us out. A calorie-restricted diet that includes four weekly servings of protein- and fiber-rich legumes has been proven to aid weight loss more effectively than a diet that doesn’t include beans, according to Spanish researchers. 

4. Honeydew + Red Grapes

Fight fat and banish bloating with a fruit salad comprised of honeydew and red grapes. 

3. Cayenne + Chicken

You feel like chicken tonight? Good for you: Protein-rich foods like poultry not only boost satiety, but also help people eat less at subsequent meals, according to research. And adding cayenne pepper fires up your fat burn.

2. Potatoes + Pepper

1. Coffee + Cinnamon

Bert Guevara's insight:

"More and more research confirms what great chefs and home cooks have always known: Foods weren’t meant to be eaten alone. They’re meant to work in partnership, each bringing its own set of unique flavors (and nutrients) to create the perfect weight-loss meal."

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Halamang Gamot: Okra ("know your vegetables; cheap but various uses of okra")

Halamang Gamot: Okra ("know your vegetables; cheap but various uses of okra") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Ang okra ay isang kilalang gulay na ipinangsasangkap sa ilang mga lutuin. Ang bunga nito na siyang ginagamit na panggulay ay pahaba, patulis at puno ng bilog-bilog na mga buto at may malapot at madulas na katas. Ang halamang ito ay may katamtamang taas, may bulaklak na madilaw at karaniwang itninatanim sa mga taniman para sa bunga na ginugulay.

ANO ANG MGA SUSTANSYA AT KEMIKAL NA MAAARING MAKUHA SA OKRA?

Ang iba’t ibang bahagi ng halamang okra ay maaaring makuhanan ng maraming uri ng kemikal at sustansya na maaaring may benepisyo sa kalusugan:

Ang bunga ng okra ay mayroong pectin, mucilage, fat, tubig, at ash. Mayroon pa protina, lipid, carbohydrate, dietary fiber, sugars, sucrose, glucose, fructose at starch. May mineral din ito na calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium.Ang bunga ay may taglay din na bitamina gaya ng vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, choline, ß-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin E, at vitamin K.Ang mga buto ay makukuhanan naman ng palmitic acid, stearic acid, arachidic acid, oleic acid, at linolic acid. May taglay din ito na vitamin C.ANO ANG MGA SAKIT AT KONDISYON NA MAAARING MAGAMOT NG OKRA?

1. Sore throat. 

2. Syphilis. 

3. Sugat. 

4. Lagnat. 

5. Varicose vein. 

6. Pulmonya. 

7. Pagsusugat sa balat. 

8. Pagtatae. 

9. Hirap sa pag-ihi. 

10. Rayuma. 

Bert Guevara's insight:

Hindi ko akalain na napakadaming gamit ang okra sa kalusugan.


"Ang iba’t ibang bahagi ng halamang okra ay maaaring makuhanan ng maraming uri ng kemikal at sustansya na maaaring may benepisyo sa kalusugan:..."

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Places Where People Live the Longest and Their Secrets to a Longer Life ("back to basic living")

Places Where People Live the Longest and Their Secrets to a Longer Life ("back to basic living") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
These are the world's Blue Zones, and through extensive research, Buettner and his team have found their examples can teach us a lot about living a truly healthy life. Here are a few valuable lessons in longevity from each region.

According to a 2012 NY Times article by Buettner, the “traditional folk” of Ikaria live relaxing yet active lives. They wake naturally, spend time working in their gardens, eat late lunches followed by naps and after sunset, spend quality time socializing with their neighbors. Traditional exercise (think running, cycling, CrossFit) isn’t a large part of the Ikarian lifestyle. Buetnner said it “played a small role at best.” Instead, he suspects it’s a combination of their healthful diet and daily socializing that contributes most to their unprecedented longevity. 

Buettner reported that the Ikarian diet consisted mainly of vegetables harvested from their gardens, legumes, leafy greens and “plenty” ofolive oil. “Their diet was also typical: a breakfast of goat’s milk, wine, sage tea or coffee, honey and bread,” Buettner wrote. “Lunch was almost always beans (lentils, garbanzos), potatoes, greens (fennel, dandelion or a spinachlike green called horta) and whatever seasonal vegetables their garden produced; dinner was bread and goat’s milk.” Additionally, according to Buettner, Ikarians are known for drinking many antioxidant-rich herbal teas made with ingredients like wild mint or rosemary.

Bert Guevara's insight:

It is interesting to know how people live longer. Read and learn.


"Buettner accredited this population’s longevity to the culture’s notion of “ikigai,” or “the reason for which you wake up in the morning.” “[It] suffuses people’s entire adult lives,” he wrote. “It gets centenarians out of bed and out of the easy chair to teach karate, or to guide the village spiritually, or to pass down traditions to children.”

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Great ideas from this article. Maybe I need to include some of these in my diet.

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How Texting Actually Affects Your Body ("be more conscious of how gadgets affect the health")

How Texting Actually Affects Your Body ("be more conscious of how gadgets affect the health") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
How much time do you spend texting? Have you ever stopped to consider how all this texting is affecting your body?

Your neck. Your head is heavy — 10 to 12 pounds. Imagine it were replaced by a bowling ball. Think about how heavy that would feel when you lean forward. Hunching over to a 60 degree angle substantially increases the stress load on your spine up to 60 pounds instead of 10. It’s a real pain in the neck. In fact, it can lead to headaches and long-term overuse injuries, like arthritis, pinched nerves, and premature disc degeneration — or developed spinal deformities that can afflict over-texting teens known as ‘text neck‘. 

Your lungs. Leaning forward and rounding the shoulders regularly can lead to breathing impairment and restricted blood flow. Also, when we are focusing intently on something like a screen, we have the tendency to breathe very shallowly. Keep your lungs open and take deep gulps of air, and keep a mindful posture when sending and receiving text messages to keep your blood flowing and your vital organs healthy. 

Your fingers. Constantly gripping a phone can lead to a claw-like tension in your hands. Regularly holding tension in your hands and fingers can stiffen the tendons, decrease range of motion, and weaken grip strength. Instead of texting so intensely, be mindful of the way you grip your phone, along with other parts of your body as well.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Habang abala ka sa pag-text, huwag kalimutan ang kalusugan ng katawan. Basahin ang ilang epekto ng pag-text.


"If you text a lot, try throwing in some opening yoga poses halfway through the day. When you do text, text more mindfully, taking deep breaths, sitting up straight, and loosening your death grip on your precious smartphone. Encourage your kids to do it too. You’ll both be more self-aware and your body will be far healthier in the long run."

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Eat Grains, Veggies And Fish - In Photos: Health Secrets Of The World's Oldest People

Eat Grains, Veggies And Fish  - In Photos: Health Secrets Of The World's Oldest People | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
The largest concentration of healthy 100-year-olds is in
Okinawa, Japan. The people there eat a diet high in grains, vegetables and
fish, and low in eggs, meat and dairy. In the U.S., Daisy McFadden, who will
turn 101 in November, follows suit. She regularly eats oatmeal and fruit for
breakfast, a salad with chicken or fish for lunch, and steamed vegetables and
lean meat for dinner.
Bert Guevara's insight:

"Doctors say that healthy habits will help get you to age 85, but how to live beyond that remains a medical mystery. We interviewed people in their 100s to find out how they did it."

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Trans fats, but not saturated fats, linked to risk of death ("know the difference between fats")

Trans fats, but not saturated fats, linked to risk of death ("know the difference between fats") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
A large new review of existing research suggests that for healthy people, a reasonable amount of saturated fat in the diet poses no health risk. Trans fats

A large new review of existing research suggests that for healthy people, a reasonable amount of saturated fat in the diet poses no health risk.

Trans fats, on the other hand, were associated with an increased risk of death from any cause, death from cardiovascular disease and a diagnosis of coronary heart disease.

Dietary guidelines recommend that saturated fats, found in animal products like butter, egg yolks and salmon, make up no more than 10 percent of daily calories. Trans unsaturated fats, known as trans fats, like the hydrogenated oils that keep processed foods and margarine shelf-stable, are primarily industrially produced and should provide no more than one percent of daily calories.

For the new review, researchers at several Canadian institutions including McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, included data from 41 studies of the association between saturated fat intake and health outcomes, covering more than 300,000 people, and 20 studies of trans fat intake and health outcomes that covered more than 200,000.

Saturated fat intake was not tied to coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke or type 2 diabetes, but its link to risk of death from coronary heart disease was unclear.

Consuming industrial trans fats was associated with a 34 percent increase in all-cause mortality, a 28 percent increased risk of heart disease mortality and a 21 percent increase in the risk of heart disease, the study team reports in The BMJ.

Because the evidence was uncertain for saturated fats, more studies would be helpful, the researchers write. None of the studies they included were randomized controlled trials, the most rigorous type of study; all were based on observation over time, so other factors in participants’ lives could have played a role in their health outcomes.

Bert Guevara's insight:

The enemy is trans fat; not saturated fats. Know the difference and enjoy your healthy meals. In reality, your body needs the right fats, including the brain.

 

"Several reports since 2010 have confirmed that saturated fats are not associated with heart attack or stroke, said Dr. Ronald M. Krauss of Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute in California, a coronary artery disease expert who was not part of the new review.

"Saturated fats are found in dairy, red meat and tropical oils, he said. “Among these, the only category consistently associated with heart disease risk is red meat, and even in this case, it's not clear that saturated fat all by itself is the main culprit,” Krauss told Reuters Health by email. “There may be other potential mechanisms.”  

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Freedom to eat eggs | mb.com.ph | Philippine News ("new discoveries show health benefits")

Freedom to eat eggs | mb.com.ph | Philippine News ("new discoveries show health benefits") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A human mannequin poses as Lady Justice in making an appeal that consuming fowl eggs does not violate the rights of animals to live, opposing the claims of some animal rights groups, during the Philippine Poultry Show at SMX Mall of Asia in Pasay City yesterday (August 15). Hundreds of breeders and poultry owners attended the event. 

Bert Guevara's insight:

The technology of egg production has gone several notches higher, that eggs have been promoted as containing healthy nutrients, contrary to old myths. 


"A human mannequin poses as Lady Justice in making an appeal that consuming fowl eggs does not violate the rights of animals to live, opposing the claims of some animal rights groups, during the Philippine Poultry Show at SMX Mall of Asia in Pasay City yesterday (August 15). Hundreds of breeders and poultry owners attended the event."

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Stop Exercising To Lose Weight ("there has to be a higher motive otherwise you may give up")

Stop Exercising To Lose Weight ("there has to be a higher motive otherwise you may give up") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
But, what if we dropped the weight loss angle? What if we just started moving around because it made us feel good? Imagine what would happen if we stopped looking at exercise as a part of the grind and started looking at it as a moment of the day that just makes us feel great? No hefty baggage attached.

In that spirit of wellbeing - not weight loss - here are five reasons to exercise that have absolutely nothing to do with dropping pounds:

1. Because it feels good right now: Exercising has a way of making you feel better in this exact minute. Right now.

2. You get a moment of ultimate control: When you choose your exercise, you are in control. Nobody else gets to decide. Among frenetic societal pressures that pull us in a million directions all day, you get to call this one. Not your boss, or your girlfriend, or your mother. Just you.

3. Movement helps dial down the stress needle: Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. We live in a world where stress rules our minds. Exercise is one of the few truly effective strategies to get out of our heads, allowing us to reengage with a calmer, more directed, self.

4. Exercise makes you smarter: Not only are you smarter right after you exercise,but overall fitness is also associated with increased thinking capacity and brain healthin the long term.

5. We all need a little "me time": Our days are filled to the overflowing brink. Family responsibilities, social engagements, professional obligations. We hardly ever take moments to reconnect with ourselves anymore. Exercise - whether it's gardening, walking the dog, painting houses, throwing weights around or running speed intervals - is one simple way to spend a little more time with yourself.

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Exercising should be done for the right reason, otherwise you will probably stop sometime soon.

 

"Exercise should never be a chore, a punishment, or a moment of shame. It should be a time to clear your head and feel good -- feel GREAT -- right now. If losing weight is a side effect, it's a bonus. And even if you exercise everyday and still don't drop those pounds, you're still better off being the most fit and happy you can be."

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Natural News Blog: Inhaling secondhand vapor from electronic cigarettes - it's TOXIC!

Natural News Blog: Inhaling secondhand vapor from electronic cigarettes - it's TOXIC! | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Secondhand e-cig vapor still contains nicotine!  - - the latest study

"People sharing a room with an e-cigarette user are exposed to "vaporized" contaminants, including nicotine, particulates and hydrocarbons. Variation in product contents, designs and emissions suggests that some produce little toxicant exposure, whereas others may pose greater risks. E-cigarette use produces a visible vapor that is usually able to be smelled, depending on the flavors and other contents of the fluid. The vapor is discharged into the air only when the user exhales (i.e. there is no sidestream vapor), in contrast to tobacco cigarettes that discharge smoke continuously while kept alight, and when the user exhales. The study  measured levels of potential e-cigarette pollutants in a ventilated room while volunteers consumed e-cigarettes with and without nicotine for two hours and found a change in air quality. The concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in the indoor air increased by 20%, while particulate numbers also increased. The authors concluded that exposure to e-cigarette pollutants might be a health concern, as fine and ultrafine particles might be deposited in the lung. Research assessed indoor air concentrations of common tobacco smoke by-products (VOCs, carbonyls, PAHs, nicotine, TSNAs, and glycols) emitted by generic e-cigarettes using four different high nicotine e-cigarette liquids (‘e-liquids’), and compared the results with those from analysis of tobacco cigarette smoke tests; they then undertook risk analyses based on dilution into a 40 m3 room and standard toxicological data."
Bert Guevara's insight:

Second-hand smoke from e-cigarettes can also be harmful. Here's why.


"The main concern with electronic cigarettes lies in the fact that the people who use nicotine are exhaling the same amount of nicotine, and maybe even trumped-up MORE, thanks to artificial additives and other chemicals. ...

"When speaking of electronic cigarettes, those nicotine doses can vary greatly, but still from about ten to twenty milligrams on average, and on down to zero for the people who just "vape" for the fun of it and don't want or need the nicotine, like much of the younger generation."

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Second-hand smoke from e-cigarettes can also be harmful. Here's why.

 

"The main concern with electronic cigarettes lies in the fact that the people who use nicotine are exhaling the same amount of nicotine, and maybe even trumped-up MORE, thanks to artificial additives and other chemicals. ...

"When speaking of electronic cigarettes, those nicotine doses can vary greatly, but still from about ten to twenty milligrams on average, and on down to zero for the people who just "vape" for the fun of it and don't want or need the nicotine, like much of the younger generation."

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7 Ways To Make Small Spaces Feel Way Bigger ("i like these practical tips in handling interiors")

7 Ways To Make Small Spaces Feel Way Bigger ("i like these practical tips in handling interiors") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

For those of us who live in tiny spaces that we begrudgingly call home, it can be hard to keep knick-knacks and necessities alike nice and organized. That means a messy abode and a look that's less than decorated. 

To combat congested disaster, insurance company FBD compiled seven rules that'll keep tiny rooms looking good. Although routine cleaning is a must on this list (yes, just do it), the infographic gives renters and owners important tips for utilizing spaces and surfaces to their full capacity. 

Before you consider just getting rid of every single thing in your little home, take a look at the rules below and be truly inspired. 

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

7 Golden rules for keeping a small space organized:

Rule 1. Use your walls.

Rule 2. Invest in double-duty furniture.

Rule 3. Streamline technology.

Rule 4. Go mono.

Rule 5. Make use of dead space.

Rule 6. De-clutter relentlessly.

Rule 7. Clean it regularly.

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Make smaller space bigger?

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Simple cooking methods flush arsenic out of rice ("more hot water washing can flush out arsenic")

Simple cooking methods flush arsenic out of rice ("more hot water washing can flush out arsenic") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Preparing rice in a coffee machine can halve levels of the naturally occurring substance.

Cooking rice by repeatedly flushing it through with fresh hot water can remove much of the grain’s stored arsenic, researchers have found — a tip that could lessen levels of the toxic substance in one of the world’s most popular foods.

Billions of people eat rice daily, but it contributes more arsenic to the human diet than any other food. Conventionally grown in flooded paddies, rice takes up more arsenic (which occurs naturally in water and soil as part of an inorganic compound) than do other grains. High levels of arsenic in food have been linked to different types of cancer, and other health problems.

Andrew Meharg, a plant and soil scientist at Queen’s University Belfast, UK, wondered whether cooking the grain in a different way might help to lessen the health risk. The standard method for making rice — boiling it in a pot until it soaks up all the liquid — binds into place any arsenic contained in the rice and the cooking water.

Meharg and colleagues found that using this method with increasing proportions of water removed progressively more arsenic — up to a 57% reduction with a ratio of 12 parts water to one part rice. That result confirmed that the arsenic is 'mobile' in liquid water, and thus can be removed.

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

You are probably eating commercial rice with certain levels of arsenic. Here is how to flush out the arsenic in a simple kitchen procedure. Read and learn.


"Cooking rice by repeatedly flushing it through with fresh hot water can remove much of the grain’s stored arsenic, researchers have found — a tip that could lessen levels of the toxic substance in one of the world’s most popular foods."

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Arsenic in rice flushed.

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MRI Shows Cancer Cells Thrive On Processed Sugar - Complete Health and Happiness

MRI Shows Cancer Cells Thrive On Processed Sugar - Complete Health and Happiness | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
by Amanda Froelich Want to improve your health? Change your diet! This message is slowly permeating mainstream society, but has yet to convince fast-food lovers and sugary-treat fanatics. Largely unaware of food consequences, many still dive into high-fat, high-sugar food options without a second thought; but a recent study affirming that Cancer cells grow and …

Want to improve your health? Change your diet! This message is slowly permeating mainstream society, but has yet to convince fast-food lovers and sugary-treat fanatics. Largely unaware of food consequences, many still dive into high-fat, high-sugar food options without a second thought; but a recent study affirming that Cancer cells grow and thrive on processed sugar may change that.

Nature Medicine recently confirmed that processed sugar is one of the primary driving forces behind the growth and spread of cancer tumors. The results were so conclusive, in fact, that future cancer screening may rely on scanning the body for accumulated sugar for signs of the disease.

These sources conclude and relay the importance of choosing wholesome, unprocessed, and predominantly plant-based foods to keep the body healthy, and the mind nourished. Start by adding more greens, vegetables and plant-based proteins, while decreasing the amount of processed foods you consume. The body truly is capable of healing itself, and the necessity to make such changes for it to happen is becoming increasingly evident.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Find out what feeds cancer cells. This means, these are what we should avoid or at least, minimize.

 

"The main culprits of deadening sugar include: white sugar and flour, sweetened and processed foods, and fast food. The way these break down in the body (compared to natural sources of fructose from fruit), is that they cause an increase of hormones to be released (specifically insulin), and in effect, signal for cancercells to feed and continue to grow in size."

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Processed sugar can be a cancer cause.

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Here's How to Battle Your Smartphone Addiction ("are you one of 81% who can't be away from phones?")

Here's How to Battle Your Smartphone Addiction ("are you one of 81% who can't be away from phones?") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
There is bad news, but there is also good news

In a series of polls related to smartphone use released last week, Gallup found that about half of smartphone users check their phones several times an hour or more frequently; 81% of people said they keep their phones near them “almost all the time during waking hours” and 63% do so even when they’re sleeping. The condition is especially severe among the young, one-in-five of whom cop to “checking their phone every few minutes.”

While that might elicit a “tsk, tsk” from grandparents appalled by such behavior, all this checking doesn’t just come at the cost of neglecting the world around us. Researchers have been building a body of disheartening-but-fascinating research about the mess of mutual dependence that is our relationship with our smartphones. They’ve connected it to anxiety and stress and our increasing state of distraction.

“They reported feeling a loss of identity,” he says. “When objects become possessions, when we use them a lot, they’re potentially capable of becoming an extension of ourselves.” When digital natives born today grow up to be toddlers who are crying because a parent takes their iPad away, Clayton says that could leave us with interesting questions: “Are they upset because they can’t play their game? Or are upset because they don’t have the iPad, the object, the possession?”

The good news is that Rosen does have a plan: weaning off devices bit by bit and making a public statement that you’re going to do so. This second part is key. Only if you’ve warned your parents and friends that they shouldn’t take it personally when you don’t text them back or like their picture right away, he says, will you be able to actually relax, no longer in fear of offending anyone who expects you to be on all the time. Meanwhile, you must wage an internal battle against your own FOMO.

Bert Guevara's insight:

You have to admit the addiction first, before you begin your rehabilitation. I hope the "withdrawal" is not that drastic.

Read this article and find out if you belong to the 81%.


“You announce to the world that you’re only going to check your phone once a half hour,” he says, “and then you allow yourself a minute or two every half hour to check in, return a call, text back, and then turn it off and put it away.” Then perhaps get bold and go up to an hour. Then perhaps two hours, in an attempt to eventually make the phone less like the limb it has become and more like the really cool toaster it could be.

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7 Green Superfoods You Should be Eating ("avocado; apples; kale; spinach; nopales; sprouts ...")

7 Green Superfoods You Should be Eating ("avocado; apples; kale; spinach; nopales; sprouts ...") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Go green in your diet

There was probably a time in life when most green foods—Brussels sprouts, broccoli, spinach, to name a few—repulsed you. You definitely weren’t alone. Many children are hesitant to pile green vegetables onto their plates. Onepossible explanation could be that green foods, such as Brussels sprouts, tend to be bitter, a sensation that your survival instinct tells you to avoid. Plus, children have a lot of sensitive taste buds. But as you grew up, you held on to fewer taste buds, slightly dulling the sense. Another possibility: You knew that naturally green foods (not to be confused with green Kool-Aid) were associated with the aim of eating healthier, and research suggests that children may be less likely to enjoy foods linked with goals.

No matter the reason for that early aversion, we now know that green foods should be an important component of our diets. Yet only 33 percent of us meet the recommendation for fruit consumption, and fewer than 30 percent of adults eat the recommended servings of vegetables. Although the amount of fruit and veggies you need varies, depending on age, gender, and how physically active you are, a general rule of thumb to aim for is abouttwo cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables each day. One good place to start: with these seven delicious and nutrient-packed green foods.

Bert Guevara's insight:

The Magnificent 7:


1. Avocados: As if you needed one more reason to love avocados. This tasty fruit packs 690 mg of potassium, making it the perfect after-workout snack to helpfight muscle cramps.

2. Apples: The crisp fruit may help fight obesity,lower cholesterol, reduce your risk of stroke, and stave off certain types of cancer. 

3. Kale:  

4. Spinach: 

5. Nopales: 

6. Brussels sprouts: 

7. Pistachios: 

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Shouldn't we already know that green foods are good for us.

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Here’s what Mark Zuckerberg thinks about the future of news ("reading news on gadgets can save paper")

Here’s what Mark Zuckerberg thinks about the future of news ("reading news on gadgets can save paper") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
In a public Q&A session, the Facebook co-founder and CEO says he just wants to help news publishers.

Facebook has always had a somewhat fraught relationship with the news: Many users seem to think of the social network as just a place where they can see a friend’s baby or dog photos, but research shows a growing number of people also get their news there. And CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear that he wants news to play a much larger role in Facebook, with features like Instant Articles—the mobile-news partnership where outlets like the New York Times publish entire articles directly to the platform.

s I’ve explained before, the risk with an offer like Facebook’s is that it gives media outlets something they desperately need: A chance to reach a massive audience with their content, and a share of the ad revenue. But it also comes at a potentially huge cost. A growing number of users think of Facebook as the place where they get their news, as opposed to the actual news outlets that produce that content. What happens if this process accelerates? Facebook ultimately wins.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Although Facebook may have its corporate interests in why it wants people to read news from its app; the environment can benefit when people get their news without the paper. Although it may consume power, it may have a net benefit to the environment and the climate.

 

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Seeds of Death: Unveiling The Lies of GMO's - Full Movie ("understanding the science behind GMOs")

The world's leading Scientists, Physicians, Attorneys, Politicians and Environmental Activists expose the corruption and dangers surrounding the widespread use of Genetically Modified Organisms in the new feature length documentary, "Seeds of Death: Unveiling the Lies of GMOs".

Bert Guevara's insight:

What are GMOs? Let's hear it from the scientists.

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Many poisons in our environment.

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5 Foods That Actually Offer Skin Protection - Care2.com ("pinoys need protection vs sun")

5 Foods That Actually Offer Skin Protection - Care2.com ("pinoys need protection vs sun") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Did you realize that the foods you eat can affect how resilient your skin is to the sun? Here are foods that have been shown to improve skin health.

But, did you realize that some foods can affect how resilient your skin is to the harsh UV rays of the sun? Here are 5 food groups that have been shown to help improve skin health (keep in mind these aren’t a substitute for safe sunscreen and proper skin protection!).

Salmon & chia. Or any omega-3-rich food for that matter. 
Tomatoes & carrots. Beta-carotene and lycopene have been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect itself from UV rays. 

Dark chocolate. The flavonoids in this superfood have actually been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect itself against sun damage.

Cruciferous veggies & leafy greens. Yes, yes, we all know that broccoli, cauliflower, and that ubiquitous superfood kale are full of antioxidants. And antioxidants prevent free radical damage, like the damage caused by UV rays. But cruciferous veggies also possibly play a role in preventing not only skin cancer, but many forms of cancer, although the research is far from conclusive. 

Green tea. Those polyphenols have done it again. Studies have shown that daily tea drinking, in association with the Mediterranean diet, can offer protection against melanoma. 

Bert Guevara's insight:

Staying in shaded areas, avoiding direct sunlight and eating health foods will keep our skins resilient, but we still need sunscreen lotions when exposed to a lot of sunlight.


"Keep in mind eating a bar of dark chocolate and sprinkling some chia seeds on your oatmeal isn’t enough of an excuse to ditch the sunscreen. Again, be sure to stay in shady areas, avoid tanning beds and use safe sunscreen."

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Skin protection from foods?