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Three Mediterranean countries will need external food aid in 2021

Three Mediterranean countries will need external food aid in 2021 | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

MEDITERRANEAN. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) lists forty-five countries that will need external food aid in 2021. Three of them are in the Mediterranean. 

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EUROPE: Can low-income households afford a healthy diet? 

EUROPE: Can low-income households afford a healthy diet?  | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
In Europe, food insecurity is still a serious concern for individual and public health. Although progress has been made in reducing undernourishment, other types of malnutrition such as obesity and overweight are on the rise. Policies that aim at improving healthy eating and addressing food insecurity tend to focus on food aid, nutritional education and financial incentives. These policies are generally not targeted at the problem of insufficient income as a key barrier to access a healthy diet.
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Coronavirus: The foods we are all eating during lockdown

Coronavirus: The foods we are all eating during lockdown | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

With most of us stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, our eating habits have had to change. Meals out have been impossible, and we've all been having to eat from home. So what have we been eating and which firms have been benefiting?

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ITALY: Formally Adopts Nutrinform Labeling System

ITALY: Formally Adopts Nutrinform Labeling System | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The Nutrinform Battery has now become the offi­cial Italian alter­na­tive to the French-based Nutri-Score food clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem. The Italian Minister of Agriculture Teresa Bellanova signed the act that will allow food pro­duc­ers, includ­ing olive oil bot­tlers, to place the Nutrinform label on their prod­ucts.

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Researchers Recommend MedDiet to Restore Gut Bacteria

Researchers Recommend MedDiet to Restore Gut Bacteria | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Individuals who con­sume a typ­i­cal Mediterranean diet are less prone to anom­alies in gas­troin­testi­nal micro­biota, a grow­ing body of evi­dence sug­gests.
Now, researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), in the United Kingdom, are work­ing to add to this col­lec­tive knowl­edge. Haleh Moravej, a senior lec­turer in nutri­tional sci­ence at MMU, and a team of stu­dents at the uni­ver­sity have launched the MetMUnch ini­tia­tive in order to do so.

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How Trump Administration Has Pulled Back on Regulating Toxic Chemicals

How Trump Administration Has Pulled Back on Regulating Toxic Chemicals | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The Trump administration has halted bans on toxic chemicals that are known to cause serious health threats. These moves, led by an ex-industry group executive now at the EPA, have allowed the continued use of products found to cause cancer, birth defects, and other ailments .
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Mediterranean Diet Linked to 33-Percent Lower Depression Risk

Mediterranean Diet Linked to 33-Percent Lower Depression Risk | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Researchers from the U.K., Australia and Spain explored the link between the risk of depression and following a high-quality diet rich in plant foods like the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet). They found close adherence to the eating plan could substantially reduce the likelihood of developing the mental illness.

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Dark chocolate, olive oil and coffee: the 3 essentials for a long and healthy life

Dark chocolate, olive oil and coffee: the 3 essentials for a long and healthy life | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Start adding dark chocolate, coffee and olive oil to your daily diet to have a long and healthy life, two new research studies claim.
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Apulian Startup Promotes Secular Olive Trees in Single Doses

Apulian Startup Promotes Secular Olive Trees in Single Doses | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
An Apulian startup, Olivhealth, developed a single-dose package containing extra virgin olive oil from organic secular olive trees for sportspeople, pregnant women, and children.
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Med Diet Protects Teens From Abdominal Obesity

Med Diet Protects Teens From Abdominal Obesity | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Studies in thousands of adults have highlighted the protective role of the Mediterranean diet on abdominal obesity and a slew of other metabolic syndrome characteristics. But, even though evidence in adults abounds, the number of studies in adolescents that have examined the same beneficial effects has been disappointingly low.
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13% of fruit and veg had excessive pesticides

13% of fruit and veg had excessive pesticides | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
More than a tenth of fruit and vegetables tested at the farmers’ market in Ta’ Qali last year contained excessive chemical pesticides, prompting action by the authorities.
A spokesman for the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority told this newspaper that 133 samples were taken fro
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IFPRI-FAO: “Food Policies and their Implications on Overweight and Obesity Trends in Selected Countries in NENA”

IFPRI-FAO: “Food Policies and their Implications on Overweight and Obesity Trends in Selected Countries in NENA” | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

On December 17th, 2020, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) virtually launched a joint report that examines the implication of food policies, mainly trade and government food subsidies, on evolving nutritional transitions and associated body weight outcomes across selected countries in the NENA region. These countries are projected to hit alarmingly new obesity and overweight records within the next few decades.

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Refined Foods May Impede Benefits of Mediterranean Diet, Study Finds

Refined Foods May Impede Benefits of Mediterranean Diet, Study Finds | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Participants adhering more closely to a Mediterranean diet experienced slower rates of cognitive decline than those who consumed more refined foods typical of the Western diet.

Individuals who had a high Mediterranean diet score compared to those who had the lowest score were equivalent to being 5.8 years younger in age cognitively.- Puja Agarwal, nutritional epidemiologist, Rush University

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CRETE: Producers Transform Olives from Monumental Trees into Medicine

CRETE: Producers Transform Olives from Monumental Trees into Medicine | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The majes­tic trees of the olive grove of Eftihis Androulakis have a his­tory dat­ing back centuries.
Olive trees up to 12 meters (39 feet) high, which have been bent and twisted around their axis by the wind, are still pro­duc­tive and serve as a liv­ing tes­ta­ment to the close rela­tion­ship between man and nature that lies at the heart of the tra­di­tion in Crete.

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Can Extra Virgin Olive Oil Help Us Fight COVID-19?

Can Extra Virgin Olive Oil Help Us Fight COVID-19? | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

We know we should eat nutritious foods to stay well, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Many also realize extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) offers numerous health benefits, so it can play a vital role in a healthy diet. While no food has been proven to prevent or treat COVID-19, some evidence suggests EVOO could help us combat the novel coronavirus.

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Arab diets a matter of life and death - News

Arab diets a matter of life and death - News | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study, published in The Lancet, found that one in every five people worldwide dies from a poor diet. In 2017 alone, 11 million people succumbed to cardiovascular diseases, cancers and diabetes triggered by unhealthy eating, which has become the leading risk factor for death globally, ahead even of smoking. 

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Unsafe food costs $110B annually: World Bank

Unsafe food costs $110B annually: World Bank | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Foodborne diseases cost around $110 billion in productivity loss and medical expenses annually, the World Bank announced on late Tuesday.
"The total productivity loss associated with foodborne disease in low and middle-income countries is estimated to cost $95.2 billion per year, and the annual cost of treating foodborne illnesses is estimated at $15 billion," according to the World Bank's report.
The big share of the global problem is faced by low and middle-income countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa, the report said.
"They account for 41 percent of the global population yet 53 percent of all food-borne illness and 75 percent of related deaths," it detailed.

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Research Examines Functional Ingredients in Olive Pomace

Research Examines Functional Ingredients in Olive Pomace | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
New uses and benefits of olive pomace paste are explored in NUDACE, a Spanish research project that focuses on the obtention of nutraceuticals and functional ingredients from olives, with a view to helping fight degenerative processes associated to aging.
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Olive Oil Could Help Prevent Life-Threatening Food Poisoning

Olive Oil Could Help Prevent Life-Threatening Food Poisoning | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
A recent study suggests omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in foods like olive oil, walnuts and fish, can neutralize listeriosis-causing bacteria without increasing its resistance to antibiotics.
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Study Says Cutting Saturated Fat Doesn’t Reduce Heart Disease Risk

Study Says Cutting Saturated Fat Doesn’t Reduce Heart Disease Risk | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
A study found that restricting saturated fat in the diet doesn’t protect against heart disease, reigniting the debate among doctors over the issue. Instead of concentrating on a single nutrient, the authors recommended a more holistic approach to health, which includes following the Mediterranean diet supplemented with large quantities of olive oil.
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Healthy food and strong communities: a recipe for Palestinians’ future - European Endowment For Democracy: EED

Healthy food and strong communities: a recipe for Palestinians’ future - European Endowment For Democracy: EED | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
A Palestinian community foundation is working with local communities to help them regain control of their resources and reduc
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Egypt’s working poor are facing a silent killer: Bad food

Egypt’s working poor are facing a silent killer: Bad food | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Increasing rates of diabetes & heart disease are an inevitable result of a broken food & health system
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