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Few things have as a profound effect on human health than what we put into our bodies.  Food has the ability to turn genes – including cancer genes – on and off, which can influence disease development.  By knowing what we’re eating and how it’s produced, we can have a huge impact on our own health and the health of our environment.  When we choose what to eat, we influence our health with each bite.

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Sugar Promotes Heart Disease And Cancer

More than 1,660,290 new cancer cases are projected to be diagnosed in the US this year, and an estimated 580,350 Americans will die from the disease.1 Another 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year.2 At present, heart disease is the leading cause of death among both sexes. Read more

A Bee Story
What's The Buzz On Bee's?

 

"Many people think of bees simply as a summertime nuisance. But these

small and hard-working insects actually make it possible for many of your

favorite foods to reach your table. From apples to almonds to the pumpkin

in our pumpkin pies, we have bees to thank".
-Jennifer Sass, NRDC  
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The Horrific Truth About Monsanto's Roundup Herbicide

In recent weeks, we’ve learned some very disturbing truths about glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup, which is generously doused on genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready crops. Read more

No More Excuses: Eat Your Greens!

Romaine, collards and parsley — Oh my!
Dark leafy greens are the foods most commonly missing from our diets. Learning to incorporate them into your daily menu is absolutely essential to keeping your body healthy and your immune system strong. Greens purify the blood, improve circulation, boost energy, improve kidney and liver function, and clear up congestion. And let's be honest: After a summer of barbecues, beers and other indulgences, who couldn't use a little liver detox? Read more

Fish Fraud: Is The Fish You're Eating The Fish You Think It Is?

A February 2013 study by Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s ocean, reported that seafood fraud is widespread across the U.S. Independent DNA testing confirmed that a whopping one-third of the fish sampled were mislabeled. Read more

Coffee Drinking Tied To Lower Risk Of Suicide

Drinking several cups of coffee daily appears to reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50 percent, according to a new study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The study was published online July 2 in The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry. Read more

Why Are Foods And Supplements Made For Children Packed With Hazardous Chemicals?

As a parent, one of the best gifts you can give your child is a strong nutritional start. The first years of life represent a time of rapid development, during which your child's language, cognitive, social and motor skills are developed.
During the first three years of life, the brain also grows at its fastest rate, and this represents a crucial window of development during which proper nutrition is essential.
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Turmeric Produces Mind Blowing Recovery From Dementia Symptoms, Case Studies Show
(NaturalNews) If you or a loved one suffers from Alzheimer's Disease or some other form of dementia, there is hope and healing to be found in turmeric. Based on the recent findings of three independent case studies, turmeric, whose primary active ingredient is curcumin, has the power not only to heal both the behavior and psychological symptoms associated with dementia. Read more
Chicken, Ground Beef Are Riskiest Meats
Chicken and ground beef are often staples at the dinner table, but they're also the meat products most likely to make consumers sick, according to a new report. Read more
Cinnamon Challenge: Doctors Issue Warning Against Dangerous Trend

CHICAGO -- Don't take the cinnamon challenge. That's the advice from doctors in a new report about a dangerous prank depicted in popular YouTube videos but which has led to hospitalizations and a surge in calls to U.S. poison centers. Read more

Seafood Fraud Found Everywhere Across U.S.

Fish has always been the best source for the animal-based omega-3 fats EPA and DHA, but as levels of pollution have increased, this treasure of a food has become less and less viable as a primary source of healthful fats. Read more

American Foods Chockfull Of Ingredients Banned In Other Countries

More than 3,000 food additives -- preservatives, flavorings, colors and other ingredients -- are added to foods in the United States.
While each of these substances are legal to use in the US, whether or not they are safe for long-term consumption -- by themselves or in combination -- is a different story altogether. Many have been deemed too harmful to use in other countries. Read more

Diabetes Sufferer Switched To Vegan Diet, Blood Sugar Stabilized In 10 Days
(NaturalNews) Eliminating meat and dairy, and including fruit smoothies and orange juice into the diet, has helped one woman normalize blood sugar levels.
"I have diabetes and I was very worried that more carbs and fruit and less protein would mean my blood sugar would be harder to manage," said the senior member at 
Mothering.com. Read more
Horsemeat Beefburgers? The End Result Of Cutting Costs And Corners

The only part of the pig you don't use is the squeal: so goes the abattoir truism. For slaughterhouses and food processors, this is given added force by the fact that the leftover bits of a carcass – including the intestines and other innards – are often the most profitable.
As the row continues over just how some beef burgers in Britain and Ireland came to contain up to 29 per cent horse DNA, we are all thinking more about precisely what goes into our food. Read more

Reasons To Eat Quinoa In The New Year

We're all looking for the new thing to help us become just that little bit healthier this New Year and it seems we could be given a helping hand by the tiny grains of pseudo-cereal that make quinoa the food for fitness in 2013. Read more

Plant Based Diet Helps Prevent More Than 60% Chronic Disease Deaths
(NaturalNews) Chronic illnesses including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity account for nearly 65 percent of all deaths annually, according to the World Health Organization. Over the course of modern human history, forward thinking scientists have known that a diet largely consisting of plants, fruits, nuts and seeds promote optimal health, and when coupled with a healthy lifestyle, can prevent, and in many cases treat a wide variety of chronic diseases that kill millions every year. Read more
Plant Based Foods Lowers Prostrate Cancer Risk

Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Men who chow down on flavonoids -- in fruits, vegetables, herbs and tea -- are less likely to get aggressive prostate cancer, U.S. researchers say.

Susan E. Steck, an associate professor at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, and colleagues used data from 920 African-American men and 977 European-American men in the North Carolina-Louisiana Prostate Cancer Project who were newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. Read more

Black Pepper For Healthy Weight, Nothing To Sneeze At.

People want to maintain a healthy weight, and there are lots of beneficial ways to do it: exercise, whole foods diet and supplementation, proper stress relief, regular sleeping patterns. But a new study has highlighted an ancient ingredient for healthy fat metabolism that is, quite literally, right under our noses—black pepper. Read more

Study Confirms What Coffee Drinkers Knew, Black Beverage is Good For You

May 17--PORT ARTHUR -- Customers of Kacy Gotte, a coffee barista at Sertinos 24-hours coffee shop in Port Arthur, may be happy to hear that the mysterious black liquid they drink every morning may be good for them.
"Most of the people that I serve coffee to everyday seem to be happy, healthy people," said Gotte. "It's no wonder that they found out coffee is good for you." Read more

How GMO's Cause Farmers Suicide?

It’s been called the “largest wave of recorded suicides in human history” Indian farmers have been robbed of their livelihoods, causing them to take their own lives in despair. Over the past 16 years, it is estimated that more than a quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide.
Who is responsible for this tragedy? Read more

Genetically Engineered Foods Are Not Welcomed In Germany

In Germany, massive resistance to genetically engineered (GE) foods, both among politicians and the general public, has caused chemical giant BASF to close its German biotech division.  European opponents of GE foods are jubilant.  A reported 75 percent of Germans oppose genetically engineered foods, and few politicians are in favor of genetic technology. Read more

Holy Cow! What's Good for You is Good for Our Planet

Is red meat bad for you? In a word, yes. In this issue, Pan et al describe the outcomes from more than 37 000 men from the Harvard Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and more than 83 000 women from the Harvard Nurses Health Study who were followed up for almost 3 million person - years.  Read more

Dieticians Rank Five Worst School Breakfasts

WASHINGTON—With nearly 1,800 milligrams of sodium—more than some children should eat in an entire day—the Ham, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit has topped a new report ranking the five worst breakfasts served by schools across the country. Read more

Doctors Pick Five Unhealthiest Cookbooks of 2011

Fat-Loaded Recipes from Jamie Oliver, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri Among Worst Offenders

WASHINGTON—Jamie Oliver is on a mission to revolutionize school nutrition, but some recipes in his new cookbook have more fat and cholesterol than many fast-food burgers, doctors say. Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast tops the list of the Five Worst Cookbooks of 2011 released by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Read more

All Red Meat Is Bad For You Study Says
Eating red meat — any amount and any type — appears to significantly increase the risk of premature death, according to a long-range study that examined the eating habits and health of more than 110,000 adults for more than 20 years. Read more
Death By Bacon

Bacon has been called the gateway meat, luring vegetarians back to meat. And hot dogs are a staple at many a backyard BBQ.But a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that daily consumption of red meat — particularly processed meat — may be riskier than carnivores realize. Read more

Farming Tips, Science and Chemical Agriculture

No other human activity affects the Earth -- or what we put in our bodies -- so directly. How can we build a system of food production that is fair for the farmer and good for the consumer? Read more...

Don't give up on organic food, our experts urge

A new review of previous research on organic food is getting a lot of media attention for concluding that the published literature "lacks strong evidence" that organic food is significantly more nutritious than conventionally grown food. But news reports covering the findings may be oversimplifying or distorting what the study really found, according to our in-house experts, and consumers shouldn't be misled into believing that there isn't a benefit to paying more for organics, particularly for certain populations. Read more

Pink Slime in School Lunches: Government is Buying 7 Million Pounds Worth

When McDonald’s and other fast-food chains announced last month that the infamous “pink slime” was no longer being used in their burgers, some thought the ammonium hydroxide-treated beef cuts had disappeared from our food supply once and for all.
Raw beef. (Jahi Chikwendiu - WASHINGTON POST) But a new report in the Daily tablet newspaper suggests the slime will appear in school lunches this spring — 7 million pounds of it. Read more

The Bitter Truth About Sugar

The health consequences of eating too much sugar (simple carbohydrates) can be ruinous. And while you need a modicum of carbohydrates in your diet for optimal wellness, consuming them in the right proportions is a key to better health. Read more

Mark Hyman, MD: Three Hidden Ways Wheat Makes You Fat

Gluten-free is hot these days. There are books and websites, restaurants with gluten free menus, and grocery stores with hundreds of new gluten-free food products on the shelf. Is this a fad, or a reflection of response to a real problem? Read more

Eat Your Way to Great Health

To eat the healthiest diet, you have to eat very little meat. But optimal health comes not just from minimizing the meat in your meals; you also have to maximize your consumption of nutrient-rich raw foods. Read more...

Healthy School Lunch Campaign

The Healthy School Lunch Campaign, sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), is dedicated to improving the food served to children in schools by educating government and school officials, food service workers, parents, and others about the food choices best able to promote children’s current and long-term health.  Read more...

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Diet and Cancer-You Are What You Eat

Food has a very powerful effect in your body. Diet and nutrition alter your internal terrain and influences genes1-3. The nutrition in foods affects cancer both directly and indirectly. Some foods kill cancer cells and others promote cancer cell growth. Learning differences between what to eat and what not to eat is essential. Read more...

GMO's--Genetically Modified Organism's
Facts and Information
Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This technology merges DNA from different species, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that do not otherwise occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.  GMO plants are often created with the intent of being herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant. Some have had the opposite effect, requiring increased chemical herbicides and creating an imbalance among other species in the ecosystem. Read more
Research- Benefits of a Vegetarian or Vegan Diet

 

60 Minutes Reports About the Dangers of Excessive Sugars

In a ground-breaking news story, 60 Minutes reports that new research coming out of some of America's most respected institutions is finding that sugar is a toxin that can lead to major chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and cancer.
This is jolting to people who don't realize that even if they don't add it to their foods, hidden sugar, including high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), is in virtually all processed foods, from yogurts and sauces to breads and sodas. Read more

Is The Meat You Are Eating Being Fed Animal Feces?

Mad Cow Disease (the common term for Bovine Spongiform Encepholopathy (BSE) made headlines once again in April 2012, when a dairy cow at a rendering facility in California was found to have the disease.
BSE, a progressive neurological disorder of cattle that can be transmitted to other species, including humans (in people it's called Cruetzfeldt-Jakob Disease) is a devastating condition that typically leads to progressive dementia and death, often within a year of the onset of symptoms. Read more

Government to Increase E. Coli Tests in Raw Beef
In a ruling that appeared to side with consumers, the Agriculture Department announced that it would expand testing for E. coli in raw beef trimmings beginning next week.  The announcement came on the heels of a decision on Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration to deny a petition by the Corn Refiners Association to change the name of the sweetener high-fructose corn syrup to corn sugar on nutrition labels. Read more
Can Red Meat be Part of a Healthy Diet?

At some point, "red meat" became taboo in the nutritional world. If you put good old-fashioned grass-fed, organically-raised meat in a nutrition analyzer, you'd find it's one of the most nutritious foods you can eat.  Still, many people want to believe that all red meat is unhealthy. A new study out of Harvard once again attempts to demonize red meat. Read more

Mom's nut consumption tied to less allergy in kids

(Reuters Health) - In a study based on 62,000 Danish mothers, the children of those who ate peanuts and tree nuts while pregnant were less likely to develop asthma or allergies than the kids whose mothers shunned nuts.  The results support the recent withdrawal of recommendations that pregnant women should avoid nuts because they might raise a child's risk for allergies to the nuts themselves and for other hypersensitivities like asthma, according to the U.S. and Danish researchers.  Read more

Black pepper compound fights fat

In the April 18, 2012 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Korean researchers report that piperine, a pungent compound found in black pepper (Piper nigrum), helps block the formation of new fat cells, a process known as adipogenesis. Read more

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Pepsi Next May Be Worse Than High Fructose Corn Syrup Soda

When a new beverage comes out advertising "60% less sugar—drink it to believe it"—the challenge is on. Same taste; fewer calories to your waist? Sounds good, doesn't it?
But before you throw that Pepsi Next into your grocery cart, Fooducate.comi suggests you complete the challenge by reading the ingredient label. Read more