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Eating hot peppers decreases mortality

Like spicy food? If so, you might live longer, say researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, who found that consumption of hot red chili peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in total mortality - primarily in deaths due to heart disease or stroke—in a large.....

Should you bribe kids to eat their veggies?

With figures showing that one in 10 British pupils are obese when they start primary school and only one in five children eat vegetables every day, the issue of how to get kids to eat healthy continues to be fiercely debated. The answer, according to obesity campaigner Tam Fry, is controversial: bribe them.....

Taste test: Behind the scenes with USDA Foods

The USDA Foods Available List is a lot like any other menu, with dozens of healthy options for state agencies to order and distribute through USDA’s nutrition assistance programs. And every year, foods are added or removed from the list based on customer demand and market conditions. Some offerings are.....

More pesticides than iron in Indian spinach

Spinach, well known for its rich iron content, comes laced with insecticides in Hyderabad as found by a study published recently by researchers from the Department of Entomology at Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University.To carry out the study, researchers G Geetha and C Sreenivas,.....

Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture

How much does eating organic contribute to your health? A new report from the European Parliament Think tank reviews existing scientific evidence regarding the impact of organic food on human health from an EU perspective, with a focus on public health. The development of environmentally sustainable and.....

"Eating more produce - organic or not - should be the first priority for better health"

If you’re wondering whether to go organic for better health in the New Year, you may need to weigh a few factors before making your decision. According to nutrition experts, your first concern should be getting plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and other healthy foods —.....

Federal agencies partner to motivate Americans to be healthy and active

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that USDA's free online tool, SuperTracker, has incorporated the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition's (PCFSN) Presidential Champions program as an additional incentive to.....

Map shows life expectancy by country

This map shows the life expectancy around the globe. The darker the green the higher the life expectancy while the more red the lower with a black color marking the lowest expectancy. In the Map you can see that Canada and parts of Western Europe may live the longest while the countries of Southern Africa.....

"Higher asthma risk for children who don't eat fruit and veg"

The Daily Mail has recently released a new article which claims that children who don't eat fruit and vegetables are 53% more at risk of getting Asthma. Fruit and vegetables contain a lot of nutrients which naturally boosts the immune system, however with children not eating enough it means that they're more.....

Crop manager Jos Bregman:

"Jet 5 is our greenhouse cleansing agent of choice"

Breeders and propagators have strict company hygiene protocols. Propagator Plantenkwekerij Van der Lugt in Bleiswijk is no exception. Crop manager Jos Bregman: "We owe this to our customers and to our strategic partners. So in autumn we clean the company from top to bottom with Jet 5."Jos Bregman:"Jet 5 is.....

Antioxidant potential of African and exotic leafy vegetables

African leafy vegetables (ALVs) are thought to contain an immense variety of antioxidants, which may provide nutritional and health benefits. However, there is limited, robust, and comparable information describing their nutritional composition.The aim of a new study is to determine the antioxidant potential.....
Only Demeter and Bioland produce without residue

Germany: "Lamb's lettuce contains moderate amounts of crop protection"

Lamb's lettuce is healthy, tasty and perfectly suitable for a winter salad. However, according to a German study, the exquisite leaves contain more chemical residues than other vegetables.Lamb's lettuce is the superman of the lettuce varieties. It contains more potassium, beta-carotene, vitamin C and iron.....

EU study highlights health benefits of organic food

A new study reviews existing scientific evidence regarding the impact of organic food on human health from an EU perspective, with a focus on public health. The development of environmentally sustainable and healthy food systems is an international priority. The study examines how organic food and organic.....

US: SNAP households believe they should eat more fruit & veg

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that adult men and women eat between 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day and 1½ to 2 cups of fruit per day.To help gauge perceived dietary habits, respondents in USDA’s National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) were asked a.....