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Eating fruit and vegetables reduce the risk of depression

About 265 million people worldwide suffer from depression. It is, however, one of the most preventable health issues. That is, according to the World Health Organization.…

People extra cautious because of Coronavirus

Wuhan fruit and vegetable wholesale market still open

At the end of December 2019, the Chinese government announced the outbreak of the Wuhan Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Health officials believe the virus outbreak originated in a…

Effect of UV radiation and salt stress on secondary metabolites in bell pepper plants

The green biomass of horticultural plants contains valuable secondary metabolites (SM), which can potentially be extracted and sold. When exposed to stress, plants accumulate higher amounts of these SMs, making the extraction and commercialization even more attractive. Researchers evaluated the potential…

Soil type and zinc doses in agronomic biofortification of lettuce genotypes

The incidence of many malnutrition-related diseases among the populations of developing countries is closely related to low dietary zinc (Zn) intakes. A new study evaluated…

New Zealand study - Auckland University of Technology:

“Bigger bodies need bigger servings of vegetables”

A new study from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) suggests the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables should be in direct proportion to body size. In…

How do carrots affect your vision?

Carrots being good for the eyes is a well-known fact. It is something we have grown up learning, and there is even scientific evidence to back this claim. But, how did this…

Chili pepper compound might slow down lung cancer metastasis

A new study, run by Piyali Dasgupta, Ph.D., from the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington, WV, seems to find that capsaicin, the spicy compound…

Neonicotinoids: despite EU moratorium, bees still at risk

Since 2013, a European Union (EU) moratorium has restricted the application of three neonicotinoids to crops that attract bees because of the harmful effects they are deemed to have on these insects. Yet researchers from the CNRS, INRA, and the Institut de l’Abeille (ITSAP) have just demonstrated that…

François van der Merwe:

"It’s a shame that we don’t make optimal use of sunlight"

“The truly sustainable vertical farm of the future shouldn’t be a compromise. The power of natural sunlight is essential,” says François van der Merwe, CEO of CAN-Agri. François has some innovative ideas about today’s vertical farms: “As I see it, most ‘vertical farms’ are not actually vertical. They are…

US: New wellness center added to farmer care network

UnitedAg announced it is adding the fourteenth wellness center to its network that serves California and Arizona farmworkers and their families. Together in partnership with three agricultural employers, the new wellness center will provide healthcare access to farmworkers and their families in the City…

Researcher Roland Andrianasolo - University of Paris:

“Eating fruit and veg may reduce symptoms of asthma”

Adding fruits, vegetables and whole-grain cereals may help in reducing the symptoms of asthma. According to sources, the study published in the European Respiratory Journal…

Nutritionists' advice on World Diabetes Day:

“Eat right to keep gestational diabetes at bay”

World Diabetes Day takes place on the 14th November every year. It has grown from humble beginnings to become a globally-celebrated event which increases awareness about diabetes. World Diabetes Day is internationally recognised and is an official United Nations Day. Regarding diabetes in Africa, experts…

University of Toronto research

Diet lacking in fruit and vegetables is linked to depression

Researchers at the University of Toronto found that a lower intake of fruits and vegetables was associated with a higher incidence of depression in both men and women. The…

Antioxidant seasonal changes in soilless greenhouse sweet peppers

Researchers studied the effect of the growing season on the antioxidant components of greenhouse sweet pepper crops, which is of scientific interest because of their possible…

Mexican study finds tomato ketchup contains more sugar than tomato

A study of ketchup brands in Mexico has revealed that most contain more sugar than tomato, according to the federal consumer protection agency Profeco. Federal law requires that ketchup contain at least 12% total tomato solids, or 44.4% tomatoes, and not to contain thickeners, colorants or preservatives.…

Medical nutrition education found lacking

Medical programmes do not sufficiently integrate nutrition. As a result, physicians miss possibilities to provide their patients with adequate counselling on nutrition and dietary behaviour. This is not an issue exclusive to the Netherlands but is present globally and is independent of country,…


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