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    Top News from the Food Front: Safety Fails, GMO Nopes, Vegan Wins

    Check your kitchen! Multiple food recalls attempt to keep mad cow disease and salmonella off your plate (and out of your smoothies). Industry behemoths sue Vermont over their groundbreaking GMO labeling law, as the USSC comes down on the side of accountability in cola labeling. Meanwhile Harvard researchers link red meat consumption to breast cancer (anyone see a trend, here?) as vegan wins multiply like happy prolific little spring bunnies. Read on, food news junkies — feed your brain, with all the best stories from around the Food-O-Sphere! More

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    Not as Hard as You Think: Veganism is My ‘Easy Button’ for Healthy Eating

    ‘I just could never do it!’ my friend said. ‘Just, gosh, the constant vigilance — I could never be vegan, it’d be way too hard for me!’ Then she told me all about the new Weight Watcher’s plan she’s on now, since the gluten-free diet failed to perform as promised. Points, lists, calories, meetings, portion measurements — all designed to counteract the chronic obesity spiking her risks for diabetes, stroke, cancer, heart disease, and early mortality resulting from standard American food habits. As I listened, I had the feeling I always have in conversations like this: seriously?! Veganism is just SO MUCH EASIER than all’a that! More

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    Top News from the Food Front: Sugary Cancer, Food Industry Cruelty, Non-GMO Win, and Norway’s Military Vegfest

    This week’s news will make you cry, make you sigh, and make you smile. Some of it may even help you avoid diabetes, cancer, and kidney failure! New health research indicts meat and soft drinks, but encourages healthy eaters to go nuts. Animal factories continually find new ways to turn the stomachs of anyone who glimpses their work — and then they file charges against those who dare to see (and record) it. USDA proposes new anti-poop policies targeting organic farmers; but announces new projects supporting local food in public schools. Hawaii knocks the GMO-regulation ball right out of the park! In other breaking news, I suddenly want to move to Norway. Read on, for all the week’s top food news! More

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    Skinnygirl Sparklers Contain Additives Linked to Aging, Cancer, Diabetes

    Here we go again. It wasn’t long ago that Bethenny Frankel, of Housewives of New York fame, unveiled four new Skinnygirl “natural” flavored vodkas. As I wrote in Skinnygirl Wine Exposed and Skinnygirl Exposed (Again): Not-So Naturally Flavored Vodkas, the Skinnygirl wine’s “natural” positioning is actually just a marketing campaign. Similarly, I just as I suspected that […] More

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    5 Things You Need To Know About Acrylamide

    Last week the FDA issued draft guidance and a consumer update on acrylamide in foods. Whats does that mean for me and you? If you are like me, when you read that the FDA issues a statement saying that common foods like potato chips, french fries and, god forbid, coffee, you get worried.  And, if you’re […] More

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    Insurance Giant to Doctors: Recommend Plant-Based Diet!

    In a startlingly reasonable development, health insurance monolith Kaiser Permanente urges physicians to make use of the abundant existing evidence regarding diet and disease prevention. Kaiser now encourages its 15,000 affiliated doctors to recommend a plant-based to all patients, “especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.” More

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    Calcium May Help You Live Longer

    From Natural Products Insider: According to new research in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, calcium supplementation of any kind may help women live longer. The study, led by McGill University in Montreal, found that calcium supplementation up to 1,000mg daily was linked to lower risk of death in women. The study’s […] More

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    Dealing with Liver Cancer: Making Sure Your Diet Works with You

    If you’re battling liver cancer, following a careful diet plan is probably unappealing. It’s common to experience a significant loss of appetite while battling liver cancer, both from the disease itself and the treatments associated with it. But eating nutritious foods, and ensuring that you’re eating enough of them, is an important part of keeping your body as strong and healthy as possible. More

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    How to Get Those Pomegranate Seeds [VIDEO]

    Pomegranate seeds are delicious. They are also incredibly good for you and have been linked various health benefits (sometimes falsely), as well as increasing libido.

    If you’ve never tried one these curious fruits, it’s worth picking one up at the stores to give it a go, but getting at the seeds can be a bit tricky. The juice of the seeds show no relent for staining fingers and clothing and anything else. I was going to write about my trick for removing the seeds, but this youtube video does a better job than I can do in writing. More

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    Toxics: The Long Term, Low Dose Question

    Each year, the USDA generates an extensive set of data which demonstrates that modern American consumers face no real threat from toxic pesticide residues on their food.  This is particularly true in terms of “acute toxicity,” or short-term poisoning.  Someone would have to eat thousands to millions times their own body weight to kill themselves […] More

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    A Rational Analysis of the USDA Pesticide Residue Data

    When the Environmental Working Group (EWG) makes its annual “Dirty Dozen List” of fruits and vegetables with pesticide residues, it does so without paying any attention to which chemicals were found or what level was detected. This is why it is so misleading.  To do the analysis properly does take a lot more “work” – […] More

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    Cancer Now Leading Cause of Death in China

    By Janet Larsen Cancer is now the leading cause of death in China. Chinese Ministry of Health data implicate cancer in close to a quarter of all deaths countrywide. As is common with many countries as they industrialize, the usual plagues of poverty — infectious diseases and high infant mortality — have given way to […] More

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    Study Suggests that Soy May Help with Radiation Cancer Treatment

    Soy products are loaded with isoflavones – a compound whose health benefits are widely disputed. Isoflavones have been hailed for helping alleviate menopause symptoms to reducing cancer risk, but are also changed with inhibiting thyroid function and changing the menstrual cycles of women. This week, soy products got another tally in the ‘beneficial’ column. A […] More

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    Tart Cherries – A Natural Remedy For Insomnia?

    A new study out this month finds that tart cherry juice can help you get a better night’s sleep, but there are study limitations and it probably doesn’t have as strong of an effect as other methods for curing insomnia. Nonetheless, here’s another reason to enjoy some cherries or cherry juice today. There are many […] More

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    Aflatoxin or A”flee”toxin?

    The word fungus brings to mind gross images, for the most. Green cotton-like growths on breads, damp mildews and diseases. Not to make things more gross, but mushrooms are also fungi (the plural of fungus). Fungi do not usually conjure the image of something deadly or toxic to man, though certain mushrooms are known to […] More

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    Hungry For Shrimp? Read This First

    Finding sustainable sources of seafood is becoming increasingly difficult.  Should you buy farmed or wild caught?  And what are the most sustainable choices?  I’ve talked about sustainable seafood before, and since shrimp is the most commonly consumed seafood in the United States, you might want to have a bit more information about that shrimp cocktail […] More

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    Can Diet Coke Kill You?

    According to a UK documentary, “Sweet Misery,” the National Cancer Institute identified a significant and impressive increase in brain cancer starting in about 1984. Why did brain cancer shoot up? It looks like it is because of articial sweeteners such as those found in diet drinks and food! More

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    Popcorn Can Reduce Your Risk of Cancer!

    Did you know that whole grain products, such as whole grain cereals and popcorn, are extremely healthy and not only for their high fiber content? These common breakfast and snack foods are rich in antioxidant substances Fruits and vegetables were generally considered to be our only really significant source of these compounds. Until now. You […] More

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