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Fall Harvest Foods Provide a Range of Health Benefits

by Trudy Pieper, ND Fruits and veggies are packed with powerful antioxidants which can lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes-related damage and even slow down the body’s natural aging process caused by free radical damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that feed off healthy molecules in order to survive. Oxidation, caused by factors such as stress or chemicals, ... Read More »

Apple Crunch

Celebrating Pesticide-Free Orchards The nationally acclaimed Rodale Institute will celebrate its fifth annual Organic Apple Festival on September 21 in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, more than 30 years after planting the trees. Organizers note that when growers select just one genetic variety of apple to reproduce and cultivate, they create a monoculture which easily becomes more susceptible to pests and diseases than ... Read More »

Fruits and Veggies Boost Kids’ Learning and Social Skills

A study published in the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association finds that increased fruit and vegetable consumption among school-age children may increase learning skills related to interacting with others, as identified in social cognitive theory. Researchers divided 138 students into two groups, with one group consuming more fruits and vegetables than the other. After three months, the group on ... Read More »

Dried Plums Prevent Bone Loss

Consuming dried plums, Prunus domestica, appears to reduce bone loss and may increase bone mass. Studying 236 post-menopausal women for one year, Florida State University researchers gave half of the women 100 grams of dried plums per day, while the other group received 100 grams of dried apples. Bone scans done at three, six and 12 months found significantly greater ... Read More »

Yummy Berries Cut Heart Attack Risk by a Third

Eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack, according to research from the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. The berries contain high levels of powerful flavonoids called anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter buildup of plaque and provide ... Read More »

Healthy Homemade Infant Food Reduces Kids’ Allergies

A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reports that infants that were fed more homemade foods comprising a higher percentage of fruits and vegetables were less likely to develop food allergies. In assessing youngsters of the same age, researchers from the University of Southampton Medical College, in the UK, followed 41 children that had developed food ... Read More »

CO2-Correct Food

Menus that Minimize Greenhouse Gases Experts at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, at Aberdeen University, in Scotland, have created a new menu plan that is healthy and nutritious, as well as good for the environment. The researchers compiled a shopping list of 52 foods arranged in categories according to how much climate-changing greenhouse gases are produced to make ... Read More »

Tidal Wave of Cancer Predicted by World Health Organization

In a new report, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the number of cancer cases worldwide will increase by 70 percent over the next two decades. Currently, 14 million people across the globe are diagnosed with cancer each year and that number could reach 24 million per year by 2035. The Cancer Research Fund indicates there is an alarming ... Read More »

Whole Food

Greater than the Sum of its Parts by Margie King Western science is obsessed with deconstructing food, researching and analyzing its component parts, isolating the active ingredients, repackaging them in pills or powders and prescribing them in daily doses. But according to Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., author of Food and Healing, this chemistry-based theory of nutrition is upside-down. Colbin, founder and CEO ... Read More »

Produce Banishes the Blues

New research from New Zealand’s University of Otago shows that consuming more whole fruits and vegetables increases peacefulness, happiness and energy in one’s daily life. Scientists discovered the strong relationship to be particularly apparent in countering winter blues. A total of 281 college-age students filled out an online food diary and mood survey for 21 consecutive days. Results show that ... Read More »

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