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The veggies and fruits you’ll pay more for because of the California drought

April 17th, 2014

Eating healthier will get a little more expensive this summer as the effects of the California drought become apparent at groceries and food markets across the US. The state grows a majority of many produce crops grown in the US, followed mainly by Southern Texas and Florida. A new study estimates which foods will see the biggest price hikes.

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Bean eaters be glad; your diet helps lower cholesterol

April 9th, 2014

Austin, with its Mexican, Tex-Mex and vegetarian offerings, is a bean-friendly city, and that may be helping keep residents more heart healthy, according to a new study that extols the value of beans for lowering “bad” cholesterol.

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Healthy (some say icky) foods to eat to get Vitamin K2, which protects your arteries and bones

March 26th, 2014

Vitamin K2 might just be the least crazy vitamin craze. Studies show it helps keep arteries clear of calcium build up, but also puts calcium where it’s needed, in the bones. Find out how to build Vitamin K2 into your diet.

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11 ways to avoid BPA and phthalates and why you should

March 7th, 2014

Reduce your exposure to estrogenic phthalates and BPA by avoiding synthetic fragrances and putting hot food in plastic containers. Here are more ways to lower your contact with these synthetic, endocrine-disrupting compounds.

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Meat and dairy consumption quadrupled the risk of cancer in middle-aged people, study found

March 5th, 2014

A new study showing that high protein intake during middle age quadrupled the risk of cancer raises big questions about the current paleo diet trend that greenlights meat while lowering carbs as a way to control weight and increase energy.

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2,4-D corn and soybeans move toward approval; despite public disapproval

February 24th, 2014

A new generation of genetically modified crops, designed to resist the old-line herbicide 2,4-D, is fast nearing government approval, despite wide criticism from experts and an exasperated public . . .

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11 chemicals that could be triggering autism, ADHD and other cognitive disorders

February 20th, 2014

Chemicals that cause neurological damage in children should be removed from the environment, say two public health researchers. They’ve identified 11 chemicals — some will surprise you — that could be behind the epidemic increase in kids with autism, ADHD and other disorders.

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Don’t miss these Fair Trade, organic chocolates for Valentine’s — and every day

February 4th, 2014

Chocolate. You can’t live without it. So let’s talk about buying Fair Trade, which supports those whose livelihoods really do depend upon it.Chocolatiers who’ve been certified as Fair Trade have promised to pay fair wages to the cacao bean farmers who supply them. Here are 10 places to look for Fair Trade chocolate.

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Under court order, the FDA will review anti-bacterial ingredient Triclosan in 2014

January 9th, 2014

US regulators have taken a first step toward placing limits on the controversial ingredient triclosan, which is used in antibacterial soaps and an array of other personal products, despite studies suggesting it poses a threat to human health and the environment.

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General Mills changes Cheerios to non-GMO; but it wasn’t that hard to do

January 4th, 2014

I am cheering for Cheerios today, with the Jan. 2 announcement that General Mills will make its iconic cereal without GMO ingredients.This is a landmark decision that shows consumer dissatisfaction with a product can sway corporate giants. But how hard was it for GM to get the GMOs out of its Os?

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Why the FDA’s plan to reel in antibiotics for livestock puts Americans at risk

December 13th, 2013

Antibiotic-resistant diseases are depriving Americans of good health every year, with 23,000 people dying from diseases that were untreatable because antibiotics failed to work.

This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sprang into action – 30 or so years into this growing problem — to take aim at a major culprit, perhaps the major culprit, the livestock producers who routinely administer antibiotics to make animals…

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Organic milk is more nutritious than conventional milk, study finds

December 10th, 2013

A study by Washington State University published this week confirms what many shoppers have suspected for years: organic milk is healthier than conventional milk.

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