September 4, 2012

Thanks to Fewer Pesticides

1 Organic Produce Only a Tad Healthier

"Why aren't researchers focusing more on health effects of pesticide exposure on conventional foods instead of these studies that seem to denounce organic food because it doesn't have more vitamins? "
- Peggy in the comments

A four-year Stanford University analysis of 240 studies of the nutrient and contaminant levels in foods covering 1966 to 2011 has concluded that organic products are not significantly more nutritious than conventional foods, but may be somewhat safer. Specifically, organic and conventional fruits and veggies are roughly equal in vitamin A, C and E content, and both types had similar rates of bacterial contamination, but detectable pesticide residue was found in just 7% of organic produce, versus 38% of conventional samples. Only 3 studies found significant pesticide levels, but organic produce may be worth the extra cost to families with young children. Some 12% of all U.S. produce sales are organic, and 76% of organics buyers choose them because they believe they're healthier.

More at Freep.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Dirty Dozen Produce Has More Pesticides

Tags: Food Safety, Organic Food, Organic Produce, Organic Fruit and Vegetables, Pesticides in Produce, Healthy Fruits and Vegetables

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Natural Antibiotic

2 Coconut Oil Combats Tooth Decay

Coconut oil is a natural antibiotic that fights tooth decay say researchers at the Athlone Inst. of Technology who studied the effects of natural coconut oil and oil that had been treated with enzymes to simulate digestion. They found that the latter inhibits the growth of Streptococcus bacteria, including a strain that is a major cause of tooth decay and suggest using enzyme-modified coconut oil in dental hygiene products as an alternative to chemical additives. Not only does it work at relatively low concentrations, “with increasing antibiotic resistance, it is important that we turn our attention to new ways to combat microbial infection,” says researcher Dr. Damien Brady. The study is also being used to assess the antimicrobial properties of coconut oil on digestive health overall.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Tooth Decay Enzyme Understood

Tags: Antimicrobial Activity, Streptococcus Bacteria, Tooth Decay, Coconut Oil, Dental Caries, Digestive Health, Athlone Institute of Technology, Dr. Damien Brady

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Say It: Perfluorooctanoic Acid

3 Household Chemical May Up Heart Disease Risk

Perfluorooctanoic Acid, or PFOA, is a household chemical found in carpets, food containers and clothing - and it may raise the risk of heart disease or stroke, finds a West Virginia U study. While the research doesn’t prove a cause and effect link, the findings are enlightening nonetheless. The study examined data from 1,216 people who had blood tests and who answered a survey about their medical history from 1999-2003. After accounting for risk factors including existing heart disease, researchers found that those with the highest PFOA levels were twice as likely to report CV problems compared to those with low PFOA levels. Researchers say it’s not clear which came first - heart disease or high levels of PFOA. Experts familiar with the study suggest finding safer alternatives to PFOA.

More at Reuters.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Compounds in Nonstick Pans Can Raise Cholesterol

Tags: Cardiovascular Health, Heart Disease, PFOA, Stroke, Perfluorooctanoic Acid, Household Chemicals and Heart Disease, West Virginia University

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