Health

The benefits of eating tomatoes every day

The tomato is one of the most versatile fruits, widely consumed all around the world. Some people prefer it raw, many like to cook it with vegetables and spices. You can…

New reservoirs built - new drip irrigation systems

US-funded projects to aid against drought in southern Honduras

With regard to southern Honduras, a reliable water source is becoming more and more essential. “We have the land, but without water, we have nothing,” a Honduran farmer involved in the USAID-funded COSECHA project said. Farming in Honduras’ dry south can be a daunting task, but with development of an…

DTU Food Institute - Technical University of Denmark

Danish research: “Heavy intake of ginger can cause a miscarriage”

For women who are pregnant, or trying to become so, consuming lots of ginger is not a good idea. Popular wisdom recommends ginger as an aid to combating morning sickness, but…

Waterford research promotes foods like spinach and peppers

Key role for diet in Alzheimer's disease

According to new research, a nutrient-rich diet with lots of colourful fruit, vegetables and fish can play a key role in protecting our brain health and reducing the risk of…

Grupo Agroponiente

Super Food from discarded fruit & vegetables

A consortium led by Grupo Agroponiente, working in association with the universities of Granada & Seville, is studying how to develop improved fortified foods that are also healthier, using vegetables and fruit that are usually discarded due to size standards. The project, named ‘Naturpick’, was set…

Nestle to tap pomegranate's anti-ageing properties

Nestle SA bought a stake in a Swiss start-up that’s working to reverse the effects of ageing on muscles with nutrients based on a substance in pomegranates. The world’s largest food company will get global rights to develop products such as supplements and beverages that use technology from…

Spicy compound from chili peppers slows lung cancer progression

Findings from a new study show that the compound responsible for chili peppers' heat could help slow the spread of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death for both men…

A handful of walnuts per day could boost memory

A recent study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Ageing, shows that consuming a handful of walnuts daily could enhance cognitive health and slow down the…

University of Southern California research:

“Compounds found in carrots might reverse Alzheimer’s-like symptoms”

Recent findings that suggest that components contained in carrots might offer protection against dementia in people. A diet containing compounds found in green tea and carrots reversed Alzheimer’s-like symptoms in mice genetically programmed to develop the disease, University of Southern California (USC)…

CREA highlights the beneficial properties of blue-violet fruits and vegetables

The scientific community now recognizes the importance of the intestine and its microbiota in maintaining the general state of health. For the first time, the Food and Nutrition research centre of the CREA has focused on the beneficial role played by proanthocyanidins, a particular type of flavonoids,…

University of California, San Francisco:

Could beetroot fight salt-induced high blood pressure?

According to a preliminary study, adding tiny amounts of beetroot or dietary nitrate to salty food products might help prevent high blood pressure. He current findings in animals may not translate to humans, but researchers of the new study –released in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension…

€250 million available to support healthy eating habits for European schoolchildren

Millions of children across the EU will receive milk, fruit and vegetables under the EU's School Scheme in 2019/2020. This programme reached over 20 million children across the EU during the school year 2017/2018. The national budget allocations for the EU school fruit, vegetable and milk schemes for the…

University of Oslo

Reduce blood clotting with kiwifruit?

Everyone know that kiwis are small fruits that pack a lot of flavour and plenty of health benefits. They are full of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, folate, and potassium. They also have a lot of antioxidants and are a good source of fiber. According to a study from the University of…

Bonduelle asks public "How can we eat better?"

In line with its ambition to stand as the "global reference in healthy living through plant-based food", the Bonduelle Group is engaging with the citizen consultation launched…

South Korea - Kwangju Women’s University Research:

‘Chaga mushroom limits production of melanin and whitens your skin’

Research reveals that Chaga mushroom ( Inonotus obliquus ) can work effectively to whiten your skin. Researchers from Kwangju Women’s University (KWU) tested the extracts of…

[Unless you’re from New Zealand]

Feijoas, a relatively unknown super fruit

The little green fruit that's native to Brazil, feijoa, is one of the most vitamin C-rich foods you can eat. But New Zealand discovered them before us. If you haven’t seen a feijoa before, imagine a fruit resembling a lime that – once cut open – looks like a cucumber inside. Feijoas have a sweet flavour…

Doctors ‘prescribing fruits and veg’ could save the US $100 billion in medical costs

Researchers have found that “prescriptions” for healthy foods could save more than $100 billion in healthcare costs. People at Tufts University made the case that subsidized fruits and vegetables could prevent millions of cases of chronic diseases. Roughly 70% of diseases in the U.S. are chronic and…

EurMix project advances risk assessment of chemical mixtures

Human biomonitoring studies show that people have a considerable number of human-made chemicals in their bodies. European regulations stipulate the need to consider the…

Study by universities of Leeds and York

Fruit and vegetables boost well-being

Consuming more fruit and vegetables can improve your mental well-being, according to a new study, 'Lettuce be happy.' Researchers at the universities of Leeds and York…

Paul Talalay

Scientist who found an aid to preventing cancer in broccoli sprouts

In 1992 pharmacologist Paul Talalay claimed international attention after publishing research that proved a breakthrough in understanding how consuming cruciferous vegetables can reduce the risk of cancer. This discovery prompted a move towards finding ways to intervene before cancer takes hold –…

Tackling obesity in South Africa: Making fresh farm produce fashionable

An entrepreneurial Limpopo farmer has a fresh solution to many of South Africa’s problems. Lindelani Maraganedzha from Mangondi Ha-Jim Kone village, is determined to make…

More antioxidants from chopped & uncooked spinach

As we know, spinach is one of the best sources for the antioxidant lutein, which may promote eye health and reduce the risk of macular degeneration. A new study in the March…

Potatoes: Once banal, now deemed a superfood

The once humble potato is increasingly being touted as a superfood, due to its high levels of vitamin C, B6, folate, magnesium and potassium. And it's considered ideal for those on a FODMAP diet, trying to avoid foods that trigger IBS and gut issues. Clinical nutrition professor at Boston University,…

Improving the nutritional value of potatoes is a UN objective

As potatoes are a major food crop, improving their nutritional value will contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, provided that production is also increased. The realistic targets for genetic improvement are: ensuring tuber steroidal glycoalkaloids do not exceed 20 mg/100 g of fresh…

White onions: Getting healthy hair & soft skin

According to researchers, white onions are super-healthy with vitamin-c, flavonoids, and phytonutrients. Flavonoids, present in onions will lower the risk of some diseases…

Fruit and veg consumption in Mexico fell by 30% over the last 30 years

In the last 30 years, the consumption of fruits and vegetables in the diet of Mexicans has fallen by 30 percent, while that of beans has dropped by almost 50 percent, as part…

The health benefits of sweet granadilla consumption

The sweet granadilla is a fruit with health benefits that very few people know about today. Not for nothing is it called "the children's fruit", since it has nutrients that stimulate physical and mental growth; helps alleviate digestive health issues, because it doesn't irritate the stomach; relieves…

Blueberry demand growing due to ‘superfood’ status

A consumer study by the California-based U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council's (USHBC's) says blueberries have become consumers' top berry. Victoria De Bruin, marketing manager for the USHBC: "The most recent long-term look at blueberries' success showed that U.S. per capita consumption grew 600% between…

The fruit's melatonin improves the sleep cycle

Sour cherry: a good sleeping pill

Sour cherry juice may help you get a good night's sleep. Cherry juice increases the levels of melatonin and tryptophan, which increases the duration of sleep. Drinking a glass of 240 ml of sour cherry juice in the morning and another at night can help people fall asleep and increase the duration of their…

Penn State research

Avocado seed extract might be anti-inflammatory compound

According to Penn State researc hers, a laboratory study showed that an extract from the seeds of avocados exhibited anti-inflammatory properties. This means it might…

Lot Isarin:

Hot peppers: a new weapon in the fight against obesity?

Scientists have found a new and surprising approach in the fight against obesity: hot peppers. There’s a substance in hot peppers that ensures you burn off more fat. Because…

“Agbalumo’’ lowers blood sugar, cholesterol- expert

Nutritionist Dr Andrew Marbell says the African star apple, in Yoruba popularly known as agbalumo , can lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and could be useful in preventing heart disease. Marbell also stated that the agbalumo, also known as udara in Igbo, has some nutritional advantages, containing even…

New Zealand blackcurrant contains high levels of cyclic Glycine-Proline

The New Zealand blackcurrant has been found to contain a naturally high level of cyclic Glycine-Proline (cGP), a key brain nutrient. Research has confirmed that cGP is…

‘Keto diet’ blamed for rising avocado prices

The Wall Street Journal blame s the high-fat, low-carb eating trend called ‘keto’ for the rising costs of avocados, among other high-fat foods. The cost of other high-fat…

Tufts University - US

"Tomatoes may help reduce risk of liver cancer "

A recent study, published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, states that eating tomatoes could be associated with a decreased risk of liver cancer caused by high-fat…

Biopilzland GmbH scores with new proprietary brand Sonny's

"Bio-vitamin D mushrooms are a growing product segment that needs some education"

Since late 2018, there is a brand new label for organic vitamin D mushrooms from German soil. Under the label 'Sonny's', these organic mushrooms are now being offered in specialist shops. And after their presentation at this year's Biofach, interest is gradually growing, says Mirco Kinzel from…

Adventurer suffers phytophotodermatitis caused by psoralen

Washing yourself with lemon juice can damage the skin

A young adventurer has ended up with "putrefied" hands for washing them with lemon. The strange case was caused by the combination of the compounds present in citrus fruits and the midnight sun phenomenon in the Arctic. During his trip, the adventurer squeezed lemon slices to mix their juice with the…

Canadians eat fewer fruits and veg than 11 years ago

The new Canada Food Guide re commends filling half your plate with fruit and vegetables as part of a plant-based diet, but research from the University of British Columbia…

Spain: If people took recommended fruit intake, growers could make 200 M€

Lleida's fruit growing sector could be making about 60 million Euro more per year if the fruit intake in Spain reached the minimum recommended, according to a study prepared…

Illinois Institute of Technology study

Red raspberries may aid glucose control in people with pre-diabetes

A study released by the Illinois Institute of Technology shows the benefits of including red raspberries in the diet of individuals with pre-diabetes and insulin resistance.…

‘Beetroot juice is better for footballers than for cyclists’

Nitrate, which can be found in beetroot juice for instance, has a positive effect on the performances of trained athletes who are mostly required to make a short-term,…

Scientific study

Avocado stone fights against cardiovascular diseases and cancer

Researchers from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Mexico, have found that avocado stone could help reduce the risk of suffering cardiovascular diseases or cancer related to the consumption of preservatives. The group, led by researcher Carmen Hernández Brenes, found molecules called acetogenins which can…

Gulf nations fall in new global health ranking

High rates of diabetes, obesity and a lack of focus on preventive medicine were to blame for the slump in the global health ranking, experienced by the Gulf countries. No Arab nation was in the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index’s top 35 this week, despite the region’s significant wealth. Six of the top…

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Study claims strawberries improve colon health, reduce IBD symptoms

Researchers have found that eating just a few strawberries each day may improve gut health and relieve inflammation associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is a…

University of Western Australia and Monash University study

Mangoes & avocados positively impacting male fertility

Men who eat apricots and mangoes have more luck making babies than those who don’t, according to new research that shows certain antioxidants help boost male fertility. Male sperm with higher levels of antioxidants was more likely to successfully fertilise the female’s eggs, according to a study by the…

Spain: Pollution levels vary depending on the crop, not just the irrigation water

The Spanish Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) has investigated the role of irrigation water in the presence of pollutants detected in four vegetables: tomatoes, cauliflowers, lettuce and beans. The organization has analyzed their composition in several plots of the metropolitan area of…

Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology study claims:

‘Consumption of allium vegetables to reduce risk of colorectal cancer’

In a Chinese study, the consumption of allium vegetables—which include garlic, leeks, and onions—has been linked to a reduced risk of in colorectal cancer. In the Asia Pacific…

King's College London

‘Blueberries can help lower blood pressure’

A new study published in the Journal of Gerontology Series A has found that eating 200 gr of blueberries every day for a month can lead to an improvement in blood vessel…

Including Alzheimer's Disease

Black carrots could reduce risk of Neurological Diseases

New research suggests that eating black carrots on a regular basis could have positive benefits in reducing the risk of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Some components of black carrots -including its anti-inflammatory properties and anthocyanin- can play an important role in treating these…

Botswana government advises populace to consume more fruits and vegetables

Botswana has a population of approximately two million people, and as a nation has 1,600 new cancer patients per year. Despite universal access to free health care, documents from the Botswana Cancer Association show that breast and cervical cancer are the most common forms of cancer for women in…

Village Farms spreads the word about healthy eating

Village Farms recently sponsored and participated in “Cars for the Cure”, a car show benefiting the American Lung Association. This event showcased an array of the most distinctive and unforgettable cars from around the world during a daylong, family-friendly festival. A team of volunteers from Village…

Potato brand supports 'Food as Medicine' movement

Side Delights® potato brand said it supports the growing 'Food as Medicine' and plant-based menu movement to help treat and prevent chronic illness. Naturally plant-based,…

Southampton University – funded by National Institute for Health Research

Study will test if a healthier supermarket layout improves diet

Researchers are leading a new study on the impact of product placement in supermarkets, and whether this influences the diets of families. A research team at Southampton…

Eating sauerkraut to fight breast cancer

Doctors claim there is no anti-cancer diet, but some products, like the sauerkraut, can however reduce the risk of breast cancer. The sauerkraut, chopped cabbage fermented…

Spain: Canary banana flour suitable for those with coeliac disease

Scientists from the Canary Institute of Agricultural Research have managed to develop a flour from green Canary bananas. This product can be consumed by diabetics and those…

Discovery of pigment in mandarins that helps reduce body fat

Valencian researchers have discovered a pigment (carotenoid), present in mandarins and a few other fruits, that helps reduce body fat by 30%. The discovery could have…

University of Western Australia study

Cruciferous vegetables may prevent hardening of neck arteries

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and sprouts may have hidden health benefits. According to a new study, adding these veggies to your diet may help prevent the hardening of neck arteries. As per the study, consuming these veggies three or more times each day can prevent hardening…

Digestive problems? Try black carrots!

In China and India, the black carrot is a popular vegetable, as it is loaded with nutrients that offer numerous health benefits. Black carrots get their colour from…


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