Organic Foods and Pesticides
The EWG released their annual Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists for 2015 on February 26, 2015. So while that is not new health news for this week, it still bares linking to because of the high value of information. It is a handy guide to help us know where to spend out money on organic and where to save money and buy conventional. The first article is a report by the Huffington Post about the EWG's list. The second article is the summary by the EWG about the amount pesticides in produce and how they make their lists, as well as links to their Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists. The third article is a handy guide posted on Lifehacker in September 2014 about how to pick out the best vegetables. I think it is a handy guide so I want to include that today also to help you pick out the best to with which to feed yourself and your family.
EWG's Dirty Dozen Report Lists The Most Pesticide-Heavy Fruits And Veggies Of 2015
"One of the most common reasons to eat more organic produce is to avoid harmful chemicals used in growing your food. Pesticides have been linked to developmental problems in children, and may act as carcinogens or throw off the endocrine system, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Scary stuff!
To help consumers make the safest choices, nonprofit advocacy agency the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has once again released its list of the most pesticide-contaminated produce. The Dirty Dozen, part of the EWG's yearly Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, is compiled from U.S. Department of Agriculture pesticide residue data on 48 fruits and veggies. About two-thirds of the produce samples test positive, and apples top the ranking for the fifth year in a row." (Read more at huffingtonpost.com.)
EWG's 2015 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce
"USDA EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce recognizes that many people who want reduce their exposure to pesticides in produce cannot find or afford an all-organic diet. It helps them seek out conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that tend to test low for pesticide residues. When they want foods whose conventional versions test high for pesticides, they can make an effort to locate organic versions." (Read more about pesticides on produce and the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen at EWG.org.)
This Infographic Tells You What to Look for When Buying Vegetables
"If you are unable to tell which tomatoes are ripe or if that lettuce is fresh, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a helpful guide on how to select vegetables at the supermarket.
We've talked about some of this before, but we figured it would be perfect to put it in an easy-to-scan, printable infographic format. Save it on your phone or print it out and take it to the store, and you'll always have the freshest veggies. Check it out below." (Read more at lifehacker.com.)
This is What Sugar Does to Your Brain
"We know that too much sugar is bad for our waistlines and our heart health, but now there's mounting evidence that high levels of sugar consumption can also have a negative effect on brain health -- from cognitive function to psychological wellbeing."
"Chronically high blood sugar levels have also been linked to inflammation in the brain. And as some research has suggested, neuroinflammation may be one possible cause of depression."
"A growing body of research suggests that a sugar-heavy diet could increase risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. A 2013 study found that insulin resistance and blood glucose levels -- which are hallmarks of diabetes -- are linked with a greater risk for developing neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's. The research “offers more evidence that the brain is a target organ for damage by high blood sugar,” endocrinologist Dr. Medha Munshi told the New York Times.
Some researchers, in fact, have even referred to Alzheimer's as "Type 3 Diabetes" -- which suggests that diet may have some role in an individual's risk for developing the disease." (Read more at Huffingtonpost.com.)
Want to Live Longer? Optimal Amount of Exercise Revealed
"People who got some exercise, but not enough to meet the physical activity recommendations were still 20 percent less likely to die over a 14-year period than those who did not do any physical activity. (The recommendations say to do 150 minutes of moderate activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week.)
People who engaged in the recommended level of physical activity saw even more benefit: They were 31 percent less likely to die during the study period, compared with those who did not engage in any physical activity." (Read more at LiveScience.com.)
Genes May Leave Short People Prone to Heart Disease
"Short people may be more likely to have heart disease, and that increased risk could be linked to the genetics that also determine height, a British-led research team suggests.
A person's risk of heart disease increases about 13.5 percent for every 2.5 inches of difference in height, the scientists said. That means a 5-foot-tall person has an average 32 percent higher risk of heart disease than a person who's 5-foot 6-inches tall, according to the researchers.
An in-depth genetic analysis of more than 18,000 people revealed a number of genes linked to human growth and development that likely play a role in the increased risk for heart disease." (Read more at nlm.nih.gov.)