Processed foods are bad for our health. But, what exactly is a processed food?

Many studies confirm that eating processed foods can lead to cancer, heart disease, obesity and well, early death.  But, what exactly is a processed food? Using a four-tiered system called NOVA, nutrition experts and scientists classify everything we eat into one of four categories: unprocessed or minimally processed, processed culinary ingredients, processed foods and ultra-processedContinue reading “Processed foods are bad for our health. But, what exactly is a processed food?”

Study: a bottle of wine a week is as bad as smoking 10 cigarettes

Do you drink a glass of wine a few times a week? New research shows that drinking a bottle of wine a week is the same as smoking 5 to 10 cigarettes when it comes to raising the risk of getting cancer. For women, drinking one bottle of wine each week increased the absolute lifetime risk ofContinue reading “Study: a bottle of wine a week is as bad as smoking 10 cigarettes”

2019’s “Dirty Dozen”: What are the most pesticide-laden foods?

The 2019 Dirty Dozen™ List is out! Here is the list of foods that contain the most pesticide residues: Strawberries Spinach Kale Nectarines Apples Grapes Peaches Cherries Pears Tomatoes Celery Potatoes The list is released each year by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization which uses more than 40,000 produce samplesContinue reading “2019’s “Dirty Dozen”: What are the most pesticide-laden foods?”

Do vitamin E supplements prevent cancer, or promote it?

Do vitamin E supplements increase or decrease a person’s risk of developing cancer? It turns out that the answer lies in your genes. Genetic variation may increase the cancer risk in some individuals while decreasing the risk for others. In a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers found that certain variationsContinue reading “Do vitamin E supplements prevent cancer, or promote it?”

2017’s “Dirty Dozen”: Strawberries, spinach most contaminated with pesticides

Yesterday, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released 2017’s Dirty Dozen™ list, which is comprised of fruits and vegetables most contaminated with pesticides. Strawberries are at the top of the list, with spinach at second place in the annual ranking of conventionally grown produce with the most pesticide residues. In the analysis, a single sample of strawberries showedContinue reading “2017’s “Dirty Dozen”: Strawberries, spinach most contaminated with pesticides”

Handful of nuts a day keeps the doctor away!

New research released this month found that eating a handful of nuts every day cuts the risk of a wide range of illnesses. Researchers at the Imperial College of London and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology concluded that people who eat around 20g (around a handful) of nuts on a daily basis haveContinue reading “Handful of nuts a day keeps the doctor away!”

World Health Organization: Processed meat causes cancer

In October 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, classified processed meat as a carcinogen, something that causes cancer. A report released by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund in April 2016 also concluded that eating processed meat canContinue reading “World Health Organization: Processed meat causes cancer”

Harvard study: childhood exposure to pesticides linked to cancer

According to a meta-analysis by the Harvard School of Public Health, young children exposed to insecticides inside their homes may be slightly more at risk for developing leukemia or lymphoma during childhood. The article, published in Pediatrics in October 2015, found that children exposed to indoor pesticides had a higher risk of developing blood cancers. “WeContinue reading “Harvard study: childhood exposure to pesticides linked to cancer”

Study: Advanced cancer cells more susceptible to grape seed extract

A recent study from the University of Colorado Cancer Center published in the journal Cancer Letters shows that the more advanced the cancer cells, the more grape seed extract (GSE) inhibits their growth and survival. Compared to chemotherapy, GSE leaves healthy cells entirely alone. “We’ve known for quite a while that the bioactive compounds inContinue reading “Study: Advanced cancer cells more susceptible to grape seed extract”

High dose vitamin E may raise risk of cancer

A new large study reveals that high doses of vitamin E can significantly increase the risk of developing prostate cancer in men. According to the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the chances of developing prostate cancer rose by 17%, even years after men stopped taking the vitamin. Researchers found more cases of prostateContinue reading “High dose vitamin E may raise risk of cancer”