Doubt cast on advantages of organic produce and meat

Researchers say organic foods are no more nutritious and no less likely to be contaminated.

Are organic fruits and vegetables more nutritious than conventional fruits and vegetables?  Maybe — or maybe not.

Scientists at Stanford University have weighed in on the “maybe not” side of the debate after an extensive examination of four decades of research comparing organic and conventional foods.

 

 

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10 best iPhone apps for gardening

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Whether or not you’ve got a green thumb, these apps will help your garden grow.

Timing is everything as those who garden are well aware.  And a bountiful crop requires planning and organization.  For novice and advanced gardeners alike, there is always something that can be learned about getting the best from the earth. Following are 10 great gardening apps that serve that very purpose, and can help yield juicier tomatoes, more fragrant rosemary, and brighter hydrangeas.

 

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Chocolate Healthier Than Fruit: Study

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Researchers found that chocolates contain more healthy plant compounds and antioxidants, gram-for-gram, than fruit juice.

Chocoholics, you can now gorge on your favourite treat without a sense of guilt, for scientists have claimed that it’s actually healthier than many fruit.  Not only that, but chocolate is being heralded as the latest “super food” by the scientists who carried out a study.

 

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International Banana Club Museum for Sale

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Ken Bannister, founder of the International Banana Club Museum, is selling out. The price of the museum has dropped from $45,000 to only $15,000! Before you snap up that bargain, be aware that the museum includes only the banana artifacts but no real estate, as the museum has been housed in rented space.

Bannister told the Victorville Daily Press that he decided to liquidate the collection after the Hesperia Recreation and Park District told him that he would no longer be able to rent space at the Harrison Exhibit Building in Hesperia, California where Bannister exhibited his thousands of banana goodies. He did not have another location set up and does not want to put the items in storage.

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Blueberries Increase Attention Span And Help Fight Dementia

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A blueberry smoothie at breakfast can stop your powers of concentration waning in the afternoon – and even help fight dementia in the long term, new research suggests.  Scientists have found that the food can increase your attention span in the short term and can maintain a healthy mind in the long term.

 

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Laser “Tattoo” Technology Could Replace Sticky Labels On Produce

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Food ‘tattoos’ – an alternative to labeling fruit.

Those small and sometimes inconvenient sticky labels on produce may eventually be replaced by laser “tattoo” technology now being tested by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and University of Florida scientists.

 

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Grapefruit Diet Risk Exposed

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So much for an apple a day. Well maybe its not an apple but a grapefruit but wouldn’t you think that fruit should help you not harm you

A woman who went on an intense grapefruit-based diet developed a blood clot in her leg and risked losing the limb, US doctors have reported.The unusual case, written up in the Lancet medical journal, occurred in Washington state in November last year.

Medics concluded grapefruit had affected the way the 42-year-old’s body processed her contraceptive pill.

A UK expert stressed this was an unusual case, but said extreme diets may have “unpredictable consequences”.

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