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Consumer Reports Warns of Pesticides on Grocery Produce

It found worrisome levels in 20% of US produce

(Newser) - Roughly 20% of the fruits and vegetables in your local grocery store may pose a "significant" health risk because of pesticides, according to a Consumer Reports analysis. Its report is based on USDA routine pesticide testing of nearly 30,000 samples of fresh, frozen, organic, and canned produce collected...

Fruits, Veggies: Just What the Doctor Is Ordering
Fruits, Veggies: Just
What the Doctor Is Ordering

Fruits, Veggies: Just What the Doctor Is Ordering

Study finds that giving patients monthly vouchers for fresh food has an impact

(Newser) - The old adage is "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." And some modern doctors would very much like to prescribe that apple a day to their patients. As NPR reports, a new study conducted an interesting experiment: giving "produce prescriptions" to patients who struggled with...

The 'Dirty Dozen:' Most Contaminated Fruits, Veggies

But there's better news with the 'Clean 15'

(Newser) - Mama (and the US government) always said to eat your fruits and veggies, but nowhere in that conventional wisdom was there anything about getting your daily allotment of pesticides. Yet, as CNN reports, that's exactly what some of us are inadvertently doing. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group rounds up...

1 in 10 Adults Are Eating Their Veggies, Study Finds

Following the guidelines can guard against chronic conditions, CDC says

(Newser) - Although they've been told to many times in their lives, most American adults are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that only one in 10 adults are eating the recommended amounts, the Hill reports. Women reach the target...

Something Is Rapidly Killing America's Apple Trees

The syndrome is called RAD, and it's a head-scratcher

(Newser) - The why is still very much unknown. The what is painfully clear: Something is rapidly killing apple trees that initially appear to be perfectly healthy. That rapid part is now part of the syndrome's name: rapid apple decline (RAD), with one apple farmer telling the Counter that some of...

Women Prefer the Smell of Men Who Eat Healthier
Women Prefer the Smell
of Men Who Eat Healthier

Women Prefer the Smell of Men Who Eat Healthier

'Odor is an important component of attractiveness,' and carbs aren't helping

(Newser) - Guys have sort of a weird new reason to opt for the salad over the nachos: In a new study in the journal Evolution & Human Behavior , researchers found that women prefer the smell of sweat given off by men who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables to...

The 10 'Dirtiest' Fruits and Veggies

Strawberries top EWG's controversial list

(Newser) - The Environmental Working Group is out with its annual "dirty dozen" list of fruits and veggies it says have the highest amounts of pesticide residues. But take note: Protecting Your Pocket reports that the list, based on US Department of Agriculture data, has been called misleading since 99% of...

There's a New Recommended Daily Quota for Fruits, Veggies

Study says eating 10 servings could slash risk of premature death, disease

(Newser) - If you've struggled to meet the World Health Organization's five-a-day fruits and veggies recommendation , you may want to reassess your consumption strategy. An Imperial College London study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology has found that doubling the current suggestion to 10 servings a day could stave...

Instagram Photos Show the Trouble With Food Deserts

Distance to grocery stores correlates with nutritional value of meals

(Newser) - It turns out all those Sunday brunch photos on Instagram aren't just pictures, they're data. Or, at least they were for Georgia Tech researchers looking for a better way to get at the reality of living in a so-called food desert, where access to grocery stores and healthy,...

These Are the Best Fruits, Veggies for Weight Loss
 These Are the 
 Best Fruits, Veggies 
 for Weight Loss 
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These Are the Best Fruits, Veggies for Weight Loss

Cauliflower, berries, apples are good choices: study

(Newser) - It might be time to up your produce intake: A new study in PLOS Medicine finds certain fruits and veggies can help lower a person's weight. The US dietary guidelines note people should eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to help "achieve and maintain a healthy weight,...

Best Diet for Weight Loss: Veganism
 Best Diet for 
 Weight Loss: 

Best Diet for Weight Loss: Veganism

A review of diets finds that those who go vegan lose the most weight fastest

(Newser) - If you want to lose weight and you want to lose it fast, a review of 12 weight loss studies concludes that your road to success is a vegan one. Reporting in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Ru-Yi Huang of E-Da Hospital in Taiwan finds in her review of...

Could Pesticides Be Killing Our Sperm?
 Could Pesticides Be 
 Killing Our Sperm? 

Could Pesticides Be Killing Our Sperm?

Fruits, veggies with higher pesticide residue resulted in fewer sperm: researchers

(Newser) - Occupational and environmental exposure to pesticides has already been linked to lower semen quality, according to a new study in the Human Reproduction journal. But scientists from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health were curious to conduct what they're calling the first study to examine how sperm...

No. 1 Source of Salmonella Cases: Not Meat

In fact, seeded veggies are the worst culprit, feds find

(Newser) - Salmonella might be an illness you think about when you're tempted to eat cookie dough ; it's probably not something that worries you when picking out zucchini. But in fact, seeded vegetables were the top source of salmonella illnesses in a federal food study that focused on the years...

A Few Myths About Washing Produce

No, you don't need produce wash

(Newser) - Obsessed with using produce wash, or cavalier about biting into unwashed organic fruits and veggies? Modern Farmer dispels a few myths about cleaning produce:
  • "Produce wash is a must": Yes, produce wash claims to destroy more bacteria, but the Center for Food Safety reports that tap water is as

Pits Prove It: We've Been Eating Peaches for Millennia

They were domesticated some 7.5K years ago in China: study

(Newser) - When you savor a juicy peach, you're joining a tradition that goes back some 7,500 years. That long ago, Chinese farmers started domesticating the sweet fruit, researchers find. Peaches eaten all over the planet have roots—no pun intended—near Shanghai, in the lower Yangtze River Valley, according...

Veggies More Dangerous Than Beef

At least when it comes to carrying diseases

(Newser) - An apple a day keeps the doctor away—unless, of course, it's carrying a disease. Turns out that vegetables and fruits are actually worse than beef and pork when it comes to making people sick, reports Bloomberg , based on a CDC paper from last year. Experts looked at illnesses...

5 Servings of Fruit, Veggies Don't Cut It

Study: 7 servings is optimal in terms of dropping death risk

(Newser) - Even if you're a proud consumer of five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, you're not getting enough, an extensive British study suggests. And steer clear of the canned stuff. University College London researchers reviewed the diets of 65,000 people; they found that those who ate more...

Order Veggies With Your Big Mac—in 3 to 7 Years

McDonald's to offer salad, fruit, veggies as sides, by 2020

(Newser) - Burger King now serves lower-calories fries ; McDonald's is hoping you'll want something a little greener with your burger. The fast-food powerhouse yesterday announced it will let its customers sub a side salad, fruit, or veggies for fries in its value meals—in three to seven years. The menu...

This Girl, 9, Scolded McDonald's CEO
 This Girl, 9, Scolded 
 McDonald's CEO 

This Girl, 9, Scolded McDonald's CEO

'Don't you want kids to be healthy so they can live a long and healthy life?'

(Newser) - Nine-year-old Hannah Robertson knows it's important to eat her fruits and veggies (more so than most; this is her mom ), but she thought Don Thompson ought to know, too. Thompson just so happens to be the CEO of McDonald's, and Robertson addressed him at the fast-food giant'...

FDA Says New Rules Will Improve Food Safety

Agency issues two, with more on the way

(Newser) - The FDA has issued two new rules that it and food safety advocates say will make the nation's food supply much safer. They govern the handling of processed foods (like peanut butter ) and fruits and vegetables, reports USA Today , which calls this "the most sweeping overhaul of...

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