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Clear differences between organic and non-organic food, study finds

Organic food has more of the antioxidant compounds linked to better health than regular food, and lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides, according to the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date.

The international team behind the work suggests that switching to organic fruit and vegetables could give the same benefits as adding one or [...]

U.S. egg industry rocked by consumer demand for healthier, cruelty-free eggs

Rising consumer interest in healthy eating and animal welfare is beginning to scramble the US egg business.

The price of egg whites has nearly tripled to record levels since early 2013 following moves by McDonald’s and other fast-food giants to introduce egg-white menu items to appeal to cholesterol-focused customers.

Meanwhile, egg producers are spending millions [...]

Coca-Cola to remove controversial drinks ingredient

The world’s largest beverage-maker, Coca-Cola, plans to remove a controversial ingredient from some of its drinks brands by the end of this year, following an online petition.

Brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, is found in Coca-Cola fruit and sports drinks such as Fanta and Powerade.

It will be replaced after concerns an element of [...]

FDA asks pet owners to check for tainted jerky treats possibly causing animal sickness

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration is asking pet owners to help them pinpoint why thousands of animals were getting sick from eating jerky treats, mainly manufactured in China.

The agency has spent years trying to find out why 3,600 dogs and 10 cats in the U.S. were sickened by different brands of the [...]

Skin Infection Spreading Though NYC Seafood Markets

A rare skin infection is spreading through New York City seafood markets, health officials said today.

The infection, caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium marinum, causes red, painful lumps under the skin, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

“If the infection is deep enough, surgery may be needed,” the department [...]

Multiple sclerosis ‘linked to food bug’

A food poisoning bacterium may be implicated in MS, say US researchers.

Lab tests in mice by the team from Weill Cornell Medical College revealed a toxin made by a rare strain of Clostridium perfringens caused MS-like damage in the brain.

And earlier work by the same team, published in PLoS ONE, identified the [...]

A Heart Surgeon’s Viral Confession: Natural Food Is the Answer

Around 237,000 people now have Dr. Dwight Lundell’s confession on their Facebook walls. His essay, headlined “Heart Surgeon Declares On [sic] What Really Causes Heart Illness,” was published on a website called Tuned Body in December. Over the past week it has taken off across social media with phenomenal force.

In the essay, Lundell describes [...]

New treatment helped kids with peanut allergies safely eat some of the nuts

LONDON — An experimental therapy that fed children with peanut allergies small amounts of peanut flour has helped more than 80 per cent of them safely eat a handful of the previously worrisome nuts.

Although experts say the results of the carefully monitored study are encouraging, they warn it isn’t something that parents should try [...]

Your Oysters Are Impostors—Expensive, Slurpable Frauds

The first time it happened, the call came from oyster grower Bren Smith’s mom. She was ecstatic to see his Thimble Island oysters for sale at a local market in Newport, R.I.

The problem? His Long Island, N.Y.–based farm wasn’t selling to anyone in Rhode Island at the time. Nor was his distributor.

Soon he [...]

Most chicken sold in stores is contaminated, Consumer Reports says

A report released Thursday indicates that just about all chicken sold in U.S. stores contains harmful bacteria, and nearly half are tainted with a so-called superbug that’s resistant to antibiotics.

The Consumer Reports study, its most comprehensive to date on poultry, tested raw chicken breasts purchased at retail outlets nationwide for six bacteria, then checked [...]

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