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Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

How the sugar industry manipulated science

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21 July 2019 at 7:58 am

Prebiotics: Tending our inner garden

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Evolution produces some clever mechanisms, but if the environment changes, they can stop working.

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19 July 2019 at 2:06 pm

Interesting sugar comparison

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This is a screengrab from this video. I thought it was interesting enough to pull out. Fill disclosure: I avoid sugar, but after watching the video, I think I’m open to using date sugar.


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18 July 2019 at 8:29 pm

E.P.A. Won’t Ban Chlorpyrifos, Pesticide Tied to Children’s Health Problems

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The attitude seems to be “Who cares about kids? They don’t vote and they don’t have much money.” Lisa Friedman reports in the NY Times:

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced it would not ban a widely used pesticide associated with developmental disabilities and other health problems in children.

The decision not to prohibit the use of the pesticide, chlorpyrifos, comes after years of legal wrangling. It represents a victory for the chemical industry and farmers who have lobbied to continue using the substance, arguing it is necessary to protect crops.

In making its ruling, the E.P.A. rejected claims that the amount of pesticide residue allowed to remain in or on treated foods was unsafe, and said that the science was unsettled.

“E.P.A. has determined that their objections must be denied because the data available are not sufficiently valid, complete or reliable to meet petitioners’ burden to present evidence demonstrating that the tolerances are not safe,” the agency said in a statement.

The agency added that it would continue to review the safety of chlorpyrifos through 2022.

The product, sold under the commercial name Lorsban, has already been banned for household use but remains in widespread use by farmers for more than 50 fruit, nut, cereal and vegetable crops.

The Obama administration decided to ban chlorpyrifos in 2015 after scientific studies produced by the E.P.A. showed the pesticide had the potential to damage brain development in children. But in 2017 Scott Pruitt, then the administrator of the E.P.A., reversed that prohibition, setting off a new round of legal challenges.

Patti Goldman, an attorney for Earthjustice, an environmental group that brought a legal challenge against the E.P.A.’s 2017 decision on behalf of farmworker organizations and others, criticized the decision.

“By allowing chlorpyrifos to stay in our fruits and vegetables, Trump’s E.P.A. is breaking the law and neglecting the overwhelming scientific evidence that this pesticide harms children’s brains,” Ms. Goldman said in a statement. . .

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The Trump administration is an on-going disaster.

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18 July 2019 at 2:19 pm

Lentils FTW

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(Title typo corrected.)

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18 July 2019 at 1:32 pm

There Is No Such Thing as a Sugar Rush

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I avoid refined sugar at all costs, including all its forms (granulated sugar, brown sugar, agave syrup, maple syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, and so on), which is one reason I avoid processed foods, which often include refined sugar (and also often have too much sodium). Adam Popescu writes in Medium Elemental:

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Natural sugars, found in fruit and vegetables, is quite different in its effects on the body.

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17 July 2019 at 2:03 pm

The story on protein from plants

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And see this article for a good discussion and several good recipes. The first includes tempeh, and I sometimes eat tempeh in place of beans for a meal.

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13 July 2019 at 10:46 am

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