MAJORITY OF AMERICANS CONCERNED ABOUT FARM ANIMALS

July 31, 2016 @ 8:16 AM

Most Americans don’t know the true meaning of food labels like “cage-free,” “free-range,” or “grass fed” and falsely believe that farm animals are protected by laws or independent oversight according to the results of a new national survey released by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®). The survey also showed that, despite their misconceptions, approximately three quarters of consumers surveyed are concerned about the welfare of animals raised for food and are paying more attention than they were five years ago to food labels that indicate how those animals were raised.  

Key findings of the survey:

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SHOP SMART & HEALTHY

July 26, 2016 @ 10:43 AM

Making smarter food choices at the grocery store is important for eating a healthier diet. Follow these tips:

Shopping for Fruits & Vegetables:

 - Choose a variety of fruits and veggies for a colorful plate!

 - Buy fresh, organic fruits and veggies.

 - Can’t buy fresh? Try frozen! Frozen vegetables are picked at the height of freshness, and the freezing process locks in their nutrients.

 - Buying canned? Go for organic fruit in 100% fruit juice, and low sodium, organic veggies.

Try This: Check out your local farmer’s market for fresh, seasonal produce.

Shopping for Grains:

 - When shopping for breads, cereals, and pastas, choose options that list one of the following as the first ingredient: .........

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PIGS ARE SMART, EMOTIONAL, COMPLEX

July 22, 2016 @ 9:23 PM

According to a paper published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal, the International Journal of Comparative Psychology, pigs perform as well or better than dogs on some tests of behavioral and cognitive sophistication, and they compare favorably to chimpanzees, our closest human relatives, in addition to other primates.

The article, written by neuroscientist Dr. Lori Marino and Emory University Prof. Christina M. Colvin, reviews pigs’ full range of abilities by detailing dozens of studies and extrapolating from those results to determine what we do and do not know about pigs. The areas examined by the article include cognition, emotion, self-awareness, personality and social complexity.

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WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO EAT VEGETABLES

July 22, 2016 @ 9:06 AM

Eating vegetables provides health benefits – people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.

Nutrients

  • Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol. (Sauces or seasonings may add fat, calories, and/or cholesterol.)
  • Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.
  • Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Vegetable sources of potassium include sweet potatoes, white potatoes, white beans, tomato products (paste, sauce, and .........
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FRUITS & VEGGIES MAKE YOU HAPPY

July 21, 2016 @ 10:18 AM

University of Warwick research indicates that eating more fruit and vegetables can substantially increase people’s later happiness levels. The study is one of the first major scientific attempts to explore psychological well-being beyond the traditional finding that fruit and vegetables can reduce risk of cancer and heart attacks.

Happiness benefits were detected for each extra daily portion of fruit and vegetables, up to 8 portions per day. The researchers concluded that people who changed from almost no fruit and veg to eight portions of fruit and veg a day would experience an increase in life satisfaction equivalent to moving from unemployment to employment. The well-being improvements occurred within 24 months.

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NOT JUST GRUNTS: PIGS HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY

July 9, 2016 @ 10:37 PM

The grunts made by pigs vary depending on the pig’s personality and can convey important information about the welfare of this highly social species, new research has found.

Scientists specializing in animal behavior and welfare devised an experiment to investigate the relationship between personality and the rate of grunting in pigs. They also examined the effect different quality living conditions had on these vocalizations.

The study involved 72 male and female juvenile pigs. Half were housed in spacious ‘enriched’ pens with straw bedding, while the other half were kept in more compact ‘barren’ pens with partially slatted concrete floors, which adhered to UK welfare requirements.

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BEANS, PEAS, CHICKPEAS AND LENTILS HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF

July 7, 2016 @ 11:16 PM

Eating one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils could contribute to modest weight loss, a study suggests.

Eating about 3/4 cup (130 grams) each day of these foods, known as pulses, led to a weight loss of 0.34 kilograms (just over half a pound), in a systematic review and meta-analysis of all available clinical trials on the effects of eating pulses.

The paper, by lead author Dr. Russell de Souza, a researcher with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, determined that a daily serving of pulses makes people feel fuller than if they ate a control diet, and that eating pulses can significantly reduce “bad cholesterol.”

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FEEDING THE WORLD WITHOUT DEFORESTATION

July 2, 2016 @ 11:15 AM

Deforestation is necessary to feed the growing global population – this is a common belief that has now been disproved by researchers. It is possible to produce sufficient food for the world in 2050 and at the same time maintain the current forests of the world.

“The preservation of the world’s remaining forest areas represents a central goal of climate and biodiversity protection”, explains Karlheinz Erb of the Institute of Social Ecology, “but deforestation is frequently justified by the need for more agricultural land.”

Erb and his colleagues have conducted comprehensive calculations in order to assess the options for feeding the global population in the year 2050 in a hypothetical world of zero-.........

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