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Want to know more about organic farming? Interested in learning why pesticides are bad for you… and the environment? Interested in learning more about why orange juice is good for you? Read on.

Selected articles and links of interest:

New research suggests drinking 100% orange juice is associated with improved nutrient adequacy and diet quality among children
Orange juice may do more for children’s diet and overall health than you think, according to results of a recently published study in Nutrition Research.

Drink Up the Goodness of Orange Juice to Boost Brain Health
An original winter favourite and probably the most loved of all citrus fruits, orange is a powerhouse of nutrients. It is said that a single, medium-sized orange can fulfill 72% of your daily vitamin C requirement. Moreover, its antioxidant properties combined with flavonoids and phytochemicals, all contribute to boosting the immune system, eliminating free radicals and keeping the heart healthy.

Orange juice ‘improves brain function’
The study findings show that orange juice could play an important role in providing brain-boosting nutrients

A New Health Benefit Has Been Discovered For Orange Juice Drinkers — And It’s A Good One
People who drink orange juice in the morning feel more alert and focused in the afternoon.

Exposure to pesticides in childhood linked to cancer
Young children who are exposed to insecticides inside their homes may be slightly more at risk for developing leukemia or lymphoma during childhood, according to a meta-analysis by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers.

Plant sterols in orange juice beverage lower indicators of heart disease risk
Orange juice has long enjoyed a reputation as a shining example of a healthy, nutritious drink. It offers an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium, and a dose of flavonoids that are believed to have beneficial health effects.

Analysis of 21 studies shows exposure to pesticides is associated with increased risk of developing diabetes
A meta-analysis of 21 studies presented at this year’s annual meeting the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) shows that exposure to pesticides is associated with increased risk of developing diabetes by 61%, with different types of pesticides showing varying levels of risk. The study is by Giorgos Ntritsos, University of Ioannina, Greece, and Dr Ioanna Tzoulaki and Dr Evangelos Evangelou, Imperial College London, UK, and colleagues.

Organic essentials shopper’s guide for reducing pesticide risk
Don’t let the fear of pesticides reduce your consumption of fruits and vegetables. You can minimize your family’s exposure by referring to this guide. Organic Essentials is a comprehensive pocket guide, built on a complex assessment of pesticide risks for identifying safe and nutritious foods. The lists help you determine the most important fruits and vegetables to choose as organic. Download the guide now!

New research suggests drinking 100% orange juice is associated with imporved nutrient adequacy and diet quality among children
One hundred percent orange juice may play an important role in supporting intake of certain under consumed nutrients.

Orange juice flavanone may benefit heart health, says study
Hesperidin, a flavanone found in orange juice, may significantly reduce blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease risk factors, according to a new study. The research, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggests that consuming orange juice every day may significantly lower diastolic blood pressure among men who are slightly overweight but otherwise healthy.

Commercial organic farms have better fruit and soil, lower environmental impact, study finds
Side-by-side comparisons of organic and conventional strawberry farms and their fruit found the organic farms produced more flavorful and nutritious berries while leaving the soil healthier and more genetically diverse.

10 health benefits of avocados
From prostate cancer prevention, to lowering cholesterol, avocados have a myriad of health benefits. Here are ten reasons to eat, enjoy and know you’re benefitting your health!

Can orange juice make your heart healthier?
The health benefits derived from eating oranges are well documented. Rich in vitamin C, which offers antioxidant protection and helps boost the immune system, oranges are also a good source of fiber and other important nutrients like folate, thiamine, potassium, vitamin A and calcium, crucial for maintaining strong bones.

Eating organic on a budget — it can be done!
Don’t let anyone tell you that eating organic on a budget can’t be done. In fact, it’s the best eating in the world.

Orange juice: A nutritional powerhouse!
Orange juice naturally contains more than 60 phytonutrients. Many of them are known as flavonoids. Research has shown that flavonoids are natural antioxidants and may help support a healthy cardiovascular system and immune system.

Organic FAQs: What makes organic different?
In recent years, many farmers across the United States have abandoned synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and hormones in favor of organic growing methods. The result is healthy, naturally-grown food that’s better for our health and the environment.

Promoting sustainable food systems through organic agriculture: past, present and future
Overview of the benefits of organic food and farming published by the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association.

Pesticide exposures increase risk of gestational diabetes
Occupational exposure to pesticides during the first trimester of pregnancy more than doubles the risk of gestational diabetes.

The Farming Systems Trial (FST)® at Rodale Institute is America’s longest running, side-by-side comparison of organic and chemical agriculture. Started in 1981 to study what happens during the transition from chemical to organic agriculture, the FST surprised a food community that still scoffed at organic practices. After an initial decline in yields during the first few years of transition, the organic system soon rebounded to match or surpass the conventional system. Over time, FST became a comparison between the long term potential of the two systems.

Citrus flavanones show neuroprotection potential
Antioxidant compounds in citrus fruit may have a role to play in protection against neurodegenerative diseases, suggests a new lab study from Taiwan.

Higher levels of Vitamin C and lower concentrations of nitrogen found in organic oranges
An Italian team explored whether nitrogen levels and forms in conventional and organic oranges could be used to distinguish between organic and conventionally grown fruit. Detailed fruit quality data was collected on two cultivars of oranges grown under conventional and organic methods. Two key food quality parameters were consistently different, and organic food was found to have higher quantities of Vitamin C.

100% orange juice ranks first in a healthy immune system
A new analysis by the Florida Department of Citrus, Lakeland, FL, of beverage consumption among participants of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) study shows 100% orange juice ranked first in delivering essential nutrients such as vitamin C and folate to support long-term health, even though it was the sixth most consumed beverage.

Citrus extracts get cholesterol-lowering boost
Hesperidin and naringin, compounds found in oranges and grapefruit, cut cholesterol levels by about 25 per cent in lab animals, says a study that may boost interest in these citrus flavonones.

Citrus peel extract shows benefits for diabetes
A daily supplement of an extract from citrus peel could reduce insulin resistance in hamsters, suggesting the extract might also help prevent diabetes in humans, says a North American study.

More fruit could mean less asthma in adults
People with an antioxidant-rich diet could reduce their risk of developing asthma in adulthood, say Cambridge researchers – adding to a growing body of science on the subject.

Orange juice may protect against osteoporosis
Drinking more orange or grapefruit juice may reduce bone loss and decrease the risk of osteoporosis in later life, suggests an animal study from Texas.

Pesticide exposure raises risk of Parkinson’s
Exposure to pesticides – even at relatively low levels – may increase an individual’s risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 70%, according to a study of more than 140,000 people. Researchers say that the findings strengthen the hypothesis that such chemicals somehow promote the development of the disease.

Red grapefruit could lower heart disease risk
Eating a red grapefruit a day could reduce cholesterol by 15 per cent and triglycerides by 17 per cent and protect against heart disease, according to research from Israel.

Citrus carotenoid may fight polyarthritis
Increasing intake of the carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin, found in citrus fruits, may reduce the risk of developing inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, report UK researchers.

Grapefruit seed extract helps stomach ulcers
Grapefruit seed extract appears to help treat stomach ulcers, according to Polish researchers. The findings may surprise many consumers as the citrus fruit is often associated with acidity and irritation of the gastrointestinal tract. But the seed extract actually possesses antibacterial and antioxidative properties that calm the gastric tract, said the researchers at the recent Digestive Disease Week conference in Chicago.

High calcium and vitamin D diet may decrease risk of PMS
A recent study suggests that women with high intakes of vitamin D and calcium from food sources, equivalent to about four servings per day of skim or low-fat milk, fortified orange juice or low-fat dairy foods such as yogurt, may reduce the risk of developing premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Tests show lab rats thrive on organic food
A team of scientists found rats fed on organic food were slimmer, slept better and had stronger immune systems than others fed on conventionally-grown produce, reports the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences.

Health benefits of citrus limonoids explored
Oranges rich in vitamin C offer another important yet lesser-known nutritional bonus: citrus limonoids. In laboratory tests with animals and with human cells, citrus limonoids have been shown to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon.

Citrus peel shows cholesterol-lowering qualities
A compound found in the peels of citrus fruit has the potential to lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs, and without side effects, according to a study by US and Canadian researchers.

Citrus compounds fight child cancer cells
Compounds found only in citrus fruits not only fight colon cancer cells but also halt the spread of the childhood cancer neuroblastoma, according to research in laboratory animals.

Orange juice fortified with plant sterols found to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol in healthy volunteers
Plant sterols — recognized for their cholesterol-lowering power when added to margarines, salad dressings and other fats — are just as effective in reducing low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol levels, when added to orange juice, say researchers at UC Davis School of Medicine and Medical Center.

Scientists report 80% of cancer cases caused by environmental & food carcinogens
Government scientists at the National Cancer Institute have announced that at least 80% of cancer cases are due environmental causes, such as diet, tobacco, and alcohol, as well as radiation, infectious agents, and substances in the air, water, and soil.

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