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Apr 7, 2007
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According to the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) analysis of data from over 43,000 tests on pesticides in conventional produce, over 90% of ingestion of pesticides in foods can be eliminated by avoiding the most contaminated foods. The "Dirty Dozen" most contaminated foods are peaches (97 percent tested positive for residue), apples (92 percent tested positive), sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce and potatoes. The "Consistently Clean" are onions (90 percent tested negative), avocados (90 percent), sweet corn (90 percent), pineapples, mango, asparagus, sweet peas, kiwi, bananas, cabbage, broccoli and papaya. "Federal produce tests tell us that some fruits and vegetables are so likely to be contaminated with pesticides that you should always buy them organic. Others are so consistently clean that you can eat them with less concern." Says EWG Senior Vice President Richard Wiles. Download your wallet-sized shopper's guide here:
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Posted: Apr 7, 2007 4:17am
Jun 3, 2006
Eat more fruits, vegetables to avoid wrinkles
Berlin | April 18, 2006 1:15:09 AM IST

People who eat lots of fruit and vegetables are likely to have fewer wrinkles, says a new study.

People with a normal diet can make their skin look younger by including lots of tomatoes and red paprika in their meals, German magazine The Dermatologist said in its latest issue.

Free radicals - unstable oxygen molecules - are a major factor in premature skin aging and skin cancer. Antioxidants contained in the body stop free-radical damage.

However, the body cannot produce enough antioxidants on its own and has to make up for them with ingredients such as Vitamins A, C, D and E as well as beta-carotene.

Vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes, paprika and kale contain plenty of antioxidants, as does green tea.

A study conducted at the Berlin Charite hospital found that people with a high concentration of antioxidants in the skin look younger because they have fewer wrinkles, The Dermatologist said.

The study showed that vegetarians had more antioxidants in their bodies than non-vegetarians.

The magazine warned that an "overdose" of antioxidants through a large intake of food supplements could accelerate free radical damage. However, this was unlikely if supplements were omitted and fruit and vegetables were eaten instead.


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Posted: Jun 3, 2006 10:56am
Apr 17, 2006
Name: Author Mohana Gill
Type: Tribute (for the living)
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The many uses of fruits

SOMEDAY, I hope to be a fruitarian, but that will not happen of course, since I also love other types of food in equal measure. Except for pineapple, I eat most types of fruit with relish, so when I saw Fruitastic! on the shelf, I instinctively reached for it. This coffee-table book is all about fruit that are easily available in our local supermarkets, with the exception of blueberries and strawberries, which are still relatively uncommon, but not impossible to find.

Author Mohana Gill has written a book that is filled with fruity facts and recipes. Most of the recipes sound delicious (I’ve not tried them myself) and a few, a little unusual to my parochial palate such as the fruit soups and curried fruit.

There are also home remedies; some are familiar, while others are new to me.

Some of the succulent fruits sitting on our supermarket shelves have interesting histories. The jambu air, for instance, also known as the Malay apple or water apple, is originally Malaysian. Now, it is commonly found in Hawaii, “thanks to transportation abroad (sic) one of Captain Bligh’s many voyages,” writes Mohana.

The dragon fruit, a native of Mexico, was fi rst introduced into Vietnam by the US army during the Vietnam War. Today, this member of the cactus family has also found its way to our shores and is fast gaining popularity for its mildly aromatic, sweet flavour.

Even if you have never heard of sapodilla or carambola, you would have eaten them before.

Better known as the chiku, the sapodilla is also known as “thajathee” in Burma, which literally means sugar fruit. I have only eaten chiku raw, but according to Mohana: “its versatility makes it a much-loved candidate for cooking. It can be blended into a custard mix before being baked, or stewed with lime juice and ginger for a feisty treat.” The carambola is another name for our starfruit, which has been described as “often-underated”. It is a good source of potassium and can be made into delicious puddings, stews and even curries.

Fruitastic! is easy to read, and the layout and design of the book make it reader-friendly as well. The pictures are taken close-up; so close that it is almost impossible to make out what some of the fruits look like as a whole.

Some pictures were also out of focus, perhaps by design, but I found this form of illustration too artsy-fartsy for my liking.

If you choose to take a bite into Fruitastic!, there’ll be plenty of juicy facts to munch and chew on.
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