Monday, April 24, 2006

Mushrooms-Vegan Vitamin D Source

ABC News: Mushrooms Are Unlikely Source of Vitamin D

Zapping Mushrooms with Ultra Violet light can produce vast amounts of Vitamin D says FDA at their annual science forum.

The ongoing work so far has found that a single serving of white button mushrooms the most commonly sold mushroom will contain 869 percent the daily value of vitamin D once exposed to just five minutes of UV light after being harvested . If confirmed, that would be more than what's in two tablespoons of cod liver oil, one of the richest and most detested natural sources of the vitamin, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Toxic fish oil contains cancerous chemicals

Boots Omega 3 fatty acid Fish Oil is Toxic

Stories in Wednesday April 12 Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror confirm that Boots has withdrawn supplies of its own-brand Super Strength Fish Oil Capsules because of illegally high levels of dioxins. The scare follows a recent move by Seven Seas to pull certain cod liver supplements due to a similar contamination. Dioxins are environmental pollutants and are usually removed during the manufacturing process, however, tests on two batches of the Boots capsules found levels to exceed the legal limit of two micrograms per kilo. Despite the illegal levels, both Boots and the Food Standards Agency reported that the levels that were present would not pose a risk to people's health, with an FSA spokesperson assuring consumers that: "The threat from dioxins comes from exposure over a long period of time - continued exposure at high levels. These are above the statutory level but do not pose a threat to health."

As reported on BMJ.com

Saturday, April 08, 2006

All Headline News - Barbecue Meat May Cause Prostate Cancer - April 8, 2006

All Headline News - Barbecue Meat May Cause Prostate Cancer - April 8, 2006

A study presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research linked eating charred meat with a higher risk of prostate cancer.

A compound, called PhIP, is formed when meat is charred at high temperatures, as is the case when cooking on a barbecue grill. Researchers reported that PhIP has been found to encourage the growth of prostate cancer

Chicken With Arsenic? Is That O.K.? - New York Times

Chicken With Arsenic? Is That O.K.? - New York Times:

By MARIAN BURROS Published: April 5, 2006

ARSENIC may be called the king of poisons, but it is everywhere: in the environment, in the water we drink and sometimes in the food we eat.

Food Culture The amount is not enough to kill anyone in one fell swoop, but arsenic is a recognized cancer-causing agent and many experts say that no level should be considered safe. Arsenic may also contribute to other life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease and diabetes, and to a decline in mental functioning.

Yet it is deliberately being added to chicken in this country, with many scientists saying it is unnecessary. Until recently there was a very high chance that if you ate chicken some arsenic would be present because it has been a government-approved additive in poultry feed for decades. It is used to kill parasites and to promote growth."