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Red meat: What makes it unhealthy?

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Red meat: What makes it unhealthy?

March 14, 2012|By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
  • Scientists said Monday that eating red meat was associated with an increased mortality risk in a recent study. But what is it in a juicy steak that makes it potentially unhealthy?
Scientists said Monday that eating red meat was associated with an increased… (Mark Boster / Los Angeles…)

On Monday, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health released study results showing that red meat consumption was associated with a higher risk of early death. The more red meat — beef, pork or lamb, for the purposes of the research — study participants reported they ate, the more likely they were to die during the period of time that data collection took place (more than 20 years).

So what is it in red meat that might make it unhealthy?

No one is sure, exactly, but the authors of the Harvard study mention a few possible culprits in their paper in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

First, eating red meat has been linked to the incidence of heart disease.  The saturated fat and cholesterol in beef, pork and lamb are believed to play a role in the risk of coronary heart disease.  The type of iron found in red meat, known as heme iron, has also been linked to heart attacks and fatal heart disease.  Sodium in processed meats may increase blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease. Other chemicals that are used in processed meats may play a role in heart disease as well, by damaging blood vessels.

Red meat has also been linked to increased risks of colorectal and other cancers.  Again, heme iron could be a culprit — it is more easily absorbed into the body than other forms of iron, and can cause oxidative damage to cells — as could compounds that are created when meat is cooked at a high temperature.  Preservatives used in processed meats also may play a role, scientists have said, because they convert into carcinogenic compounds in the body.

Horse meat food scare spreads

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Horse meat food scare spreads

Mary Gearin reported this story on Monday, February 11, 2013 08:22:00

TONY EASTLEY: Britain is facing its biggest food scare since mad cow disease and it’s spreading to Europe.

The UK is waiting on tests to see just how many beef products in the food chain might be contaminated with horse meat and if the products carry any risk to humans.

In the past month there’s been a string of revelations about pre-prepared and frozen beef items reaching Britain, Ireland and France. It’s raising questions about the integrity of the European food chain.

The British Government suspects organised crime might be behind the meat substitution.

Europe correspondent Mary Gearin:

MARY GEARIN: Britons sitting down to their Sunday dinners may well have paused over their plates of beef if they were made from imported frozen or ready-made products.

The UK’s environment secretary Owen Paterson says what started as potentially isolated cases of bad labelling and testing could become a case of organised crime.

OWEN PATERSON: It’s completely wrong that a British consumer should go to a store, buy a product clearly marked beef and find that it actually contains a cheaper product – horse. So this is actually fraud on the public. And I personally, I think it’s either a case of gross incompetence amongst suppliers further down the chain or, and I’ve got reason to believe this is looking increasingly likely, it looks like this is an international crime.

MARY GEARIN: Food retailers have been told to carry out their own tests on all processed beef products after it was found some of the Findus brand of beef lasagne products contained up to 100 per cent horsemeat.

Findus is now considering legal action against its French-based suppliers who in turn are pointing the finger at Romanian abattoirs.

The Romanian government has launched its own investigation.

This all follows the first cases in Ireland three weeks ago – 10 million low price burgers and last week, frozen spaghetti and lasagne meals made by a French food manufacturer.

Jose Bove, a Green member of the European parliament, says the issue how hard it is to ensure food safety across the continent.

JOSE BOVE: It’s a European problem now and it’s a problem of how these things happen. I believe it’s because there’s a real net here organised to change the origin of meat to make more money.

MARY GEARIN: The British government has now ordered its Food Standards Authority to conduct DNA tests every three months. But it’s ruled out a temporary ban on imports, saying it would break European Union rules unless there’s a proven health risk.

That’s a pertinent question in a country still deeply scarred by the mad cow crisis.

Chairwoman of Britain’s House of Commons food and rural affairs committee Anne McIntosh has called for suspension of meat product imports and questioned the response from British food safety authorities.

ANNA MCINTOSH: What worries me about – there’s been a delay in the testing, the FSA Ireland started the testing already in November. They’re already ahead of this. I understand that there’s not been much testing of meat for the last year. I think only 800 tests were done in the last year.

MARY GEARIN: While Scotland Yard has met with the food safety officials it hasn’t launched an official inquiry yet.

This is Mary Gearin in London for AM.

$1 The Value of a Dollar

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When Jonathan Blaustein purchased 10 early-season organic blueberries for $1, he was a little upset by this price, because six weeks earlier he had purchased 17 organic blueberries from Chile for the same amount of money. And those blueberries from Chile were from 800 miles away but were half the cost of California berries.

Eventually, after seeing many different menus around the world with various dollar-priced meals, photographer Mr. Blaustein, 36, decided to pursue a project “The Value of a Dollar”.

So, what food can you buy if you only have $1 in your wallet? See these photos taken by Mr. Blaustein and find out the answer.

Shurfine flour

A double cheeseburger from McDonald’s

Organic grapefruit from a natural food store

Conventional grapefruit

Tomatillos from Mexico

Candy necklaces from China

Shufrine white bread

Potted meat food product

Organic basmati rice

Tea biscuits from Spain

Shrimp-flavored ramen noodles

Beef shank

Pork floss, or rousong

Fenugreek seeds from India


Side salad with ranch dressing from Burger King

Escargot in a can from Indonesia

Early-season organic blueberries from California

Dried smelt

5 “bad” foods you should be eating

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2011 by ecofrenfood

5 “bad” foods you should be eating
Posted by Nicci Micco-Editor-at-Large

The bad rep: A significant source of dietary cholesterol, egg yolks are off-limits for those concerned about heart health.
The good truth: Medical experts now emphasize that saturated fats and trans fats are bigger culprits in raising blood cholesterol than dietary cholesterol is. Plus, eggs are super-satisfying: in one study, people who ate a scrambled-egg-and-toast breakfast felt more satisfied, and ate less at lunch, than they did when they ate a bagel that had the same number of calories. Egg yolks contain lutein and zeaxanthin, compounds that research links with reduced risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in people over 50.

The bad rep: Beef is full of saturated fat and dietary cholesterol, so people who care about their hearts should avoid it.
The good truth: Lean cuts of beef are a low-fat source of protein and iron, a mineral essential for getting oxygen from the lungs to cells throughout the body—and one many women (of childbearing age) are deficient in. There are many lean cuts of steaks: filet mignon, sirloin, strip steak, flank steak. If you can’t remember the names, pick steaks that are deep red with a relatively small amount of marbling—a fancy name for fat—to find lean cuts.

The bad rep: Chocolate has lots of fat, lots of sugar—and it tastes amazing, so it must be bad for you.
The good news: Dark chocolate contains flavanols, antioxidants that seem to have a blood-thinning effect, which can benefit cardiovascular health. And, recently, researchers in Switzerland reported that eating dark chocolate (1.4 ounces of it) every day for two weeks reduced stress hormones, including cortisol, in highly stressed people. But be sure to account for the calories (1.4 ounces delivers 235)—or you may be stressed to see extra pounds creeping on.

The bad rep: Potatoes rank high on the glycemic index, which measures how quickly different foods raise your blood sugar. Foods with a high GI value tend to cause a higher spike in blood sugar—and in insulin, the hormone that helps glucose get into cells—which can be a problem for some people, particularly those with diabetes.
The good news: Potatoes are a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin C. And unless you’re eating an absolutely plain potato all by itself, its GI value doesn’t matter. (It’s also worth noting that the glycemic index is an imperfect and controversial scale.) A high-GI potato becomes a low-GI meal if you simply add a little olive oil, because the added fat helps slow the absorption of the potato’s carbohydrates.

Scrummy Meat Dainties

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Scrummy Meat Dainties (Russia)

Wash the meat thoroughly. Prepare some onions, spices and a bottle of red wine.

We will also need several slices of lard.

Cut the meat into pieces.

Slice the onions.

Lay a slice of lard under the meat, sprinkle with spices.

Add onions on top and put in the oven. Pour everything with wine and wrap with foil.

Stew for 3 hours at 200 degrees.

Help me!! not everyone who show up….

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Sometimes, we try too hard to get to the greener grass.
In the process, we end up in trouble….. …

And when you find yourself in trouble and you’re stuck in a situation that you can’t get out of, there is one thing you should always remember…. ….

Not everyone who shows up…….
Is there to help you!!!!

My favourite food

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2010 by ecofrenfood