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Diet with a little meat uses less land than many vegetarian diets
A low-fat vegetarian diet is very efficient in terms of how much land is needed to support it. But adding some dairy products and a limited amount of meat may actually increase this efficiency, Cornell University research suggests. (2007-10-08)

Fruit and vegetables health
FAV Health 2007, an International Symposium on Human Health Effects of Fruit and Vegetables, is scheduled for the first time in the United States Oct. 9-13 in Houston. (2007-10-08)

UMass Medical School study identifies the best weight-loss plans for heart health
A new study by researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School reveals that popular weight-loss plans vary significantly in their ability to positively affect heart health. (2007-10-01)

HortTalks, a valuable scientific resource
Are you looking for the latest horticulture research on high tunnels, grafting vegetables or water conservation practices? The American Society for Horticultural Science has published multimedia podcast files of 98 horticulture presentations from the 2007 ASHS Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. HortTalks features a broad selection of horticulture presentations by world-class scientists, innovative professors and first-rate educators. (2007-09-27)

Fruits and veggies not likely linked to colon cancer risk
Eating fruits and vegetables was not strongly associated with decreased colon cancer risk, according to a study published online in the Sept. 25 Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2007-09-25)

'Fruity vegetables' and fish reduce asthma and allergies
Giving children a diet rich in fish and (2007-09-11)

Mediterranean diet may help Alzheimer's patients live longer
A Mediterranean diet may help people with Alzheimer's disease live longer than patients who eat a more traditional Western diet. The study is published in the September 11, 2007, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2007-09-10)

Avocados may help prevent oral cancer, OSU study shows
Nutrients taken from avocados are able to thwart oral cancer cells, killing some and preventing pre-cancerous cells from developing into actual cancers, according to researchers at Ohio State University. Researchers found that extracts from Hass avocados kill or stop the growth of pre-cancerous cells that lead to oral cancer. Hass avocados are year-round fruits known for their distinctive bumpy skin that turns from green to purplish-black as they ripen. (2007-09-04)

Lettuce, leafy greens and E. coli
The rise in year-round consumption of fresh leafy greens such as lettuce and baby spinach is increasing the difficulty of keeping produce free from contamination by food poisoning bacteria, according to US scientists speaking today (Monday 3 Sept. 2007) at the Society for General Microbiology's 161st Meeting at the University of Edinburgh, UK, which runs from 3-6 Sept. 2007. (2007-09-02)

UGA study finds common component of fruits, vegetables kills prostate cancer cells
A new University of Georgia study finds that pectin, a type of fiber found in fruits and vegetables and used in making jams and other foods, kills prostate cancer cells. The study, published in the August issue of the journal Glycobiology, found that exposing prostate cancer cells to pectin under laboratory conditions reduced the number of cells by up to 40 percent. (2007-08-20)

Compounds that color fruits and veggies may protect against colon cancer
Understanding the molecular structures of compounds that give certain fruits and vegetables their rich colors may help researchers find even more powerful cancer fighters, a new study suggests. Evidence from laboratory experiments on rats and on human colon cancer cells also suggests that anthocyanins, the compounds that give color to most red, purple and blue fruits and vegetables appreciably slow the growth of colon cancer cells. (2007-08-19)

Diet high in meat, fat and refined grains linked to risk for colon cancer recurrence, death
Patients treated for colon cancer who had a diet high in meat, refined grains, fat and desserts had an increased risk of cancer recurrence and death compared with patients who had a diet high in fruits and vegetables, poultry and fish, according to a study in the Aug. 15 issue of JAMA. (2007-08-14)

International symposium on fruit, vegetables headed for Houston
Fruits and vegetables -- tasty and a vital part of daily nutrition. But researchers worldwide continue to seek better ways to use the healthful properties of these foods. Many of these scientists will meet in Houston Oct. 9-13 to share the latest findings. (2007-08-03)

Other highlights in the July 24 JNCI
Also in the July 24 JNCI are studies on the effects of hormone therapy and mammography use on breast cancer, the roles of sex hormones and breast density in developing breast cancer, and the link between broccoli and aggressive prostate cancer. (2007-07-24)

Increasing vegetables and fruits beyond guidelines not necessary for breast cancer survivors
Eating a diet very high in vegetables, fruit and fiber and low in fat did not reduce breast cancer recurrence or death in early stage breast cancer survivors, according to a new study. Researchers from the Rebecca and John Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego found that this intensive diet provided no additional benefit to following the generally recommended dietary guidelines. (2007-07-17)

Exceeding '5/day' guide for veggie, fruit intake doesn't reduce chance of breast cancer recurrence
Eating double the amount of veggies and fruits recommended by general dietary guidelines doesn't reduce the likelihood of breast cancer recurrence among women whose cancers were treated at an early stage of the disease, says a researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine. (2007-07-17)

Diet very high in fruit, vegetables does not appear to reduce risk of breast cancer recurrence
Women with early stage breast cancer who adopted a diet very high in vegetables, fruit and fiber and low in fat did not have a lower risk of breast cancer recurrence compared to women who followed a diet of five or more servings a day of fruit and vegetables (the (2007-07-17)

Highlights from the July 2007 Journal of the American Dietetic Association
The July 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association contains articles and research studies you may find of interest. Below is a summary of some of this month's articles. (2007-07-06)

New competitive technology for better food products
More than ever, today's markets are calling for fresher and less processed food products. In the vegetable sector, where items are quite perishable, innovative food packaging technologies can extend shelf life while maintaining a low level of pre-sale manipulation. Researchers working on EUREKA project E! 1975 EUROAGRI + GREENTEC are developing innovative food wrappings that will reduce browning and increase the shelf life of perishable vegetable products. (2007-07-04)

UCF professor finds bacterial pathogen may be key to understanding cancer development
Research team finds clues to understanding cancer development by studying Listeria monocytogenes. (2007-06-28)

Adding folic acid to bread could help in the fight against depression
A unique study by researchers at the University of York and Hull York Medical School has confirmed a link between depression and low levels of folate, a vitamin which comes from vegetables. (2007-06-26)

Can a Mediterranean diet help prevent colon cancer?
Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center are beginning a study to look at whether diet can impact a person's risk of developing colon cancer. Specifically, the researchers will compare a Mediterranean diet -- high in olive oil, nuts and fish -- with a standard healthy eating plan. (2007-06-13)

Calorie density key to losing weight
Eating smart, not eating less, may be the key to losing weight. A year-long clinical trial by Penn State researchers shows that diets focusing on foods that are low in calorie density can promote healthy weight loss while helping people to control hunger. (2007-06-08)

Organic Food Miles take toll on environment
Organic fruit and vegetables may be healthier for the dinner table, but not necessarily for the environment, a University of Alberta study shows. (2007-06-06)

An apple peel a day might keep cancer at bay
Cornell researchers have identified a dozen compounds in apple peel that either inhibit or kill cancer cells in laboratory cultures. Three of the compounds have not previously been described in the literature. (2007-06-01)

Recycled garden compost reduces phosphorus in soils
Broccoli, eggplant, cabbage and capsicum grown with compost made from recycled garden offcuts have produced equivalent yields to those cultivated by conventional farm practice, but without the subsequent build up of phosphorus. NSW Department of Primary Industries scientists have found very high levels of phosphorus and low levels of organic carbon in vegetable growing soils, during a major research project designed to help Sydney Basin vegetable growers significantly improve soil quality and productivity. (2007-05-31)

Fatalistic beliefs about cancer cause many to ignore cancer prevention advice
If you feel that you are fated for cancer, your belief could turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. According to a national survey of more than 6,000 US adults published in the May issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a substantial number of American adults hold fatalistic beliefs about cancer and are correspondingly less likely to take basic steps to lower their cancer risk, such as exercising, quitting smoking and eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables. (2007-05-17)

Hives ferment a yeasty brew, attract beetle pest
The honeybee's alarm signal may not only bring help, but also attract the small hive beetle. Now, an international team of researchers has found that small hive beetles can detect some alarm pheromones at levels below that detected by honeybees. (2007-05-16)

Research says boiling broccoli ruins its anti-cancer properties
Researchers at the University of Warwick have found that the standard British cooking habit of boiling vegetables severely damages the anticancer properties of many Brassica vegetables such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and green cabbage. (2007-05-15)

Mediterranean diet halves risk of progressive lung disease
A Mediterranean diet halves the chances of developing progressive inflammatory lung disease (COPD), reveals a large study, published ahead of print in Thorax. (2007-05-14)

Fatty acid catabolism higher due to polyphenol intake
Polyphenols, dietary substances from vegetables, fruits and green tea, bring about a change in the energy metabolism. Dutch researcher Vincent de Boer has discovered that polyphenols increase the fatty acid breakdown in rats and influence the glucose use in fat cells. (2007-05-14)

Parents can sneak veggies into kids' diet
Parents who want their kids to consume fewer calories and eat more vegetables might find a healthy solution with (2007-05-01)

Pistachios lower cholesterol, provide antioxidants
A handful of pistachios may lower cholesterol and provide the antioxidants usually found in leafy green vegetables and brightly colored fruit, according to a team of researchers. (2007-04-30)

National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine report calls for more dairy foods at school
Today, the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine released a report recommending nutrition standards be established for (2007-04-25)

Antioxidant found in many foods and red wine is potent and selective killer of leukemia cells
A naturally occurring compound found in many fruits and vegetables as well as red wine, selectively kills leukemia cells in culture while showing no discernible toxicity against healthy cells, according to a study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. These findings, which were published online March 20 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and will be in press May 4, offer hope for a more selective, less toxic therapy for leukemia. (2007-04-23)

Plant a garden to grow your kids' desire for vegetables and fruit, new SLU study suggests
Preschool children eat more fruits and vegetables when the produce is homegrown, a study by Saint Louis University researchers finds. (2007-04-18)

Nutrients in certain vegetables may provide cancer-fighting benefit
Chemicals in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, watercress, cabbage and cauliflower appear to not only stop human prostate cancer cells from growing in mice but also may cut off the formation of blood vessels that (2007-04-17)

Poor diet puts teenagers' health at risk
A quarter of Australian teenagers eat fast food everyday and more than a third hardly ever eat fruit, a Deakin University study has found. (2007-04-11)

Study of US restaurants shows no healthier foods without healthier profits
With obesity, diabetes and other diet-related maladies on the rise in the United States, are healthy choices available when eating out? In an interview study of top executives at major US restaurant chains, researchers found that growing sales and increasing profits led the list of factors that drive menu selection. The study, reported in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, sought to understand how restaurant chains make decisions about their menus. (2007-04-11)

Cocoa, but not tea, may lower blood pressure
Foods rich in cocoa appear to reduce blood pressure but drinking tea may not, according to an analysis of previously published research in the April 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-04-09)

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