#AceFoodNews – UNITED STATES (California) – July 29 – Olives trees have a lot to offer the United States. One of those things is water — and this year, as California dries to a shrivelled crisp, water is looking especially important reports Grist.
Most olives grown around the world have no irrigation.
The trees are built for drought: They have narrow, waxy, abstemious leaves. They have evolved biological tricks for going dormant when things get too dry; they hunker down and then spring back when the rains come. These skills are appealing to farmers, especially ones who have recently ripped out a drought-ravaged orchard, thereby walking away from a 20-year investment.
It’s nearly impossible to say whether California’s drought is linked to climate change. Current models suggest that the state could actually get a little wetter, but they also suggest hotter summers and greater extremes.
When the droughts do come, they are going to be serious.
#AceFoodNews – July 22 – According to latest FoodBabe article coconut water contains a unique combination of B vitamins, vitamin C, micronutrients, and phytohormones that are exceptionally beneficial to your health. A scientific review of coconut water, published in the journal Molecules, highlights some of the ways that coconut water replenishes your body:
Helps to prevent heart attacks Lowers high blood pressure Can have anti-aging effects Fights free radicals to help prevent cancer Contains trans-zeatin which can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
That being said, I don’t want you to think it’s okay to pick up just any coconut water off of the shelf. Packaged coconut water is really flooding into the market recently. You can find it in bottles, cartons or powdered, frozen, flavoured, carbonated, and sweetened.
With all these choices it can be confusing and difficult to know if you are choosing the best one.
It usually costs at least $3 bucks a bottle, so it’s not exactly affordable- and if I’m going to spend my hard earned money on some, I make sure it’s worth it! Primarily, I look for coconut water that is the least processed and still has the majority of its nutrients intact. This is always going to be directly from a fresh coconut – but, of course that’s not always available.
If you haven’t already heard, Pepsico and Coca-Cola have their own versions of coconut water – (O.N.E., Zico, Naked) – and you can only imagine what the corporations have done to it.
How do you buy the healthiest coconut water and avoid the worst?
#AceFoodNews – UNITED STATES () – July 14 – Those bran flakes with "original antioxidants" or "extra vitamin A"? You might be better off without the added nutrients. A report released on Tuesday by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that cereals and snack bars that have been fortified with extra vitamins and minerals to appear healthy may actually be harmful—particularly for kids.
The report, How Much is Too Much?, explains that there are some nutrients that most Americans don’t get enough of, like calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin E. But it turns out that kids are eating too much of other nutrients, and over-consuming certain vitamins and minerals for a long period of time can have negative health implications in the long run.
EWG focused on three nutrients that are regularly consumed in excess: vitamin A, zinc, and niacin. Only 6 percent of two- to eight-year-olds are deficient in vitamin A, and less than 1 percent are deficient in zinc and niacin.
But, according to the report, an estimated 28 million children between those ages are overexposed to these nutrients from food and supplements.
#AceFoodNews – July 05 – Boletus luridus, commonly known as the lurid bolete, is a fungus of the family, found in deciduous woodlands on chalky soils in Asia, Europe, and eastern North America. Fruit bodies arise in summer and autumn and may be abundant.
It is a solid bolete with an olive-brown cap up to 20 cm (8 in) in diameter, with small reddish pores on the underside. The stout ochre stem reaches dimensions of 8–14 cm (3–6 in) tall and 1–3 cm (0.4–1.2 in) wide, and is patterned with a reddish mesh-work.
Like several other red-pored boletes, it stains blue when bruised or cut.
Though edible when cooked, it can cause gastric upset when eaten raw and can be confused with the poisonous Boletus satanas.
Hence some guidebooks recommend avoiding consumption altogether.
Boletus luridus has been implicated in causing adverse reactions when eaten with alcohol similar to those caused by the compound coprine, though laboratory testing has not revealed any evidence of coprine in the mushroom.
Boletus luridus is mycorrhizal, forming a symbiotic association with deciduous trees such as oak, birch and beech, and has been found to have a growth-enhancing effect with conifers in experiments.