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‘ Shark on Menu at Farm School Could Cause Blindness or Even Death’

#AceFoodNews – UNITED STATES (Maine) – September 29 –Shark meat is in and chicken fingers are out for some schools abiding by First Lady Michelle Obama’s lunch rules.The U.S. Department of Agriculture highlighted an elementary school in Maine on Wednesday that is taking the standards from the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act to a different level.

Mercury Levels in Shark Meat

“The cafeteria is the biggest classroom in the school where students are taught to make healthy choices for themselves beginning in kindergarten,” wrote Linda Mailhot, the head cook at Mount Desert Elementary School in North-East Harbour Maine, in a blog post for the USDA.

Mailhot said that kids get to choose from “nutritious and appealing” foods, such as shark meat, kale salad, and broccoli slaw. The school also has a “walking club” and students do yoga before class.

“Students progress each day through a fruit-and-vegetable bar and an entrée station,” said Mailhot. “Along this route they choose the nutritious and appealing foods they need to build a balanced meal according to the new school meal standards issued by USDA.”

“Many of our entrée offerings are multinational, which is a great way to introduce students to nutritional foods from a variety of cultures,” she said. “By empowering students in the cafeteria, they learn to make healthy choices for life.”

“Farm to School is a large part of our program, for this reason we utilize foods from local farms and Maine’s largest farm, the ocean,” Mailhot continued. “We have served lobster rolls, locally caught haddock and shark.”

According to Men’s Fitness, shark meat can be “terribly unhealthy.”

The magazine said mercury levels in sharks “can cause coordination loss, blindness, and even death,” and cited a 2004 report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that warned,

CNN in 1996 do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tile fish because they contain high levels of mercury,again citing the EPA so it is about time chicken fingers with out shark meat are served up to our children.


SEOUL: ‘ British Embassy Launches This Tastes Great Promotion Featuring Korean Food ‘

#AceFoodNews – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – September 22 – The British Embassy in Seoul today launched a campaign to introduce Korean consumers to some of the UK’s best food and drink.

' British Embassy in Seoul '

‘ British Embassy in Seoul ‘

The British Embassy in Seoul today launched a campaign to introduce Korean consumers to some of the UK’s best food and drink.

' This Tastes Great Campaign '

‘ This Tastes Great Campaign ‘

The This Tastes GREAT promotion sees four restaurants across the city offering specially created British-themed menus.

Over the course of the next three weeks, Myssong in Apgujeong, Bulldogs in Itaewon and Gangnam and Behind the Yellow in Nonhyeon-dong will be treating customers to modern twists on British pies, curries and cocktails.

Speaking at today’s launch event at Myssong, British Embassy Charge d’affaires Andrew Dalgleish said:

Our ‘This Tastes GREAT’ promotion brings the British culinary revolution to Seoul. Britain is a nation of food lovers. We enjoy one of the most diverse ranges of food and drink in the world, with everything from the peaty malt whiskies of the Scottish Hebrides to the tangy Stilton cheese of the Midlands.

Food and beverages are also big business for the UK – our exports in this sector brought in £18.7bn in 2012.

The key to the success of our food is in the freshness of the ingredients and the innovation of our world-class chefs, many of whom have received coveted Michelin stars. I hope Korean consumers will enjoy the freshness and diversity of our GREAT British menus.

Following on from March’s highly successful GREAT Festival in Garosugil, This Tastes GREAT is the latest in a calendar of events designed to showcase the best of British food, fashion, innovation and creativity.

Details and dates for the promotion are as follows:

  • Myssong, 23 – 28 September, Sinsa-dong 650-17, Gangnam-gu. 02 518 0105
  • Bulldogs, 29 September – 5 October, i) Itaewon-dong 130-12, Yongsan-gu. 02 6248 2998 ii) Yeoksam-dong 818-14, Gangnam-gu. 02 538 2998
  • Behind the Yellow, 6 October – 12 October, Nonhyeon-dong 125-17. 02 3443 8488.
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‘ Research Suggests Junk Food Makes You Lazy ‘

#AceFoodNews – September 11 – We already know how junk-food makes you lazy. Now, new research suggests high-fat, high-calorie, sugary foods may actually discourage you from trying new foods.

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In fact, salty, fatty, sugary foods may rewire the brain’s reward mechanism, rendering them as addictive as some narcotics.

In a report published in Frontiers in Psychology, researchers describe how rats given a junk food diet seem to lose all interest in other types of food. This works against the natural structure of the brain, which is wired to seek out a diverse diet and to avoid overeating. Not surprisingly, this leads to unhealthy eating habits as well as weight gain.

Half of the rats in the study were fed a high-calorie “cafeteria” diet consisting of cookies, pies, dumplings, and cakes for two weeks, while the other half (the control group) were given a standard diet.



‘ Questions and Answers over Food Additives in Food and Sign the Petition ‘

#AceFoodNews – UNITED STATES (Food Babe) – June 12 – When ABC News Reporter asked Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors on whether or not they are using some questionable additives in beer – like caramel colouring and corn syrup, they would not answer.

​If they are not hiding anything, why won’t they comment?

I need you. We have over 31,000 signatures since yesterday when I first announced our latest action. I can’t do this alone. It will only take a few seconds to make your voice heard – please sign the petition now – http://foodbabe.com/beer/

The government isn’t doing anything about this. They are allowing beer companies to use a long set of additives in beer – without us knowing anything about it. We need to stand up to these archaic policies – and fight for our right to know.

I know it’s sad we have to have petitions like this in this day and age, but your voice can change that. We have taken on some of the biggest companies in the world – and this action is no easy feat either.

Let’s do this – I want to beat our previous petition records. Subway caved within 24 hours of our last petition to remove the yoga mat material from their bread – and a dozen other major food companies followed suit, as a result.

Undoing the secrets of the beer industry is obviously going to take longer – but we can do it faster, if we stand together.

We have the chance to change the world together again – can I count you in?

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We know more about what’s in them than we do one of the world’s most popular drinks – beer! This has to stop.

Please take a few seconds and sign this petition.

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‘Obesity Campaigners Still Waiting to Ban Drink Sizes ‘

#AceFoodNews – NEW YORK CITY – June 05 – New York City took its fight to limit the size of sodas and other sweet drinks blamed by some for obesity back to an appeals court, AFP said.

The regulation, spearheaded by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg in May 2012, has been opposed by big business, including restaurant chains, movie theatres and soda makers.

They say the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene overstepped its authority on the measure.

The legislation aims to limit personal sweet drink sizes to 47 centilitres in stadiums, stores and fast food restaurants.

Just hours before the regulation was to take effect in March 2013, a judge ordered it blocked, calling it “capricious and arbitrary.”

Many drinks that are high in calories are not included, and the ban does not cover supermarkets or other food stores.

Then in July 2013, a local appeals court upheld that ruling.

But new Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would try to appeal once more.

Lawyers working on the case stressed that these were drinks with “empty calories.” A decision is expected from the court within one to three months.

In New York City, 58 percent of the population is either obese or overweight.



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` Science Can Provide Answers to Questions Yet to be Asked in this Case Gluten Sensitivity ‘

#AceFoodNews –  May 16 – A recent article by (Business Insider) highlighted one of the best examples of science working, a researcher who provided key evidence of (non-Celiac) gluten sensitivity recently published a follow-up papers that show the opposite.

The paper came out last year in the journal Gastroenterology.

Here’s the back-story that makes us cheer:

The study was a follow-up on a 2011 experiment in the lab of Peter Gibson at Monash University. The scientifically sound — but small — study found that gluten containing diets can cause gastrointestinal distress in people without celiac disease, a well-known autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten.

They called this non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat, barley, and other grains. It gives bread its chewiness and is often used as a meat substitute: If you’ve ever had “wheat meat,” seitan, or mock duck at a Thai restaurant, that’s gluten.

Gluten is a big industry: 30% of people want to eat less gluten. Sales of gluten-free products are estimated to hit $15 billion by 2016.

Although experts estimate that only 1 percent of Americans — about 3 million people — actually suffer from celiac disease, 18 percent of adults now buy gluten-free foods.

Since gluten is a protein found in any normal diet, Gibson was unsatisfied with his finding. He wanted to find out why the gluten seemed to be causing this reaction and if there could be something else going on. He therefore went to a scientifically rigorous extreme for his next experiment, a level not usually expected in nutrition studies.

For a follow-up paper, 37 self-identified gluten-sensitive patients were tested. According to Real Clear Science’s Newton Blog, here’s how the experiment went:

Subjects would be provided with every single meal for the duration of the trial. Any and all potential dietary triggers for gastrointestinal symptoms would be removed, including lactose (from milk products), certain preservatives like benzoates, propionate, sulfites, and nitrites, and fermentable, poorly absorbed short-chain carbohydrates, also known as FODMAPs. And last, but not least, nine days worth of urine and fecal matter would be collected. With this new study, Gibson wasn’t messing around.

The subjects cycled through high-gluten, low-gluten, and no-gluten (placebo) diets, without knowing which diet plan they were on at any given time. In the end, all of the treatment diets — even the placebo diet — caused pain, bloating, nausea, and gas to a similar degree. It didn’t matter if the diet contained gluten. (Read more about the study.)

” In contrast to our first study… we could find absolutely no specific response to gluten,” Gibson wrote in the paper. A third, larger study published this month has confirmed the findings.

It seems to be a “nocebo” effect — the self-diagnosed gluten sensitive patients expected to feel worse on the study diets, so they did. They were also likely more attentive to their intestinal distress, since they had to monitor it for the study.

On top of that, these other potential dietary triggers — specifically the FODMAPS – could be causing what people have wrongly interpreted as gluten sensitivity. FODMAPS are frequently found in the same foods as gluten. That still doesn’t explain why people in the study negatively reacted to diets that were free of all dietary triggers.



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` Eating More Fruit and Vegetables May Reduce Risk of Stroke by Almost a Third ‘

#AceFoodNews – NEW YORK – May 09 – (Reuters Health) – Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce stroke risk by almost a third, according to a fresh look at recent evidence.

The results support existing recommendations from organizations like the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which already call for a diet rich in fresh greens.

“The findings are consistent with the current knowledge that increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables should be encouraged to prevent stroke,” Dr. Yan Qu said in an email.

Qu, of the Qingdao Municipal Hospital and the Medical College of Qingdao University in Qingdao, China, led the analysis.

A stroke occurs when blood-flow to part of the brain is blocked by a clot or a burst blood vessel. Without emergency care, a stroke can lead to severe brain damage or death.

Stroke remains the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the CDC.

Several studies have looked at the influence of diet on stroke risk.

Some have tied eating lots of fruits and vegetables to lowered risk; others have found no link at all.

The effect could be indirect, and eating fruits and vegetables may benefit overall health by reducing blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and other stroke risk factors, Qu said.

It’s also possible that specific nutrients in the foods may reduce stroke risk, he said.

Ace Related News:
1. Reuters (Health) – May 09 – http://tinyurl.com/oxl4fyy
2. CDC – Stroke and Health – http://tinyurl.com/k7j2ml7


` Displaced People in South Sudan Sheltering in UN Compounds are Hungry And Have Malnutrition ‘

#AceFoodNews – SOUTH SUDAN – May 07 – Having just met with displaced, war-weary South Sudanese sheltering in United Nations compounds, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged immediate help to end hunger and malnutrition around the world, warning that up to a million people could be at risk of famine in a matter of months.

“In South Sudan, I saw a country on the brink of a food security calamity,” Mr. Ban told the Rome-based Committee on World Food Security, whose members include the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

“UN peacekeepers are sheltering about 80,000 people in a fragile yet important advance in upholding our commitment to protect civilians. But those outside the gates also need our assistance,” he said, having seen just yesterday the hardships faced by families staying at the Tomping civilian protection site during his visit to South Sudan to push for a political settlement to the county’s months-long.

Overall in South Sudan, millions of people displaced by politically-motivated violence are hungry and hundreds of thousands are suffering from extremely high levels of malnutrition. With fighting disrupting the planting period and the rainy season now under-way, the situation is only going to get worse, the UN chief stressed.

“We will not eliminate extreme poverty or achieve sustainable development without adequate food and nutrition for all,” Mr. Ban said highlighting the importance of food security to the global agenda. “We cannot know peace or security if one in eight people are hungry.”

UN agencies and humanitarian partners, present at today’s meeting, have been working in South Sudan, as well as other protracted crisis situations, such as the Central African Republic (CAR) and Syria.

Since December, WFP and partners have reached more than 502,000 people in South Sudan alone, according to April figures.

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  1. UN – WFP – May 07 – http://tinyurl.com/nnkhhbj


`Syria Struggles to Buy Food in Quantities Needed to Feed the People as Suppliers Refuse to Supply Due to War ‘

#AceFoodNews – SYRIA – May 07 – War-torn Syria is struggling to buy food commodities in the quantities it needs, despite repeatedly issuing tenders for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sugar, rice and wheat, trade sources say.

World Food Program and Syrian Red Crescent personnel unload bags of humanitarian aid inside a warehouse in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. (File photo: Reuters)

The sources, who have knowledge of the country’s commercial food deals, said the country’s three-year civil war, which has claimed more than 150,000 lives and forced millions from their homes, is taking its toll, with large suppliers increasingly unwilling or unable to provide cargoes for the Syrian market.

“What we are seeing is a fragmentation of the business now.

Smaller, fly-by-night outfits and new companies connected with the Syrian government are more active.

This is not enough in terms of what the country needs to buy, and they cannot do the high-volume business to meet the demand,” a Middle East-based trade source said.