It must be fall because the new apple crop is in! Apples are winners when it comes to reducing the risk of heart disease, says a new study of more than 34,000 women. The findings, published in the March, 2007 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, noted apples are a rich source of flavonoids and fiber (richest in the skin). Unfortunately, in conventionally-grown apples, the skin is also the part most likely to contain pesticide residues and/or be covered in petroleum-based waxes. Which means, of course, that eating organic apples is the way to go since we want that extra nutrition and fiber found in the peel, don’t we?!? There are myriad other reasons to eat apples so we are healthy and wise too.
A study published just last month in The Lancet, England’s most respected medical journal, has confirmed that artificial food colorings and preservatives make children hyperactive.
Many of you saw this, I’m sure. It was front page news.
However it hardly came as a surprise to anyone who has followed the issue over the last 34 years. It was back in 1973 that Benjamin Feingold, Chief of Allergy at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco, first announced that roughly 2/3 of his hyperactive patients improved when put on a diet free of artificial additives. A number of clinical trials quickly followed to test Feingold’s theory. Many supported the theory, which came to be called the “Feingold Hypothesis.”