News on yogurt, olive oil and urban farming


The Cornucopia Institute accuses Dannon, Yoplait, Chobani and other major marketers, of misleading parents into purchasing yogurts loaded with sugar and a myriad of artificial colors, emulsifiers and sweeteners.

Cornucopia found that organic yogurt has far more advantageous ratios of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids and higher levels of beneficial fats, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), and probiotics than conventional yogurt.

(We knew that)


scientist report in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that olive oil withstands the heat of a fryer or pan better than several seed oils to yield more healthful food.

The researchers note that different oils have a range of physical, chemical and nutritional properties that can degrade oil quality when heated.

Some of these changes can lead to the formation of new compounds that are potentially toxic.

The researchers deep-fried and pan-fried raw potato pieces in 4 different oils—olive, corn, soybean and sunflower—and reused the oil 10 times.

They found that olive oil was the most stable oil for deep frying at 320 and 374 degrees F, while sunflower oil degraded the fastest when pan-fried.

(Best not to use any refined vegetable oils)


Food production globally is taking on an increasingly urban flavor, according to a new study that finds an area about the size of the European Union is under cultivation in and around the world’s cities.

“This is the first study to document the global scale of food production in and around urban settings, and it is surprising to see how much the farm is definitely getting closer and closer to the table,” said Pay Drechsel, a scientist at the International Water Management (IWMI), and co-author of the study, which was published in Environmental Research Letters.

The authors said their goal was to highlight the role of urban farming in the quest for food security and sustainable development.

(Great that seed-savers are bringing back heirloom seeds and more people all the time are beginning to appreciate local, healthier food)

Source: AcresUSA, 1/15

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