"Fresh only" is a non-issue

06/01/2009 08:32:52 AM
Tom Karst

Tomatoes and heart healh

British scientists say that a new pill made from tomatoes may ward off heart disease and stroke. The naturally occurring antioxidant lycopene is said to responsible for the health benefits that block the body from absorbing “bad” LDL cholesterol. This bad cholesterol is primarily responsible for clogging arteries.

In its natural form, lycopene gives tomatoes their red color, but is also poorly absorbed by the human body. The product Ateronon will be launched today at the meeting of the British Cardiovascular Society. Early studies say that the new supplement “can reduce the oxidation of harmful fats in the body to almost zero within eight weeks,” according to a report by the BBC. Ateronon provides modified lycopene which is readily used by the body. The modified lycopene compound was originally developed by Swiss food giant Nestle

Brazil Sets Regulations for Organic Farming

The Brazilian government said over the weekend that it established regulations for organic products and was creating a producers registry to promote the growing market.

The registry will allow officials to determine how many organic growers are operating in the South American nation and the volume of agricultural products being grown without pesticides, Agriculture Ministry environmental affairs coordinator Rogerio Dias said.

The government has set regulations and will tally output of agricultural commodities, such as fruits, legumes, vegetables, milk, meat and honey, as well as goods like cosmetics and cleaning products, being produced using organic practices

 


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