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Scientists Can Predict Your Pesticide Exposure Based On How Much Organic Produce You Eat
That extra cost is probably worth it.
You might feel good about yourself when you pay the extra dollar for that organic peach, but is it actually making any sort of difference in terms of your exposure to unsavory chemicals? A new study says yes—and that it’s even possible to predict your pesticide exposure based on how much conventional or organic produce you’ve eaten.
The study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, analyzed the exposure to organophosphates—an insecticide frequently used on conventional produce in the U.S.—of almost 4,500 people in six cities throughout the country. The result: Study participants who ate more organic produce had significantly lower pesticide exposure than those who ate lots of conventional produce.
Not all kinds of produce are equal, however. People who ate conventionally grown items exposed to more pesticides during the growing process (like tomatoes, peaches, and nectarines) had higher levels of organophosphate exposure than people who munched on foods with less pesticide exposure (like avocados, and other fruits and vegetables with skins).
This in and of itself isn’t surprising; other studies have shown that eating organic produce is linked to lower pesticide exposure. In this study, however, researchers came up with a way to predict pesticide exposure based on questions about a person’s dietary habits. They verified their predictions with urine metabolite samples from study participants.
“We can collect a urine sample, get a snapshot in time of what you ate in the last day or two, and see the relationship between what we measure and what we predict,” says Cynthia Curl, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor in Boise State University’s School of Allied Health Sciences (when the study was conducted, she was at the University of Washington).
Eventually, this research could turn into a tool that anyone could use to predict their exposure to organophosphates. But the next step for the research is looking at the relationship in the same group of people between pesticide exposure and negative health effects—specifically, neurocognitive effects. Past studies have linked organophosphate exposure to Alzheimer’s disease and ADHD, among other things. “We’re still looking to understand how much of a difference [pesticide exposure] reduction makes. This study moves us towards that goal,” says Curl.
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Heinz® Tomato Ketchup has been a key player in happy gatherings for generations – starting this month, Heinz is giving fans one more reason to smile with new Heinz Ketchup Blended with Sriracha Flavor. This exciting twist on a classic maintains the recognizable taste and consistency of Heinz Ketchup®, with an added kick from spicy chili pepper and garlic flavors.
“We are thrilled to announce that Heinz Tomato Ketchup Blended with Sriracha Flavor will join the beloved Heinz Ketchup portfolio,” said Joseph Giallanella, Brand Manager of Heinz Tomato Ketchup. “Building off of our successful line of flavored ketchups, fans told us that they would love another bold take on their favorite condiment. The new offering adds a new kick to your favorite foods and recipes, pairing well with cheeseburgers, French fries and hot dogs, and is the perfect flavor boost for chicken and eggs.”
The flavor comes in the familiar upside-down 14-ounce plastic squeeze bottle featuring a green and red label. It joins a line of flavored ketchups currently offered by Heinz, including Heinz Tomato Ketchup Blended with Real Jalapeno, Heinz Tomato Ketchup Blended with Balsamic Vinegar and Heinz Hot & Spicy Ketchup Blended with Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce.
“From family gatherings to backyard BBQs and ballpark visits, Heinz Tomato Ketchup has been a mainstay in national celebrations for generations, inspiring unique, happy memories associated with the iconic brand,” Giallanella says. “This latest launch continues in this 140 year tradition.”
Heinz Ketchup Blended with Sriracha Flavor is now available at select retailers, including Walmart and Target locations, for a suggested retail price of $2.69.
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Organic High Protein Blueberry Harvest Granola
Breakfast got you down? Here’s a granola that will fill you up and keep you going. Chock full of sweet and tangy blueberries, our High Protein Blueberry Harvest granola delivers a satisfying crunch bursting with flavor, but best of all packs in 10 grams of protein per serving.
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Organic High Protein Unsweetened Five Seed Granola
You will no longer seek asylum from breakfast once you commit yourself to this delicious treat. Combining apples and a variety of seeds into this low-sugar, high protein blend, you will soon see why this granola is a sane choice; offering the sensible alternative to sugar enhanced cereals.
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Organic Gluten Free Unsweetened Berry Coconut Granola
We believe that Gluten free products should be delicious and have nutritional value. That’s why we’ve formulated this scrumptious product with wheat sensitive consumers in mind. Loaded with berries and accented with coconut chips for a flavor anyone everyone can enjoy. Each batch is tested for and confirmed to contain less than 10 parts per million of gluten.
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Organic Cranberry Almond Granola Clusters
As a cereal or a treat on the go, this crunchy, clustery offering is delicious anytime and anywhere. Once you grab a handful of our Cranberry Almond granola the possibilities are endless. Seize the day!
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Organic Gluten Free Unsweetened Cinnamon Raisin Muesli
Whether you’ve finished a long day of snowshoeing or you are just preparing for the day’s adventures, you’ll find this Muesli irresistible. Heat it in a bowl or sprinkle over yogurt for a guilt – free treat. Whatever your preference, this tasty offering will warm your heart and put a smile on your face.
Organic whole rolled oats, organic raisins, organic brown rice with organic brown rice syrup* and sea salt, organic corn flakes with organic corn flour and sea salt, organic apples,organic walnuts, organic cinnamon. *Rice syrup represents 0.5% of sugar content per serving. It is a sub ingredient of brown rice crisp and not used as a sweetener.
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A precision engineered indoor stove top BBQ for use on gas range stove tops makes low-fat and healthy authentic grilled flavor with its patented conductive and convective design. 11-inch diameter cooking surface; made of high grade aluminum. dual patented for heat conduction and convection design; non-stick coating; dishwasher safe. Includes Drip Tray ,Heat Transfer Plate and Grill Top .SRP: $99.99