China buys Israel’s largest food producer putting Zionists on edge

Sensational food production issues in Israel are covered by Green Prophet. These issues have included exposure of cruelty in the meat industry; frozen fish from China that are pumped with water and Chemicals, and meat being fed with feces and pumped with toxic contaminants.It now appears that the Chinese are not only adding chemicals to food products being sold in Israel. The controlling interest in the country’s largest food producing company, Tnuva, has just been bought by China’s Bright Food Consortium. The Chinese company has agreed to purchase 56 percent of dairy firm Tnuva from the
private equity house Apax. The Chinese food giant will now have control of an Israeli food company that has been an iconic household word since even before the founding of the state in 1948.Former Mossad head, Ephraim HaLevy, voiced his reservations of the sale to a local newspaper YNet, saying: “the company buying Tnuva is owned by the Chinese government. This is not a company owned by a private Chinese businessman. This allows the Chinese government to do make immediate decisions as it sees fit.”How this Chinese acquisition may affect Israel’s largest dairy and food producer still remains to be seen. It could result in a virtual flooding of the Israel food market by Chinese food products, some of which are of dubious quality.This brings to mind the case of the previously mentioned frozen fish products that are “pumped with water and chemicals” to make the fish appear fresher and of better quality. Everyone knows that China’s lax laws create products that smart consumers will not want to eat. Or perhaps they will export Israel’s high quality milk products to a growing appetite for such things in China. Either way when a foreign entity has control over a local food source we think that it cannot be good for local consumers.Consider just local issues like this: Tnuva’s Adom Adom slaughterhouse in Beit Shean (photo) is still under scrutiny following adverse publicity it received for excessive animal cruelty following the Kolboteck TV exposure.A large food producing icon company like Tnuva has a responsibility to the public it sells its products too. This should be even more important than the profit motives on behalf of company directors. But we guess this is why Israeli activists were protesting the issues of food and housing in the summer of 2011.Some commenters like David Rosenberg on Haaretz says that the public unwelcome of the Chinese buy out smacks of racism. They point out: “But then again, the peanut-flavored snack Bamba is just as Israeli, and its maker, Osem, has been controlled by Switzerland’s Nestle since 2000. Telma Corn Flakes and Blue-Band margarine have been made by the Anglo-Dutch firm Unilever since it bought their Israeli manufacturer, also in 2000.”
We wonder how activists will respond to Tnuva products now.

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Pork-barrel politics in Washington DC helps factory food with the new monster Farm Bill.

Pork-barrel politics in Washington DC helps factory food with the new monster Farm Bill. Yes, the “Big Ag” monster is on the loose again, wreaking havoc on the food supply. The ZERO nutrition Bill almost ensures Americans eat food that contains ZERO nutrition, including factory made synthetic food and what most SNAP recipients buy at major grocery stores (conventional dead food).
S.N.A.P. – The “Stay Needy Always Program”
SNAP really stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but you wouldn’t know it. The only way it works out that SNAP buys food which contains nutrition is if those SAME people are researching organic food, non-fluoridated water, and organic supplements, and have the will power to walk into the right stores and buy food that prevents disease rather than causes it. Now, thanks to both sides of Congress GMO crops will be subsidized, which in turn will spike cancer statistics over the next 3 years. I guess the Republicans didn’t lose the “Big Pharma” and “Big Ag” election that everyone thought they did a couple Novembers ago. Yep, from Monsanto to plate, the Government of America now gives you free food money and fake food for your plate, and the rest the country that doesn’t have free cancer food can buy their free cancer food subsidized, to the tune of ONE TRILLION DOLLARS. It’s cash crop insurance for genetically mutated food and codependent, uneducated country that needs a nanny and handouts. The Tsunami is on the way, and these people are most vulnerable when the bottom falls out of the economy for real. People thought 2007/2008 housing market crash was bad, that was just one facet of what this is leading to. The new FARM BILL should have been called the Laboratory Bill, because that’s where the damage is really getting done from.

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Health Benefits of Kefir

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(Hippocrates said that our food is our medicine and our medicine is our food. ) Nothing illustrates this more than the probiotic food kefir. Kefir is made using “grains” to ferment any kind of milk (goat, cow, coconut, etc.), incorporating their beneficial organisms to create the cultured product. The grains look like clumps of cauliflower but are actually clusters of healthy yeasts and bacteria.

Kefir is pronounced Ke-Feer’, according to the dictionary, but is more commonly pronounced Kee’ fir or Keff ‘ ir. It means “feel good” in Turkish. It is a complete protein and is high in minerals and vitamins, especially the B vitamins. Homemade kefir contains up to 35 strains of good bacteria and yeast (as opposed to yogurt, which contains a handful). Bottled kefir purchased at the store may contain up to 10 strains, but often includes unwanted additives. Kefir, therefore, is best when it’s homemade.
Dairy kefir also contains tryptophan, one of the essential amino acids known for its calming effect on the nervous system. The tryptophan in kefir, in combination with its calcium and magnesium, makes for a soothing and relaxing drink. And kefir is often fine for those who are lactose-intolerant, because the yeasts and bacteria eat up most if not all of the lactose in the milk.

What about fungal infections like candida? Dr. Orla-Jenson, a noted Danish bacteriologist specializing in dairy research, states that “kefir digests yeast cells and has a beneficial effect on the intestinal flora.”

Dominic Anfiteatro, an Australian native, has been studying kefir and its health benefits for years. He considers kefir to be a “probiotic gem” cultured with a “probiotic jewel” (kefir grains). His kefir expertise is unparalleled. Visit his website to find out more.

Once the grains have been procured, kefir is easy to make. See our( How to Make Dairy Kefir )article for a step-by-step look at the kefir-making process.

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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Saccsivdotcom or its staff.

‘No Monsanto!’: World marches against GMO food

Thousands took to streets across the world’s cities on Saturday to protest the use of GMO products, with Giant Monsanto being the main target. Over 50 countries have been taking part in the march for world food day, and across 47 different US states.

Berlin, Strasbourg, Chicago, London, Sydney and Mumbai are just a few of the 500 cities worldwide involved in the rallies, with each one drawing hundreds.
The demonstrators have been calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms ( GMOs ) and “other harmful agro-chemicals,” according to March Against Monsanto’s official webpage. Protesters wielded large banners denouncing GMO products, and donned fancy dress: In Washington DC a group dressed as bees to highlight the impact of insecticides on bee populations.

Protesters in Washington told RT’s Anissa Naouai that Monsanto lobbyists were hard at work even though the government was shut down. March organizers also said that Saturday’s event was just the beginning, and that the momentum for the protests would build.

The rallies come four days ahead of World Food Day on Oct. 16 and are a direct attack on what the organizers term Monsanto’s “predatory business,” genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and other harmful pesticides, which threaten “health, fertility and longevity.”

In Berlin, people expressed displeasure at the food giant for a number of reasons, ranging from long-term health concerns to the chemicals used in ( Monsanto ) products.

“There a Smartstax corn that Monsanto has made…it is a corn that resists six different types of herbicide, so you can spray it with six different chemicals and it won’t die,” Heidi Ostermannm, a nutritionist participating in the Berlin march told RT.

“It also produces two insecticides in its own kernels and you can’t wash it off – I don’t even know if technically that’s food. In my mind as a nutritionist, that’s no longer food,” she said.

Dietrich Wittel, vice president of the True Food Foundation cited experiments conducted on rats, bringing a large poster with him showing the tumors suffered by the animals subject to being fed Monsanto corn.

“There are subtle signs of organ damage even in 90 days. But in two years, the lifetime of a rat is shortened – they have massive organ damage, massive breast tumors in the female rats, and that is really, really frightening,” he said, going on to discuss the effects on larger animals.

“Recently, a study from Australia has shown that pigs that are fed these corn products get massive stomach ulcers…. we have a much longer lifespan that a rat. If we are waiting for cancer to show as a result of GMOs, we’ve got to wait,” he said.

October is a particularly significant month for US protesters, as Agent Orange Awareness Month is being promoted by the Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance (COVVHA).

“Monsanto was one of the seven chemical companies who manufactured Agent Orange which was laced with one of the most deadly chemicals known to man, dioxin. Monsanto, the other six companies, and the U.S. government, are responsible for the slow burn genocide of Vietnam Veterans, their children and grandchildren,” March Against Monsanto alleged.

A previous anti-Monsanto protest was held in May. It started as a small event, but turned into a global campaign with over 2 million people in 436 cities, across 52 countries, joining the rallies.

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Golden rice exposed as fraud: Genetically engineered crop nothing more than biotech battering ram to crush GMO regulations

Everywhere you turn in the media, GMO propagandists are invoking so-called “Golden rice” as part of a false narrative that claims GMOs will save the world. Golden rice will save a million lives, blared the cover of TIME Magazine. Golden rice will give poor people critical nutrition and end suffering, we’re told. In fact, Golden rice will even make all the poor children eating it no longer care that they have no clean water, no sustainable agriculture and no economic future, it seems.

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There’s a problem with all this, of course: the golden rice hoopla is pure hokum. Quackery. Charlatanism. There is no evidence whatsoever that golden rice can treat, prevent or cure any medical condition. And since when did pro-GMO people ever care about nutrition in the first place? Aren’t they in agreement with the FDA that there is no vitamin, no mineral and no herb that has any ability whatsoever to prevent, treat or cure any disease?

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The Golden rice false narrative

To understand all this, you have to grasp the claims of the golden rice fiction pushers. They say that there are millions of children dying in Southeast Asia from one single cause. And that cause is that the rice they eat does not have enough vitamin A in it. Surely these people could eat carrots and get plenty of beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A. But the GMO industry doesn’t want you to think about carrots from Mother Nature. They want you to jump on board with golden rice from biotech companies.

Now, set aside for a moment the ridiculously myopic point of view that fixates on one nutrient rather than the full assortment of vitamins, minerals and plant-based nutrients humans need to survive. To the GMO pushers, there’s only one nutrient that matters, and that’s vitamin A. They furthermore believe vitamin A can never come from any other source than GMO golden rice(not kale, spinach, carrots or anything else).

Also set aside for a moment the fact that GMO crops are routinely the most nutrient depleted crops in the world because they are grown in corporate monoculture fields where micronutrients like zinc and magnesium are never added back into the soil. Instead, crops like GM corn are fed only a diet of Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium (NPK) with an extra helping of BT toxin that’s grown in each and every kernel. For some reason, the idea that the entire western world is eating a known poison that destroys the stomachs of insects and animals does not bother the golden rice pushers. The only thing that matters to them is that not enough poor children are eating GMOs.

And so the myths begin: Golden rice will save the planet! Biotech is our savior! Children will be saved from nutritional starvation!

The magical golden rice myth

For the last two decades, the myth of golden rice has been invoked by GMO pushers to try to justify their agenda of 1) Owning the world’s seeds, 2) Forcing all farmers into economic servitude to Monsanto, 3) Spreading so much genetic pollution that heirloom crops all become contaminated with the genetic intellectual property of the GMO corporations.

These are the real goals of the GMO industry. Not to save lives but to control lives and dominate the global food supply. (All while dousing the entire planet with deadly glyphosate, by the way.)

But there’s a problem with the golden rice narrative: it’s all fiction. And to understand that, you have to get right down to the science — something that GMO pushers have long since completely abandoned. “RUN! It’s science!”

Golden rice myths debunked

To start with, the genetically engineered variety of golden rice is the wrong variety altogether. There are two varieties of rice typically grown in Southeast Asia: Japonica rice and Indica rice (two “families” of rice). Japonica is a dryland rice, while Indica is grown in wet rice paddies.

The genetically engineered “golden rice” is Japonica rice, which refuses to grow in the wet regions where children are most impacted by vitamin A deficiency. So the GMO industry goofed big time on this and engineered vitamin A into the rice that doesn’t need it.

And why? Because it was easier to insert the beta-carotene genes into the Indica rice. It’s a lot like that old joke where a guy loses his keys on a dark street but ends up looking for them only under the streetlight. A friend asks, “You lost your keys over there, so why are you looking for them here?” And the guy replies, “Because this is where there’s light!”

See, the GMO industry doesn’t care about which variety of rice gets artificially inserted with an unnatural gene sequence. As long as they nail something with it, they can then run the false headlines about how their Frankenfood scientists will save the world (even as they put the entire world at risk from genetic pollution).

Vitamin A precursor in golden rice may not survive storage and cooking

Getting back to the actual science of all this, first realize that this so-called “golden rice” doesn’t contain vitamin A at all. It contains beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A that the human body transforms into vitamin A.

Unless there’s some new research I haven’t heard about, there have been no studies on the integrity of beta-carotene in stored golden rice. There is no evidence, in other words, that the artificially-inserted beta-carotene even survives storage to a sufficient degree to matter nutritionally. This utter lack of scientific evidence, however, doesn’t stop GMO pushers from falsely claiming golden rice will save millions of children. This “leap of faith” by GMO advocates is utterly and wholly non-scientific and not supporting in any way by actual scientific data.

It is, in essence, belief in magic. Golden rice is a “magical” food, it seems, sort of like Lucky Charms, which are “magically delicious.”

Consider this delusional thinking by one GMO pusher:

“Golden Rice could prevent blindness and death of hundreds of thousands of children but can not do so, so far, because risk assessment notoriously is ignoring a risk-benefit analysis!” – Ingo Potrykus, April 2004 (SOURCE)

On what scientific basis does Ingo claim golden rice can “prevent blindness and death” when there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support such a claim? Ingo, like all the other golden rice pushers, is engaged in “magical thinking.” He wants golden rice to prevent blindness, so he leaps to the conclusion that it does as a matter of faith, not science.

Even if the beta carotene survives storage, there’s the question of how much beta-carotene survives high-heat cooking. While there is evidence that low-heat cooking may actually make beta-carotene more readily digestible in some foods, at high heat, beta-carotene is easily destroyed, which is why canned vegetables consistently test at lower levels of beta-carotene than fresh vegetables. Again, this has not been sufficiently studied in golden rice, so no one can really answer the question of whether golden rice will in fact deliver usable beta carotene to the bodies of people who eat it after it is harvested, stored and prepared in a traditional manner.

This fact doesn’t stop delusional thinking by GMO industry shills like Troy Goodman:

“GM food scientists have already developed a yellow rice, or “golden” rice, that is rich in vitamin A and iron and helps prevent anemia and blindness, especially in children.” – Troy Goodman (SOURCE)

Troy Goodman is, of course, making a fraudulent drug claim for an artificial food which has never been approved by the FDA to treat any health condition. The fact that these claims have never been substantiated doesn’t seem to bother Troy, though. Who needs evidence when you believe in magic? This all comes down to a matter of faith, not science. That’s what the GMO industry and all its corporate flaks ultimately add up to: a cult of GMO worshippers who don’t have actual science to back their positions, but they do have “faith” (beliefs) which defy reality.

By the way, this entire argument about golden rice presupposes that GE rice is the only way to deliver this nutrient to these children. But that’s absurd: beta carotene is easily found in all sorts of foods such as carrots and cantaloupe, none of which need to be genetically engineered to produce beta carotene.

Golden rice claims are medical fraud

Here’s where the golden rice pushers really hit a conundrum. In their golden rice propaganda, they claim that this rice prevents blindness and death.

This very claim, according to the FDA, transforms golden rice into a drug. The FDA’s definition of a drug is any substance that “treats, prevents or cures” any health condition. The FDA, in fact, uses this stance as a weapon to routinely attack and raid nutritional supplement companies. Even a manufacturer of cherry juice can be arrested and charged with crimes for claiming that cherry juice prevents gout, a claim that’s exhaustively supported by the scientific literature, including studies funded by the U.S. government itself.

So the claim that golden rice prevents blindness is, in fact, a drug claim. Yet golden rice has never been approved by the FDA to treat any disease or health condition whatsoever. GMO pushers, of course, claim that golden rice is not a drug and therefore doesn’t need approval by the FDA, but this is false. The mere claim that it treats or prevents a disease makes it a drugunder current FDA regulations (which are quite ridiculous, of course).

Here’s a professor of Johns Hopkins violating FDA regulations and making false drug claims about golden rice:

“Since a large proportion of vitamin A-deficient children and their mothers reside in rice-consuming populations, particularly in Asia, Golden Rice should substantially reduce the prevalence and severity of vitamin A deficiency, and prevent at least hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths and cases of blindness every year,” – Dr. Alfred Sommer, professor and dean emeritus, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (SOURCE)

Dr. Alfred Sommer, like nearly all other biotech pushers, is engaged in making a fraudulent drug claim for a substance the FDA would categorize as an “unapproved drug.” If Dr. Sommer sold golden rice alongside such claims, he could be arrested and charged with “drug-related crimes” and even red-flagged on Interpol as an international fugitive, just as happened to Greg Caton who sold topical cancer salves made from Amazonian herbs.

Why are drug claims selectively allowed for golden rice but no other foods, herbs or superfoods? If it is the position of GMO advocates that all food-based nutrition can be sold alongside bold claims of treating disease and preventing death, then they must also agree that all other foods, superfoods and herbs need no FDA approval, either. Manufacturers of herbal supplements, superfoods and dietary supplements offer far more than beta-carotene to consumers, yet none of these companies can make any health claims whatsoever without being threatened or even raided and shut down by the FDA.

Is it now the position of GMO advocates that everyone who offers nutrient-rich foods can now openly claim that they treat, prevent and cure disease? Of course not. GMO pushers want this claim to be selectively applied only to their Frankenfoods, not to other foods, herbs or nutritional supplements. In their minds, only beta-carotene from genetically engineered foods has any health benefit. All other beta-carotene is somehow “inert.” This is yet another blaring contradiction in the magical thinking of golden rice pushers.

So until golden rice is tested and approved as a drug by the FDA, all these claims being touted by GMO pushers are fraudulent medical claims. Unless, of course, you want to clear away all FDA regulations on the benefits of nutrients in foods and allow all food manufacturers to make scientifically-validated health claims (which would probably be a good idea, overall).

Here’s another totally false, unsubstantiated and illegal drug claim being made by the “Golden Rice Project” pushers:

“Considering that Golden Rice could substantially reduce blindness (500,000 children per year) and deaths (2-3 million per year), the parsimony displayed by the responsible bodies after 20 years is hardly understandable. – Jorge E. Mayer, Peter Beyer, Ingo Potrykus, “The Golden Rice Project” (SOURCE)

Jorge Mayer, like everyone else mentioned here, has joined the golden rice magical thinking cult and has cast aside critical thinking in his enthusiastic effort to pile on yet more fraudulent medical claims about golden rice. How does Mr. Mayer know golden rice can reduce deaths and blindness? He doesn’t. There is no evidence whatsoever to support this. Mr. Mayer is engaged in what skeptics routinely refer to as “magical thinking.”

Artificially adding beta-carotene to rice may interfere with the absorption of other nutrients

There’s a good reason why playing God with Mother Nature’s seeds is a bad idea. For starters, human scientists are short-sighted, arrogant fools compared to the wisdom of nature. This is immediately evident in the realization that beta-carotene, in isolation, actually interferes with the absorption of other nutrients such as canthaxanthin and lycopene.

In nature, nutrients appear in a natural, holistic “symphony” that creates nutritional balance in the body. But when Frankenfood scientists start playing God with seeds, they will often introduce a nutritional imbalance by inserting a gene for one isolated nutrient without considering the complex dietary implications experienced by people who eat the plant.

The case of South Asian children going blind or dying from a “lack of vitamin A,” as is often quoted in the status quo media, is such a vast oversimplification of the real nutritional challenges facing these children that the statement is akin to quackery. These children don’t need just one vitamin. They need the kind of full-spectrum nutrition that only comes from growing a diverse selection of food.

The real nutritional problems facing these kids, in other words, are not problems that can be solved by artificially inserting a few genes into rice. What these regions really need is permaculture education so they can learn to grow a more diverse diet that’s naturally rich in vitamins, nutrients, carotenoids and other plant-based medicines that nourish humans and prevent disease.

But you won’t hear the GMO pushers talk about teaching people to farm. And the word “permaculture” is considered blasphemy in the biotech industry. Teaching people to farm using heirloom seeds would be utterly contradictory to the goal of the biotech industry – total domination and enslavement of the human race by using food as a system of control.

The implication that the lives of these people can be transformed with one genetically engineered crop containing ONE nutrient is absurd. These people need permaculture. They need sustainable farming practices. They need a diverse diet of locally-grown foods that naturally and automatically produce thousands of phytonutrients, including beta-carotene. Western corporations, however, think the answer is “vaccines and GMOs,” and in that belief, the entire western system of “scientific thinking” is shown to utterly lack any real understanding about life, nutrition, compassion and ethics.

Biotech is an industry that’s far more interested in controlling people than saving them.

If you really want to help your fellow man, give him some seeds, teach him how to farm, and most importantly do not seek monopoly patents on those seeds so that you can economically enslave your fellow man. On this point, every biotech company on the planet fails the basic test of ethics and corporate responsibility. For those companies to then claim they are “helping humanity” or “feeding the world” while enslaving it borders on the criminally insane. (And in my opinion, companies like Monsanto are global criminal enterprises engaged in heinous crimes against humanity.)

Regulations are in the way of saving children!

GMO scientists and industry monopolists (like Monsanto and Syngenta) claim the only reason golden rice isn’t saving millions of lives right now is because of all those darned GMO regulations which should be completely removed. In fact, they say, any company should be allowed to plant any experimental crop it wants, right out in the open, without any oversight whatsoever. Who needs regulations when the industry itself operates with such high standards of integrity and caution, right?

In reality, their approach is more like “the environment be damned!” Who cares about genetic pollution that could cause a global agricultural holocaust when there are public relations victories to be scored on golden rice! (In other words, to push their monopolist crops, GMO companies would gladly put the entire world at risk of a global food supply collapse.)

Right now, the goal of the GMO industry is to use golden rice as a battering ram to loosen regulations against GMOs so that companies like Monsanto can seize control of agriculture everywhere around the world. Golden rice is the cover story, but the real agenda is to dominate all agricultural seeds and crops for centuries to come. And in order to achieve that, this industry will gladly unleash a steady stream of false claims about golden rice that utterly lack any scientific substantiation whatsoever.

Every single person who has joined the cult-like bandwagon of false medical claims for golden rice is now guilty of lying to the public and colluding with an industry steeped in death and destruction.

The bottom line? If you really want to help malnourished people around the world, teach them how to farm so they can grow their own nutrient-rich vegetables like carrots, cabbage and beets. GMOs are not required. All we need is open-pollinated seeds, permaculture education and fundamental human compassion rather than corporate greed.

See my related article, Golden rice debunked: ten blatant contradictions and false claims of genetically modified rice.

Action item: Link to this story using “golden rice”

If you really want to make a dent in this debate, link to this story using the words “golden rice” so that this article becomes more prominent when people search the term.

This will also help Natural News educate more people on this issue so that we can all make better informed decisions on these important agricultural issues.

The golden rice false narrative is being intentionally distorted in order to push a corporate agenda, and it’s time we stood up to the lies and told the real story on golden rice.

The world doesn’t need golden rice and more GMOs polluting the planet. What the world does need is permaculture knowledge, open-pollinated seeds and soils that are not damaged by glyphosate. It’s time to get back to protecting life rather than protecting corporate profits.

Shame on all those who keep pushing golden rice. They are destroyers of our world and instigators of human suffering. They are also delusional when it comes to clear thinking and real science.

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http://fbae.org/2009/FBAE/website/news_tough…

http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php/news/archiv…

http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php/golden-rice…

http://www.gmfreecymru.org/pivotal_papers/fe…

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/p…

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/S…

http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/files/pdfs/migr…

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Tangerines nutrition facts

Tangerines are related varieties of oranges distinguished by loose, easily peeled shin (pericarp) and sweet juicy flesh (arils). They are also known as mandarin oranges in Europe and satsumas in Japan. Just as oranges, they too belong within the Rutaceae (citrus Family) and known scientifically as Citrus reticulata.

Mandarin orange thought to be originating in Southeastern tropical forest of China. Today, it is widely grown in many parts of the world as far as California, as an important commercial crop.
The tangerine tree is smaller than oranges with slender branches, and deep-green leaves with pointed ends. The fruit is flat, small compared to “Navel” or “Valencia” oranges. Its loose, deep orange color skin (pericarp) can be peeled rather easily. Inside, it features extensive fibrous pith, which is loosely attached to the underside of skin and edible flesh. An average-sized fruit has 8-10 juicy segments (arils).

Several hybrid varieties of tangerines exist:

Tangelos, also known as honeybell, are hybrid between tangerine and orange (Citrus sinensis) or grapefruit (Citrus paradisi). Tangelos, like tangerines, have loose skin and juicy sweet flavored segments. They are distinguished from oranges by a characteristic knob at the stem end of the fruit.

Tangors (Citrus nobilis) are cross between oranges (C. sinensis) and tangerine (C. reticulata). They feature large size, and sweet-tart flavor similar to oranges.

Clementines, another member of citrus family, are smaller, have smooth glossy skin, and very sweet, juicy, almost seedless segments.

Yuzu fruit or Japanese citrus fruit is a hybrid between C. ichngenesis and oranges (C.reticulata). They are characterized by intense lime-like fragrance and tart flavor. Delicious and juicy orange fruit contains an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals for normal growth and development and overall well-being.
Health benefits of tangerines

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As in oranges, Tangerines are very low (53 calories/100 g) in calories. Nevertheless, they are valuable sources of flavonoid anti-oxidants like naringenin, naringin, hesperetin, vitamin A, carotenes, xanthins and luteins; in fact, several times higher than in the oranges.


In addition, the citrus fruits are very rich sources of vitamin-C (ascorbic acid), a water-soluble vitamin. Vitamin-C is one of the powerful natural anti-oxidant, which has many essential roles like collagen synthesis, wound healing, anti-viral, anti-cancer activity, and help prevent from neuro-degenerative diseases, arthritis, and cold/fever…etc., by removing oxidant-free radicals from the body. Vitamin C helps absorb iron in the food by reducing ferrous form of the iron elements to ferric form in the gut.


Further, they contain natural soluble and insoluble fiber like hemi-cellulose, pectin…etc., which prevents cholesterol absorption in the gut. Adequate fiber in the food aids in smooth bowel movements by acting as a laxative.

Citrus fruits, as such, have long been valued for their wholesome nutritious and antioxidant properties. It is scientifically established that citrus fruits, especially oranges, by virtue of their richness in vitamins and minerals, have many proven health benefits. Moreover, it is now beginning to be appreciated that the other biologically active, non-nutrient compounds found in citrus fruits such as phyto-chemical antioxidants; soluble and insoluble dietary fiber is helpful in reduction in the risk for cancers, many chronic diseases like arthritis, and from obesity and coronary heart diseases.
Selection and storage

Tangerines are winter season fruits. However, one may find them in supermarkets all over the year, thanks for advanced storage techniques. Buy healthy-looking fruits featuring bright orange color and feel heavy in hand. Avoid fruits with spots, excessively softened or feel “hollow” in hand.

Commercially, citrus fruits are washed and waxed to extend their shelf life, appearance, and market price. They are safe to use, however, look for healthy fruits since oftentimes their defects may be disguised by waxing.

Once at home store, store them in a zip pouch and place inside the refrigerator. They keep well for up to a week; however, try to eat as early as possible in order to enjoy their rich flavor and to get full benefits of nutrients.
Preparation and serving methods

Tangerines come with natural peel, which makes their edible arils well preserved from contamination. Just wash with moist absorbent cloth to remove any surface dirt, wax…etc. Peel the skin with hands, remove pith and separate segments. Seedless Clementine segments can be readily eaten. Just as in other citrus fruits, squeeze the seeds after making a small slit in the inside of the aril in the center. Although it is harmless to eat seeds, their bitter taste makes them inedible.

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Secrets Ways to Help Your Honey Eat Healthier

Dining together is one of the #1 activities couples share. But eating meals with your man can lead you to make some food choices that are less than the best, if you’re not careful. In fact, if your spouse or partner is overweight, you are 37% more likely to become overweight, as well. But never fear– these tips will help you upgrade your guy’s diet. He’ll hardly notice the changes, but you’ll both benefit from them! •Place healthy snacks at eye level in the fridge and pantry and put less-healthy items out of sight. When your guy gets hungry, he may be reaching for the first thing he sees. So make the healthiest choices (like fresh fruits and veggies, low-fat yogurts, whole-grain cereals, lean meats, etc.) the most visible and easiest to grab to instantly upgrade his snack choices!
•Sneak in a fruit or a veggie at every meal. Rather than focus on what he shouldn’t be eating (we know guys don’t want to be nagged), help him add a colorful fruit or veggie into every meal and snack to take the nutritional value up a few notches. Try tossing a cup of berries into a smoothie for breakfast, giving him raw veggies with hummus for lunch and adding extra veggies to his favorite dishes, like I did with my husband’s favorite lasagna in yesterday’s post. You could add extra veggies (bell peppers, carrots, corn) to his chili, pizza (spinach, tomatoes, broccoli), or turn his steak into a steak salad. Eating more veggies doesn’t have to mean avoiding his favorite foods, it just means incorporating them in his favorite foods!
•Make portion control easier. Guys may be known for eating large portions, but we all struggle with portion control from time to time. Make it easier on both of you by switching to smaller dinner plates. Use salad plates and put bigger dinner plates in a hard-to-reach spot at the top of your cabinet. Buy single-serving snacks and prepare larger amounts of veggie dishes and smaller amounts of other foods to encourage him to choose veggies if he wants seconds.
•Make Mondays meatless. Many guys overdo the amount of meat they eat because they falsely believe that eating excessive amounts of protein will help them build more muscle. While it is true that protein supports muscle development, eating more than you need of anything will result in gaining fat weight. And not to mention, meat isn’t the only good source of protein. Introduce your guy to some other protein options, by fixing a new meatless meal together every Monday night. Some hearty ideas to try: rice and beans, quinoa salad, frittatas, and veggie burgers.
Think splitsville: To save money and calories, try splitting an entree when you dine out together. Agree to take turns choosing the main dish or side items, that way if he picks the cheeseburger, you can balance it out by picking a fresh tomato salad for the side item. Either way, you both get a chance to choose your favorite foods while eating out while still keeping the portions and balance in check.

As you can see, it’s not hard to take your guy from nutrition zero to nutrition hero! These easy tips will have you (and your guy) happier and healthier in no time.

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