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HEALTH BENEFITS OF VITAMIN B2

Riboflavin or vitamin B2 plays a significant role in the production of energy. It helps in the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, which fuels the body function.
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF CORN

Corn is a good source of Thiamin ( Vitamin B1) providing about one-quarter (24.0%) of the daily value for this nutrient in a single cup.
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF ORANGES

You may already know that oranges are an excellent source of Vitamin C. In just one orange there is a supply of 116.2% of the daily value for vitamin C-but do you know just how important vitamin C and oranges are for good health?
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THE DIRTY DOZEN FOODS THAT SHOULD BE BOUGHT ORGANIC

EWG has been publishing guides to the "dirty dozen" of most pesticide-contaminated foods since 1995, based on statistical analysis of testing conducted by the USDA and the FDA.The dirty dozen list only reflects measurable pesticide residues on the parts of the foods normally consumed (i.e. after being washed and peeled). We have listed these 12 foods in the following pages, along with recommendations for foods other than fruits and vegetables that are best bought organic.
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COLON AND LIVER CLEANSING

Many people have problems with their liver, the gallstones (in the bile-ducts of the liver too, even when the gallbladder has been removed) and general digestion. Especially with the 'Western Diet' with too much fat and acidity and with the stress of modern life gallstones develop, although they are rarely noticed, just an occasional pain when eating fat.
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THE POWER OF BELIEF

Make your self healthier by changing the way you process your thoughts. If we believe that we are creatures created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26) then that secures our reasoning that we too are creators or co-creators.
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THIAMIN B1

Vitamin B1 also plays a key role in support of the nervous system, where it permits healthy development of the fat-like coverings which surround most nerves (called myelin sheaths). In the absence of vitamin B1, these coverings can degenerate or become damaged.
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WARNING

Report of findings of Dr. H.A. McGuigan for the Federal Trade Commission in Docket case #540, Washington D.C.
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DUPONT NOW IN THE FRYING PAN

By Amy Cortese — TEFLON has been hugely successful for DuPont, which over the last half-century has made the material almost ubiquitous, putting it not just on the frying pans but also on carpets, fast food packaging, clothing, eyeglasses and electrical wires – even the fabric roofs covering football stadiums.
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NUKING BROCCOLI A NO-NO

Microwaving Zaps Antioxidants in Broccoli — By Jean Nick
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COOKWARE COATED WITH TEFLON

In two to five minutes on a conventional stovetop, cookware coated with Teflon and other non-stick surfaces can exceed temperatures at which the coating breaks apart and emits toxic particles and gases linked to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of pet bird deaths and an unknown number of human illnesses each year.
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CAN TEFLON MAKE YOU SICK?

Teflon, one of the most popular non-stick pan products, can emit fumes that make you sick if it is allowed to get hot enough.
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EWG IN THE NEWS

Latest docs revealed in advance of pending enforcement action. From EWG's report New Documents Show Continuing Pattern of Information Supression by DuPont
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WARNING LABELS ON TEFLON COOKWARE

U.S. Urged to Put Warning Labels on Teflon Cookware. The Environmental Working Group asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission to require manufactures of cookware to place warning labels on their products that caution consumers of the potential health risks of the non-stick coating.
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TEFLON IN A STICKY SITUATION

Children's Health Environment Coalition. DuPont's Teflon ® works wonders at keeping food from sticking to pots and pans. But after 50 years of use, evidence is mounting that Teflon's key ingredient, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), "sticks" in the environment indefinitely.
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLACK BEANS

Health Benefits of Black Beans

Black beans are a very good source of cholesterol- lowering fiber, as are most other legumes. In addition to lowering cholesterol, black beans' high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. When combined with whole grains such as brown rice, black beans provide virtually fat- free high quality protein.

Sensitive to Sulfites?... Black Beans May Help

Black beans are an excellent source of the trace mineral, molybdenum, an integral component of the enzyme sulfite oxidase, which is responsible for detoxifying sulfites. Sulfites are a type of preservative commonly added to prepared foods like delicatessen salads and salad bars. Persons who are sensitive to sulfites in these foods may experience rapid heartbeat, headache or disorientation if sulfites are unwittingly consumed. If you have ever reacted to sulfites, it may be because your molybdenum stores are insufficient to detoxify them. A cup of black beans will give you 172.0% of the daily value for this helpful trace mineral.

A Fiber All Star

Check a chart of the fiber content in foods; you'll see legumes leading the pack. Black beans, like other beans, are rich in dietary fiber. For this reason, black beans and other beans are useful foods for people with irregular glucose metabolism, such as diabetics and those with hypoglycemia, because beans have a low glycemic index rating. This means that blood glucose (blood sugar) does not rise as high after eating beans as it does when compared to white bread.

This beneficial effect is probably due to two factors: the presence of higher amounts of absorption-slowing protein in the beans, and their high soluble fiber content. Soluble fiber absorbs water in the stomach forming a gel that slows down the metabolism of the bean's carbohydrates.

The presence of fiber is also the primary factor in the cholesterol-lowering power of beans. Fiber binds with the bile acids that are used to make cholesterol. Fiber isn't absorbed, so when it exits the body in the feces,

it takes the bile acids with it. As a result, the body may end up with less cholesterol.

Black beans also contain insoluble fiber, which research studies have shown not only helps to increase stool bulk and prevent constipation, but also helps prevent digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis.

Loaded with Antioxidants

Research published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry indicates that black beans are as rich in antioxidant compounds called anthocyanins as grapes and cranberries, fruits long considered antioxidant superstars.

When researchers analyzed different types of beans, they found that, the darker the bean's seed coat, the higher its level of antioxidant activity. Gram for gram, black beans were found to have the most antioxidant activity, followed in descending order by red, brown, yellow, and white beans.

Overall, the level of antioxidants found in black beans in this study is approximately 10 times that found in an equivalent amount of oranges, and comparable to that found in an equivalent amount of grapes or cranberries.