Food News Today for Saturday July 26th, 2014

Organics: Are they better for your health? Second hand booze!

July 26, 2014


Is organic food really better for your health? According to a new study from Newcastle University the answer is yes! Why? researchers at Newcastle say organic fruits, vegetables and cereals contain significantly higher concentrations of antioxidants than conventionally grown crops.

In what's said to be the largest study of it's kind, the researchers analyzed more than 340 international, peer-reviewed studies that looked at compositional differences between organic and conventional crops. Results showed that organically grown produce and cereals have between 19 and 69 percent higher concentrations of certain antioxidant compounds than conventionally grown crops.

This study hasn't got everyone sold however.  The Guardian noted that when it comes to antioxidants, for example, the jury is still out as to whether the compound really have a substantial impact on health. Furthermore, The Guardian  notes, "the higher levels of cadmium and pesticides in the conventional produce [referenced in the study] were still well below regulatory limits."

The debate over whether of not organic foods are better for you than conventional foods has been debated in the food world for some time ultimately this study is really addition to a growing bed of evidence. 


Got some leftover bottles of booze you just don't know what to do with? Well - if you happen to live in Japan - there's a solution! A store in Tokyo - 

LiquorOFF  - is now taking in and reselling donors’ unwanted spirits, beers and wines, helping consumers  save money on alcohol.

To clarify, they don't mean if you have half a bottle of wine left, these guys want your unopened bottles! The idea is that people who have received alcohol as an unwanted gift, or when you have that bottle of vodka someone left from the Christmas party that's never going to be used - you can simply take those spare bottles and trade them in for cash. And beer cans also work! 

So whether you're a business with excess stock or just have some extras lying around the house, you can get some cash. And if you're a consumer you can get some of your favorite drinks for less! It's a win win! Now someone just needs to bring that idea to the US.



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