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SUM 2019

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h o u s e c a l l s { summer 2019 } 7 the buzz HEALTH MYTH: Vaccinations may be linked to autism. THE TRUTH: To further dispel this myth (which has been making rounds since one scientist wrote a hypothesis about it more than 20 years ago), researchers in Denmark studied data on more than 650,000 children born between 1999 and 2010 collected over 12 years. They found no higher rates of autism among kids who had received the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine than children who had not. "Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose." LYNDON B. JOHNSON 19081973, 36TH PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. From A to zinc, pharmacy aisles oer pill bottles of every vitamin under the sun. According to a new study from Tufts University, however, we should be shopping for our nutrients in the produce section instead. To evaluate how vitamins and minerals consumed from both foods and supplements may aect longevity, researchers analyzed data from more than 27,000 American adults. They found adequate intake of certain vitamins by way of food, including vitamin K and magnesium, to be associated with a reduced risk of death by all cause. The same intake of vitamins in supplement form, however, did not provide any decrease in mortality rates. Researchers also found that excess consumption of calcium supplements may be linked with an increased risk of death (excess calcium via food was not). Though there are certain cases in which supplements are indeed beneficial—like folic acid for pregnancy—the best way to reap the health-boosting eects of vitamins is to eat a well-rounded diet that's packed with them. Supplement With Caution According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, up to 40 percent of food in America gets thrown out before it's eaten, and individual shoppers waste an average of 15 to 25 percent of the food they buy. The result? One trillion dollars worth of fare is wasted each year, and uneaten food is responsible for eight percent of greenhouse gas emissions globally. Read on for ways to reduce your footprint: Ward O Food Waste take a look: STUDIES SHOW THAT FRUITS AND VEGETABLES ARE TOSSED MOST OFTEN. IF YOU KNOW YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO FINISH A TUB OF BERRIES OR A BAG OF PEACHES BEFORE THEY SPOIL, SLICE AND FREEZE THEM TO BE THAWED AND EATEN THROUGHOUT THE MONTH. CONSIDER A SUBSCRIPTION MEAL SERVICE. A NEW STUDY FOUND THAT, DESPITE THE PACKAGING, PREPORTIONED MEALS FROM COMPANIES LIKE BLUE APRON PRODUCE 33 PERCENT LESS GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS THAN THE SAME MEAL SOURCED FROM A GROCERY STORE. 1 2 3 STORE BANANAS, APPLES, AND TOMATOES AWAY FROM OTHER FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. ACCORDING TO THE EPA, THESE FOODS EMIT CERTAIN GASES THAT ACCELERATE THE RIPENING PROCESS OF SURROUNDING PRODUCE. P H O T O G R A P H S B Y F R U I T L A L L A P I E / S H U T T E R S T O C K & M A N A N D R E Y _ P O P O V / S H U T T E R S T O C K

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