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Lebanon fires hummus salvo at Israel
Lebanon has claimed the latest victory in the continuing battle with Israel over which country can make the largest serving of hummus. Some 300 chefs set the new record, creating a huge 10-tonne vat of the chickpea-based dip in Fanar. That more than doubles the previous record of about four tonnes, set in January by cooks in the Israeli-Arab town of Abu Ghosh near Jerusalem. Both Lebanese and Israelis claim hummus as a national dish. A Guinness World Records adjudicator confirmed that Lebanon now held the record.
Source BBC
Monday, May 17, 2010
Volcanic Ash a Food Safety Threat?
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is investigating potential food safety risks emerging from the volcanic eruption in Iceland. Food headlines related to the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano in Iceland have so far focused on the air transport chaos and its impact on imports and business travel. But with smoke still billowing from the volcano, the European Commission has started asking questions about how the ash cloud will affect food safety and animal health.
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Friday, April 23, 2010
Mediterranean Diet Beneficial to Brain
Consuming a Mediterranean-style diet may improve brain health and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, says a new study from New York. Scientists from Columbia University report that a diet rich in salad dressing, tomatoes, nuts, fish, cruciferous vegetables, dark and green leafy vegetables, fruits, and poultry may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by about 40 per cent. “Our findings provide support for further exploration of food combination-based dietary behaviour for the prevention of this important public health problem,” write the researchers in the Archives of Neurology.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Army Tea Marches onto High Street
The tea served to Britain's servicemen and women for nearly 90 years is to go on sale to help raise money for troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Naafi Break, created by the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (Naafi), will be available in 80 branches of Spar. It is the first time the UK-made tea has been sold on the High Street. Naafi, which supplies tea to troops in Afghanistan, said it would donate 50p from every box sold to the charity, Help for Heroes.
Source BBC
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Greek Face Troubles 'Turkish' Yoghurt
The image still features on the Lindahls website despite the legal action A Greek man is suing a dairy in Sweden for 50 million kronor ($6.9m; £4.5m) for using his image on pots of Turkish-style yoghurt, Swedish media report. The man only found out his moustachioed face featured on the containers of Turkisk Yoghurt made by Lindahls when a friend living in Stockholm told him. Athanasios Varzanakos told Swedish Radio his friend "was annoyed and asked how it was possible" when informed. The dairy said it bought the photograph in good faith from an image library.
Source BBC
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Chinese Flour Adulterated With Lime
Pulverised lime is being added to bleaching agents used in Chinese flour in a bid to cut production costs and boost profits, China state media has reported this week. It is believed that some bleaching agents widely used in flour production contain as much as 30 percent pulverised lime, an inedible substance that has been linked to health problems, said China Daily. Bleaching agents, usually made from cornstarch, are added to flour to shorten the time needed for whitening. Substituting cheaper and heavier lime for cornstarch cuts the cost of producing the bleaching agent, which is sold by weight.
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Friday, April 9, 2010
Easter Eggs 'May be Healthy'
Easter eggs and other chocolate can be good for you, as long as you eat only small amounts, latest research suggests. The study of over 19,000 people, published in the European Heart Journal, found those who ate half a bar a week had lower blood pressure. They also had a 39% lower risk of heart attacks and strokes. Heart campaigners warned that too much chocolate is damaging because it has a lot of calories and saturated fat. The study looked at the chocolate consumption of middle-aged men and women over eight years. It compared the health of those who ate the most and least chocolate.
Source BBC
Wednesday, March 31, 2010