By John Farndon
From the extreme distance so much of our nutrition travels to arrive our tables to the striking merits of consuming tomatoes, John Farndon exhibits the fantastic, usually surprising, fact at the back of the nutrients we consume. masking every thing from the large companies that keep an eye on foodstuff creation all over the world to the risks of nutrition dyes, this ebook finds the complicated proof in the back of the best of foodstuff. discover simply what GM meals is and why you could consume it unknowingly, how meals will get its flavour, how a few meals are usually not rather as nutritious as they need to be, how bringing unique meals on your desk might actually be costing the Earth, and masses extra. this is often a necessary advisor to the proof in the back of meals, the only important factor on your existence in addition to air and water - and the world's greatest company.
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B 101 FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FOOD • 33 17. Most people in the world lose their ability to digest milk when they’re young lthough all baby mammals are fed on their mother’s milk, they lose their ability to digest the milk sugar lactose when they’re quite young. About 10,000 years ago, cows were domesticated. Most adults at the time could not digest the lactose in milk and so could not drink the cows’ milk. A few could, though, and this gave them a tremendous health advantage. Milk and foods made from it, such as cheese, are rich in nutrients and energy.
Italian scientist Alessandro Cellini found that ﬁsh given high doses of resveratrol lived 60% longer, and when other ﬁsh died of old age at twelve weeks, these Methuselah ﬁsh still had the mental agility of young ﬁsh. Resveratrol seemed to protect the ﬁsh’s brain cells against age-related decline. Similar studies show that resveratrol is an antioxidant, protecting cells by mopping up free radicals, while others show that it actually encourages nerve cells to regrow. One group of researchers even suggested that a glass or two of wine a day can increase neural connections seven-fold.
There are several hundred different kinds of bioﬂavonoid, many of which have been recognised for particular health beneﬁts. The rutin in buckwheat, for instance, is thought to be good for haemorrhoids and hypertension. The anthocyanidins in berries are thought to be powerful antioxidants. One of the most interesting is quercetin, which is found predominantly in onions and garlic. Quercetin is thought to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, especially breast cancer and leukaemia. It’s also thought to help in healing wounds and preventing cataracts.
101 Facts You Should Know About Food by John Farndon