Eating Spicy Food Linked to a Longer Life


Eating Spicy Food Linked to a Longer Life

Eating spicy food is associated with a reduced risk for death, an analysis of dietary data on more than 485,000 people found.

Study participants were enrolled between 2004 and 2008 in a large Chinese health study, and researchers followed them for an average of more than seven years, recording 20,224 deaths. The study is in BMJ.

After controlling for family medical history, age, education, diabetes, smoking and many other variables, the researchers found that compared with eating hot food, mainly chili peppers, less than once a week, having it once or twice a week resulted in a 10 percent reduced overall risk for death. Consuming spicy food six to seven times a week reduced the risk by 14 percent.

Rates of ischemic heart disease, respiratory diseases and cancers were all lower in hot-food eaters. The authors drew no conclusions about cause and effect, but they noted that capsaicin, the main ingredient in chili peppers, had been found in other studies to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

“We need more evidence, especially from clinical trials,

The True Cost of American Food


I am excited to announce that the Sustainable Food Trust will be hosting a major conference on food system externalities, between 14th-17th April in San Francisco.

Under the theme of The True Cost of American Food, this conference will explore the ways in which the economics of our present food systems are distorted in ways which result in dishonest food pricing, sending wrong signals to consumers and producers about the true cost of current intensive farming systems, and preventing the uptake of more sustainable alternatives.

Our aim is to bring together all those with an interest in unlocking this major barrier to food system change, in particular those in leadership positions. This is because we believe that these individuals collectively have the capacity to transform the future food systems landscape, firstly by recognizing the scale and extent of the hidden costs of food production, many of which we are already paying for without realizing, and then taking appropriate action.

Please read on to learn more about the conference and key themes and issues we will be exploring at the event.

If you are interested in attending or would like to

Eat the Week


Rice and palm oil risk to mangroves

Research on mangrove deforestation is raising awareness of its devastating impact – and once, again, agriculture is at the heart of the problem. Mangroves are salt-tolerant coastal trees. They play a critical role in the ecosystems of coastal regions moderating the impact of the sea as it hits land and reducing erosion, acting as a significant sink for carbon and creating habitat for incredibly biodiverse ecosystems. However, in the last 40 years, vital mangrove forests have been disappearing, as aquaculture and more recently – as a new study points out – rice and palm oil production have taken over.

Conservation and restoration measures for mangroves are slowly taking shape, but the scale of the deforestation across south east Asia, is alarming. The problem illustrates one of the impacts of our endlessly increasing demand for palm oil. While the deforestation that results from the expansion of this market is finally being attended to in tropical forests on land, less attention has been paid to the deforestation of mangroves which is being driven by palm oil and rice production.

The rapaciousness of global palm oil consumption continues

Tips to Ignore Bad Credit Review in Getting the Loans

Nowadays, getting the loan can be a nightmare for many people. That is because they have the bad credit over their name and that can be a disaster since they might not be able to get the loan from the bank that they need. However, they do really need the money from the loan to keep them alive and this is one bad matter that they need to deal if they want to survive. If you are also facing the similar problem and you need to find a way to make sure that the bad credit loans reviews will not affect your loan process, then you might want to try some of these simple tips below. These tips below might be able to help you ignoring the fact that you have the bad credit score and still you can get the loan that you need.

The first tip is of course you will need to pick the bank that will not check your credit score at all. You might think that there is no bank that will do that kind of thing. However, there are some banks that will skip the credit score checking. However, the

Buying Asian Food from an Online Supermarket

Online2The Internet has changed everything

Most businesses today fully understand the incredible value which the Internet provides to businesses. With proper online marketing any business can drastically increase their visibility and they can make themselves, their products and their services known to a much larger target audience than were possible without the benefits of the Internet. Everyone knows that the Asian markets are becoming increasingly attractive to consumers in many parts of the planet because these Asian markets are able to provide quality products at very competitive prices. The cost of labor in your typical Asian economy is mostly substantially cheaper than the prices of labor in Western countries. This is making it possible for Asian markets to provide quality products at lower prices. When you combine the Asian markets with the power of the Internet this can provide the consumer with even more benefits. The consumer is now able to order Asian products in the comfort of their own home while sitting in front of a computer.

There is no need to travel

The consumer just

5 Tips for Having Food Delivered to Your House

After a long day at work, the last thing you may want to do is prepare supper for yourself or for your family. Instead of worrying about what you are going to eat, you can simply call your favourite takeaway restaurant and pick up your evening meal or have it delivered to your home. If you are going to have food delivered to your house, here are five tips to use to make it a quick and easy experience.

Know What You Want

Before picking up the telephone to place your order, know what you and the others you are ordering for want to eat. The last thing a busy restaurant wants to do is answer the phone and talk to an indecisive customer. Restaurant workers really don’t have time to wait for you to make up your mind. Go online and look at the restaurant’s menu if it is available, and in most cases, you can even place your order online.

Confirm Your Order

When you order Chinese delivery in Bristol, make sure to confirm your order if you are placing it over the telephone. The wrong time to find out you

8 Snacks That Aren’t As Healthy As You Think

The healthy snack section of the grocery store is getting bigger and bigger, but does it automatically mean that what’s there is good for us? Not always! In fact, many of the packaged items in that area of the store aren’t as healthy as you think.
Here are some of the sneaky treats hiding as ‘health’ foods on a grocery store shelf near you:

1. Dairy Free Ice Cream Tubs

They may be free from dairy but they’re packed full of sugar, preservatives, flavors, and fillers – e.g. carrageenan which if consumed a lot, can contribute to gut health issues, as well as xanthan and guar gums. Plus, consuming too much processed soy may also interfere with our hormones.
This one has 19g of sugar per ½ cup serve! That’s almost 4 teaspoons! And check out the ingredients list:

Ingredients: Water, organic soymilk (water, organic soybeans), organic dried cane syrup, peanut butter (peanuts, peanut oil, organic invert cane sugar), organic tapioca syrup, chocolate flake (cane sugar, coconut oil, cocoa processed with alkali, chocolate liquor, vanilla), organic soybean oil, chicory root extract, cocoa processed with alkali, natural flavor, carob bean gum, tapioca dextrose, guar gum, algin (kelp extract), yucca extract, gellan gum.

5 types of

Top Detox Films Of All Time

Not sure exactly what detoxing is about? Have you heard a lot of conflicting information that has got you completely unsure? We’ve got the perfect solution that packages up the detoxing concept in 90 minutes or less. We’ve collated the top five detox films of all time that will get you in the ‘know’ about all things; cleansing, juicing, fasting and knowledgeable about the incredible benefits detoxing for the body.
1. Simply Raw, Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days: Is an independent documentary film that chronicles six Americans with ‘incurable’ diabetes switching their diet and getting off insulin. The film follows each participant’s remarkable journey and captures the medical, physical, and emotional transformations brought on by this diet and lifestyle change. We witness moments of struggle, support, and hope as what is revealed, with startling clarity, is that diet can reverse Type II Diabetes and change lives.

2. Hungry For Change: From the creators of the best-selling documentary ‘Food Matters’ comes another hard-hitting film certain to rock your world. Hungry For Change exposes shocking secrets the diet, weightloss and food industry don’t want you to know about; deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you


The world of nutrition and health is forever changing and evolving. But what can you expect next? The Food Matters team got together to discuss what we think will be heading your way this year, and making waves in wellness. Here is what we predict 2016 will bring:

1. “Digital Detoxes – people deliberately opting in to step away from technology for weekends to be in the present moment and reconnect with themselves/family and friends on a more personal level. Whether they go on a retreat, getaway into the wilderness or just lock away all their tech in a cupboard” – Tess

2.“‘Build your own smoothie bars’ – where you go to a pick and mix for your smoothie ingredients and pop it into a blender and away you go!” – Chris

3. “Float Tanks or sensory deprivation tanks are going to be massive! With so much chaos and sensory overstimulation today, it makes sense that more and more people are wanting to just escape it all. 

These tanks are popping up all over the place, suspending you in a few inches of body-temperature, Epsom salt water completely removed from light, sound, and touch. I already know a few people who love them!”Ivette

4. “More and more

15 Healthy Snacks You Can Make In A Mug


Food is more than just fuel for the body. It stirs the senses and evokes memory and mood. In this cosy Winter weather, it’s easy to imagine roast dinners, freshly baked pies and hot chocolate. Whilst those Winter treats are tempting, we all know that sluggish, bloated feeling that hits soon after indulging. But with a few simple recipes, you can still enjoy your winter comfort foods without costing your health! These one mug meals are perfect soul-food to rejuvenate your body on these sleepy Winter days. These no-fuss recipes will intoxicate your tastebuds and take no time to whip up, ensuring that your R&R time is spent doing as little as possible…

#1  Vanilla Chia Pudding
Courtesy of Emma, A Beautiful Mess

If you’re craving a sweet and silky dessert, this one’s for you! Packed full of protein and healthy omega fats, this pudding with satisfy any sneaky sugar cravings and replenish your body as you savour every mouthful.


[1 serve]

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp honey or sweetener of your choice
  • Optional extra’s – chopped fruit and/or nuts

What You Need To Do:

  1. In a mug, combine the first four ingredients. Give it a good stir and refrigerate

Get the Healthy Food with the Healthy Recipe

Health is something that we should pay attention in our life. If we are healthy, we will have the good condition of our body. We can do many kinds of activities in our life and we can be very happy if we can do anything that we love, right? At the contrary, when we do not really in the good condition for instance, we will not be able to do any kinds of activities in our life. In the other words, the health plays significant role for our life.
Well, you do not need to be worried. Here we have the beef recipes healthy that you can try to make and you do not need to be worried since it is such a healthy food. Make sure that you wash all of the ingredients well so that we can maintain the hygiene of the food. Then, we need to slice the beef into the small pieces before you sauté it. For the spices, you need to use such as garlic, onion, pepper and some other spices that you think will make your beef sauté will have the perfect taste. If you are willing too, you can add some vegetables

10 Unexpected Items To Put On Your Next Grocery List And What To Do With Them

For most of us, grocery shopping is a “zip-in, zip-out” hasty affair. In our bid for ultimate efficiency, it’s easy to put on our blinkers and choose the same products each time we shop.

Whilst this saves time, we may be missing opportunities to discover new products or find ways to make our grocery items work harder. Here’s 10 of our top grocery items that we urge you to consider next time you hit the shops.

And don’t just judge them at face value… many have some surprising virtues that you may not be expecting!

1. Panty Hose

No, we’re not suggesting that you need to be covering up your lovely legs! The soft yet scratchy texture of pantyhose lends itself perfectly to natural cleaning.

Many natural cleaning products have really stepped up their game in providing similar results to their chemical cousins. However, sometimes you really do need that little bit of extra elbow grease to get the job done.

Try using pantry hose to clean surfaces that would generally require a chemical cream cleanser (for example tile grout and built-up bathroom grime). Watch as the panty hose gently dislodges the gunk! Just patch test a small area first to double-check that this isn’t too abrasive

Ben And Jerry Go Dairy Free But Is It Any Healthier

We have to admit, a little part of us got a little excited when we saw the news that Ben and Jerry’s is about to release a range of dairy-free ice cream. But the buzz was quickly squashed when we took a look at the ingredient lists.
While favorite flavours such as Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Fudge Brownie have been transformed into vegan versions – they’re still definitely not healthy. Just take a look at one of the flavors….

Chunky Monkey Ingredients:
Almond Milk (Water, Almonds), Liquid Sugar (Sugar, Water), Coconut Oil, Sugar, Walnuts, Bananas, Corn Syrup Solids, Dried Cane Syrup, Cocoa, Pea Protein, Sunflower Lecithin, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract, Guar Gum, Natural Flavor (Coconut), Locust Bean Gum.

Can anybody say ‘sugar’? Ben and Jerry’s can and they say it 4 different times! – Liquid sugar, sugar, corn syrup solids, dried cane syrup. All sugar.

That explains the 6 1/2 teaspoons (26g) of sugar per 1/2 cup serve! The ice cream is practically almond milk and sugar bound together by various gums and additives with a few toppings like walnuts and bananas thrown in for good measure.

We won’t be recommending these to anybody anytime soon.

If you’re looking for a healthier alternative

The Best Love Stories Take Place in the Kitchen

We like to think that the best love stories take place in the kitchen.

Over the last few years, we were so honored to be able to share many of these love stories through our Kitchen Heroes series, because creating a meal for someone – a friend, your children, your maybe-future-lover-turned-maybe-future-spouse – is just a beautifully simple way to say, “I love you.”

With Valentine’s Day happening this Sunday, we’ve rounded up a few kitchen love stories featuring some awesome cooking duos. Check out their stories below and get inspired to grab your special someone to cook with.

And because it’s always much more fun to cook with some background music, we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of our 21 favorite love songs. So pick one of our Kitchen Hero couple’s favorite meals from below, press play, and get ready to cook, eat, and love the night away!

Anthony and Emily married young, and a low budget motivated them to get into the kitchen and start cooking. Full-time jobs and busy schedules made it hard to get a homemade meal on the table, but because they find that cooking together is more rewarding, they discovered a simple solution to

The Different Styles of Catering

post2Are you planning on hiring a catering service and want to know how your meals will be served to your guests? This guide will help you make a more informed decision.

You’re hosting a party and you decided that you want to hire a caterer for the event.That’s great. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Aside from deciding on what kind of food you want to eat, there is also the question of how you want the meal to be served. Caterers offer a variety of ways to do this, including buffet, plated, family style and stations. Knowing the difference of each one can help you make a better decision. View the latest Catering menu prices.


This type of meal set up allows guests to choose what they want to eat, and just how much they want to get. More often than not, food is set up on long tables and served in bulk. Food warmers or chaffing dishes are used to keep the food hot throughout the event.


Fast food restaurants move towards organic food as Americans become health-conscious

Many Americans are strolling around supermarkets, their carts filled with non-organic food galore. That same group likely considers fast food restaurants their second home, familiar with the menu’s latest triple-burger creations. However, these behaviors are becoming a thing of the past now that many people have started taking their health very seriously.

They’ve been learning a great deal about the insane amounts and types of body and brain-destroying chemicals they’ve been eating all along. One important influence has been Vani Hari, aka “The Food Babe,” who petitioned Subway to stop adding Azodicarbonamide — the same chemical that’s in yoga mats — to Subway’s breads. With health becoming a bigger concern than ever before, people are demanding options that include fresh, whole and organic foods.

Picking up on the increasing demands of health-conscious people are fast food restaurants, who are working to keep harmful chemicals and non-organic foods out of their establishments so that customers stay in them.

From frozen food to a drive-through serving organic french fries

For example, Amy’s Kitchen, a popular frozen food brand, has announced that by the end of June, it will open its first Amy’s Drive Thru restaurant. Their goal is to continue providing customers with tasty foods with

How Green is Your Kitchen?

Take steps — such as buying locally and buying in bulk — to make your food prep more ecological. Locate farmer’s markets near you, consider your cookware, and run your appliances more efficiently.

We’re all more concerned these days about doing our part to take better care of the earth. Some of the easiest and most effective changes you can make start at home. Think about what happens in your kitchen in terms of sustainability. You’re using energy and water all day and creating garbage every time you unwrap, use and dispose of items. Your kitchen probably generates a large portion of your house’s total waste. But this also means it might offer great potential for improvement and efficiency.

Let’s consider some easy things you can do now to step up the green quotient in your kitchen. Not only will you be helping the planet, you can keep closer tabs on your budget — and maybe even become a more creative cook.

Shopping smarter is your first step

There are advantages to shopping frequently. If you shop for fresh produce every few days, for example, there’s less chance of your fruits and vegetables becoming unusable before you get to them. On the other hand,

Keep kidneys healthy by drinking wine

(NaturalNews) After long getting bad press for its harmful effects, alcohol is now getting a second look. Recently, researchers have found that, in some cases, drinking alcohol can have real health benefits that are difficult to replicate in such a relaxing manner elsewhere. While health experts have, for years, been racking up evidence that alcohol is not good for the functioning of the kidneys, today they might have some good news for those people who like to have a glass of wine to relax in the evenings.

Alcohol and the kidneys

It has long been known by scientists that alcohol use can have a devastating effect on the kidneys. Studies have shown that drinking alcohol can increase blood pressure, raising it to high levels. High blood pressure has been deemed the second leading cause of kidney disease. Alcohol can also disrupt the effectiveness of medications that are designed to control high blood pressure, making it more likely that the kidneys will be damaged.

The proper balance of fluids within the kidneys can be disrupted, making the kidneys less able to filter bodily fluids. In addition, drinking alcohol tends to increase urination, which can lead to dehydration. This makes it more difficult for the

Drinking coffee can naturally cut melanoma risk by 20%

(NaturalNews) The leading cause of skin-cancer death in the United States, melanoma, may be prevented by engaging in a habit that’s familiar to millions of Americans. The act of drinking coffee might offer protection against the devastating illness, according to a study conducted by researchers from Yale University and the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).(1,2)

To conduct the study, the experts reviewed data from the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study, which involved nearly 450,000 cancer-free patients. Over the course of more than 10 years, their food intake, which included coffee consumption, was reviewed. So too was their incidence of melanoma. Nearly 3,000 participants had developed melanoma during this time frame. However, it was discovered that, overall, those who drank more coffee daily were less likely to develop the condition during follow-up periods. A 20 percent lowered melanoma risk, for example, was linked to those who consumed four cups of coffee daily.(2)

Coffee has “bioactive compounds” that may reduce melanoma risk

Considering that America loves its coffee, this is good news. A great deal of people enjoy their cup of joe; more than half of Americans are said to enjoy an average of over three cups per day.(2)

However, this

Oil and gas industry pumping more toxic waste into drinking water aquifers

(NaturalNews) In November 2014, an investigation by NBC Bay Area made a shocking discovery when they learned that the oil and gas industry had been dumping, or pumping, billions of gallons of toxic wastewater into federally protected underground aquifers.

Until recently, little was known about the liquid mixture of chemicals that are used to crack geological formations in the ground, releasing profitable natural oil and gas. Today, we know that the injection mixture contains over 200 different chemicals, including diesel, biocides and benzene.

While previous reports alleged that groundwater contamination caused by fracking was a result of faulty equipment, NBC Bay Area‘s investigation unveils a deliberate act that is much more sinister.

When oil and gas companies frack, they inject massive amounts of water into the ground. Oftentimes, this leftover wastewater is re-injected back into the ground where the oil extraction first took place.

But other times, the wastewater is disposed of in nearby aquifers that according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are “exempt,” meaning they’re not clean enough for humans to drink or use, according to Jason Marshall, Chief Deputy Director for California’s Department of Conservation.

Investigation identifies more than 500 fracking injection wells suspected of dumping toxic wastewater into “pristine” aquifers


Drinking just one cup of coffee daily can slash liver cancer risk by 14%

(NaturalNews) Coffee, a sometimes controversial beverage which many of us start our day with, may not be as bad as some of us think.

While it is true that too much of this warming pick-me-up drink can disrupt sleep, raise heart rate and blood pressure, and mess up digestion, drinking just one cup of coffee a day may undo liver damage and reduce the risk of liver cancer by 14 percent, according to a new update published by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

The update is part of their ongoing Continuous Update Project to analyze global research on how diet, nutrition, physical activity and weight affect cancer risk and survival

Click here to read the report:[PDF]

Their findings are based on the analysis of 34 scientific studies which include data from more than 8 million people, both men and women, with 24,500 actual cases of liver cancer.

Liver cancer is one of the most deadly types of cancer and is more commonly found in men. It can go unnoticed for quite a while, and when symptoms emerge, it is often too late. In 2012, the disease caused around 745,000 deaths worldwide. WCRF notes that many of these could be prevented if people keep

The many health benefits of drinking lemon water

(NaturalNews) Lemons have always been cherished for their significant medicinal qualities. The ancient people of India, China and Mesopotamia regularly used lemons to treat a wide variety of medical conditions, while the ancient Egyptians took advantage of the fruit’s antiseptic qualities and embalmed their mummies in its juices. Later, in 15th century Europe, lemons were recognized as the perfect cure for scurvy.

Despite their healthfulness, however, most people today have no desire to eat whole lemons due to their extreme sourness. Thankfully, there are numerous ways to incorporate lemons into our diet without having to tolerate the entire fruit’s overbearing taste. One of the easiest and most popular ways to do this is to drink a glass of warm, purified water containing a few teaspoons of lemon juice, ideally first thing in the morning. As this article will show, the benefits of such a simple and inexpensive tonic will considerably exceed most people’s expectations.

Cleanses and detoxifies the system

Lemon water is packed with an antioxidant called d-Limonene, which is known to have a cleansing and detoxifying effect on the body. For example, research published in the journal Alternative Medicine Review noted that d-Limonene could help “dissolve cholesterol-containing gallstones” and, due to its

Much Food For Thought At Christopher’s Kitchen

“Chris has a magic way of making food taste amazing,” says wife Sue in a glowing tribute to the chef.

Judging from the enthusiastic response to Christopher’s Kitchen offering a private chef and cookery classes on the North Costa Blanca, Sue is not the only one who thinks so.

His cookery classes are quickly snapped up by food lovers who want to expand their culinary skills or to host a dinner party with the services of the private chef. His passion for the food together with the vibrant colours of the ingredients demanding attention and the aroma of herbs and spices wafting over the kitchen are certainly a recipe for success.

Chris has a long-standing love affair with food but it is only recently that he has been able to make it his profession. Both Chris and Sue enjoy learning about food and try to sign up for a cookery course or food trip when they are on holiday.

The couple have travelled extensively, which goes some way to explain their passion for so many different cuisines. Chris was born in the Cayman Islands – had a short spell in Jamaica – and ‘returned home’ with a shot of sunshine in his heart while