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Your Day in Health: June 19

The surprising benefit to eating fermented foods and more of your daily health news.

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Your Day in Health: June 19

The surprising benefit to eating fermented foods and more of your daily health news.

Your Healthy Tip for the Day

THE BIG APPLE: Choose Pink Lady not Granny Smith. Compounds that give red fruits their color also calm the action of fat-storage genes.

HUFFINGTON POST: Are We Eating Our Veggies Yet?

"We're advised again and again to eat more veggies — at least 2.5 cups of them each day, preferably much more. A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finds that American farmers are doing their bit, and have grown 5 percent more veggies in the past year, that, despite the drought, floods and all. But Americans aren't eating more veggies; the local consumption remained almost flat, and the USDA calculated that Americans eat a daily average of about 1.6 cups. The data here relies on food "disappearance" — the amounts of supply divided by the population and adjusted for losses, but studies that rely on people's self reported consumption produced similar numbers." Read the full story.

WEB MD: Social Anxiety? Fermented Foods May Help

"A diet rich in fermented foods and drinks likely to contain probiotics may help curb social anxiety in young adults, new research suggests." Read the full story.

NUTRITION FACTS: How Contaminated Are Our Children?

"Children exceeded safety levels by a greater margin than adults. This is especially of concern for children because all of these compounds are suspected endocrine disruptors and thus may impact normal development. Cancer risk ratios were exceeded by over a factor of 100 for both arsenic and dioxins. Which foods were the worst? For preschoolers, the number one food source of arsenic was poultry, though for their parents, it was tuna. The number one source of lead was dairy, and for mercury it was seafood. And the number one source of the banned pesticides and dioxins was dairy." Read the full story.