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Topics this week include: more evidence that indigenous peoples’ nutrition practices are healthy for you; how hormone-disrupting toxins contribute to the obesity epidemic; the anti-inflammatory, aging, and epigenetic effect of flavanols from cacao; how returning lands to indigenous peoples helps the environment; and others—stories to keep you informed of health news in your community and worldwide.
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Indigenous Potato Cultivation Project
Can a drought-resistant potato grown by the Hopi and other Southwest peoples for 11,000 years be a solution for regions hit by climate change? The Four Corners Potato can, and it provides triple the protein and twice the calcium of red organic potatoes. Read about it at Civil Eats.
Chemicals That Promote Obesity
Hormone-disrupting toxins are emerging as big contributors to our obesity epidemic. While diet and physical activity remain factors, bisphenols, phthalates and PFOS all influence fat storage, according to Dr. Leonardo Trasande at the European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology. Read this article in Medical Xpress.
Cocoa and “Inflammaging”
Flavanols from cacao are being researched in the largest trial ever to assess the anti-inflammatory, aging and epigenetic effects of cocoa. Researchers want to know if cocoa reduces “inflammaging,” consequently reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Find out more at JAGWire.
Returning Lands to Native Tribes
Across the United States and globally, land is being returned to indigenous peoples for conservation. Their traditional practices advance biodiversity and sequester carbon to counter climate change. A growing number of studies have shown the efficacy of these land transfers. Read more at YaleEnvironment360.
In case you missed recent News for Now Updates, you can find them here:
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