Quick Pickle Pretty Much Anything with One Simple Ratio

Ask me what I’d do with nearly any summer vegetable, and the answer is almost always the same: “Pickle it.” Yellow squash, pickle it. Green beans, pickle them. Cherries, pickle those too. It’s hard to beat the sharp tang and crisp snap of a good quick pickle, a fast and easy process that leaves them tasting of summer.

Source: How to Pickle Basically Everything

I’ll have to make room by eating the oven roasted peppers I did a while back…

Study: Pesticides May Be Killing Off Your Sperm

Men who consume the pesticide residue found in many fruits and vegetables may have nearly 50 percent lower sperm count, according to a paper published in the journal Human Reproduction. The study, conducted by a team of Harvard researchers, is the first to examine the link between pesticide consumption and reproductive health.

Source: Pesticides May Be Killing Off Your Sperm

They didn’t actually address pesticides directly. They asked each man what he ate, then went to a USDA database to estimate their pesticide consumption based on what fruits and vegetables they ate Different fruits and vegetables have different amounts of pesticides residues. No specific pesticide was measured or estimated, just pesticide residue in general.

The men were also selected in a biased fashion, as they were all a part of couples seeking fertility treatment.  The observed sperm count was 50 % lower with men estimated to have consumed the most pesticides, so it was a pretty pronounced effect. This finding is consistent with other studies that showed that agricultural workers who work directly with pesticides have a lower sperm count.  However the study size was small (~150 men), and they did not actually measure pesticide exposure or pesticide metabolites.

Study: Why It Pays To Be Semi-Vegetarian

A new study shows it pays to eat a more-vegetable-than-meat diet. But what if you’re not a fan of the green stuff? Here are some “gateway veggies” to consider.

Can’t cut meat completely? You don’t have to. People who follow a “pro”-vegetarian diet — which involves eating more plant-based foods than animal products — have a lower risk of dying from heart disease and stroke, says new research from the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle meeting.

In fact, people in the study who ate the most pro-vegetarian(so that 70 percent of their food came from plant sources) had a 20 percent lower risk of dying from these causes, compared with those who ate the least plant-based foods (where 20 percent of food came from plant sources).

Source: A Healthy Diet Doesn’t Have To Be Drastic! Why It Pays To Be Semi-Vegetarian

Aside from the spinach, the vegetable suggestions are OK for those of us on blood thinners.  Cucumbers – only the skin is an issue for us.  And this article has notes from previous posts: