Enjoy the health benefits of the harvest season holidays

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Pumpkins go far beyond beautiful decorations for the harvest season holidays.  The health benefits of pumpkins are far reaching!  The bright orange color of a pumpkin is proof of the high amounts of powerful antioxidant beta carotene it contains.  That carotenoid is converted to vitamin A in the body and has proven to provide these health benefits:

Dear Dietitian – what makes “blue zone” diets healthy?

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Dear Dietitian,

What makes "blue zone diets" like the Mediterranean diet so healthy --Chris

Dear Chris,

Blue zones are areas of the world where people live much longer than average. The term was trademarked by Dan Buettner who identified these five regions of the world: Sardinia, Italy; the community of Seventh-Day Adventists in Loma Linda, California; Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; and Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula.

EarthTalk – What are PFASs and should we be concerned?

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Dear EarthTalk: What are PFASs and why should we be concerned about them? -- Jim Stobbins, Cary, NC

PFASs--short for perfluoroalkyl substances--are synthetic chemicals of various formulations (including PFCs, PFOA, PFOS and GenX, among others) that are used widely in various products for moisture and stain resistance. Non-stick pans, rain jackets and carpeting are among thousands of different types of consumer goods that now contain one form or another of PFASs.