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Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Hot peppers have been touted for their metabolism-boosting abilities for years. But a new study suggests mild peppers might help weight loss, too. NPR reports that a small study on women who were already on low-calorie diets burned more when their diet included dihydrocapsiate, a chemical present in milder peppers. Or you could just eat peppers because they're tasty and loaded with vitamins and fiber.

What makes a farmers market? In a small town in Wisconsin, farmers are clashing with vendors who sell produce they buy at auction. The Wall Street Journal examines the feud in Tomah, where a farmer claims to have received violent threats from resellers. Stacey Miller, executive director of The Farmers Market Coalition, said, "We really need to protect the image of farmers markets as places that foster community, that support local farmers and that provide access points for healthy food in neighborhoods. Without all of those things, is it really a farmers market?" But is that good for business?

Who needs food? A man in India claims he doesn't. The Telegraph reports that Prahlad Jani claims to have consumed food or drink in over seventy years. The holy man "is regarded as a 'breatharian' who can live on a 'spiritual life-force' alone. He believes he is sustained by a goddess who pours an 'elixir' through a hole in his palate." He's currently under medical observation by India's Defense Research Development Organization, and so far seems to be for real.

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