Dean Foods just acquired Uncle Matt’s Organic… watch out for ingredient alteration and unethical business practices

Dean Foods announced in a press release that it has acquired organic juice company Uncle Matt’s Organic, prompting concerns about just how “organic” their beverages will remain moving forward.
According to the press release, Uncle Matt’s Organic is the oldest organic juice company in the U.S. Their offerings include juices such as orange, grapefruit, apple and lemonade, along with fruit-infused waters and probiotic-infused juices, and their products are popular among health-conscious consumers.

The Dean Foods press release says: “Uncle Matt’s Organic is committed to producing the highest quality juices, using only premium 100% organically grown fruit that is free from GMOs, synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.”

It’s a commendable stance, but how long will that continue to be the case? If Dean Foods Company’s track record when it comes to acquisitions is any indication, fans of Uncle Matt’s products had better stay on their toes.

Dean Foods’ bait-and-switch history

When Dean Foods Company acquired the Silk brand soy milk, they engaged in some very deceptive practices that left a lot of consumers so angry that many continue to boycott them to this day. Silk’s soy milk had been made using organic soybeans until early 2009, and customers who sought organic products at that time knew this milk was a safe bet.

Strawberry nutrients found to prevent dementia and age-related cognitive decline

An animal study published online in the Journals of Gerontology Series A revealed that eating strawberries may well prevent memory decline and subsequent onset of Alzheimer’s disease. To carry out the study, a team of researchers from the Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute examined a strain of laboratory mice that were genetically modified to develop premature aging and Alzheimer’s disease. This strain was found to exhibit physical and cognitive decline in as early as 10 months, something that normal mice do not show.

The research team also assessed the effects of fisetin, a compound found in strawberries, on the cognitive status of the animal models. One group of three-month-old prematurely-aging mice were given daily fisetin doses with their food for seven months, while another group received the same food but without the compound. The animals models were then subjected to a variety of activity and memory tests. In addition, the experts studied the levels of specific proteins in the animals. These proteins were associated with inflammation, brain function, and stress response.

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Farm work scientifically shown to improve the mental health of veterans… no drugs needed

Veterans often struggle to adapt to life at home after returning from combat, and many doctors are all too quick to throw prescriptions at them to help them cope. However, many veterans are finding that looking outside of medicine can provide safer and more effective coping methods that can last a lifetime.

A recent study shows that care farming can now be added to the list of valuable tools for improving the mental and physical health of veterans. This entails using agricultural landscapes and working farms to help enhance well-being. People take part in horticultural activities and gain useful skills in a green environment in a safe community, which helps their social well-being as well as their mental well-being.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Humanistic Counseling, was small but could nevertheless indicate a potentially useful avenue for helping vets. It looked at five veterans of foreign wars, including one woman. The researchers discovered that care farming increased the life satisfaction in three of the participants and boosted two of the participants’ optimism regarding their future life satisfaction. In addition, two of those studied reported a decrease in perceived loneliness.

Study co-author Dr. Arie Greenleaf likened farming to a sort of “loose group therapy” in which the veterans are working together with other people who have been through similar experiences, which is something that people who have not been in combat cannot really understand. Meanwhile, the open air of a farm gives them the space needed for healing. Perhaps most importantly, however, is the ability to grow life after spending so much time destroying it or watching it be destroyed in war.

This can be far more therapeutic than a lifetime of taking psychiatric drugs and dealing with all of their side effects. A report from Yale University found that a third of all American veterans aged 65 to 85 who are taking psychiatric drugs never even received a mental health diagnosis. It turned out that less than 40 percent of those who were taking the drugs but not receiving mental health treatment actually had legitimate mental illnesses. The researchers reached their conclusions after studying 1.85 million veterans.

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