Today’s Headlines: How Greenery May Improve Longevity, The Three Things That Can Cause Stomach Cancer, and Which Fruit Contains the Most Pesticides

The more nature you live around, the longer you may live. A new study of female nurses found that those who lived close to and with a lot of plants had improved longevity. “Women living near areas with the most vegetation had a 41 percent lower death rate from kidney disease, a 34 percent lower death rate from respiratory disease and a 13 percent lower death rate from cancer, compared with women living in areas with the least vegetation, the study found.” While the exact reasoning behind this link is uncertain, researchers speculated that the benefits of nature can improve social life, depression, and increase chances of physical activity which are all things that may increase life span. (Fox)

Too much alcohol, processed meat, and obesity could contribute to the development of stomach cancer. A new study from the American Institute for Cancer Research found out that these three factors could significantly increase the margin for stomach cancer risk. “And eating 1.8 ounces of processed meat every day — the equivalent of one hot dog a day — raises the risk of stomach cancer by about 18 percent, the report found…And being obese also raises the risk, the report finds. The more a person weighs in relation to height, the higher the risk of stomach cancer.” These factors could potentially cause other cancers as well such as breast, colon, and liver cancers. (NBC) 

Your strawberries may contain traces of harmful pesticides. The U.S. Department of Agriculture performed tests on over 35,000 fruits and vegetables to determine their levels of pesticides. “Strawberries replaced apples atop the list of fruits and vegetables with the highest level of pesticide residue…Apples still rank in second place—after five years in the top spot—followed by nectarines, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, spinach, tomatoes, red peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, hot peppers and kale/collard greens.” If you are worried about your produce containing pesticides, it is best to buy organic. (Time)