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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Flaxseed (Linseed) Cyanide Danger?

From The Times

Just as I've started to sprinkle flaxseed, from a health food shop, on cereal and porridge...

"Scientists have warned that too much ground flaxseed, a popular “superfood”, could expose people to toxic levels of cyanide. Flaxseed, also known as linseed, is rich in fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. In recent years it has been embraced as a superfood that can be added to porridge or blended into smoothies. However, it also contains amygdalin, a naturally occurring chemical compound that can produce cyanide as it degrades".

Should people be concerned about the reported cyanide risk and other possible side effects?

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Poundbury, Dorset; Plans for Dorchester's Great Field

From Wessex FM - Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter

"A new pavilion's being created for the Alcohol Education Trust. It will bring a café, toilets and office space for the charity, which works with young people to teach them about alcohol and its risks.
The building, similar to a traditional cricket pavilion, will be built off an existing pathway which crosses the Great Field, close to a play area. The café will serve hot and cold drinks, cakes, salads and sandwiches as well as simple hot food such as soup, toasties and jacket potatoes which will be prepared and cooked on the premises.Dorset Council has approved the planning application for the project which will be built at a reduced cost thanks to local builders, C G Fry & Son. It is being mostly paid for by the Alcohol Education Trust, but Dorchester Town Council has also helped by contributing £20,000. The charity says its mission is to “engage children of all abilities and backgrounds before they begin drinking, in order to help them build resilience skills, to know how to avoid and resist situations and to look after themselves and each other in a variety of settings.” Despite the town council’s support the application attracted 15 letters of objection, with concerns including the risk of evening anti-social behaviour, parking issues and the potential impact on nearby homes from general noise. Work is expected to start in the spring. Other works planned in and around the Great Field over the coming months include: a new network of paths due to start in September; a tree-planting scheme between November and March; new play equipment by late spring or early summer next year; the start on building an amphitheatre this autumn".

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