If you know your local strawberry farmer, that’s a plus! Why getting to know the foods we eat (and skincare we buy!) is so important –
Time to change your grocery list, because the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list just revealed the most pesticide-packed produce on the market today. For the second year in a row, strawberries have topped the Dirty Dozen ranking and “contained an average of 7.7 different pesticides per sample, compared to 2.3 pesticides per sample for all other produce,” the EWG reports.
Source: The Dirtiest Produce in Your Supermarket Revealed | Rodale Wellness
We’re lucky to be surrounded by strawb farms! Why it’s a good idea to get to know your strawb farm too! –
EWG’s analysis of tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that nearly 70 percent of samples of 48 types of conventional produce were contaminated with residues of one or more pesticides. USDA researchers found a total of 178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples they analyzed. The pesticide residues remained on fruits and vegetables even after they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.”
If you don’t want to feed your family food contaminated with pesticides, the EWG Shopper’s Guide helps you make smart choices, whether you’re buying conventional or organic produce,” said Sonya Lunder, an EWG senior analyst. “Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is essential no matter how they’re grown, but for the items with the heaviest pesticide loads, we urge shoppers to buy organic. If you can’t buy organic, the Shopper’s Guide will steer you to conventionally grown produce that is the lowest in pesticides.”
Source: 12 Fruits and Vegetables You’d Better Buy Organic
Read those ingredient labels, and get to know those ingredients! –
Beauty brands including Boots have been accused of misleading customers by falsely labelling products as organic. Ingredients not certified as organic – and even linked to health problems – were found in a range of cosmetics apparently claiming to be all-natural. The research for the Soil Association revealed High Street brands including The Organic Pharmacy, Dr Organic and Faith in Nature, were using the word on packaging for shampoos and sunscreens containing potentially harmful ingredients.
Source: The ‘organic’ beauty goods not as green as they seem | Daily Mail Online
Keeping as close to natural as possible is always best! –
The short answer is yes, if you’re referring to a homemade smoothie containing nothing but fruit. “But I’d still rather they have whole fruit,” said Robin Foroutan, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a trade group representing nutrition professionals.
Most juices have had all the pulp removed, so the sugar is more concentrated and the juice contains little if any fiber. Smoothies, on the other hand, maintain their fiber, even though it has been pulverized, and fiber helps slow down the absorption of fructose, the main sugar in fruit.
Source: Are Smoothies Better for You Than Juices? – The New York Times
Yikes! Important new findings on gluten-free diets –
If you suffer from coeliac disease, then turning to a strictly gluten-free diet isn’t some trendy lifestyle choice – it’s a literal form of medical treatment. But science has discovered that freeing yourself from gluten isn’t without its own potential health risks.
New research from the University of Illinois at Chicago has found that people who eat a strict gluten-free diet may be at risk for increased exposure to toxic metals like arsenic and mercury.
The reason why? Many gluten-free products replace wheat-based (and hence gluten-rich) flours with rice alternatives, which are far more likely to accumulate toxic metals present in the soil, water and pesticides used to grow them.
Read more at http://coach.nine.com.au/2017/02/14/10/59/gluten-free-diets-linked-to-higher-levels-of-arsenic#vWGCM1TPjXHKEw4g.99