WHAT’S IN YOUR FOOD(S)?

Why nobody knows what’s really going into your food
The Center for Public Integrity
Published on Apr 13, 2015

Why doesn’t government know what’s in your food? Because industry can declare on their own that added ingredients are safe without ever consulting the Food and Drug Administration about potential health risks. Read the story: http://www.publicintegrity.org/2015/0…

FYI: Eat Organic Green Beans

Why You Should Never Eat Nonorganic Green Beans
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Sometimes organic just isn’t available. So is it safe to go the nonorganic route if there’s no other feasible option? While organic is always best if you’re trying to protect your family from chemicals linked to breast cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, ADHD, thyroid problems, and other ills, Consumer Reports recently released a super-handy report that helps you figure out which veggies are riskier choices than others whenever you’re in a position where organic isn’t an option.

For instance, researchers found nonorganic green beans to be among the riskiest produce picks you could eat.

In the report, veteran researcher Charles Benbrook, PhD, a collaborator on the Consumer Reports report and leader of the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University, had this to say: “Acephate, and its breakdown product methamidophos, on green beans was the No. 1 risk driver in 2013. That use accounted for around one-half of total risk across all pesticides and food.”

Because of this, green beans fall into the report’s “very high risk” category. And the thing about green beans is that they are consistently contaminated with toxic pesticides. Looking at the measure of both the amount of pesticide residues found on the beans and the chemicals’ toxicity, green beans have landed on the very-high-risk category nearly every year since testing began in 1992.

The Consumer Reports’ From Crop to Table Pesticide Use in Produce explains that the organophosphate chemical acephate is among the most concerning chemicals showing up on green beans, despite the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency canceled its use in 2009. (Organophosphate bug-killing chemicals are associated with brain damage in people. That makes sense, since they are designed to scramble a pest’s nervous system.)

The Environmental Working Group recently also came out with its list of pesticide-laden produce, calling it the 2015 Dirty Dozen list.

To add to this body of research, Consumer Reports‘ report on green beans andother high-risk produce (in terms of pesticides)—including peaches, tangerines, plums (from Chile, but not America), apples (from America, but not New Zealand), green beans, bell peppers, hot peppers, and sweet potatoes—makes it easier for you to make smarter choices while shopping for produce. (Be empowered by this knowledge; don’t shy away from eating produce, since eating more veggies has consistently been shown to help you live longer.)

Shower In Health

ENVIRONS_H20-TOXINSNaturalNews.com Originally published January 4 2011 Prevent toxic overload with a shower filter by Elizabeth Walling, citizen journalist (NaturalNews) We go to great pains to drink only pure, chemical free water. We filter it because what we ingest is so important to our health. But it`s easy to forget that your morning shower may be just as potent a source of toxins as your drinking water, which is why a shower filter may be necessary for your health. Chlorine (that irritating, poisonous chemical that makes your eyes burn) is just as bad for the outside of you as it is for the inside. And few people make the connection that, when we bath or shower, not only are we simmering in a caustic chemical wash, but we`re also fogging our home`s air with it. It`s actually pretty scary. If you knew you were about to be exposed to a rain of sulphuric acid, would you step out into it naked? Of course not. But every day millions of us are blithely showering in heavily chlorinated tap water. And even worse is that long, hot shower or bath is actually making the situation considerably unhealthier, as heating releases the chlorine from the water stream itself and proceeds to surround us in a cloud of highly-caustic, concentrated poison gas that we breathe the entire time.

As you know, that moist air also travels throughout your home, so everyone else in the house gets to breathe it, too: your friends, your kids, your dog or your canary. Health risks of showering in unfiltered, chlorinated water include: asthma, pulmonary edema, breast and bladder cancer, premature aging, skin infection (because chlorine kills the beneficial organisms our skin needs to stay healthy), dry hair, fatigue, birth defects and more. In fact, showering in chlorinated water is as damaging and aging to your skin as overexposure to sunlight. Chlorine can even make your eye condition worse, burning your retina and causing tearing and irritation. Because of risks to both health and beauty from showering in chlorinated tap water, shower head filters are increasingly in demand. Compared to whole-house filtration systems, they are affordable and also easier to install and maintain. Be sure to have a filter on every faucet in your home and check and replace them regularly. The health risks are so serious that many are now lobbying their local governments to abandon chlorination and switch to other sanitation methods; but until that is available in your area, remember that installing a filter on your shower head is just as important as having one on your drinking water tap. It`s a small investment with huge health and beauty rewards.

Further Reading: http://www.allaboutwater.org/shower… http://www.suite101.com/content/sho… http://www.doityourself.com/stry/3-… About the author Elizabeth Walling is a freelance writer specializing in health and family nutrition. She is a strong believer in natural living as a way to improve health and prevent modern disease. To learn more about getting healthy and fit through a nourishing diet and healthy living, visit Elizabeth’s blog: www.livingthenourishedlife.com

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Watch the ‘Blood Moon’ Total Lunar Eclipse

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An Astronomical Wonder

Originally posted on TIME:

The shortest “blood moon” total lunar eclipse this century was observed by early-bird stargazers on Saturday morning.

At 6:16 a.m. EDT, the moon first entered the Earth’s shadow and was totally eclipsed for about five minutes beginning at 7:58 a.m., according to NASA. While the entire United States was able to see at least a partial eclipse, those west of the Mississippi River had the best views, uninterrupted by the sunrise.

This was the third lunar eclipse in a series of four known as a “tetrad,” following those in April and September last year. The final one of the series will occur on Sept. 28, 2015.

Want a primer on the “blood moon”? Read TIME Science Editor Jeffrey Kluger’s explanation of the phenomenon here.

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FYI: ID NON-TOXs, NON-GMOs

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Published on Alternet (http://www.alternet.org)
New Way to Identify Pesticide-Free, Non-GMO Food
By Radha McLean [1] / EcoWatch [2]
March 20, 2015
FOOD NOT BOMBS!
Eco-conscious shoppers now have an alternative to organic food [3] that has been certified [4] by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Certified Naturally Grown [5] (CNG). The equally pesticide-free method of farming is being used by a growing number of small farmers who cannot afford the expense of getting an organic certification from the USDA.

Naturally grown produce, considered to be the grassroots alternative to certified organic agriculture, requires a national certification by the CNG. The CNG conducts rigorous oversight to assure that all food labeled Certified Naturally Grown is grown without the use of synthetic chemicals or GMOs [6].  (Read Full Article)

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NEWS: FDA OK’S GMO APPLES & POTATOES

BREAKING NEWS: Following USDA approval, FDA rubberstamps GMO apples and potatoes. The U.S.

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Food and Drug Administration has approved genetically engineered Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples by Okanagan Specialty Fruits and six varieties of potatoes, including Ranger Russet, Russet Burbank and Atlantic potatoes, by J. R. Simplot Company, based on voluntary safety and nutritional summary assessments by the companies. “It is a company’s continuing responsibility to ensure that food it markets is safe…” says the FDA.

NOT NEEDED. NOT WANTED. NOT PROVEN SAFE. BOYCOTT GMO APPLES & POTATOES. Which grocery store do you shop at? Tell them to reject GMO apples and potatoes.

READ: http://www.fda.gov/…/Newsr…/PressAnnouncements/ucm439121.htm

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KELLOGG’S FROOT LOOPS & GMOS

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Kellogg’s Froot Loops Tests Positive For GMOs and Weedkiller

  In 2013, GMO Free USA sent a sample of Froot Loops to a certified lab to test for the presence of GMO material. The quantitative PCR test verified, by DNA analysis, that 100% of the corn in the Froot Loops was GMO, containing DNA sequences known to be present in insecticide producing Bt and Roundup Ready corn.  The soy contained DNA sequences known to be present in Roundup Ready GMO soy. This year we plan to continue testing for the presence of GMOs in various food products and now we have expanded our testing to include glyphosate. GMO Free USA plans to further expand testing to include 2,4-D, dicamba, atrazine, and neonicotinoid insecticides.

The corn in Froot Loops produces insecticides from inside every cell of the plant that can’t be washed off and is regulated by the EPA. The FDA, EPA, and USDA allowed the insecticidal GMO corn discovered in Froot Loops to be commercialized without ever conducting human safety tests.

An in-vitro study found that the insecticides in this corn may be toxic to human cells (1). Feeding studies conducted on mammals found adverse effects, including immune system disturbances (2), blood biochemistry disturbances (3), male reproductive organ damage (4), disturbances in the functioning of the digestive system (4) and signs of organ toxicity (4)(5)(6). Industry claims that these insecticidal proteins are broken down in the digestive tract, yet a study found the proteins circulating in the blood of pregnant and non-pregnant women and the blood supply to fetuses (7).

Glyphosate is the active chemical ingredient in Roundup herbicide as well as many other name brand glyphosate-based herbicides. These herbicides are the most widely used in the world and their use has increased exponentially with the introduction of GM crops. In response to agrichemical industry requests, the EPA has increased the allowable tolerance levels of glyphosate residues in crops without any scientific basis. And so, we sent Froot Loops cereal back to the lab to test for glyphosate.

The glyphosate residue test was conducted by an accredited lab using the Specific LC/MS/MS testing method with a minimum detectable level of 0.02 ppm. The test documented the presence of glyphosate in Froot Loops at a level of 0.12 ppm, or 0.12 mg/kg. This gives significant reason for concern.

“We are deeply concerned about the health risks of genetically engineered foods and the associated insecticides and herbicides, especially their effect on the bodies of growing children. Children eat more food per pound of body weight than the average adult. As a result, pound for pound, they have substantially heavier exposures than adults to any toxins that are present in food, water or air. Children are undergoing rapid growth and development and their delicate developmental processes are easily disrupted. We must keep them safe,” said Alexandra Zissu, Editorial Director of Healthy Child Healthy World. (READ FULL ARTICLE)

Recipe: Oven Baked Zucchini Chips

Oven Baked Zucchini Chips

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by Skinny Ms.

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Why hit the vending machine when you can have a yummy superfood snack, like Oven Baked Zucchini Chips? Zucchini is one of our vegetable favorites. With the perfect combination of seasonings, this recipe turns a mild-flavored vegetable into a tasty, crunchy treat. Skip the processed bag of chips, and replace it with these fantastic Oven Baked Zucchini Chips. They’re only 99 calories per serving!

Oven Baked Zucchini Chips

Ingredients

1 (large) zucchini, cut into 1/8″ – 1/4″ slices
1/3 cup whole grain breadcrumbs, optional Panko (homemade breadcrumb recipe)
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese, reduced fat
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Kosher or sea salt to taste
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons low-fat milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Combine in a small mixing bowl, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Dip zucchini slices into milk and dredge into bread crumbs to coat both sides. Note: It may be necessary to press crumbs onto zucchini slices to ensure the crumbs stick.

Arrange zucchini on a non-stick cookie sheet and lightly mist with a non-stick cooking spray. We use Cassio Oil Spray Pump. Or, place zucchini on a wire rack sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

If using a rack, place rack on a cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes, turn over and continue baking until golden, approximately 10-15 minutes (being careful not to burn). Allow to cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container.

NOTE: Zucchini Chips will continue to get crispier while cooling.

NOTE: For gluten free chips, use gluten-free bread crumbs.

Yields: 4 servings | Calories: 99 | Total Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Previous Points: 2 | Points Plus: 2 | Cholesterol: 13 | Carbohydrates: 12 g | Sodium: 241 mg | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 2 g | Protein: 6 g |
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Yogurt Linked to Lower Blood Pressure

Yogurt Linked to Lower Blood Pressure
By Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today | Medically Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD and Dorothy Caputo MA
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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2012 (MedPage Today) — Yogurt may help prevent hypertension as part of a healthy diet, an observational study suggested.

People who ate at least the equivalent of one serving every three days were 31 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who ate no yogurt at all, Huifen Wang, PhD, of Tufts University in Boston, and colleagues found.

An even stronger effect was seen among individuals who were not taking antihypertensive drugs, according to their analysis of the Framingham Heart Study Offspring Cohort reported at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research meeting in Washington, D.C.

“Yogurt is a nutrient-dense, low-fat dairy product,” the group noted. “Higher yogurt intake, as part of a healthy diet pattern, may be beneficial for blood pressure control and hypertension prevention.”

That finding reinforces the known role of low-fat dairy products in reducing blood pressure, Rachel Johnson, PhD, RD, chair of the AHA nutrition committee, commented in an interview with MedPage Today.

The association supports the DASH diet recommendation of two to three servings of low-fat dairy per day.

“I would encourage my patients to choose fat-free or low-fat yogurt and to watch the amount of added sugars that are in the yogurt to keep the calories down,” Johnson said. ”

However, “when we talk about adding heart healthy foods we always want to think about what will they replace in the diet, not necessarily adding them on top of your existing diet in order to maintain a healthy weight,” she cautioned.

Wang’s group studied 2,197 adults in the offspring cohort of the Framingham Heart Study who did not have high blood pressure at baseline. Participants answered dietary questions and were followed for blood pressure along with other measures in the longitudinal study.

On the baseline food-frequency questionnaire, 44 percent of the participants reported that they ate yogurt at least once a month.

During the 14 years of follow-up, blood pressures rose and 913 of the participants developed hypertension.

Yogurt intake rose too, and those with high intake — more than 2 percent of their daily calories from yogurt — were less likely to develop hypertension.

The odds ratio of incident hypertension was 0.69 compared with individuals who didn’t eat yogurt, with a significant 95 percent confidence interval of 0.54 to 0.87 after adjustment for demographic and lifestyle factors and cholesterol-lowering medication use.

Systolic blood pressure rose less in the high-consumption group as well — by 0.19 mmHg less than among nonconsumers. Diastolic pressures didn’t correlate with yogurt consumption.

“On a population-wide basis a small lowering can have a large impact, although on an individual basis that may seem small,” said Johnson, a professor of nutrition and medicine at the of the University of Vermont in Burlington.

That link with systolic change actually strengthened when excluding individuals on antihypertensive medication at follow-up.

Adjustment for BMI and change in BMI didn’t eliminate the significance of any of the findings.

Although the study adjusted for many of the potentially confounding factors, this type of correlational study can never entirely eliminate the possibility of additional unmeasured confounding if people who consume more yogurt have a more heart-healthy lifestyle, Johnson noted.

Also, the high-consuming group wasn’t averaging more than half to a third of a serving of yogurt per day.

“What we want to look for is if there is a stepwise lowering of blood pressure with higher intake,” she pointed out, although “this could be just part of total dairy intake.”

Source: Yogurt Linked to Lower Blood Pressure

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