genetically engineered 2014 – yup, we’re talking about food

in addition to the dirty dozen and clean fifteen, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a list of foods that are genetically engineered. especially since i’ve been making baby’s food at home, i’ve been more focused on introducing fruits and vegetables in its freshest and purest form possible. but the government and food corporations are not making it easy.

the foods i have heard of being genetically modified are corn and papaya but apparently some zucchini are – although because of improper labeling, it’s hard to know which is which. according to the EWG, the best thing to do is to buy organic for those foods as well as look for the Non GMO Project Verified label. unfortunately that’s not the worst of it – more vegetables and fruits are up for application to be genetically engineered. here is the list: Continue reading “genetically engineered 2014 – yup, we’re talking about food”

dirty dozen 2013

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) new Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide list. Many on the list are repeats, i.e. apples, strawberries, grapes, spinach, sweet bell peppers and potatoes, but there are some new ones including cherry tomatoes and hot peppers. So for those items it is safer to buy organic.

“The National Institute of Environmental Health Services acknowledges that scientists do not have a full understanding of the health risks associated with exposure to pesticide residues through food, soil, water, or air. Still, notes EWG, various U.S. and international government agencies have linked pesticides to a slew of health risks, including cancer, hormone disruption, brain and nervous system toxicity and irritation to the skin, eyes and lungs.”

While it’s hard to weigh the potential health risks of pesticides with the benefits of fruits and vegetables, the EWA notes that “eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all.”

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buy organic corn

as more studies are done on genetically modified foods, more health risks are learned. a natural insecticide, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), used to genetically modify corn produces a protein that when absorbed by humans results in detectable levels of toxins are found in the blood of pregnant and non-pregnant women. lab research shows that this toxin has toxic effects on human kidney cells. it doesn’t seem like this issue has been raised to an alarming level yet as it is very hard to find organic corn. but there are a few places, i.e trader joe’s frozen section has Organic Super Sweet … Continue reading buy organic corn

seasonal fruits & vegetables: spring

eating fruits and vegetables  by choosing freshest seasonal foods will keep things inexpensive and eco-friendly. here are 14 of spring’s seasonal freshest: Asparagus Beets Tangerines Strawberries Spinach Broccoli Carrots Lettuces Peas Swiss Chard Raspberries Fava Beans Radishes Artichokes ________________________________________________________________________________ read article by Emily Dom for Fitness Magazine: Healthy Recipes for Spring’s Freshest Ingredients Continue reading seasonal fruits & vegetables: spring

9 foods that cure

instead of medicine, here are 9 foods that can provide some relief: Aloe Vera Grow it: Plant in pots placed in full sunshine. Water well. Use it: Break open the thick leaves and apply the gel that seeps out to your skin to soothe sunburn. Basil Grow it: This sweet, fragrant annual is ideal for growing in pots. Pull off the white flowers as soon as they appear to keep it from going to seed and your herbs from tasting bitter. Use it: Rub crushed leaves on your temples to relieve headaches. Pour boiling water over basil leaves for a … Continue reading 9 foods that cure

is your computer harm your health

Americans using high-tech devices, especially when the tablet was in their lap, risk in neck and shoulders injuries from bending their necks more. tablet users should change positions every 15 minutes, move their neck around to release tension, and to use a case to prop the iPad at the preferred angle of 30 degrees. here are seven simple tips to manage chronic pain. Computer Vision Syndrome Marked by dry eye, neck and shoulder pain, blurred vision, eyestrain, and headaches, computer vision syndrome (CVS) is sparked by overuse of computers, particularly desktops with large screens. While it’s usually temporary, severe cases can … Continue reading is your computer harm your health

foods NOT to eat

the methods of today’s food producers are sometimes neither clean nor sustainable. the result is damage to our health, the environment, or both. 1. Canned Tomatoes The solution: Choose tomatoes in glass bottles (which do not need resin linings). Budget tip: If your recipe allows, substitute bottled pasta sauce for canned tomatoes. Look for pasta sauces with low sodium and few added ingredients, or you may have to adjust the recipe. 2. Corn-Fed Beef The solution: Buy grass-fed beef. It’s usually labeled because it demands a premium, but if you don’t see it, ask your butcher. Budget tip: Cuts on … Continue reading foods NOT to eat

nyc recycling champions

as we are approaching the end of the year, i’ve been bombarded with e-mails about who to donate to. so let me throw my two cents in about a program i’m excited about: a food project in NYC by GrowNYC: NYC Recycling Champions. the goal is to develop a great school recycling program in each borough in nyc. a coordinator will work with faculty and administration to create outreach programs for students. then engage students in various learning programs and activities. the way this project and donation would work is if they make their goal of $10,000 and the pledge window ends … Continue reading nyc recycling champions

unusual uses for coffee

i love when one thing has multiple uses so here are tips for coffee! Kill fridge odor Place a bowl of fresh, unused coffee grounds inside and leave it for a day or two. The coffee will absorb the odors. This odor-killing trick works for practically anything else as well – just place the item in a sealed plastic bag along with an open can of coffee grounds. Reduce cellulite Caffeine supposedly enhances fat metabolism, reducing the appearance of these fatty pockets under the skin. To make your own coffee cellulite treatment at home, mix warm used coffee grounds with … Continue reading unusual uses for coffee