Tag Archive | "organic"

Organic Food Isn’t For The Birds

Thursday, June 3, 2010

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Organic Food Isn’t For The Birds

It turns out birds aren't bird brains when it comes to what they eat. A number of species of birds have been shown to choose foods that contain higher levels of healthy things like protein and antioxidants and lower levels of not-so-healthy things like heavy metals and pesticides. Since they're such finicky eaters, scientists figured to let them choose between conventionally and organically grown food, and see which they deemed better for them. The vote was unanimous: birds prefer non-organic.

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The Truth About Organic Farming

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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The Truth About Organic Farming

Certified organic sales are now $52 billion/year, worldwide. The large market is fueling a lot of myths out there about organic foods and there is even more propaganda supporting these organic methods that is rarely understood. It's like your mother used to say: just because everyone is jumping off a bridge doesn't mean you should do it, too. I only want to point out that not everything is as it seems. So here are some of the myths of organic produce, and the realities behind them.

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Book Review: FoodSmart: Understanding Nutrition in the 21st Century

Monday, December 7, 2009

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Book Review: FoodSmart: Understanding Nutrition in the 21st Century

The book FoodSmart: Understanding Nutrition in the 21st Century is a new title from award-winning author Diana Hunter that is designed to help navigate the complex world of nutrition. It explains basics like terminology and types of food with ease and, yet, is still able to present the various sides of much more complex topics like of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and what it means to be "organic" to a nutrition newbie. All and all, it's not a bad book, especially if you're just starting out in the world of nutrition and want a strong understanding of what is being talked about by everyone else. For me though, this book had its ups and downs.

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Hawaiian Health and the Coconut

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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Hawaiian Health and the Coconut

Hawaii has some of the lowest rates of heart disease, childhood obesity, cancer, and even deaths by Alzheimer's in the US. While part of this might be due to good health care coverage and availability (Hawaii has the second lowest rate of uninsured individuals in the US), it might also have a lot to do with the food. Thanks to Flickr User Bionic Teaching for the awesome coconut shot!

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One Fat, Two Fat, Is Any Fat a Good Fat?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

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One Fat, Two Fat, Is Any Fat a Good Fat?

One of the most confusing things when it comes to proper nutrition is the role of fats. We're constantly told that fats are evil things which will expand our bellies to the size of hot air balloons. Recent research has found that the low-fat diet trend is simply wrong for us- we're not supposed to have no fat in our diets. you just have to know which is which.

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FRESH The Movie

Monday, April 27, 2009

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Mailbag: Smart Balance versus Butter

Friday, March 27, 2009

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Mailbag: Smart Balance versus Butter

Is Smart Balance is better than using butter?

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Patti’s Food Substitution List

Monday, March 16, 2009

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Patti’s Food Substitution List

We have decided to put together a handy list of which foods make the best, healthy substitutes for the unhealthy foods you are already eating. This should help quiet that persistent argument that eating healthy means giving up the foods you love.

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Who Owns Organic? The Organic Corporate Brand List v1.4

Thursday, February 19, 2009

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Who Owns Organic? The Organic Corporate Brand List v1.4

Ever wonder who owns organic brands you see on the shelves in the grocery store? Better still - which of all these new organic brands belongs to whom? Well, it turns out you have come to the right place. (Thanks goes to Nicholas_T over at Flickr for that killer preview photo)

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Mailbag: Clare Island Organic Salmon Omega-3s

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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Mailbag: Clare Island Organic Salmon Omega-3s

My local grocery store carries the Clare Island Organic Salmon from Ireland brand. I've learned from you and others that the level of omega 3 in wild vs farm raised salmon is largely based on the diet fed the fish. I'd like to know if the organic fish raised by this company are fed a diet that results in a higher level of omega 3s? Specifically, how does the level of omega 3s in this fish compare to that of wild caught Alaskan salmon?

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