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Why “Enriched” Flour is Such a Poor Choice

By Andrea Moss
March 2, 2009
File under: Healthy Eating, Whole Grains


Imagine if someone stole your wallet that was filled with hundreds of dollars, but then they felt guilty so they decided to give you 5 bucks back. And then they expected you to jump up and down and be grateful! That, in a nutshell, is what happens with the enriched flour process.

Food manufacturers take whole grains such as wheat and rice and remove the outer kernel, the bran and the germ in order to process the flour into a finer texture, to increase shelf life, and discourage bugs from eating it (that’s right – even insects don’t like enriched flour!). The problem is that when you remove all of these vital layers of a whole grain, …read more of Why “Enriched” Flour is Such a Poor Choice here

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The Environmental Impact of Raising Meat

By Cherl Petso
February 27, 2009
File under: Healthy Eating, Meat


Most people go vegetarian or vegan for ethical reasons, some will go vegetarian or cut red meat out of their lives for health reasons.  But what about the environment?

As more and more people are starting to think about where their food travels from (my banana came from where?!) and what treatments they’ve underwent (what hormones are in this?!), the implications of eating meat are starting to be realized.

Some fast facts about what it takes to “grow” cattle in the U.S. today:

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Go for the Greens!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
February 25, 2009
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes


Cultivated for more than two thousand years, kale is a nutritional powerhouse! This leafy green vegetable has more dietary value and fewer calories than just about any other vegetable.

One cup of cooked kale contains over 94mg of calcium and more than 1300 percent of the Daily Value of Vitamin K,¹ which has been linked to bone health and a reduced risk of bone fractures.

Kale is rich in vital magnesium, the mineral necessary to fully metabolize calcium, and contains a healthy mix of nutrients that promote strong bones. Kale contains considerable amounts of chlorophyll and is a very good source of Vitamins A and C, folic acid and iron.

Research has shown chlorophyll to be a powerful anti-carcinogen and …read more of Go for the Greens! here

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Edamame Succotash

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
February 23, 2009
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes


What is a nutritious, high protein snack that’s quick to the table, delicious and satisfying?  How about one that contains almost no saturated fat and ZERO cholesterol? Dairy free? Now that we have eliminated beef jerky, cheez doodles, and guacamole……
Give up?

How about edamame?  If you’ve been to a Japanese restaurant or Sushi Bar, you may have already enjoyed this tasty snack. Also known as Green Vegetable Soybeans, these immature soybeans are harvested early and left in the pod.

Delicious lightly salted, and possibly the worlds oldest and healthiest snack food, edamame are as popular in Japan as salted peanuts are in the west.  Edamame is fun to eat. Just thread the steaming pod between your teeth and the tasty sweet beans pop right out, toss the pod and grab another. …read more of Edamame Succotash here

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Taking the Waste Out of Take-Out

By Christie Nash
February 18, 2009
File under: Food Waste, Shopping


Every year, literally thousands of tons of waste are produced by packaging alone. Present estimates show that packaging makes up the largest share of municipal waste.

While many of us have become savvy and plastic-free consumers by bringing our canvas bags to the grocery store and choosing to purchase items without excess packaging, take-out food continues to be one of the greatest offenders this area.

Ordering take-out food often means plastic bags, Styrofoam containers, plastic cutlery, paper napkins, and those small packets of ketchup, soy sauce, and hot sauce.

While we forgive ourselves and indulge in this package-filled activity because most of these products can be recycled, the truth is that Recycle is the third R, and what we really need to be doing is thinking about how we can reduce this excess packaging. Further and more importantly, many of the plastics used for take-out are toxic when heated and can be harmful to our health. …read more of Taking the Waste Out of Take-Out here

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