TAG: Food

Top Eco Ways to Shop

Shopping economically

Thrift/Discount Stores For many people thrift stores and discount stores are a way to get creative and have fun while you shop.  These types of stores allow for you to buy what you need without breaking the bank.  There is a lot more than just clothes, making the experience worthwhile. Plan Ahead By making a detailed list of the food items that you need before leaving for the store, the quicker you will be in and out of the store without impulsive buying. Also, remember to shop the perimeter of the store.  Most stores are organized with packaged food in… read more

Genetically Modified Food

Corn

Genetically modified (GM) foods are produced by plants that have been adapted using cutting edge molecular biology techniques with the goal of creating desirable traits such as pest and disease resistance, herbicide tolerance, faster growth, ability to withstand cold or drought, and improved nutritional content. In the past, such traits were achieved more slowly via selective breeding. GM foods have been promoted as a means of feeding a rapidly expanding world population. Most GM crops are grown by farmers in the U.S., though Canada, China, Argentina, Australia, France, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Uruguay, South Africa, Mexico, and Romania also grow GM… read more

Hormones in Meat

Cows

Synthetic sex hormones are given to sheep and cattle to promote rapid growth and increased milk production, fulfilling a demand for cheap meat and milk. However, concerns have been raised about potential health risks of using synthetic hormones in meat production, a practice which is common in the U.S. and Canada but banned in the European Union. Research suggests that estrogenic additives in meat may affect natural hormone levels, increasing the risk for certain cancers. The most direct evidence of this effect comes from a recent large-scale research review undertaken by the Breast Cancer Fund, which found a link between… read more

Garlic and Weight Loss

Garlic bulb

Garlic is a health-promoting superfood that helps to protect against cancer and heart disease. It also has antibacterial and antiviral properties, which means that consuming it regularly may reduce the risk of suffering colds and flus. In addition, new research suggests that garlic may provide weight loss benefits. Korean researchers spent eight weeks fattening up a group of mice, after which they continued to provide a fattening diet but supplemented it with garlic for seven additional weeks. Both fat and overall body weight were reduced among the garlic-eating mice, along with the negative health impacts of the fattening diet (Sass,… read more

Anti-inflammatory Foods

hot peppers

Inflammation is one way that the body defends itself against illness-causing microbes (viruses, bacteria, and fungi), as well as assisting in the repair of damage to muscles and other tissues. However, for many people, the inflammatory process becomes chronic, at which point it can trigger a broad array of health problems including heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis, and diabetes. There are a number of risk factors for chronic inflammation, including smoking, lack of exercise, exposure to toxins, stress, and a diet high in fast foods or processed snack foods. Many of these risk factors have become more common in… read more

Natural Energy Foods

Natural Energy Foods

As power smart people we are always looking for sustainable energy sources, but do we think enough about what sustains us? We need fuel, too. Forget power bars and electrolyte replacement drinks. Check out these three nutrient dense foods that will keep your own energy at a steady and renewable pace. And they come in their own completely natural packaging, too. Bananas Bananas are one of the more popular fruits and are a staple in many households. They are known for their high potassium and manganese levels, and are also high in vitamins B6 and C. Bananas that appear greener… read more

Turmeric: A Super Spice

Turmeric

Turmeric, a yellow spice obtained from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, is commonly used in Indian curries and Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. It is often listed among the superfoods because it contains a number of health-promoting compounds, including the potent antioxidant curcumin, which is showing potential as a treatment for a broad array of medical problems. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (2011), evidence suggests that turmeric may: Help fight bacterial and viral infections Reduce the risk of certain cancers Treat digestive upsets and illnesses such as ulcerative colitis and stomach ulcers Reduce inflammation and by… read more

Grow Food in Containers

Growing food in pots

One of the best things that you can do for the environment is to grow your own vegetables and herbs. Food grown organically at home doesn’t require the transportation that contributes to global warming, and it’s free of pesticides, fresher, and usually tastier as well. Many people believe that growing their own produce is not an option because they don’t have yards, but plenty of food plants grow well in containers of various sizes on decks, porches front walks, and driveways. Some produce plants don’t even require very large containers, others can tolerate partial shade, and a few can even… read more

Calcium Food Sources

Calcium rich foods

Calcium is best known for its role in promoting bone health and reducing the risk of osteoporosis, but it is also important for many other aspects of health. Calcium works synergistically with other minerals and nutrients, so even if you take supplements, it’s a good idea to obtain some calcium from whole foods as well. Foods with a very high calcium content include milk, yogurt (especially plain), cheeses (especially Swiss), and canned sardines and salmon (with bones). Fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, and tuna are also good sources of vitamin D, which is required for proper absorption of… read more

Organic Farming

Organic farming

With our global population increasing our needs for food and shelter are growing too. And to meet that need we are clearing off farmlands and chopping down forests at an alarming rate. Further, to feed this population we are forcing high yielding fertilizers and pesticides on the land in order to grow a bumper crop year after year. Seeing the consumption figures of artificial fertilizers, one thing is certain, we are “over-extracting” the produce from the soil; which in a short time will not be able to suffice even the bare minimum produce. Remedy: switch over to organic farming techniques…. read more