TAG: Preservatives

Homemade Healthier Fruit Snacks

Homemade Healthier Fruit Snacks

If you have a sweet weakness for fruit snacks or know someone who does, try making homemade gummies. They are fairly simple to make and only a few ingredients are required. Packaged fruit snacks can include genetically modified additives, chemical preservatives, artificial flavors and synthetic coloring. Most are made with only nominal amounts of real fruit, and if they contain gelatin it may come from a questionable source. Making your own allows quality control, and after experimenting with the following basic recipes you can come up with a tailor made favorite. Use easy to remove molds or a baking pan… read more

What Smells? Deodorant and Possible Health Issues

What Smells? Deodorant and Possible Health Issues

Numerous research studies have been conducted on deodorants and whether or not they can cause health problems. Many outcomes have provided contradictory results, indicating that more research is needed in this area. The main active compounds found in deodorants and antiperspirants are normally aluminum based. They work by forming a barrier between the sweat ducts and the outer skin, therefore decreasing the appearance of sweat production. Some studies have suggested that these compounds are troublesome since they are continually reapplied and left on, and are capable of being absorbed through the skin and into the system. Some examinations have posed… read more

Ways to Naturally Season Foods

Ways to Naturally Season Foods

If you want to cut down on preservatives and salt but still prefer seasoned foods there are simple ways to incorporate natural flavorings. Making your own spices at home is cheaper than buying them and uses what would normally be tossed out from groceries that you already have. Taking this concept and turning it into a functional device, Rianne Koens has created a system for making food enhancers at home. A product designer with an environmental eye, she saw the opportunity for naturally flavoring foods often being thrown in the trash after dinner. She uses the example of a fruit… read more

The Anatomy of a Twinkie

Anatomy of A Twinkie

With the closing down of the Hostess brand in the U.S. this article may well be the autopsy of a Twinkie. But of course, its many imitators live on, along with continued production of authentic Twinkies in Canada, and countless other products that contain the same, unidentifiable ingredients. Years before financial troubles plagued the Hostess company, one man, Steve Ettlinger, was prompted by the inquiries of his children to find out what really goes into processed food. The outcome was the book, “Twinkie, Deconstructed”, and its findings prove interesting, to say the least. Of course, Twinkies are just a poster-child… read more

Reuse Food Scraps

By SleepyNeko

Say for instance you love to cook with fresh ingredients at home but with this extravagant meal you have plenty of food scraps left over. You do not have a garden because you live in the city and are unable to compost your food. What do you do? Simple! Below are a few examples on how you can reduce and reuse your food scraps without composting. Stocks and Broths: Stocks and broths can be made using left over vegetable scraps and meat bones. Boiling these for a few hours can reduce what goes into the trash and the stock can… read more

Eating Foods in Season

Seasonal produce

The ability to retain food quality, with the aid of preservatives, means we have access to a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains year-round. Still, it is healthier and more practical to eat foods when they are season. In season produce is more likely to have come from local resources. This means less time spent being transported to stores. It may also infer that less, if any, pesticides were used as they would be to preserve produce that is not in season. While locations vary, here are some of the best times to get fresh fruits and vegetables: Spring… read more