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The Skinny on Alternative Sugars

By Kim Robson: With the FDA’s recent recommendation that no more than 10 percent of our daily calories come from added sugar, those of us with a sweet tooth are always looking for good but healthy sugar substitutes. Let’s break down the facts. First, as we discuss alternatives to refined white sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), you’ll see …

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Soaking and Sprouting Beans, Nuts, Grains and Seeds

By Fredrica Syren: Being a vegetarian for years, I base my diet on plants and depend on staples such as nuts, grains, seeds and beans. As a person who tries to use food to maintain health, one of the things I have discovered over the last couple of years on this journey is the …

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Eating for Climate Change on a Budget

By Fredrica Syren Our family used to spend a lot of money on food without even thinking about what it did to climate change because we figured it was something we enjoyed and that it nourished our bodies.  In the last year we needed to put ourselves on more of …

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Why Is America’s Diet So Bad?

By Larraine Roulston : Without a doubt, most people would agree that the American diet is not as healthy as that of European or Asian countries. In general, North Americans consume a larger amount of refined grains, sugar, oil, meat, calories and processed foods while at the same time not eating enough vegetables. For the past …

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U.S. Honey Business Facing Pesticide Issues   

By Larraine Roulston: The pesticide glyphosate, developed by Monsanto, is being sprayed on U.S. agricultural lands. This pesticide, recently classified as a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to test foods. The FDA aims to establish and validate testing methodology for …

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The 5 Most Polluted Foods to Buy Organic

By Fredrica Syren aka Green Mom: Let’s face it — food is expensive. I know that as much as anyone because I feed a family of five, 5 meals a day (breakfast, snack, lunch, another snack and dinner) 7 days a week. Now, if you factor in organic food to …

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Health Benefits of Ginger

By Larraine Roulston: The history of ginger goes back 2000 years to Chinese medicine. Ancient Romans, as well, widely used ginger. Today, with ginger’s popularity and availably, we too can give our immune systems a boost — especially during the upcoming winter months. Ginger, with its important natural oil containing gingerol, has …

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Chipotle, Foodborne Illnesses, and Sustainability

By Emma Grace Fairchild: Food safety is a complex process. It is also an industry that must constantly adapt to our changing technology and food supply. As consumers, we expect the foods we purchase and prepare to be safe and not to make us sick: however — from bacterial contamination …

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Pulses to the Rescue

By Larraine Roulston: Beans. Peas. Favas. Chickpeas. Lentils. Good for your health. Great for the environment. Amazingly delicious to eat! These unassuming members of the pulse family are impressively resilient and will stand up to the effects of climate change. In order to educate people about their rich value, the …

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