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Nutella Is Made with Palm Oil

By Kim Robson: Palm oil is extracted from the fruits and kernels of palm plants, and is a highly valued vegetable fat in food production because it makes things easy to spread. It’s used worldwide in baked goods, snack foods, frozen foods, and candy (usually as a vegetable oil); and …

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Benefits of Soaking Rice

By Larraine Roulston : New studies have revealed that arsenic from industrial toxins and pesticides found in soil will contaminate rice. Researchers from UK’s Queen’s University Belfast found that soaking rice overnight will significantly reduce the level of the toxins. Researcher Andy Meharg demonstrated that by boiling rice with five parts water to one part …

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Alternatives to Bottled Water & Soda

By Larraine Roulston : A jaw dropping moment for me was hearing, “Buy Bottled Water.”What!! Why would anyone want to pay extra to drink water that has been stored in plastic? Clean drinking water is a human right with governments being held accountable to keep it that way. With very few exceptions, municipal tap …

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New Changes to Sell-By Dates on Packaged Food

By Fredrica Syren: Some much needed changes are coming to packaged foods sold in grocery stores. Two major influential trade groups in the food industry, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, are lobbying for changes to 10 different food labels that include “sell by” to “use by,” …

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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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