Why Buy Organic Fruits and Vegetables

Certain fruits and vegetables are more prone to the use of chemical additives, both during the growing stage and during shipping (post-harvest). Therefore, it’s important to know which produce to buy organic and those that can be purchased conventionally-grown if money is limited.

It is more critical today to buy organic fruits and vegetables than it was 50+ years ago.  There are many different insecticides and pesticides in use today.  Certain fruits and vegetables are more prone to the use of these chemical additives, both during the growing stage and during shipping (post-harvest).  Therefore, it’s important to know which produce to buy organic and those that can be purchased conventionally-grown if money is limited.

Last week I addressed the common food additives and food chemicals (“poisons”) that are added to our foods and should be avoided.  Most of these are used and found in processed foods.  Today I’m focusing on the chemical additives put on the produce before they’re even purchased, either by the food manufacturers, the restaurants, or the consumer. Continue reading “Why Buy Organic Fruits and Vegetables”

Do You Know What Is In Your Pantry?

Despite what food advertisers and manufacturers tell us with their marketing messages and promises conveniently displayed on food packaging, we need to be aware of hidden and potentially harmful food additives lurking in our pantry or refrigerator.

Are there hidden “poisons” in the form of food additives and food chemicals in the foods you eat and feed your family?  A quick look in your cupboards and pantry will provide the answer!

Despite what food advertisers and manufacturers tell us with their marketing messages and promises conveniently displayed on food packaging, we need to be aware of hidden and potentially harmful food additives lurking in our cupboards, pantry, refrigerator, freezer, or desk drawer.

When was the last time you cleaned out your pantry and refrigerator and not because food was expired or had become too stale to eat? Continue reading “Do You Know What Is In Your Pantry?”

Looking for Natural Sugar Substitutes? Not Splenda!

What sugar substitute do you choose when you decide to “diet” or focus on losing weight? One of the first things you typically decide is to cut out sugar or substitute sugar with another alternative sweetener, one with fewer calories. That choice can be a bit confusing as there are so many sugar substitutes on the market, many of which are artificial sweeteners.

What sugar substitute do you choose when you decide to “diet” or focus on losing weight?  One of the first things you typically decide is to cut out sugar or substitute sugar with another alternative sweetener, one with fewer calories.  That choice can be a bit confusing as there are so many sugar substitutes on the market, many of which are artificial sweeteners.

The important question you should ask about artificial sweeteners is, “Is the artificial sweetener good or bad for you?”  There are tons of searches on the internet for these concerns: “dangers of artificial sweetener”, “side effects of artificial sweetener”, and the list goes on with specific artificial sweeteners, like Aspartame or NutraSweet®, and Saccharine, sucralose or Splenda®.  The reason for these concerns is there are now numerous documented cases of artificial sweetener side effects. Continue reading “Looking for Natural Sugar Substitutes? Not Splenda!”

Does Your Child’s Appetite Mirror Your Own?

Why do we teach our children to eat their food the same way we do? And when they grow up they refuse to eat these strange or unhealthy combinations any other way.

I remember when my son was young, around 3 years old, and we were at a church cookout where they were serving hamburgers and hot dogs.  I was fixing him a plate and when I got to the condiments –ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and relish – I asked him if he wanted ketchup or mustard.  He immediately replied, “No, I don’t!”

At that time he hadn’t eaten a hot dog and not many hamburgers so was unfamiliar with what is considered “normal” ingredients that most people put one, two, or all of the above on their burger or hot dog.  I recall even trying to talk him into one of them.

I’ve eaten with some children (going back to when I was a child) who can’t eat scrambled eggs without putting ketchup on them.  (I personally can’t imagine ruining my scrambled eggs by putting ketchup on them.)  How about the parents who fix raw cut up veggies – carrots, celery, and broccoli – for their children to graze on but then give them a cup of ranch dressing or some other dressing for dip. Continue reading “Does Your Child’s Appetite Mirror Your Own?”