Thursday, July 26, 2012

Top 10 All-American Food Myths

I ran across this fascinating article yesterday that’s based on the book, The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan. In the book, Tracie shares how she went on a year-long undercover journey to explore the ins and outs of the American food chain. During her year undercover, she worked as a picker in the garlic fields of California, a stocker in a Detroit-area Wal-Mart, and a kitchen worker at a Brooklyn Applebee’s. Her findings are summed up in this article and shed light on topics like:
  • how people of different financial means prioritize health
  • where your produce is grown
  • the abundance of factory farms
  • the lack of food in the land of plenty
  • why you might not be saving at Wal-Mart

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

You Complete Me

Let’s face it. Everyone needs protein. It’s one of the macronutrients our bodies can’t do without because protein supplies energy and structural components necessary for growth—including the building of muscles, new cells and tissues. Protein also increases stamina, supports a healthy weight and immune system, and fuels most of the biochemical activities of the body. Likewise, enzymes, antibodies and hormones are made primarily of protein. Additionally, proteins catalyze most of the reactions of living cells and control virtually all cellular processes.

Not all proteins are created equally, though, so make sure you choose the healthiest, most nutritious protein possible.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Beware of Rising Food Prices

According to the National Climatic Data Center’s latest monthly drought report, 55 percent of the country was experiencing a moderate to extreme drought at the end of June. The drought has hit many farmers hard and has caused corn futures to reach their highest prices so far in 2012.

Being that a drought has the ability to wreak havoc on many different crops, you might be wondering why I would single out corn futures?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Is the USDA’s Certified Organic Label a “Fraud?”

I’ve written on this issue in the past, but due to the buzz surrounding the recently published article in the New York Times, I thought it necessary to restate my position.

First let me say that I agree with Michael Potter that the growth of “organic” has attracted many Big Food companies that are much more interested in profits than in the quality of the foods they produce. This leads to cutting corners when it comes to quality, excessive lobbying for corporate interests within the organic sector, and in some cases breads outright corruption.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Whacky Water

This news doesn’t surprise me, but our nation’s drinking water has become an unhealthy, chemical soup.

Not long ago a New York Times report—among others—unveiled unwanted substances in our drinking water. According to the article, more than one-fifth of the nation’s water treatment systems have broken the Safe Drinking Water Act, leading to at least nine million Americans being sickened.

Here are some of the substances the EPA has already found in our drinking water:

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Antibiotic Overuse Strikes Again

I’ve written extensively in the past here, here and here about how the overuse of antibiotics in factory farming is leading to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a.k.a. superbugs. Now it turns out that the growing number of antibiotic-resistant bladder infections affecting 60 percent of all American women may be linked to poultry treated with antibiotics.

According to the Food Environment Network, who spearheaded a joint investigation with ABC News, “the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture has made it more difficult to treat these painful, long lasting, and recurring infections because one course of antibiotics no longer works.”

Watch the video now!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fast Food Popularity and Waistlines Growing in China

This eye-opening video shows how the rise of processed, fast food is creating a global health epidemic, and no one is immune. The Big Food Empire has already infiltrated the developed world and is now expanding its forces in developing countries, while destroying the health of consumers in its path.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Get Your Beauty Sleep

You’ll probably never hear the movie character Zoolander ask, “Have you ever wondered if there is more to sleep than it making you really, really ridiculously good looking?” It’s a relevant question, though, because getting enough sleep can increase your attractiveness—plus a whole lot more.
A study published in the British Medical Journal photographed and rated healthy adults after a restful eight hours of sleep and then again after no more than five hours of sleep—and the “eight hours of sleep” photos won hands-down. The study concluded that “sleep-deprived people are perceived as less attractive and less healthy compared with when they are well rested.”

Thursday, July 5, 2012

WTO Rules against Mandatory COOL for Meat

It turns out that the World Trade Organization (WTO) doesn’t think you need to know where your food comes from, and Uncle Sam isn’t standing up for your rights.

That’s right; according to the WTO the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) laws put into place by the United States in 2002 are a “barrier” to trade. The laws— designed to help American consumers know where their food was coming from— originally required fresh pork, beef and lamb (not processed meats) to be properly labeled with the country of origin. The laws were later expanded to include certain fruits, nuts and vegetables. However, it seems that the WTO doesn’t really think that knowing where your food comes from is as important as helping Canadian and Mexican beef companies, as well as big U.S. beef importers achieve higher profits.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Drink Up!

Your body is made up of about 80 percent water, and getting enough good, clean water may just be the most essential part of your overall health. Unfortunately, most of us—about 75 percent of Americans—don’t get enough pure H2O, and it can hurt our health.

Just how can inadequate water intake hurt health? For starters, cellular regeneration and overall health depend on adequate water intake. In fact, your body needs water to make new cells of all types, including blood cells, bone cells and skin cells. Additionally, every organ and bodily system requires water to function correctly and healthily. Likewise, drinking enough water keeps your lymphatic system in tip-top shape so that wastes and toxins are removed from your body. Check out this Mayo Clinic diagram about the functions of water in the body.