Food and Drink
Chocolate offers a wealth of healthy benefits. It’s loaded with antioxidants which can help fight oxidative stress and inflammation. But the benefits certainly don’t stop there. One study, published in The Journal of Nutrition found that chocolate containing plant sterols and cocoa flavanols were able to lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure.
Water is a bountiful gift of nature. We see it all around us in the falling rain, lakes, rivers, the ocean, early morning dew, waterfalls, taps, swimming pools, showers and even plastic bottles. Until the recent industrial era we drank water freely from streams and rivers, not giving a second thought to whether it was safe – it just was. So where did things go so wrong? With our bodies composed of somewhere upwards of 60% water, it is an important element for human life; a basic human right. When did water become a controlled commodity?
A recent study found that organic foods and crops have a suite of advantages over their conventional counterparts, including more antioxidants, less toxic heavy metals, and fewer, less frequent pesticide residues. Overwhelmingly the research found that organic crops have definite nutritional benefits that stem from the way the crops are produced.
More than likely, you take it for granted that foods with the organic label are exposing you to fewer of the toxins. Well a recent study only affirms this perspective, that organics are a smart way to reduce your pesticide exposure when compared with traditionally grown produce.
Avocados are laden with health benefits, so it is no wonder that they rank at the top of every discerning health seekers menu. Some of the most noteworthy benefits are its nutrient richness.
Research from William Paterson University attempted to rank fruits and vegetables according to the amount of nutrition within. In all, they listed 41 “powerhouse” vegetables and fruits, scoring them according to the presence of 17 nutrients. The produce was scored by the presence of: fiber, potassium, protein, calcium, folate, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin B12, and more. Here’s the ranked listing of the healthiest powerhouse vegetables…
Major food companies experienced major backlash from consumers when their contributions to the anti-labeling campaign in California (Prop. 37) came to light. The insanity has gone too far. It’s time to boycott every single product owned by members of the GMA, including natural and organic brands.
Human trials for the GMO banana have begun in Iowa. Volunteers are offering up their blood samples after eating bits of banana tinged with orange, receiving $900 for their subjection to the latest biotech concoction. This is the first human trial in the US on a genetically engineered banana that has been altered to contain higher levels of beta carotene, which our bodies then convert to Vitamin A. This is the second food that biotech has tried to engineer to boost Vitamin A levels, since they are low in developing countries, and the cause of serious disease of malnutrition.
If you find yourself in the wild without food, then having knowledge of a few wild edibles could come in handy. Here are 5 wild edibles you may find and eat on your outdoor journeys…
With no national standards, raw milk producers have taken to an independent certification standard, similar to the Non-GMO project for verification. This is a way for raw dairy farms to have openness, testing and transparency – consumers know exactly what they are getting.
At higher temperatures of pasteurization, not only are bacteria killed, but so are enzymes required for digestion, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Asthma, allergies and inflammatory bowel disease are among the resulting health risks.
There was a time when fruit juices were marketed as the ultimate health drink. A glass of sunshine packed with vitamins and energy. However, one of the great scams of the industrial food cartel is the so-called “fresh” juices sold in supermarkets.
Fresh broccoli sprouts are far more potent than whole broccoli, containing anywhere from 10-100 times the amount of glucoraphanin—a chemoprotective compound.
Whole Food has been fined $800,000 for overcharging customers by violating consumer pricing laws. The penalty came after authorities found, during a one year investigation of the supermarket chain, that food being purchased by customers weighed less than what the labels read. Authorities also found that customers were being charged not just by the weight of the food that they were buying, but by the weight of the containers as well. We take a look at consumer protection, in this Lip News clip with Gabriel Mizrahi and Mark Sovel.