September 5th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Among the notable reasons for supporting organic food—fewer pesticides and chemical fertilizers, more sustainable management of resources, decreased risk of antibiotic resistant pathogens—there has also been a frequent discussion on the superior nutritional content of foods grown and raised organically. Pro-organic advocates have long pointed to an increased bioavailability of important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in organic foods, but sparking a controversial discussion is new research coming out of Stanford University suggesting that may not actually be the case.
Read More:Why Do You Choose Organic Food? Health ‘Benefits’ Prove Contentious
August 9th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Jigmi Thinley prime minister of Bhutan, the small Himalayan country situated between China and India, has announced that the nation is planning to convert all its agricultural land to organic farms, reports Rodale.
Read More:Leave Your Chemicals at the Border: Bhutan Going 100 Percent Organic
June 21st, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Lima, the capital of Peru has declared itself a “GMO-free zone” through a municipal ordinance issued on June 16th. The announcement comes in response to a controversial government declaration that has the potential to blanket the country with deregulated genetically modified organisms.
Read More:Lima, Peru: ‘We’re A GMO-Free Zone!’
March 17th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Australia and New Zealand’s Food Standards agency (FSANZ) has concluded that hemp foods containing considering low levels of THC (the psychoactive substance in marijuana) are safe for widespread consumption as consumers would not feel any effects associated with ingesting marijuana.
Read More:Hemp Food Deregulation Discussions in Australia
November 20th, 2010 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
Most people have never seen a pomegranate up close, let alone eat one. But humans have been eating pomegranates for thousands of years; growing them in places like Israel, China, Egypt, and the United States. California is a major producer of pomegranates and pomegranate juice.
And pomegranate juice has become very popular in recent years, with brands like POM Wonderful fueling the U.S. market. But now the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is taking issue with POM Wonderful, criticizing the marketing of their juice and the health claims associated with the product.
Read More:Feds Spar with POM Juice Over Health Claims
November 8th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
The traditional Sweet Potato Bake, topped with gooey browned marshmallows, has become a Thanksgiving tradition—especially if you have kids.
But recipes are now geared toward more adult tastes, be it Creamy Vanilla Sweet Potatoes or Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Apples with Pecan Streusel Topping.
Bananas add a touch of the exotic—and a nutritional boost—to today’s Caribbean-inspired recipe. Prep time is 20 minutes, bake time is 40 minutes, and all of the ingredients should be available at a well-stocked natural and organic food store.
Read More:Caribbean Sweet Potato Bake
November 6th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
If you’re a fan of TV cooking competitions, you know cheftestants sometimes do themselves in by going overboard with ingredients. Judges remind them to simplify their dishes and allow natural flavors to shine through.
Chef Michael Chiarello, a finalist on the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and owner of Bottega Napa Valley, gets it. Simplicity trumps fussiness, and his food is clean and elegant. (Check out his recipes for Radicchio Salad and Home-Style Minestrone.)
As noted yesterday, the roasting process is ideal for winter squash, as the vegetable’s natural sugars caramelize as it cooks. Add some organic butter, salt and pepper, and you have an easy-to-prepare side dish for your Thanksgiving table.
Read More:Michael Chiarello’s Roasted Winter Squash
November 5th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
’Tis the season to buy winter squash at your local natural and organic food store or farmers’ market.
Whether you select the acorn, buttercup, butternut (above) or Hubbard variety, you’ll enjoy numerous health benefits, as well as a tasty entree or side dish.
Let’s review the four basic ways to get cooking.
This method is super-delicious because it caramelizes a squash’s natural sugars:
Read More:4 Simple Ways to Prepare Winter Squash
November 4th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Los Angeles-based Original Pet Food Co. has introduced a complete line of dog and cat meals made from organic, grass-fed beef.
“With the sustainable, organic, grass-fed beef revolution well underway, we believe it’s high time for the same quality meats to make their way from the dinner plate to the pet bowl,” says company founder Melissa McGinnis.
Read More:New Pet-Food Line Features Organic, Grass-Fed Beef
November 1st, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
High-calorie beverages that have been disallowed by federal guidelines are still available in most U.S. elementary schools, according to a study that will appear in an upcoming issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago conducted a nationally representative survey to examine the availability of high-calorie and sugar-sweetened beverages for sale in elementary schools during lunchtime, in vending machines and snack bars, and in school stores. They also examined the types of milk available in school cafeterias: low-fat, whole-fat and flavored milks (right).
While 16.1% of students could purchase only those beverages recommended by Institute of Medicine guidelines during the 2008–2009 school year, 44.7% could purchase beverages that the guidelines frown upon. This pattern applied to both public and private school.
Read More:High-Calorie Beverages Still Widely Available in U.S. Elementary Schools