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Are All Fruits and Vegetables Created Equal?

Nutrition can get so confusing, right?  Even the experts disagree!  Are you going Vegan? or Paleo?

One thing we all seem to agree on is the health benefits of fruits and vegetables are nothing short of astounding!  I often tell clients that phytonutrients (plant compounds) are like nature’s magic fairy dust!  But are all fruits and vegetables equally as powerful?  Unfortunately, the answer is NO.   Therefore, you can’t just pick your favorite (like bananas) and eat mounds of them.   A better strategy to employ is diversity- a little of this, and a little of that.  Some particularly great choices to include in the mix are berries, broccoli, kale, and garlic.

Try to eat every color every day, and don’t forget to use spices!

Check out this cool short video.  Dr Greger compares and contrast the antioxidant value of different fruits and vegetables

Yoga Mat (azodicarbonamide) in Your Bread??

Rubber in your sandwhich??  Crazy! right?

The fact that azodicarbonamide, a chemical used to make yoga mats and rubber soles on shoes, was used as an ingredient in Subway products was brought to light by FoodBabe.com blogger Vani Hari.  Earlier this year, Subway made headlines!!   They told CBS news  “We are already in the process of removing azodicarbonamide as part of our bread improvement efforts despite the fact that it is a USDA and FDA approved ingredient… The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon.”

What consumers may not know is that Subway sandwich bread isn’t the only food made with the “yoga mat” chemical! Azodicarbonamide is found in about 500 different packaged foods, including breads, stuffings, croutons and other packaged baked goods, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit research and consumer advocacy organization.

See full report

This serves as a reminder  #1 Read labels, and #2 If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it

“If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t. ” Michael Pollan

Organic is the REAL “Natural”

If you enjoyed ‘The Natural Effect’ video featured in the previous blog, you will really enjoy ‘Natural’s Best Friend’.

Watch this humorous brief video and learn that only  the “ORGANIC” seal guarantees that food has been produced without toxic pesticides, genetically engineered ingredients, growth hormones or antibiotics.  You can find resources and answers to many questions about “why organic” at http://www.onlyorganic.org  watch video.