Archive for November 19th, 2011

November 19, 2011

Tell the truth-do you wash your fruit and veggies??

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to ask you a question-do you wash your fruit and veggies? I ask because for a long time I was one of the many who would quickly rinse my produce with water and put it right back in the fridge. Bad idea! After doing a little research I realized our healthy and nutritious produce can be covered in pesticides, dirt, wax (yes wax!), human perspiration, oil, and exhaust fumes from shipping and transport. Um, ew! I was disgusted, and I realized that water alone is not enough to clean produce, I needed something stronger. I went on a search for a natural and effective fruit and veggie wash that would remove this nasty stuff. I found VEGGIE WASH, a fruit and vegetable wash that cleans all my goodies without leaving a smell or taste on my produce. It uses natural ingredients to get my produce truly clean and it gives instruction on how to clean different types of fruits and veggies too. I would recommend everyone get your own fruit and vegetable wash, and no not just any soap or detergent will work, it needs to be specifically for fruits and veggies! I hope this was enlightening for you all out there like it was for me, and if you want more info check out the article below. Have a great and healthy day all!

November 19, 2011

Organic, natural, huh? What are we buying?

When someone asks me, “What do you eat?, my response is, “I eat clean, with a few cheat meals here and there.” I mean what would the world be without chips and queso, right?! When we shop and fill our carts with foods labeled all natural, organic and healthy, do we know what we are really buying? Let’s dive in and educate ourselves so when we discuss our newfound passion for buying organic, we know what we are talking about.

The term “organic” refers not to only the food itself, but also how it was produced. Foods labeled organic must be certified by the National Organic Program. They must be grown and processed using organic farming methods that recycle resources and promote biodiversity- two key elements of environmentally sustainalble agriculture. Crops must be grown without the use of synthentic pesticides, bio-engineered genes, petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers. Organic livestock must have access to outdoors and be given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic foods may not be irradiated.

The term “natural” applies broadly to foods that are minimally processed and free of synthitic preservatives; artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, and other artificial additives; growth hormones, antibiotics, hydogenated oils, stabilizers, and emulsifiers. Most foods labeled natural are not subject to government controls beyond the regulations of health codes that apply to all foods. Exceptions include meat and poultry. Also the labels must explain use of the term; all natural; no artificial ingredients.

Phew! That’s a lot to take in! But aren’t you glad you know now? To learn more read on.

Healthy Eating!
Shelly Mac