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More People Shop 'Non-GMO' Than Organic

More People Shop 'Non-GMO' Than Organic | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

The organic food industry may be growing faster than any other segment in recorded history, but these day, it turns out more people are shopping for “non-GMO” products, even though they’re not exactly sure what it means.

The news comes from a blog post by the Hartman Group, an industry data collection agency. According to the Hartman Group, “Although many people say they do not know what GMOs are, 19 percent of shoppers look for foods labeled non-GMO—which is more than the 16 percent who seek the organic label. Their interest has been heightened by voter measures calling for labels in California and Washington, by Whole Foods’ decision to label products with GMOs by 2018 and by manufacturer shifts, including General Mills removing GMOs from the original Cheerios.”

Not only are consumers looking for products specifically labeled as “non-GMO”, notes Hartman, “The percentage of consumers who deliberately avoid GMOs is even higher—33 percent—and growing quickly. Only 15 percent avoided GMOs in 2007. That growth rate is faster than any other ingredient except soy isoflavones, among ingredients avoided by at least 10 percent of consumers.”

The main reason consumers note for avoiding GMOs is the concern about the impact on their personal health and well-being (or of their family). Others say they simply want to know what is going into their food, and environmental concerns about growing GMO foods were also considerations for some buyers.

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Breaking Ground in the GMO Debate

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There was a trace of mischief in Michael Pollan’s smile as he took the stage of Wheeler Hall at the University of California, Berkeley, last week to introduce a lecture for a course that he co-teaches, with the activist Raj Patel, called Edible Education 101. The auditorium was crammed with seven hundred students, most looking as you might expect young Berkeley food activists to look: wholesome and bright-eyed, visibly eager to help make the global food system “more equitable, healthful and sustainable,” as the course mission states. This group constituted a kind of monoculture, and Pollan was about to introduce an invasive species.

Pamela Ronald, a prominent plant geneticist and a professor at U.C.-Davis, had come, at Pollan’s invitation, to present her perspective on the benefits of genetic engineering—even though Pollan himself has been a vocal skeptic of G.M.O. foods. “If anyone can make the case for this technology, it’s Pam Ronald,” Pollan told the audience.

This was a generous but daunting introduction. It’s not easy for anyone, let alone a plant geneticist who spends fifty hours a week directing a large laboratory, to persuade a crowd of young activists to shift their thinking on one of the most contentious environmental debates of our time. Last year, G.M.O. crops—corn, cotton, and soybeans—were planted on more than a hundred and sixty-seven million acres in America. Seventy per cent of processed foods now have at least one genetically engineered ingredient. But anti-G.M.O. activists have worked to mobilize a backlash: food with the “non-G.M.O.” label is today among the fastest-growing categories of product sales in U.S. markets.

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Plantain a Natural Remedies Herbal Plant

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Yes, that pesky weed is your lawn is actually Plantain a natural remedies herbal plant that has many uses. The Plantain herb is astringent, anti-toxic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, as well as demulcent, expectorant, styptic and a diuretic. The herb can be made into an external poultice to treat insect bites, poison-ivy rashes, minor sores and boils. It can also be used into wild food foraging recipes such as salads, pesto and creamy green sauces. Plantain Leaf Organic Cut & Sifted – Plantago Lanceolata, 1 lb,(Starwest Botanicals)
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Nettles for Kidney Remedy

Nettle tea is excellent for diseases and inflammations of the urinary system contains a mild laxative effect excellent at depurative remedies useful for trea...
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What's next for organics?

What's next for organics? | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

It’s been quite an interesting few weeks in the world of organics. Walmart announced a new organic initiative under the Wild Oats brand, and Target a day later shared the details of its “Made to Matter” program with 17 handpicked organic brands. Clearly, both chains are vying for that average shopper who has the desire for organics, but just can’t seem to cross that Whole Foods threshold.

 

While it is true that organic foods and beverages continue to grow double digits (and now represent just over 4% of total at-home food sales, according to the USDA), far more than the non-organic offerings occupying supermarket shelves, these two announcements might give a needed nudge to an industry that has seen market share relatively stable over the past decade. And in 2014, the California drought has had a major effect on the availability and price of both organic produce and organic meats, and while it may be too soon to quantify just how much sales have been lost, there is little doubt that some shoppers have switched to their less expensive non-organic counterparts.

 

The big question is: Will the shoppers come to Walmart and Target for organics? And why?



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Jen Sinkler: Jen is a former rugby player turned fitness editor. She recently gave up her gig as the head honcho at Experience Life magazine to freelance at a number of the major women's fitness mags and train clients ...
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Shailene Woodley's Must-Have Healthy Tea

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The secret to Shailene Woodley‘s favorite tea? Here’s a hint: She picks it herself — literally.

The Divergent actress likes to brew a medicinal tea using chaga — a wild mushroom that grows on the trunk of the birch tree — that she often forages herself, she says in the May issue of Natural Health magazine. Although you can pour boiling water over chaga and brew it like traditional tea, Woodley prefers to make a big batch in her slow cooker.

She then uses the tea, which tastes bitter on its own, to give a healthful boost to coffee or soup — the fungi are known for their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Chaga tea is just one example of Woodley’s back-to-basics approach to food, which comes from her passion for nature and commitment to the environment. “As a teenager, I started researching factory farming and genetically engineered foods and agriculture, and I found myself asking ‘what’s the point of environmentalism if we keep separating ourselves from nature?’” she told the magazine.

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The Best Organic Soaps

The Best Organic Soaps | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Soap. It goes nearly everywhere on our bodies and is a fundamental part of proper hygiene, yet somehow seems to go relatively unappreciated.

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You Body Your Choice?

You Body Your Choice? | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Tennessee is poised to become the first state in the country to subject women to criminal assault charges if they use drugs during their pregnancy. Last week, both chambers of the state legislature passed Senate Bill 1391, which would ultimately allow the state to scrutinize miscarriages, stillbirths, and birth defects to try to determine if drugs played a role.
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How To Clean Your Cutting Board

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Get your cutting board squeaky clean with just a lemon, some salt, and 15 minutes!
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I always thought soap and hot water was enough, but no not at all.

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How To Grow Potatoes In Your Garden | Old World Garden Farms

How To Grow Potatoes In Your Garden | Old World Garden Farms | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
For someone trying to grow more of their own food - there may be no better choice to add to the garden plan than potatoes. They can be used at breakfast time, lunch time or dinner – and they can store well too – making them ...
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One Thing Productive People Do Before Reaching for their Phones

One Thing Productive People Do Before Reaching for their Phones | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
In a recent study reported in TIME magazine, people check their phone on average 110 times a day. Some people checked it as much as 900 times a day; that’s once every minute of every waking hour of

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At Home Spa Treatments for Sore Muscles

At Home Spa Treatments for Sore Muscles | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it


Who doesn’t love a foot massage? A scrub is the best way to give yourself a good one, according to April Amstutz, associate spa director at Canyon Ranch spa in Tucson, Arizona. The peppermint oil in our Refreshing Foot Scrub decreases muscle spasms.


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Antioxidants and How They Protect Your Health

Antioxidants and How They Protect Your Health | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

When oxygen is consumed by the cells in our body, free radical cells are naturally formed. These free radicals run around and try to join packs to stay strong and once they have a big enough gang, they start hanging out in our muscles so they can get some free food as our blood tries to deliver nutrients to our organs. These free radicals are molecules that have a missing electron and they are trying hard to find a spare electron or steal electrons from vital cell structures in our body. When they do steal an electron from other essential cells in our body, they cause damage and done long enough and persistently they can even cause diseases.


If free radicals gang up and accumulate, they get stronger and start damaging tissues and even the DNA of our cells. Cooking at high temperatures (specially fried onions, and fried burgers and fries), environmental pollutions, smoking, excessive alcohol, and unprotected sun exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun, and stress can all contribute to the formation of free radicals hell bent on damaging our body through stealing electrons from other essential cells.

The entire function of our body, from birth onwards, is to create new cells to replace older cells. This keeps us young and healthy and growing. When our body is subjected to excessive amounts of cell damage caused by free radicals, then we start to catch colds, be more susceptible to flues, and even worse, more prone to chronic diseases.

Antioxidants can help us dramatically and relatively quickly when cell damage is taking place. These angels donate electrons so that free radicals don’t steel electrons from other essential cells in our body. Once free radicals get an electron, their molecular structure changes and become able to contribute rather than be a nuisance or cause harm.  Nutrients like beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E, are all antioxidants that block cell damage by keeping you healthy and help keep your cell reproduction and rejuvenation for a younger looking skin for much longer.

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Is Butter Secretly Ruining Your Health?

Is Butter Secretly Ruining Your Health? | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Growing up, butter was an absolute staple in my household. We thankfully never got into the margarine craze because my mother believed that butter was good for the brain. Turns out, she was right about that and scientists have now concluded that butter is actually good for you in other areas too. It’s high in a compound call CLA that protects you from tumor growth and cancer, is not inflammatory like man-made oils from corn, canola or soy, and provides a nice dose of Omega 3 fatty acids, if you get it from the right source. But finding the right source can be tricky given all the buzz words and fancy marketing these days. Choosing the wrong type of butter can secretly ruin your health without you even knowing it! Here’s a look at what’s really going on and how to choose the healthiest butter for you and your family. 

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Homemade Ginger Beer Recipe | Epicurious.com

Homemade Ginger Beer Recipe | Epicurious.com | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Unlike supermarket ginger ales, which are made with carbonated water, corn syrup, and ginger flavoring, this spicy ginger beer is made the old-fashioned way, with lots of fresh grated ginger, sugar, yeast, and water. As the yeast ferments over a day or so, it creates a natural carbonation. Though many recipes leave the ginger sediment as is, we think straining it out produces a more refined quaff. For a different route to a similar drink, go to Homemade Ginger Ale. Ingredients About 1/4 pound ginger, peeled 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast About 2 quarts water Equipment: a Microplane grater; a funnel; a clean 2-liter plastic bottle with cap Preparation Grate enough ginger using Microplane to measure 3 1/2 tablespoons, then put in a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl to collect juice, pressing on solids and then discarding. Place funnel in neck of bottle and pour in 3 tablespoons ginger juice (reserve any remaining for another use). Add sugar, lemon juice, yeast, and a pinch of salt. Fill bottle with water, leaving about 1 1/2 inches of space at top. Remove funnel and screw cap on tightly. Gently shake bottle to dissolve sugar. Let stand at room temperature until plastic feels hard and no longer indents when squeezed, 24 to 36 hours. Chill ginger beer until very cold. Cooks’ Note: Ginger beer keeps, chilled, 1 week.
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Should You Take Vitamin D Supplements?

Should You Take Vitamin D Supplements? | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

My hunch is that it depends. Vitamin D is a nutrient that helps our bodies regulate the metabolism of calcium and phosphate (1). Most vitamin D comes from sunlight, while it is also found in certain foods including fatty fish, mushrooms, egg yolks, vitamin-D fortified foods. For example, milk in many countries is always fortified with vitamin D, and some brands of breakfast cereals and orange juice are fortified as well (2).  Vitamin D can also be obtained through taking vitamin D supplements found at your local grocery or health food store. The classic health consequences of inadequate vitamin D are rickets in children, and low bone mineral density and osteoporosis in older adults (3). Low vitamin D has also been associated with increased risk for many other health conditions including breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer, multiple sclerosis, and cardiovascular disease (4-6). However, the quality of scientific evidence for these relationships varies because it is actually quite challenging methodologically to study the cause-effect relationship of vitamin D on health.

Because definitive high-quality evidence is lacking, the actual beneficial effect of vitamin D on health has been heavily debated in recent years. Like many other dietary or lifestyle factors that have been linked to health outcomes with scientific uncertainty (examples: coffee, alcohol, vitamin C, herbal supplements), the available information about whether to take vitamin D supplements can be very confusing. Here is where we stand right now:

In 2011, the American Institute of Medicine released an expert report on the dietary reference intakes for vitamin D (3). They stated that, for people aged 1 to 70 years old including pregnant and lactating women, the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) is 600 IU per day of vitamin D. For adults aged over 70 years the RDA is 800 IU per day. Intake should not exceed 4000 IU per day for people aged 9 years and over. The full RDA guidelines can be found here. Interestingly, their expert panel concluded that current scientific evidence is insufficient to conclude that vitamin D plays a causal role in non-bone-related health conditions (3). Now, this statement may or may not mean that vitamin D has no effect on health aside from bone conditions, simply that our current knowledge is insufficient.

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Natural Remedies for Upset Bellies

Natural Remedies for Upset Bellies | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

It happens to all of us at some time or another. We eat something we’e not supposed to and we end up with an upset stomach.

Prior to my natural living days, I’d reach for the Tums without thinking twice. While it may seem like a safe choice to take calcium carbonate to ease your digestive troubles, you need to look further into the inactive ingredients.

The inactive ingredients in the Assorted Fruit Tums include:

adipic acid, corn starch, FD&C blue #1 lake, FD&C red #40 lake, FD&C yellow #5 (tartrazine) lake, FD&C yellow #6 lake, flavors, mineral oil, sodium polyphosphate, sucrose, talc

Yummy artificial food colors, GMO corn, mystery flavors, petroleum and talc? I’m not sure why anyone would want to ingest those ingredients. After realizing what I was putting into my body every time I took Tums, I stopped.

Now I prefer to go the more natural route, and make choices that can help my body more than harm it. There are a lot of natural remedies you can try when you’re stricken with an upset belly.

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Lose Fat, Without Even Trying

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Fat loss is always a hot topic, but now that’s it’s spring time here in the USA, everyone is preparing for the upcoming swimsuit season.

And that means a lot of people are trying to lose body fat.

Unfortunately, many people will attempt to lose fat rapidly and in an unsustainable way. They’ll revolve their life around a diet and rigorous gym schedule, no doubt.

But today I’d like to propose a much better approach to fat loss.

When done this way, you can lose fat without even trying.

That’s because even though your goal is to lose fat, you’re not going to try to lose fat.

Confused yet? Don’t be.

It all begins with an intense focus on your actions.

Focusing on actions (e.g. strength training three times per week) instead of outcomes (e.g lose 15 pounds of fat) is a not only more effective, but it can also be enjoyable.

What? Have fun while losing body fat?

No, I’m not going crazy, and I’m not pulling your leg.

You’ve been led to believe that losing fat is a grueling, miserable process that leaves you exhausted and hungry. (Or “hangry” as some people say: hungry + angry). It’s why people unenthusiactically utter, “Ugh, I have to go on a diet” instead of screaming with the utmost joy and excitement, “I get to go on a diet!”

But it’s just not true. You don’t have to succumb to dietary misery or work out for hours and hours every week to achieve your fat loss goals.

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5 essential items a vegetarian must have in their diet

5 essential items a vegetarian must have in their diet | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Here are five essential food ingredients that a vegetarian must have

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There is lots of hard work involved in being a vegetarian, you need to  make sure you are getting all the nutrition you need from all the different food groups. 

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Riding Metro While Pregnant

Riding Metro While Pregnant | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Last week I wrote about riding Metro while pregnant and how few able-bodied people would give up their seats to those who need to take a load off.It generated a lot of comments on a lot of topics, ranging from Medicare, birth control and Social Security. (I’m not going to address all those, but thanks for reading and for writing.)Some readers commented that it is not all bad - some people do kindly give up their seats with no eye-rolling to those who need them. Other riders had plenty of stories to share. One woman e-mailed me to tell of how when she was pregnant and aboard a crowded train, she sometimes sat on the carpeted floor of Metro trains. (Yuck!)Some readers raised the question of when is it okay for a pregnant woman, disabled rider or elderly person who needs the seat to simply - and politely - ask for someone's seat. To me, it is always okay to ask. The worst they can say is no.
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Hot Cross Buns For Easter

Hot Cross Buns For Easter | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Don't let Christmas cookies get all the glory. There are some wonderful treats to make in your kitchen for Easter, too.Hot cross buns are the quintessential Easter brunch treat. Full of tradition, they present beautifully on a platter and are perfect alongside a cup of coffee and a slice of quiche.Don't be daunted by the recipe. It is time-consuming — about 3 hours from start to finish — but not difficult. And all of the ingredients are probably already in your kitchen. We recommend spending the time while the dough rises to dye eggs or prep a white wine sangria.Another favorite Easter dessert is a fancy lemon tart with a surprise layer of chocolate hiding beneath its sheen. It's just so darn festive! The original recipe, from Suzanne Goin's "Sunday Suppers at Lucques," calls for Meyer lemon juice, but since we so rarely have Meyer lemons here, we make it with regular. The bright and sunny yellow tart is stunningly beautiful, but it's also a perfect ending for a heavy meal: a luscious lemon curd that doesn't really fill you up but is rich enough to satisfy. The chocolate is just the gild on the lily.
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The Prudent Homemaker Blog: Choosing Fruit Trees for Your Garden

The Prudent Homemaker Blog: Choosing Fruit Trees for Your Garden | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Spring and fall are the best time to plant fruit trees in a garden. They're also a great time to find fruit trees on sale at your local nursery. If you're ordering from a catalog, you will most likely need to order in spring, as most fruit ...
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How To Lose 15 Pounds Without Dieting

How To Lose 15 Pounds Without Dieting | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
The claim: A growling belly during your workout may be a sign you’re cheating yourself out of a greater calorie burn, according to new research published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Spor

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10 Ways In Which You Might Be Helping Your Skin Age Faster - LifeHacker India

10 Ways In Which You Might Be Helping Your Skin Age Faster - LifeHacker India | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
10 Ways In Which You Might Be Helping Your Skin Age Faster LifeHacker India While this may be a natural phenomenon that can't be averted and so we may embrace grace with age eventually, there are still a number of hacks many people (not just women...

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