By: Crystal Shelton Indian gooseberry is native to India and parts of the Middle East and its fruits have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for… …read more
Imagine walking out of the grocery store with four bags full of fresh food, dropping one entire bag, and not bothering to pick it up.
Seems crazy, but that’s essentially what most of us are doing all the time. The average American throws away $30 each month in the form of uneaten food. Yup, the lettuce that went bad, the leftovers you never got around to eating, and the science experiment in the back of the fridge you’re hoping your husband will clean up one day—they all add up to 15 to 25 percent of the food you buy going uneaten.
U.S. consumers are collectively responsible for more wasted food than farmers, grocery stores or any other part of the food-supply chain—a problem that costs the average family about $1,500 every year.
Meet the Waste Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide To Eating Well and Saving Money by Wasting Less Food! This handbook by author Dana Gunders aims to put an end to wasting food, and making a difference has never been easier or more delicious!
Packed with checklists, practical strategies, and simple recipes, the Handbook is the ultimate tool for reducing food waste at home. It includes easy tips on how to:
-Grocery shop smarter
-Plan …read more
Now in its 10th year, the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Sunscreens helps us see the light when it comes to choosing a safe and effective sun care product.
While almost three-fourths of the products analyzed were found to offer inferior sun protection or potentially harmful ingredients such as oxybenzone, it wasn’t all bad news in this year’s report. Mineral sunscreens are on the rise, and top-rated products lived up to their claims by using nontoxic and effective ingredients. Other rising trends include non-GMO formulations and sun-protective clothing.
These nine picks all received a 1 (safest) rating from the EWG.
Tips for choosing the best sunscreen product:
Choose products using zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They are stable in sunlight, offer a good balance between protection from the two types of ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB) and don’t often contain potentially harmful additives.
Understand SPFs. SPF values of more than 50 can be misleading and inaccurate, plus don’t tend to offer superior protection. Plus, the SPF number only indicates UVB protection, not UVA. Look for companies that have taken extra steps to test for UVA protection, beyond the loose FDA standards.
Don’t rely solely on sunscreen. At the end of the day, a sunscreen …read more
Garlic and Rosemary White Bean Spread
Garlic and rosemary are two ingredients with powerful nutrient profiles. Garlic has been used for centuries as an anti-microbial agent and for its heart health properties, due to the naturally occurring sulfuric compound allicin. Let garlic sit for 2-10 minute exposed to oxygen after chopping to allow for the enzymatic reaction producing allicin to occur. Additionally, rosemary contains compounds that may improve concentration and stimulate the immune system. Together, these Mediterranean flavors blend nicely in this simple white bean spread perfect for sandwiches or crudité platters.
YIELDS 2.5 Cups
1 3/4 cup cooked cannelloni beans (or 1 can, drained and rinsed)
1/4 cup olive oil, plus additional for topping
2 Tbs. white wine vinegar
6 large garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
1 Tbs. packed fresh rosemary, roughly chopped
1 tsp. sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Add all ingredients in a food processor, secure lid, and process for 1 minute. Turn off processor, open lid and scrape down the sides. Secure lid and pulse until smooth. Spoon spread into a small dish or jar and drizzle with additional olive oil and a sprig of rosemary before serving.Chef Note: Be careful not to over-process the spread as texture may …read more
The June 14, 2017 issue of Science Translational Medicine published the finding of an ability for sulforaphane, a compound that occurs in broccoli and other vegetables, to lower the liver’s production of glucose.
By comparing gene signatures for diabetes with the potential ability of 3,852 compounds to affect these genes, Anders Rosengren and colleagues identified sulforaphane as having the highest overlap. “A large number of genetic variants and tissue gene expression profiles (“disease signatures”) have been associated with complex polygenic diseases over the last decade,” the authors explain. “One potentially interesting approach is to use genetic and gene expression data to interrogate libraries of drug signatures. A drug signature denotes differentially expressed genes between untreated and treated samples and takes into account that most compounds have multiple gene effects on expression beyond the primary target.”
In rat liver cells, the administration of sulforaphane was associated with a decrease of glucose production. In rodents with dietary-induced diabetes, sulforaphane decreased excess glucose production and glucose intolerance to a degree comparable to that of metformin. “We tested removing sulforaphane from the extract and the effect disappeared,” Dr Rosengren reported. “We also looked at the genes from the liver of the animals and saw that the …read more
The University of Southern California issued the following news release:
A diet high in cholesterol, fat and sugar may influence the development of Alzheimer’s disease in people who carry the ApoE4 gene, a leading risk factor for the memory-erasing disease, indicates a new USC study.
The study on mice, published June 12 in the journal eNeuro, is the latest to explore the association between obesity and Alzheimer’s disease, both of which are associated with inflammation and both of which affect millions of people.
For the study, researchers at the USC Davis School of Gerontology compared the effects of a poor diet on groups of mice that either had the Alzheimer’s-associated ApoE4 gene or the relatively benign variant of the gene, ApoE3. After eating an unhealthy diet, the mice with the ApoE4 gene showed more Alzheimer’s plaques – a marker for inflammation – in their brains, but those with ApoE3 did not.
“Part of what the results are saying is that risk doesn’t affect everybody the same, and that’s true for most risk factors,” said Christian Pike, the lead author of the study and a professor for the USC Davis School of Gerontology. “Your genes have a big role in what happens to you, but …read more
Today EWG joined an international roster of more than 200 scientists and medical professionals to call for stricter limits on antibacterial chemicals that are added to thousands of consumer products, despite evidence that they are ineffective and pose health risks.
In a statement published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives, scientists, doctors, nurses, government officials and others from 30 nations urged avoidance and tighter regulation of triclosan, triclocarban and other antimicrobial chemicals.
These chemicals are approved for use in more than 2,000 products, from shampoos and toothpastes to toys and paints. They build up in people’s bodies, persist in the environment, are linked to hormone disruption and are no better at killing bacteria than plain soap and water. The widespread and indiscriminate use of antimicrobials also contributes to the rise of “superbugs,” bacteria that have evolved to resist the chemicals.
“The Food and Drug Administration’s ban on triclosan in hand soap and body washes is an important first step, but it can’t stop there,” said David Andrews, Ph.D., a senior scientist at EWG and a co-author of the Florence Statement on Triclosan and Triclocarban. “Triclosan may be harming reproduction and development, and may make people more likely to have allergic reactions, but …read more
If you’re like several of my patients you may have an overactive bladder which keeps you running to the bathroom with an urge to urinate frequently. Some people have smaller bladder capacities than others and therefore naturally have to urinate more. Other people may be eating certain foods that can irritate their bladder causing the need them to urinate. I’d like to explain to you what some of these foods are and what you can do to minimize your “going” issues.
Overactive Bladder – What Is It?
Overactive bladder is a mild to severe condition that can not only become a nuisance in always creating the to find a restroom while you’re out in public, but can also have some embarrassing consequences. It is also a condition that can be accompanied by something called “urge incontinence”, or UI, where you have to go so badly you just can’t hold it and urine leaks into your clothes; or “stress incontinence”, or SI, where you have involuntary leakage of urine through laughing or sneezing. Usually UI and SI are just variant symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome which also can include nocturia (waking up at night to urinate) and frequency, just …read more
Anthony Warner – alias blogger turned author the Angry Chef – is on a mission to confront the ‘alternative facts’ surrounding nutritional fads and mythsA few minutes into my encounter with the Angry Chef, I begin to wonder if his moniker might be ironic, like the big guy whose friends call him “Tiny”. On the basis of his excoriating blog – which exposes “lies, pretensions and stupidity in the world of food” – I had been expecting a bilious, splenetic man with wild eyes, his skin covered in tattoos. Instead, I’m sat across from a mild-mannered nerdy type with a tidy beard and black-framed spectacles. Unlike his writing, which is showered with profanities, he hasn’t sworn once. In fact, he picks his words very deliberately, as if there’s a legal and fact-checking team working overtime in his brain.“I expected you to be a bit more … furious,” I finally say. “Do you have a temper?” … …read more