Food and Health

Power Foods: What's on Your Plate?

You are what you eat, and it really does make a difference in your health and overall appearance if you fill up your plate with healthy foods that pack a powerful punch. Some of the best foods to eat may surprise you, and they may already be favorites and staples in your regular diet!

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Vitaminwater's Empty Calories Are at the Heart of What's Wrong with the Beverage Industry

Vitaminwater tells its customers to "hydrate responsibly." That means not drinking 125-calorie sugar rushes like ... Vitaminwater.

Many millions of Americans continue to seek all sorts of ways to become healthier and control their weight, but let's get real; it's not working. The health trend continues, yet our obesity rates remain on the rise.

Read more: Vitaminwater's Empty Calories Are at the Heart of What's Wrong with the Beverage Industry

   

America's Deadliest Sweetener Betrays Millions, Then Hoodwinks You with Name Change

Aspartame has been wreaking silent havoc with people's health for the past 30 years.

Aspartame is the most controversial food additive in history, and its approval for use in food was the most contested in FDA history. In the end, the artificial sweetener was approved, not on scientific grounds, but rather because of strong political and financial pressure. After all, aspartame was previously listed by the Pentagon as a biochemical warfare agent!

Read more: America's Deadliest Sweetener Betrays Millions, Then Hoodwinks You with Name Change

   

The Benefits of Farmer's Markets for Organic Fruit and Vegetables

Farmer's markets offer fabulous opportunities to buy and sell organic fruit and vegetables. Such weekend markets, normally held on a Saturday or Sunday, offer fresh organic produce straight from the fields and orchards at prices significantly lower than you will find in the organic section of a greengrocer or a supermarket.

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Meet the Food Industry Front Groups That Push for Carcinogens in Your Food

Pseudoscience, front groups and smear campaigns against scientists questioning industrial agriculture are used to convince the public that chemical-ridden food is safe.

"You've probably heard of the 'Dirty Dozen' -- a list of produce items identified by the Environmental Working Group that reportedly contain too many pesticide residues. I thought you might like to know about this webinar that provides perspective on pesticide residues," said an email sent by Elizabeth Pivonka, a registered dietitian who serves as the president and CEO for the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Read more: Meet the Food Industry Front Groups That Push for Carcinogens in Your Food

   

The Round Up Of Free Radicals Is The Antioxidants Job!

When seeking to lose weight, get fit and eat right, it's helpful to look a little closer at why certain things are recommended. There's a lot of interest in antioxidants, exactly why we need them and what it is they do. Understanding the process can give you the inspiration to make sure you get your share.

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Chocolate That Cures Acne, Potato Chips That Lower Cholesterol - Here Come the Nutraceuticals to a Store Near You

The food industry sees huge dollar signs in erasing the border between medicine and meals. Cinnamon is no longer just the spunky spice on cinnamon toast. Turmeric is no longer just the bitter yellow dust that colors curry.

Read more: Chocolate That Cures Acne, Potato Chips That Lower Cholesterol - Here Come the Nutraceuticals to a Store Near You

   

Tater Tots Aren't Vegetables: Why Do We Feed Our Kids Crap?

School lunches are a big part of many children's diets, yet the system is under-financed and USDA guidelines are warped. So what will we do about it?

After eating bagel dogs, tater tots and gloppy cheese sandwiches every day for a year, the brave teacher known as Mrs. Q shared what she learned on her blog Fed Up With Lunch: "The quality of school lunches has declined" since she was a kid and "the USDA guidelines are warped."

Read more: Tater Tots Aren't Vegetables: Why Do We Feed Our Kids Crap?

   

Burt's Bees, Tom's of Maine, Naked Juice: Your Favorite Brands? Take Another Look - They May Not Be What They Seem

Confident that you are buying good, socially conscious brands? Find out the real story.

My first introduction to natural, organic and eco-friendly products stems back to the early '90s, when I stumbled upon Burt's Bees lip balm at an independently owned health food store in the heart of Westport, Kansas City, Mo.

Read more: Burt's Bees, Tom's of Maine, Naked Juice: Your Favorite Brands? Take Another Look - They May Not Be What They Seem

   

Food News Roundup: The Best and Worst of What's Going on in the World of Food

Defeat of overtime pay for farmworkers, failure to protect endangered salmon, herbicide-resistant weeds rampant. However, some Gulf fishermen are allowed to return to work.

Read more: Food News Roundup: The Best and Worst of What's Going on in the World of Food

   

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