The 2017 list of the Dirty Dozen is out. Should we be giving up strawberries and spinach, or buying organic?
One of the questions I’m most frequently asked is whether it’s worth the extra money to buy organic food. I’ve written about this in the past, and since the Environmental Working Group just recently published their annual list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15, it seems like a good time for a recap.
In case you’re not familiar, The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 are lists of the top fruits and vegetables with the highest, and lowest amounts of detectable pesticide residues. This year, strawberries and spinach took the top spots. Some strawberry samples tested contained 21 different types of chemicals (including pesticides, fungicides, insecticides) many of which are linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental damage, hormone disruption and neurological problems.
The test results on spinach found similar results – 16 types of chemicals were found in some batches. Seventy-five percent of the samples contained residues of the insecticide permethrin. At high doses, permethrin overwhelms the nervous system and causes tremors and seizures. In one study, children with detectable levels of permethrin in their urine were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.
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I think for many of us, March is the month when we think about change. The clocks. The weather. Our winter to spring wardrobe. It’s also a perfect month to change up our diet. To put aside those heavier comfort foods and bring on the colorful, lighter and healthier fare that’s just starting to pop up in the produce department.
So, it’s kind of fitting that March is also National Nutrition Month – a time that I like to remind everyone healthy eating can mean different things to different people, and there is no right or wrong when it comes to eating, or any one-size-fits-all diet. If you’ve never done so (or if you feel the need for a tune-up), it’s also a great time to work with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) to learn some nutrition basics that will help keep you young and aging gracefully, to learn how to make the most of the foods you like, and hopefully, to inspire you to try a few new foods and change up the way you think about food. Continue Reading..
People… Not everyone should cut out gluten! There are lots of healthy gluten-containing whole grains that need some love.
Carbs, especially those that contain gluten, have gotten a really bad rap the past few years, and I’m feeling kind of bad for them. I’m not talking about donuts, or even Italian or ciabatta bread (although I do love all of you dearly – in moderation!). I’m talking about good old oats (even though you technically don’t contain gluten), or farro, or wheatberries or all of those other whole grains that deserve a place in a healthy diet. After all, it’s all about balance, moderation, and quality, right?! Continue Reading..
A much healthier twist on the ultra-rich pasta dish – this Baked Spaghetti Squash Carbonara is full of veggies and tastes delicious any time of day.
Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the “#OrganicForAll” campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free product for recipe testing and was compensated for my time, but as always, opinions are my own.
Is there a person in this world who doesn’t love pasta carbonara? That luscious creamy, cheesy sauce that’s wrapped around pasta, eggs, and bacon. It’s the ultimate breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast food. SO good, and definitely fall comfort food. Yes, this spaghetti squash version is definitely different, but still full of the flavors you expect, and it won’t disappoint. Continue Reading..
Good cooks know that time-saving shortcuts are a must, and this super-convenient, secret ingredient will take your cooking to a whole new level!
There’s a new secret ingredient in my kitchen, and it’s your lucky day – because I’m in a sharing mood.
Here’s what’s new and newsworthy in the world of nutrition this August.
I’ve been bad about sharing. Sometimes I read so many news stories, blog posts, research studies and the like about diet, food, fitness and health that if it’s not earth shattering, I tend to put it on the back burner in my head. But it occurred to me the other day, that just because it’s not earth shattering, doesn’t mean it’s not helpful or important to share with you. I’m Sorry!
Best summer fruit? Watermelon, without a doubt! Here’s why and how to eat lots of this nutritious fruit all summer long.
If summer produce had an academy awards, it would go something like this… Best vegetable (OK I know it’s really a grain) goes to corn on the cob, for it’s starring role as grilled street corn. Best fruit – has to go to watermelon, for it’s starring role in EVERYTHING. I can’t even narrow it down to one or two starring roles or dishes, because they’re all so delicious and positively summery! Whether you eat it straight, over the kitchen sink, with juice dripping down your chin, or you use a ripe, sweet watermelon in a recipe, nothing says summer fruit quite like it.
You know it’s summer when you find fresh, farmstand corn and tomatoes, and this salad is the perfect way to show them both off!
Picking a favorite summer vegetable is kind of like picking a favorite child when they’re all on their very best behavior, don’t you think? There is no other time of the year when they ALL taste SO GOOD! That’s exactly how I feel about this corn and tomato dinner salad. Continue Reading..
Trying to lose weight or improve your blood sugar? Intermittent fasting might be worth a try.
As a rule, I don’t do diets. I always recommend the slow and steady approach of cutting out empty calories and increasing your physical activity to lose a few pounds, or get your cholesterol, blood sugar or blood pressure under control. For most people, that works really well, but sometimes, after a certain age, and especially if you’re already pretty careful about your diet and exercise, the slow and steady approach feels like you’re swimming upstream – exhausted but getting nowhere. Continue Reading..
The secret to healthier joints – and preventing osteoarthritis, is as close as your kitchen pantry and your nearest Walmart.
This post was sponsored by OmniChannel Health Media and Walmart, but as always, all opinions are my own.
Here’s a sad fact: If your joints don’t hurt yet, it’s probably just a matter of time. I hear my friends and family complain about it and I’ve noticed myself that my knees just aren’t what they used to be. In fact, the CDC estimates that 25% of adults have full-blown arthritis, and a whole lot more of us are on our way, with cracking knees, aching shoulders, and stiff fingers. Continue Reading..