There’s a war going on inside the food industry right now and I’m sitting on the edge of my seat… watching each play… and seeing who makes the right moves.
Some of the changes we are seeing are good and some are bad. The food industry is responding at rapid pace – Papa John’s is getting into organic food, Kraft created organic Lunchables, General Mills removed BHT from most of their cereals, Frito Lay is selling Organic Doritos and Amazon bought Whole Foods!
After decades of using the cheapest and easiest ways to create products to maximize profits, brands now have to face the thousands of Americans (including the Food Babe Army!) who are more aware of the crazy additives they are sticking in our food and are demanding change. There are a growing number of us who are no longer willing to buy pickles with yellow #5… almond milk with carrageenan, chips with MSG… or drinks colored with caramel coloring…. read more
Recently a friend showed me the annual ranking by U.S. News and World Report of what they consider the “Best Diets” in America. Taking a quick glance at their rankings, I knew that something wasn’t right. Why are they promoting diets that rely almost solely on unhealthy processed food full of additives linked to cancer and heart disease? Why did they rank diets that advocate for giving up processed food in favor of fresh, whole foods AS THE WORST on their lists? They’ve gotta be kidding, right?!?
Who is benefiting from rankings like this? Will this help Americans become less obese? Will this make us healthier? I’d argue that many of the “diets” in America are outrageously unhealthy and diet rankings like this are seriously misleading people about what it means to eat healthy.
Just take a look at what you’d be eating on some of these popular diets… read more
A large percentage of bottled water is just glorified tap water anyway – so what are you really paying for?
While you might think that your bottled water is from a pristine mountain spring full of minerals, that’s almost never the case… Popular brands like Aquafina (by PepsiCo) and Dasani (by Coca-Cola) are just straight up purified tap water. They take their water from city water systems, run it through more filtering, bottle it, and sell it at a huge markup. Look for the terms “public water”, “municipal source”, or “community water” on bottles, which indicates it’s filtered tap water – but brands aren’t required to disclose this. Those that say “artesian” or “spring” water are typically not from the tap, but are typically MORE expensive and still packaged in plastic that is horrible for our environment. Plastic water bottles create an estimated 1.5 million tons of trash per year!
So, if you want to save yourself a ton of money AND protect our environment, stop buying bottled water. Getting a good water filter for your home is the way to go.
As I’m sure you’re aware, most tap water that isn’t properly filtered is tainted with contaminants like… read more
opinion: There are many other filtered systems out there, but be sure that it filters everything out this articles is talking about. We no longer drink tap water and have not in years. We also use filters on our shower heads to filter out all the chemicals. We hope this article was enlightening!
The Environmental Protection Agency’s mission statement reads: “to protect human health and the environment.” Ironically, while the EPA has done some strong work in the past, the agency has also helped corporations destroy the environment and threaten human health through pesticide usage and adding neurotoxins to our drinking water. These are only two of many examples of the EPA doing an inadequate job of protecting human health and the environment.
The EPA is known to hold strong ties to oil, gas, and chemical corporations, enforcing extremely lenient regulations that allow these companies to profit at the expense of our health and the environment. The Bioscience Resource Project and The Center for Media and Democracy recently teamed up to expose some of this corruption by publishing the Poison Papers, which contains thousands upon thousands of EPA, government, and chemical company documents.
What Are the Poison Papers?
Poison Papers is a project created by The Bioscience Resource Project and The Center for Media and Democracy in a joint effort to expose any corruption within the EPA or chemical companies that somehow evade or bend U.S. laws…. read more
There are a couple breaking stories that I want to make sure you know about…
Newly released emails show how Monsanto infiltrated a scientific journal and persuaded them to retract a published study which revealed tumors on rats who were fed GMOs and Roundup. This has been coined the “Seralini Study”, which Monsanto has attacked since its initial publication in 2012. Over the years, many people have been misled to believe this study was a farce. This is one of the reasons why the dangers of GMOs coupled with Roundup continues to be questioned by the press and public. Monsanto will do anything to cover up the health risks of using their chemicals.
The website Forbes just ended their relationship with writer Henry Miller after discovering that Monsanto ghost-wrote his article that was trying to downplay the cancer risk of Roundup. Forbes took the article down from their website yesterday but you’ve got to wonder how many people it misled since that article was up for over two years. Nowhere in the article did Miller disclose his relationship with Monsanto, nor the fact that they wrote for him! Monsanto admitted to the New York Times, “Our scientists have on occasion collaborated with Dr. Miller on other pieces” – so this wasn’t an isolated incident. Miller has been writing pro-GMO articles for Forbes for over 10 years. Who else at Forbes is hiding conflicts of interest like this? I have my own hunches on that…. read more
Biggest German M&A Deal Ever: Monsanto Accepts Bayer’s $66 Billion Takeover Offer, Creating Agri-Giant
opinion: Why is a chemical company selling food? Oh that’s right because it is not real food!
I love coconut water! When I’m traveling in the tropics, there is nothing better than drinking water straight from a coconut. Mother nature designed the perfect vessel for a drink that is so refreshing, slightly sweet, and keeps you hydrated in hot climates. You’ve probably heard that coconut water makes an excellent hydrating drink that replenishes electrolytes and can replace nasty chemical-filled Gatorade and Powerade – but there really is more to it than that. How do you buy the healthiest coconut water and avoid the worst?
Coconut water is one of the healthiest drinks on the planet
Coconut water contains a unique combination of B vitamins, vitamin C, micronutrients, and phytohormones that are exceptionally beneficial to your health. A scientific review of coconut water, published in the journal Molecules, highlights some of the ways that coconut water replenishes your body:
- Helps to prevent heart attacks
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Can have anti-aging effects
- Fights free radicals to help prevent cancer
- Contains trans-zeatin which can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease or dementia… read more
opinion: I (JB) was buying vita coco, taking it back today, and had no idea that it was not natural. Well I appreciate someone sharing the truth, because now I know.
Check out this quick video on how to make your own coconut milk.
Turmeric is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory roots on the planet, and I’ve been trying to eat some every single day for the last few months to help me recover naturally from a wrist injury without drugs. This Iced Turmeric Latte recipe makes it so easy and delicious to add to your diet! Turmeric has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat a number of conditions and scientists believe that one of the reasons why turmeric is so powerful is that it contains curcumin. There have been dozens of studies into the health benefits of curcumin, and it’s been shown to protect against arthritis, liver damage, cancer, cerebrovascular dysfunction, and Alzheimer’s disease.
The biggest benefit that I’ve personally witnessed is turmeric’s ability to fight inflammation and pain in the body. If you are suffering from any injuries (as I was several years ago in my tailbone and now with my wrist), turmeric is very powerful at reducing pain and swelling naturally without drugs like Advil. I was amazed at how well it worked for me back then, and to this day – whenever I have an ailment – I turn to turmeric…. read more
(Natural News) The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has recently reported that 10 of 11 ice cream samples from Ben & Jerry’s tested positive for small amounts of glyphosate contamination. Glyphosate, a potentially carcinogenic compound, is the main constituent of the popular pesticide Roundup by Monsanto. According to OCA, glyphosate traces were seen following independent lab testing of various ice cream flavors including: Cherry Garcia, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Peanut Butter Cup, The Tonight Dough and Peanut Butter Cookie as well as two samples of Vanilla, Phish Food, Americone Dream, Half Baked and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
Of these flavors, only the Cherry Garcia did not show glyphosate traces, OCA said. The organization had already called on Vermont-based Ben & Jerry’s to start shifting to using only organic ingredients in its products or risk a national and international boycott. The OCA has also urged natural and organic food stores to drop the brand unless the ice cream giant commits to being completely organic.
“Ben & Jerry’s falsely advertises its products as ‘natural’ and its brand as ‘sustainable’ and ‘socially responsible.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. Ben & Jerry’s profits are built on the back of an industrial dairy system that poisons the environment and produces pesticide-contaminated food products. Ben & Jerry’s sales, driven in large part by its deceitful claims, damage the organic industry by cutting into the sales of authentic natural, grass-fed and organic producers,” OCA International Director Ronnie Cummins said in a press release on PRNewswire.com…. read more