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One thing to remember is that fortified foods are often those that have little nutritional value to begin with. If they had vitamins and minerals and these trace elements already in them, they wouldn’t need to be fortified! Breakfast cereal is one of the most common types of foods to be fortified with vitamins and... Read all »
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Today you may notice that many products are being made with Stevia and sold on supermarket shelves. One report in 2011 said that Stevia-made products increased by some 900% in just a few years. No doubt this was due in part to the U.S. approving the use of Stevia for consumption and as an additive for other food... Read all »
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Unlike other sweeteners like aspartame, Stevia holds up well under heat and doesn’t break down so it’s useful in baking. It’s said that Stevia has about 300 times the sweetness of sugar, so you need very little to get a sweet taste, which is why it has almost no calories per serving.
Choosing Stevia is a... Read all »
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In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for regulating pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA). This regulating process includes studying the effect of pesticides on humans and animals, including... Read all »
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This doesn’t mean that pesticides should be ignored; the more they are used and ingested, the greater the danger they may pose to your own immune system and overall health. Some farms also use very strong pesticides that are shown to pose health risks to humans, and while many pesticides have been banned or are... Read all »
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There are a few reasons why pesticides are used and allowed by governments around the world. One is that the population explosion seen in the last century has put excess demands on crops and farmlands. Without a healthy crop each and every year, food prices would be driven up so as to be out of the reach of many. ... Read all »
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They may also use natural weed killers and insect killers such as compounds made from bee pollen or a vinegar base or other natural elements.
Choosing organic foods can mean better health since pesticides are toxic and have been shown to affect people adversely. Some pesticides such as DDT are so harmful that they... Read all »
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However, your side dishes are also vitally important to consider as these too can have lots of extra calories and fat and may not provide a lot of nutrition. For example, potatoes au gratin is a dish very high in calories and fat is best left for special treats. French fries are also greasy and salty and not the... Read all »
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A good banana and strawberry smoothie uses one cup fresh strawberries, one banana, one cup nonfat yogurt, one tablespoon of raw honey, and one cup of ice. Blend all these ingredients until smooth.
For something sweet, blend six ounces low fat vanilla yogurt, one banana, one cup almond or soy milk, one tablespoon... Read all »
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The word 'thermos' actually started as a brand name several decades ago but today it’s used to describe this insulated beverage holder of any brand, and since they can be expensive, deciding on the right one to buy is important.
The best thermos will be a double-walled, stainless steel construction. The double... Read all »
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A nice apple-spice acorn squash can be a sweet and healthy treat for the family. The recipe is easy to make and very nutritious, and something even the kids would love. Apples and squash go together very well and the apples give the dish just a hint of sweetness.
This particular dish is made in a microwave so... Read all »
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Most trail mix contains nuts, coconut flakes, raisins, and perhaps chocolate candies like M&M’s for sweetness. Salted peanuts are high in protein but also calories, and there is no nutritional value to M&M’s, which is why store-bought trail mix is not always the best. To make your own, start with a more... Read all »