Stevia Facts

Stevia Facts

Stevia comes from the stevia rebaudiana plant which originally grew in Paraguay.The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed the import of stevia leaves in 1995. However the sweeteners made from stevia leaves can only be used as a dietary supplement. There was not enough research to show that stevia is safe to use as an ingredient in “conventional” foods. Stevia also had a bitter aftertaste which did not make it popular among people. In December 1998, the FDA finally recognized     stevia a…

What is Organic Food?

What is Organic Food?

Today, supermarkets are filled with certain products which say that they are “organic”. Products with labels such as the following are overflowing: “grass-fed”, “sustainable”, “natural” and “free-range” among others. Many people get confused as to the meaning of these labels. Others may just be clueless. But what does “organic” mean?What is organic food?According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), fruits and veggies that are considered organic have been grown in farms free of these chem…

Nutritional Benefits of Kale

Nutritional Benefits of Kale

Kale is a green leafy veggie that is packed with nutrients making it beneficial to one’s health. It also has phytochemicals in it which makes it an ideal food in fighting off cancer. Nutrients found in kaleKale is a good source of calcium, iron, lutein as well as vitamins like A, K, E and C. It has seven times more beta-carotene and ten times more lutein than that of broccoli. Additionally, it has high sulfur content, making it beneficial in the getting rid of unwanted chemicals within the body….

A Primer on Organic Wines

A Primer on Organic Wines

Organic wines have been attracting much interest lately. More consumers are now demanding organic alternatives to traditional wines and this explains the increasing number of wines with organic claims that appear on store shelves.What is organic wine?Following the creation of the National Organic Program, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines an organic wine as “a wine made from organically grown grapes and without any added sulfites”. From this definition, organic wines are…

Health Benefits of Natto

Health Benefits of Natto

Natto is a Japanese food made of fermented soybeans and is said to have health benefits. Most often served as breakfast in Japan, its texture is sticky and has a strong smell. The dish itself is popular in Kanto, Hokkaido, and Tohoku.Having an ammonia-like odor, almost similar to cheese, natto has had a long history in the Japanese cuisine. As research claimed that fermented food is beneficial to our health, natto is said to have nattokinase, an enzyme that helps prevent blood clots. Natto bacil…

Going Organic: Food With Low Pesticide Content

Going Organic: Food With Low Pesticide Content

Going organic? One of the many reasons why health-conscious people are sometimes not ready to switch to eating organic food is actually more a matter of economics rather than of choice. Organic products cost much more, sometimes as high as 70% higher than their commercial counterparts. One major reason is that in order to be labeled organic, farmers must follow strict regulations in raising fruits and vegetables. Another reason is because unlike conventional farm produce, organic farming is more…

Reducing Your Exposure to Pesticides in Food

Reducing Your Exposure to Pesticides in Food

You’ve read all the articles and watched all the shows preaching the values of a healthy lifestyle. You’ve decided to junk your junk-food habit and go for an all-natural, organic diet instead. You find the prices at the organic produce section of the grocery a little high, so instead you get yourself a bag of less-priced leafy and fruity goodies-salad greens, lentils and apples-thinking that it’s also natural anyway. But are you sure that you’ve gotten yourself a 100% organic meal?Many of the fr…

Foods That You Should Buy Organic

Foods That You Should Buy Organic

Many families find it difficult to switch to organic foods, especially when they are bothered about the high price that is attached to it. However, that does not mean you should shut out and sacrifice the well-being of your family by opting for inexpensive foods yet laden with harmful chemicals and hormones. You can start going organic by choosing specific foods that you eat often. This will increase the percentage of organic food in your diet without changing so much in your shopping or budget …

Organic or Conventional Food

Organic or Conventional Food

More people starts to value eating vegetables and fruits more than red meat and others due to the fact that it is healthier to consume more than any other food. Nonetheless, even these foods are still subject from pesticides and other chemicals that maybe harmful to our health. Hence, several professionals worked at raising organic vegetables and fruits which is subject to lesser chemical exposure.Many argue that the amount of vitamins one gets from organic is pretty much the same with the conve…