“Don’t Put Food In THAT!” or, ALL Plastics Will Get Ya!

by Ravi

Gawd how we love our Lock’n Lock food storage containers – How humans over the ages ever got along without these is a mystery to us.   Old, miserable  Tupperware (burp!) is to these great containers as a horse-drawn sledge is to a minivan!

(I have to laugh at that pic I found – look at all that horrific food-like stuff in there!)

There is only one teeeensy weeensy problem, they’re made of…

PLASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!)

learn why good old glass is best in your kitchen

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The Wholesome Blueberry Quiz, or Truth in Labeling… NOT

by Ravi

I ran across this tidbit that so definitively answers any remaining notion that the labeling of food is honest, or even vaguely honest, I just had to re-post it.

A bogger by the name of Amy Kubal at her site Fuel As Rx had this *great* bit of label de-construction – Enjoy and take heed (hints to the wrong answer in BLUE…):

The Wholesome Blueberry Quiz

Okay, quiz time! What do these foods have in common: Total Pomegranate Blueberry Cereal, Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffins, Kelloggs Blueberry Poptarts,  Kelloggs Blueberry Muffin Frosted Mini-Wheats, and Special K Blueberry Fruit Crisps?

If you answered blueberries, you are WRONG!!

Even though the product name says ‘blueberry‘ and the packages hold pictures of the fruit – there are absolutely NO blueberries in these foods! In fact Betty Crocker’s blueberries are a less than wholesome mixture of dextrose, corn flour, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, sugar, citric acid, artificial flavor, blue #1, and red #40. The Special K Fruit Crisps version of a blueberry looks like this – apple powder (hey at least there’s some fruit – right??), partially hydrogenated soybean oil, fructose, sugar, red #40, and blue #1.

The 'wild" part is that they contain NO BLUEBERRIES!

On the plus side, these crisps are enhanced with a bit of blueberry puree concentrate… And the Total Pomegranate Blueberry Cereal – you guessed it! Not a pomegranate OR blueberry to be found.

How do they get away with this??

They just do it.

I guess I should start a blog series on the (almost foreign) language of food labeling. (hhmmmm, not a bad idea…)

Post part of Real Food Wednesday – return here

Post part of Simple Lives Thursday return here

Do you have any blatant lies on labels to expose? Do it here!

Get Stupid & Get Cancer in Convenient, BPA-lined-Hormone-Disrupting Can

by Ravi

If you have not tossed the cola/soda yet – then this post is my effort to get you to do so and do so NOW.

FIRST, we have the study:

“Brain functional magnetic resonance imaging response to glucose and fructose infusions in human.”

published in the journal:

Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, Volume 13, Issue 3, pages 229–234, March 2011

which simply states that:

“In normal weight humans, cortical responses to infused glucose are opposite to those of fructose. Differential brain responses to these sugars and their metabolites may provide insight into the neurologic basis for dysregulation of food intake during high dietary fructose intake.”

more detail on how fructose is killing you as you sip your cola

Buckets o’Veg, Towers o’Toms, Container Growing Anywhere*

by Jack

* almost anywhere where there is good sun, sufficient water, quality soil, a bit of attentive care and some love…

2011 spring is edging up fast – this year – are you going to grow something really good and productive? or just the same old miserable and pathetic droopy tomato plants?

Close your eyes and imagine all those big juicy tomatoes on your deck or in your yard – it’s mid-summer, warm breeze and sunny and you’ve got eggplant, and sweet cukes, crispy lettuce and ripe green zucchini  – mmmmmm!

OK, snap out of it and listen up – Here’s some tips on container gardening that you may or may not get on any of the other multitude of container gardening tutorials that will be lots more complete than I’ll ever have the patience to write.

read here to grow the best organic container veggies

Paleolithic Julia Child…. Who Woulda Thought…? Fun Cool Sh*t #9

OK – so she was most definitely NOT a paleo/primal diet advocate, what with all them faaaaaany Frenchie grain-flour/sugar delights – but here’s an old and very amusing segment from her appearance on a very-young David Letterman show – and THIS recipe is paleo…(almost)

“Shunning” Whole Foods, (and you don’t have to be Amish)

Web Definition: “Shunning”

“Shunning is the act of deliberately avoiding association with, and habitually keeping away from an individual or group. It is a sanction against association often associated with religious groups and other tightly-knit organizations and communities. Practiced by the Amish as a kind of social punishment  for improper behavior.”

by Ravi

As little as 6 months ago, we were (somewhat reservedly) defending Whole Foods as  a kind of only and last choice for at least SOME conscious food shopping experience.

How things can change.

please check out why you should choose REAL local sources for your food click here

Serious Cool Sh*t #8 – “NO TO GMO” Rap – Damn Good for a Health Blogger!

Good beat, good rap, GREAT MESSAGE!!

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Getting “The Skinny” on Getting Skinny With the Paleo/Primal Diet

by Ravi

If you click around the Paleo/Primal Diet world, it’s pretty hard to miss all the exceptional stories of weight loss and, in fact, that many people try and love the paleo diet for that very reason (besides all the great tasting food you get to eat!).

It takes a bit of mental gymnastics to “get” this one central premise (after a generation of bad conditioning) – but …

eating meat and fat DOES NOT MAKE YOU FAT!*

*unless (of course) you are stuffing down several Big Macs and a shake combining refined carbs, sugar and cheap fatty meat all in one horrid meal!

some **amazing** success before and after pics click here

The Stinking Rose a Smelly Sham? – Garlic’s Obscure Shadow

by Ravi

LIES! Here’s the TRUTH! Urban Myth! Garlic is Great! Garlic is a NEUROTOXIN! Garlic CURES ALL DISEASE! Garlic de-synchronizes your brain! Eat garlic everyday! Don’t eat garlic!

Don’t ya just love the internet?

I just recently had an e-mail exchange with an interesting man who brought to my attention a respected researcher’s seriously negative comments about garlic. In an effort to present you (dear reader…) with some “real” information, and also because, like most avid cooks, I have many forms of garlic in my seasoning arsenal and have consumed garlic liberally for years, I definitely wanted to see if there was any substance to the claim that there are compounds in garlic that are neuro-toxic (!!??). Consider,  as recounted in my recent sugar article here – I was brought up on refined white sugar and would have argued like hell with you 25 years ago if you had suggested that this white death was in fact, white death!  I’ve had to accept that my life-long attitude towards sugar has changed with the new information I have learned – so, what about garlic?

What did I find out about the infamous, much loved Stinking Rose?

Very compelling stuff actually. And not all rosy-smelling.

some not-so-sweet words about stinky stinky garlic click here