FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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Organic Foods: A Continuing Debate

Conventional food producers often declare that organic farmers use more pesticides than most people think and that some are relatively toxic. Organic farmers deny this claim; as a result, there are obvious biases on both sides of the debate.

Organic foods do not appear to be healthier than their conventional counterparts; however they are gaining in popularity with consumers primarily due to food safety and environmental issues. In my opinion, choosing organic food is a personal choice.

Here is what we know. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients, antibiotics, or growth hormones. The USDA’s National Organic Program has developed standards such as what or what not the food product contains. For  example, an organic food may not include ingredients that are treated with irradiation,  produced by genetic modification, or grown using sewage sludge. Certain natural pesticides and some manufactured agents are permitted. Farming and processing operations that produce and handle foods labeled as organic must be certified by the USDA.  Three definitions have been established:

  • 100 % organic = 100% organically produced  raw or processed ingredients
  • Organic = contains at least 95% organically produced raw or processed ingredients
  • Made with organic ingredients = contains at least 70% organically produced ingredients

The following article attempts to further clarify how pesticide use in the organic food industry is regulated.

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Vegans vs. Meat? Some myths exposed.

Interesting discussion about vegan versus meat diets. Some good points were made and references support most of them as far as I can tell. Try to find some common sense on both sides of the debate. When the “facts” are known it becomes easier to decide your own personal diet choices and what is best for you. There is no one diet that fits all.

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Will the Real Paleo Diet Stand Up?

The following article from Scientific American, April, 2017 by Peter Ungar gives us a sensible approach to the recent popularity of the so-called Paleolithic Diet. The premise of this diet is based on “the idea that modern humans evolved to  eat the way hunter-gatherers did during the Paleolithic period.” It turns out that this is not a simple matter,

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Food and Diet Myths Busted

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A good article from Eating Well that breaks up some long-standing nutrition and diet myths.  There is also a lot of good information here and it provides the sources. Enjoy!

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Food Facts: Keep it Simple

 

ingredientsCheck out these foods to leave on the supermarket shelves most of the time. The trend is to keep it simple and pay attention to the ingredients. Consumer choice is important but it helps to know the facts first before you pay for for some of the claims made by the food industry.

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