vegetables grown organically

No health benefits for organic food?

The word around town is that organic food may not bring any health benefits ie we’ve all been shelling out loads of extra money for no clear health benefits!!!

I’m quite cross because there so many vested interests who fund studies but ensure that the study isn’t independent and limits its scope in a way so that the resulting data will help promote products sold by the people who fund the work.

The work was carried out byresearchers from Stanford university who looked at 200 previous studies and tried to collate the peublished data to see if there are health “benefits” to consuming organically grown food. The scope of foods investigated was truly broad with meat, vegetables as well as dairy products – no problem there  except that maybe the scope was a little bit too large. I mean how can you compare the benefits of avoiding pesticides in vegetables (say) to avoiding artificial hormones in some meat and dairy products, for example?

Also what do we mean by “health benefits’?

The study found (apparently) that there were only slightly more vitamins and other nutriuents in organically produced foods than foods that were grown using modern framing methods.

Don’t these people realise that we do no eat organic food for the extra vitamins! We eat organic food to avoid what we consider to be the poisons that some conventional farming methods put into food – which is “OK” because the levels are “safe” for human consumption! Who says what level of a toxic or posionous substance  is “safe” anyway?

Thank you but we’re not ready to stop eating organically grown food just yet!

There’s more on the news story here;

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/sep/04/organic-foods-no-better-nutrient

Food intolerance

Allergies and food intolerance

According to a recent BBC News article, more and more people are self-diagnosing with food intolerance, with as much a a fifth of the population believing they have a food allergy or a food intolerance.

There are thousands of people who have some form of food intolerance leading to constipation or diarrhoea and are particulalry sensitive to processed food.

The problem with food intolerance is that unlike food allergies, which are usually quite easy to diagnose with a blood test, there is no recognised test for most forms of food tolerance. The problem is that a food allergy leads to a response from your immune system, which can be measured whereas inolerance is more subjective with many GP’s not being trained to spot either!

One thing is clear, food intolerance is big business in the UK with some £ 240 million being spent on “free from..” food, which includes ready made meals but especially organic dairy and bread products as well as gluten free snacks.

I think we’re all saps. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for healthy eating but I wonder how many people are promoting the idea of food intolerances to push their, rather pricey, products!

Easy Weightloss With Organic Living

Did you know that there’s methods to actually lose a few pounds, without even going to the gym? Lots of people are not keen on exercising. In case you do not have the time or are restricted from working out, you can still lose weight.

Organic foods are very healthy, and can help you lose some additional weight. Replace your potato chips and ice creams with some fruits or vegetables. Eating healthy is a key element in losing weight. Limiting your intake of food can also help. Eat smaller portions, but eat more often in the work of the day.

Colon cleansing is rising in popularity these days. The average person has 3-7 meals undigested in their method. This can make a person appear larger and heavier. However having this procedure done, does not make you lose weight.Colon cleansing will make you feel much healthier and even appear slimmer. By doing this, you are on the road to a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Another way to lose weight is by taking dietary supplements. By taking the recommended dose, you lose those annoying food cravings. It is true that dietary supplements are an simple way to knock off a few pounds. However, it may be not the alter that you need to get in to.
Taking a look at all these options of losing weight, eating the right foods appear to be the best. Changing your diet (long term) seems the smartest way. Who desires to take pills on a every day basis? Eating healthy is something that you can slowly introduce in to your lifestyle.
There you have it! You can lose weight without working out. Go and do it now.

5 Basic Steps to Keep Skin Healthy

While plenty of new products are introduced, professionals recommend still highly organic skin care products. Not only do these help the skin the natural way, they are as well as a lot less harmful. Combined with organic skin care, your epidermis can stay pretty & more resistant to destroy.

Below are three basic steps in keeping skin healthy, along with the use of organic skin care products.

Eat & maintain a balanced diet. Fruits & vegetables contain vitamins & minerals that help you maintain a healthy skin the natural way. Avoid processed & greasy foods. Familiarize yourself with healthy food that you can enjoy having & simultaneously won’t cause you any health issue. Supplements will also provide assistance in keeping your whole body healthy. Keeping the whole body healthy is the primary key for healthy cells. This is the most important organic skin care tip as it can suffer from an unhealthy diet.

  1. Drink plenty of water. A immense percentage of the body consists of water. Water intake will help you neat the body. Water also hydrates the body & helps prevent dry skin. Well hydrated cells function well, cells that can function well can help maintain youth. The more active a person is, the more water they needs. Six glasses of water a day is the recommended amount of water intake, however, as for athletes & energetic people, more is necessary to replace the liquid they excrete through sweat. There is no replacement to drinking plenty of water & this is not only a great organic skin care rule but a great habit to adopt.
  2. Exercise. Aside from boost in energy, moderate work outs help in keeping the blood circulation better. They also increase oxygen in the blood stream. Both help in maintaining the youth of your skin.
  3. Always wash face with mild cleansing products. Cleansing products with strong substances can harm cells. Make positive that you use neat water in washing the cleansing products off from the skin, don’t rub it with the towel. It irritates the skin. Wipe gently with soft cloth. Organic skin care products are milder than those with synthesized or processed ingredients.
  4. Look for organic skin care products. Products with natural contents do not force their way in helping you neat your skin. The nearer these contents are in nature, they work better since they somehow understand the body’s natural method in fighting harmful elements & potential diseases. Make positive you use these products according to the instructions.
  5. Moisturizers are recommended for all skin types. Even oily dermis loses its natural moisture after using cleansing products. If your epidermis is not properly moisturized causes it to age faster. Toners help in cleaning traces of dirt & cosmetics not basically removed even with the use of cleansers. Sunblock creams & lotions are also thought about a must nowadays since ultraviolet rays have become a threat to skin.

Organic skin care gives you the chance to have a healthy skin, without, or at least with less worries in using harmful ingredients. The appearance of your epidermis indicates the state of your health. Healthy looking skin implies that you are a healthy person. It is also your main protection from outer sources of harm. Keeping it neat will keep you plenty of steps away from common diseases; it will also keep it strong to resist or diminish the impact of damages from our surroundings.

Stuffed Apples with Cardamom Cream

This is a delicious Persian desert often served at celebrations throughout Iran and neighbouring countries. It’s a simple combination of baked apples stuffed with sweet pilaf rice, and served with gently fragrant saffron cream. This recipe serves four people.

Ingredients

4 large cooking apples, e.g. Bramleys
1/2 cup basmati rice
A handful of dates, apricots and sultanas, roughly chopped
A handful of almonds and pinenuts, roughly chopped
A few threads of saffron
50ml milk (or non-dairy milk)
2 tblsp runny honey
Cream (or non-dairy cream)
A few cardamom pods

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Gently warm the milk in a pan over a low heat, then remove it from the heat and dissolve the saffron threads and honey into it. Leave to steep for while you prepare the other ingredients.

Method

Place the rice in a pan with 1 1/2 cups of cold water. Bring to the boil, then turn to the lowest heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, mix with the milk-saffron solution, and cover again for a few minutes. Then mix in the fruit and nuts.

Wash and core the apples, then stuff them with the rice and nuts mix. Bake in a covered dish for 20 minutes.

Whilst the apples are cooking, make the cardamom cream by extracting the seeds from a few cardamom pods, grinding them finely in a coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle, and then mixing thoroughly with your cream or non-dairy alternative.

Serve the apples drizzled with the cardamom cream.