Entries tagged with “Environmental Working Group”.
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Tue 3 Jul 2012
Gluten free is the latest health buzz going around. You may have noticed more and more items at the grocery store touting themselves to be gluten free. So, is gluten free always healthy?
First, I do believe that most people are sensitive to gluten. I have seen it first hand in myself and my family and just about all of my clients. Unless you have a severe allergy, in most cases, a typical doctor will not test you and determine that you have a gluten intolerance. For many, the awareness comes when they eliminate gluten from their diet and see the difference. For some it means that their children’s behaviors change and tantrums occur less frequently, for others it may mean that gastrointestinal issues cease, or perhaps weight loss. (more…)
Mon 9 Jan 2012
The “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15″ are the names of lists of fruits and veggies that have been ranked according to their pesticide levels. These lists, put out by the Environmental Working Group indicate those fruits and veggies that should ideally be eaten organic and those that do not always have to be. According to the Environmental Working Group, if people consumed their five servings of fruits and vegetables each day from the “Clean 15″ list instead of the “Dirty Dozen”, they would reduce their exposure to pesticides by 92%.
So, what are on the lists? Here they are:
- Nectarines– imported
- Grapes – imported
- Red Pepper – Sweet bell peppers
- Blueberries– domestic
- Kale/collard greens
The Clean Fifteen
Cantaloupe – domestic
To learn more about these lists and the methodologies used to create them, please visit the Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide.
Tue 15 Jun 2010
Recently, I interviewed Beth Bader, author of The Cleaner Plate Club: Recipes and advice for getting real kids to love real food, as part of the Organize 4 Health program. Beth shared with us a TON of information and was extremely helpful in helping us determine what we should and shouldn’t keep in our pantries. Here are a few key notes worth highlighting: (more…)
Wed 2 Jun 2010
Sunscreen can contain all sorts of chemicals you really do not want to put on your body…. or your child’s!
If you are wondering about the sunscreen you normally use, be sure to check out its safety rating from the Environmental Working Group. The Environmental Working Group has put together a comprehensive database of popular sunscreens and the ingredients they contain as well as how those ingredients can affect your health. See if your sunscreen has toxic chemicals by looking it up in the (more…)
Tue 25 May 2010
The Environmental Working Group recently released a report on perfumes and colognes. The tested many popular fragrances including brands from: Chanel, Britney Spears, Calvin Klein, Bath and Body Works, AXE, Clinique and more. Based on their research, they found that the products contained an average of 14 secret ingredients, ingredients not listed on the label. Of the secret ingredients, 66% of them have never been tested for safety. (more…)