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Foods you should buy from organic sources
(NaturalNews) Organic foods have started taking root (no pun intended) in the minds of more and more consumers each year as people strive to live healthier lives.
Not only do they taste a lot better (without the help of chemicals and flavour enhancers), but they also provide far more nutrients and benefits than their often irradiated and chemically fertilized counterparts. Admittedly, organic foods are often more expensive, but the benefits of consuming them are well worth the expense.
While growing, some foods absorb a lot more chemical fertilizers and pesticides than others, so they should be bought organically as much as possible. There are still cases where crops are absorbing Dieldrin (a highly carcinogenic insecticide) from soil, even though it was banned way back in 1974!
Some foods absorb a lot more chemicals than others, so even if you truly cannot afford to purchase all organic foods, there are some that you should only ever buy organic:
Apples absorb more pesticides than any other fruit. Around 36 different chemicals have been discovered on them. There were as many as seven different chemicals found on a single apple. Therefore, it makes good sense to only purchase these from an organic source. Alternative options for these would be tangerines, bananas and watermelon.
These are also among the most contaminated fruits you can buy. If you cannot buy these organic, rather opt for kiwifruit or pineapple.
These have also been known to absorb far more chemicals and pesticides than other fruits.
Babies and children have developing immune systems, so it’s very important for them to be exposed to as little pesticides and chemicals as possible. Wherever possible, purchase organic baby foods, or better still, make and puree your own, using organic fruit and vegetables.
These may be hailed as a superfood, but this only applies if they are organic. Tests have shown them to be contaminated with as many as 52 different pesticides.
These contain as many as 33 different chemicals and pesticides. If they are not available as organic, safer alternatives would be papaya, watermelon and mango.
These have been ranked as one of the most contaminated fresh foods.
Because these have a very thin skin, they absorb pesticides and chemicals very easily. Should they not be available as organic, safer alternatives to these would include peas, cabbage and broccoli.
These can contain as many as 17 different chemicals and pesticides. They are also very high in fructose, so they should be consumed in moderation. Safer alternatives include kiwifruit and raspberries.
Spinach and Kale:
The leaves of these two vegetables are capable of absorbing as many as 48 different pesticides, so it is very important to only use the organic varieties. Safer alternatives would be cabbage, broccoli and asparagus.
Potatoes have been known to absorb as many as 37 chemicals and pesticides. Safer alternatives to these would be mushrooms, eggplant and cabbage.
These have also been known to absorb Dieldrin from soil.
These unfortunately rank high on the contamination list, with as many as 60 different pesticides being used on them.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/030754_organic_food_health.html#ixzz2vi1vBfvT
Heightened awareness surrounding the dangers of commercially processed foodis hitting McDonald’s, the number one global fast-food chain, where it hurts, their wallet.
Due to a decline in company sales and an attempt to remain “relevant,” McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson announced plans to provide speedier service, extend breakfast hours and prepare more “high quality,” healthier food.
In order to keep up with the “trends,” McDonald’s has added several new items to their menu including chicken wraps and breakfast sandwiches made with egg whites.
Unsurprisingly, the changes have failed, most likely because people interested in eating healthier food just simply aren’t going to look for it at a fast-food chain, especially McDonald’s.
According to the Oak Brook, Illl.-based McDonald’s, guest counts fell 2 percent globally and 1.6 percent in the U.S. last year. Earnings for the number one fast-food chain reached $1.4 billion for three months ending on Dec. 31, with earnings per share totaling $1.40, just one cent more than Wall Street expected.
“McDonald’s edged up 44 cents to close at $95.32. Since peaking at an all-time high of $103.70 last April, the stock has zigzagged lower and is trending closer to its 52-week low of $92.25 hit last January,” reported CBS Chicago.
The fact that the world’s largest fast-food chain is considering extending their breakfast hours, shows just how badly the company is hurting. Despite persistent consumer requests to extend breakfast past 10:30 a.m. in the past, the chain refused, blaming limited kitchen space and the “logistically impossible” task of offering both the breakfast and lunch menu simultaneously.
“Still, it’s an option the chain is eyeing more seriously at a time when people’seating habits are changing – particularly those coveted customers in their 20s and 30s known as Millennials,” reported WTTG Fox 5.
Head of McDonald’s USA, Jeff Stratton, stated in an interview, “We know, as an example, that breakfast on the weekend cut off at 10:30 doesn’t go very well,” indicating that extending breakfast hours could increase revenue.
As far as how the company plans to implement the changes is unknown. “Well, we’re just beginning. … We’re just taking a look at it,” said Stratton. McDonald’s representative Lisa McComb admitted that “there are no tests currently in place for the extended breakfast hours,” Fox reported.
McDonald’s executives believe that customers “want foods personalized to their tastes and schedules,” and in response have created an “after midnight menu” that offers a mix of breakfast and lunch items from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Another reason why the leader of morning fast food may be considering extending breakfast hours could possibly be in response to the upcoming launch of the Taco Bell breakfast menu, set to begin March 27 and lasting until 11:00 a.m.
“We can turn the breakfast conversation into a two-horse race,” said Taco Bell President Brian Niccol during an interview. He added that they plan to be a “strong No. 2″ after McDonald’s, offering breakfast menu items like the “Waffle Taco,” “A.M. Crunchwrap,” “Bacon and Egg Burrito” and a “Sausage Flatbread Melt,” none of which sound like they’d be very successful in terms of meeting the needs of consumers seeking healthier food choices.
AP reports that Starbucks, also competing heavily with fast-food chains like McDonald’s and Taco Bell, plans to launch “revamped breakfast sandwiches, including a croissant sandwich with ham, cheese and egg” beginning March 4.
U.S. brand and strategy officer for McDonald’s Kevin Newell doesn’t feel threatened by Taco Bell’s plans, insisting, “I think they’re going to find that going into the breakfast business is not like what they’re accustomed to, in terms of marketing.”
Meanwhile, while the fast-food industry struggles, organic food farmers face strict new regulations enforced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that could potentially put them out of business.
Proposed FDA regulations would “curtail many common techniques, such as using house-made fertilizers and irrigating from creeks” as well as tilling cropland with grazing animals, reported the LA Times.
Jim Crawford, the owner of New Morning Farm, a sustainable farm that grows certified organic vegetables, berries and herbs in the mountains of south-central Pennsylvania, was recently approached by an FDA official while loading fresh tomatoes into his truck.
Crawford said the official showed him his badge and informed him that farming techniques that he’s been using for nearly four decades could soon be illegal.
The FDA crackdown reportedly follows pressure on the FDA to regulate farming practices more efficiently after tainted cantaloupes killed 33 last year.
“Many farmers who take part in the locally grown food movement argue that contamination is a problem of industrial-sized farms and that some of the practices the FDA might ban actually make consumers safer,” reported the LA Times.
As our editor-in-chief, Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, reported recently, consumer advocate Vani Hari — better known to many Americans as the “Food Babe,” won yet another victory in her fight on your behalf for clean, fresh food.
In an announcement on her website, Hari said she had managed to convince the Subway restaurant chain, a huge corporation, to adopt a practice in the U.S. that the company had already adopted overseas — end the use of breads containing a chemical used in the manufacture of yoga mats and shoe soles (you can see her campaign here).
The chemical, azodicarbonamide, has been approved by the FDA and the USDA, though the chemical has been linked to cancer. It is currently included in all of Subway’s most popular sandwich breads served in the United States, including its 9-grain wheat and honey oat, Italian white and Italian herbs and cheese, among others. As Hari points out, Subway does notuse breads containing azodicarbonamide in restaurants in the United Kingdom, throughout the European Union, in Australia and elsewhere.
But what Natural News readers need to know is that Subway is far from the only American food chain to do so. In fact, you’re going to be surprised to find out just how widespread the use of this chemical really is.
Here is a list of 10 more food items containing azodicarbonamide (hat tip BuzzFeed):
– McDonald’s uses the chemical in its bakery-style buns, English muffins, Big Mac bun and also in its sesame seed buns.
– Chick-fil-A is also a user, putting the chemical in its chargrilled chicken sandwich, chargrilled chicken club sandwich and its chicken salad sandwich. (For the record, the Food Babe had a hand in convincing this company to transit away from antibiotics in their chicken meat within five years.)
– Not to be outdone, Burger King includes azodicarbonamide in a host of its foods: the artisan-style bun, English muffins, French toast sticks, croissants, sesame seed buns and home-style Caesar croutons.
– Dunkin Donuts puts the chemical in its croissants, Texas toast and Danishes. However, the company may have had a change of heart. A company official told CNBC recently: “We are evaluating the use of the ingredient as a dough conditioner in our products and currently discussing the matter with our suppliers.”
– The little red-haired Wendy’s girl may be cute, but the company nonetheless uses the chemical in their premium toasted buns, bagels, Panini bread and sandwich buns.
– Roast beef chain Arby’s is guilty as well, including azodicarbonamide in its sesame seed buns, onion bread, harvest wheat and honey wheat breads, French toast sticks and croissants.
– More leaps out at you at Jack in the Box than an odd-looking clown character. This chain uses the chemical in its regular buns, jumbo buns, bakery-style buns and grilled sourdough bread.
– Carl’s Jr. includes the chemical in its French Toast Dips, honey wheat bread, sourdough bread and its plain and sesame seed buns.
– Following in the footsteps of the other restaurant chains, Hardee’s buns also include the chemical. Specifically, it is an ingredient in the chain’s sourdough bread, hot dog buns, wheat buns, croissants and seeded buns.
– Last but not least, if Harold and Kumar had only realized that White Castle buns — along with the chain’s French Toast Sticks, Cloverhill Cheese Danish, Cloverhill Big Texas Cinnamon Danish and Awrey Grande Cinnamon Swirl — also contain the chemical.
One chain — McDonald’s — defended use of the chemical as an ingredient in its buns.
“Azodicarbonamide is commonly used throughout the baked goods industry, and this includes some of the bread goods on our menu,” spokeswoman Lisa McComb told CNBC. She also mentioned the fact that the chemical is government-approved, adding the platitude that McDonald’s would continue serving “the great tasting, quality food” that customers “expect” from the chain.
She did not, however, address why the U.S. government would sanction its use despite being banned in Europe, and how the chains still profit overseas using azodicarbonamide-free breads.
Source: Natural News
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