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BPA-Free Products Get Innovative

By Jeannette | April 20, 2012

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By: Justin Chan

Not only is Earth Day all about conserving the environment, but also about raising awareness on healthy habits for your body, too. Clearly, the better and more natural a product is can benefit both your health and the planet.

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided last month that it would not ban the use of bisphenol A in food packaging, many companies have made a conscious effort to make BPA-free goods amid concerns over the compound’s potential effects on a child’s brain, behavior and prostate gland. Some of these businesses have added a creative twist to their items in order to make them more eco-friendly and appealing.

Check out our list below for some cool BPA-free products to help get you in that Earth Day mentality… Read More

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Why Grocery Stores are Making Us Fat

By admin | April 12, 2012

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By: Melaina Gasbarrino

When you walk into the grocery store do you ever notice how each one is created the same? The milk, meat and eggs are in the back corner, flowers at the front, candy at the checkout, produce at the start and all the processed foods you can think of in between.

As you start off your grocery shopping adventure, you’ll notice the produce is where it all begins. Of course, this is where you want to purchase almost all of your food to ensure you’re leading a healthy lifestyle. But little did you know that by beautifully displaying those bright colored fruits and vegetables actually creates a ‘strong psychological impression on you’. After picking out your produce you’ll pursue the aisles with a happy hop in your step, as produce is placed at the start of your journey to ensure you’ll continue to fill up your cart. Read More

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Food Finds: Jose Gourmet

By admin | April 9, 2012

Photo: Josegourmet.com

Photo: Josegourmet.com

Buying and eating local has become more than a buzzword-it has become a very important part of the efforts we make to create a more sustainable way of life. But just because something is sourced using traditional methods doesn’t mean it has to be presented in an Old World way. Case in point: Jose Gourmet.

This Portuguese food brand is all about modernizing classic pantry staples to seek a balance between work and fun. Oil from Portugal’s oldest olive trees, firewater from Lourinha£, and canned goods from the coastal sea get the gallery treatment with packaging from artists like Bernardo Carvalho, Yara Kono and New York illustrator Andre da Loba, whose work can be seen on a jar of rosemary honey.  Read More

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Is Goat the New Chicken?

By admin | February 16, 2012

Photo: Stu_Spivack

Photo: Stu_Spivack

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

We’ve all heard of goat cheese and stepping into the likes of goat milk, yogurt and butter, but which you may not have thought of is adding goat to your list of delicate dinner dishes. Goat meat is becoming more readily available in America as this healthy meat is now being stocked in Whole Foods across the country. With its popularity on the rise, it has us wondering if goat may just be the new chicken?

Taking a look at the facts, goat meat is actually one of the best types of meat out there. Mark Scarbrough, co-author of “Goat: Meat, Milk, Cheese” describes goat as very tender and is considered ‘a cross between dark-meat turkey and pork’. With a savory, rich flavor, it’s best served in a moisture-rich cooking method to allow for the firm texture to soften into a whole bundle of goodness. Another key piece of information to note for all those environmentally friendly gurus, goat meat according to Rancher Bill Niman, is actually a ‘great environmental choice because goats thrive on pasture that cows don’t like – so its complementary to cattle ranching’. Read More

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A’Greener’ Way To Eat Meat: The Unconventional Parts

By admin | October 25, 2011

Photo: Charles Haynes

Photo: Charles Haynes

By: Saira Malhotra

Last week the Guardian featured a post entitled ‘Greener Meat: The Offal Truth’. The article was in response to the many discussions that emerged from Sunday’s United Nations: World Food Day. There were questions of why some are eating to the point of obesity while others are starving to death, how the climate plays a role, and how to bring stability to food prices. The nation is becoming well acquainted with these discussion points and Felicity Lawrence of the Guardian, breaks it down in bite-sized portions and demonstrates how we as individuals can make a difference. Read More

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Better For You Food Companies Doing Better

By admin | October 18, 2011

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Photo: maebmij

By: Saira Malhotra

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on how companies with ‘better-for-you’ foods are financially outperforming their non-BFU food counterparts. The report was based on a study performed by the Hudson Institute that looked at 15 large food and beverage companies from 2007 to 2011.

The ‘better-for-you’ food and drink encompasses packaged goods, such as, “no-, low- and reduced-calorie items, such as flavored waters or diet sodas, as well as products that generally are perceived to be healthier, such as yogurts and whole-grain cereals,” according to the Hudson Institute. Companies that make BFU products, such as Wheat Thins, Quaker Oats and Coke Zero, are responsible for 70% of the growth in the food industry. Read More

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365 Days of Localism

By admin | September 30, 2011

Photo: Andy Castro

Photo: Andy Castro

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

Imagine a year without Target, Starbucks, Costco or Walmart. It might be a tough feat to beat but the Levitch Family of Scottsdale, Arizona, pledged they would buy local for a year. Localism, defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “an affection or partiality for a particular place,” is all about buying, eating and shopping locally. It’s about ensuring the mom-and-pop shops in your town stay open. Read More

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Taxing Unhealthy Foods

By admin | July 26, 2011

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Photo: epSos.de

BY MATT ESSERT

During a bad economy, people are always looking for ways to cut costs and save money. Saving just a few dollars here and there can add up and help the consumer’s bottom line. Read More

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Italian Pantry Staples

By admin | July 21, 2011

Photo: Andrea Parrish-Geyer

Photo: Andrea Parrish-Geyer

Cooking Italian food can be surprisingly simple and very rewarding. The key is to use fresh and delicious ingredients in a simple way that showcases their natural and delicious flavors. Here are a few key pantry staples that every Italian pantry should have. Read More

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