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Organic or conventional – or is there more to the issue?

In my last post, I wrote about an article in Forbes magazine which stated that according to testing conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA), pesticide residues are not a concern. But I also pointed to the criticism of the article due to the fact that the USDA does not track levels of […]

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New report says not to worry about pesticide residues. Should I believe it?

  “Care to comment on the article, Ten Thousand New Reasons Not To Worry About Pesticide Residues?” asks Enlightened Eater Facebook fan, Karen Jorgenson Cooper‎. Karen, at first glance, this article in Forbes magazine by just looking at the title alone,  sounds very reassuring. It basically says we have nothing to worry about. The article […]

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Natural Health Products: It’s still buyer beware

If you think you’re protected by Health Canada, think again When it comes to natural health products, if it seems as though there’s a free for all out there, there’s a reason for that.  According to many health professionals, it is nothing less. Companies manufacturing natural health products are self-regulating, according to the regulations of […]

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Get ready for a whole lot of baloney – processed meat and cancer

Natural deli meat producers will have a field day You’re likely going to hear, if you haven’t already, countless news stories today about the World Health Organization’s (WHO) announcement about the risks of eating processed meat.  Processed meat refers to meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes. WHO’s International […]

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Why bigger may not better when it comes to certain fish

Fish certainly offers a bounty of benefits – an arsenal of health promoting  and disease-fighting compounds right through the life cycle. But, according to a recent report published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, there are some you definitely want to avoid: large reef or tropical fish. These fish contain a toxin […]

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Your Facebook questions answered: Is carrageenan safe?

  “I’d like your thoughts on if carrageenan is safe. My understanding is that it has been shown to be harmful in studies on animals and in very high concentrations, but hasn’t been shown to be harmful in more reasonable amounts in adults. Thinking about adding it to home-made ice cream.  http://modernistcuisine.com/…/cooking-with-syllables…/”, says Enlightened Eater […]

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Come on Crayola – Keep your colours out of the mouths of babes

Exploring the world of brilliant colours can indeed be creative fun  for children. Eating these colours, though, is another matter entirely.  Science is showing that, for a vulnerable group of children, artificial food colours are linked to various adverse effects including hyperactivity. When you look back at the history of food, the popularity of artificial […]

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Your Facebook questions answered: Consequences of eliminating dairy

“I recently went on a diet that excluded dairy. Are there not many cultures that don’t use milk? What are the consequences of a middle-aged female going dairy-free for a month, a year, or longer?” , asks Enlightened Eater Facebook fan Dorothy Dobson. Dorothy, there are many reasons that people decide to cut dairy out […]

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