Sunday News – June 19, 2011

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So, I thought that instead of combining the Weekly Recipe Wrap Ups and the Weekly News sections, I would break them out in two posts. So, in the Sunday News posts, I will be covering food news, politics, and other food-related articles from the past week that you may have missed or are worth repeating. Let’s get started!

Sunday News – June 19, 2011

Processed Meats Declared Too Dangerous for Human Consumption – There were a lot of comments about this post being “fear mongering”. I do see how people could think that. The article really offered not alternative sources for meat, like getting your beef, pork, and chicken from local, grass-fed sources. If you need to locate a local farmer or rancher, I recommend the Eat Wild site. Whenever you tell someone they can’t have something, of course they get upset. We must start educating people about the alternatives that are out there.

Think Raw Veggies are Best? Think Again – Great article about some of the veggies that should always be cooked, or at least lightly steamed, to help eliminate some of the harmful elements in them. I do sometimes still eat raw broccoli, cauliflower, or spinach, but it’s not often. Usually if I’m at a party with a veggie tray.  Always make sure to eat your veggies with plenty of fat, butter being the best (and most tasty) option!

The Great Soy Debate – I covered the dangers of soy in a two part series several months ago. You can read Part 1 and Part 2 for more information on why I think soy should be avoided. This is just another article discussing some of the possible dangers of soy, but they don’t necessarily recommend cutting it out completely. I recommend avoiding ALL soy products, unless they have been fermented for a long period of time (i.e. soy sauce, miso, some tofu, etc.).

Michael Pollan, “Food Chain” – I like Pollan’s explanation of the food chain in this video. It’s a quick watch at only two minutes and he just makes sense!

Vaccination: The Pet Controversy – I know it’s not food related, but there is always a lot of talk about vaccinations for our children, but what about vaccinations for our pets? What is your stance on this topic?

New Study Finds Higher Salt Intakes Produce Less Risk – Good news for those suffering from high blood pressure. Though, I never really thought that salt was the issue. Wait, actually, let me rephrase that. Eating plain old, highly refined table salt (like the junk found in the SAD), is bad for you. Eating salt that is unrefined and still has all the minerals attached, like high-quality sea salt is not an issue. I think the key here is eliminating processed foods and eating more real foods. That alone eliminates most of the salt in your diet, so you don’t need to feel bad about sprinkling salt over your veggies!

The Fiber Menace – Recently, I have been hearing more and more about why high-fiber diets are not as good for us as once thought. I, for one, have never really been concerned about fiber intake. I know that I get enough natural fiber from my foods, so I never take fiber supplements or eat fiber-enriched foods. The video is a little long, but interesting enough to to watch all the way through. One thing to keep in mind is that the same people who tell us that butter, lard, and coconut oil are bad for us are the same people who tell us to eat a high fiber diet. Coincidence? I think not.

Researchers Discover Link Between Sugar Consumption and Mental Illness – More reason to avoid over-consumption of sugar. Enough said.

7 Companies You Can Trust to Use BPA-Free Cans – This is a great list of brands for all of us to know!

EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce – Print these off and keep them in your purse or wallet so you can make sure to avoid the “Dirty Dozen”. I always tell people, even if you can’t afford to buy all organic produce, please, please, please at least buy organic varieties of the “Dirty Dozen” and then don’t worry about the rest.

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Jessica is a real food wellness educator and the founder of the Delicious Obsessions website. She has had a life-long passion for food and being in the kitchen is where she is the happiest. She began helping her mother cook and bake around the age of three and she's been in the kitchen ever since, including working in a restaurant in her hometown for almost a decade, where she worked every position before finally becoming the lead chef. Jessica started Delicious Obsessions in 2010 as a way to help share her love for food and cooking. Since then, it has grown into a trusted online resource with a vibrant community of people learning to live healthy, happy lives through real food and natural living.

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