Archive | September, 2012

Calling all beef eaters – There is a problem in Alberta

23 Sep

OTTAWA – The recall of ground beef from Edmonton-based producer XL Foods is being expanded yet again.

The recall due to possible E. coli contamination was first announced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency a week ago and since then has been expanded six times.

It affects ground beef sold by Sobeys, Foodland, IGA, and Douglas Meats stores in the Prairie provinces, Ontario, the Maritimes and some Big Way and Super A stores.

And now it also includes unlabelled ground beef products sold between Aug. 24 through Sept. 16, at stores which may include small retailers, local meat markets and butcher shops.

The CFIA is advising consumers who are unsure if they have the affected product to check with the stores where they purchased the beef, or simply throw it out.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/23/alberta-beef-recall-xl-foods_n_1907072.html

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Arsenic is in rice?

20 Sep

Rice is one of my all time favourite and I was concerned when I read and heard on the TV news that low levels of arsenic is in rice. Even thought our governments think that the low levels do not pose a serious risk to our health, scientists are not so sure.  According to the scientists, arsenic is a carcinogen and has been known to contribute to skin and lung cancer.  I think I might err on the side of caution and vary my rice eating habit to a couple of times a week instead of every day.  The problem is arsenic is a naturally occurring substance in our soil but scientists believe that pesticides used by farmers may have something to do or to add to what is already there. Knowledge is power.

http://healthland.time.com/2012/09/19/arsenic-in-rice-consumer-groups-urge-fda-to-set-standards/

Greek Yogurt isn’t Greek at All

19 Sep

Check out this article and see how consumers are unwittingly duped by advertisers. The labels are sometimes misleading and what you think you are getting you are not. Alternet a socially conscious publication is dedicated to bringing these inconsistencies to our knowledge. As they say knowledge is power, the more we know the more we can choose and I hope we would choose to support those companies that are truthful, that are transparent and that are there not only to make money but to ensure that we are part of the healthiest nations on the planet because of the food we eat, those who are invested in our longevity and good health.

http://www.alternet.org/food/whats-really-your-greek-yogurt-5-surprising-ways-food-companies-cheat-and-mislead-consumers

Great ideas for healthy breakfast while slimming the waisteline

18 Sep

Ever since I was a child, my mom always told me that have a good breakfast and you’re good for the rest of the day. I have proven this to be true. When I do not have a good breakfast, I am munching on all kinds of stuff all day long, some are not that great for you.  I enjoyed reading the article below and the tips it offers to people like you and me on how to fortify our breakfast to ensure we have a great day of high energy and feeling full.  Check it out:

http://www.chatelaine.com/en/article/41252–healthy-breakfast-ideas-eight-ingredients-to-keep-you-slim-and-give-you-energy?

Organic Foods and the Future

15 Sep

I watched an interesting, informative and well researched documentary on CBC on Friday evening.  It was a window into the world of the organic industry from North America to China. It exposed some of the fakes and some who are really committed to providing us with the best foods they can. It is also become clear that going organic is not only good for people it is good for the soil. Conventional farmers would be wise to moe into the organic industry and rely less on dangerous, deadly chemicals with which they lace our food. I know which brands I would be looking for now – Edens and Nature’s Path to be sure. Please check this out, the more you know,the more we know and use our dollars wisely, the more we will force entrepreneurs to change. Collectively, we can win the battle of cutting out chemicals from our foods.

http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/episode/the-new-green-giants.html

Do you know what antibiotics you are eating

10 Sep

I’d like to hear your views on this subject. This is very important to me and how can we as a society, impact the farming practices that are not good for us. Fortunately, I am following a vegan lifestyle and so far I am feeling great but what about the rest of the people? What about our planet?

Eighty percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States goes to chicken, pigs, cows and other animals that people eat, yet producers of meat and poultry are not required to report how they use the drugs — which ones, on what types of animal, and in what quantities. This dearth of information makes it difficult to document the precise relationship between routine antibiotic use in animals and antibiotic-resistant infections in people, scientists say.

Advocates contend that there is already overwhelming epidemiological evidence linking the two, something that even the Food and Drug Administration has acknowledged, and that further study, while useful for science, is not essential for decision making. “At some point the available science can be used in making policy decisions,” said Gail Hansen, an epidemiologist who works for Pew Charitable Trusts, which advocates against overuse of antibiotics.

But scientists say the blank spots in data collection are a serious handicap in taking on powerful producers of poultry and meat who claim the link does not exist.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/04/health/use-of-antibiotics-in-animals-raised-for-food-defies-scrutiny.html?ref=science

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