8 Heart Healthy Snacks

7/28/2014 2:34 PM

Sure, genetics play a big role in heart health. But lifestyle choices, like diet and exercise, play an even bigger part in preventing and reversing heart disease. The eight snacks on this list are particularly powerful -- packed with nutrients that fight heart disease and the risk factors that cause it. And because they're portable, they're a cinch to fit into any busy schedule.

1. Apples

Maybe it's due to their ubiquitous nature, but apples don't get enough credit. Never mind it doesn't get the same health billing as exotic goji berries -- the humble apple is king, especially when it comes to fighting heart disease.

Apples frequently feature in heart health studies, and it's no wonder. When compared to the most commonly consumed fruit in the U.S., apples rank second only to cranberries (not the most snack-friendly food!) in antioxidant activity. They're also chock-full of pectin, a fiber that interacts with other phytonutrients found in apples to deliver a host of cardiovascular benefits...

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0 Comments | Posted By Kelly Burke

Oh boy, are we happy to hear about this! 

Oregonians will decide in November whether they want to mandate that companies label genetically modified foods.

The Secretary of State's Office Wednesday certified 118,780 signatures — well above the 87,213 needed to qualify for the 2014 ballot.

"In only six weeks, we were able to collect more than 31,500 signatures more than the number needed to qualify," said Sandeep Kaushik, campaign spokesman for Oregon Right to Know."That is a powerful indication that Oregonians understand that protecting the profits of chemical conglomerates and agribusiness giants should not take precedence over the public's right to know what is in the food they eat and feed their families."

Initiative 44 would require all food produced with genetically engineered ingredients to include the words "Genetically Engineered" on the front or back of their packages. For raw food, like apples or potatoes, that aren't usually packaged, retailers would need to place a clear label n...

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0 Comments | Posted By Sara Evers

Raw food diets have gone from the radical fringe of diet systems to gaining mainstream acceptance in recent years. As more people have discovered the value in eating unprocessed foods, attitudes have evolved as well.

So what is the raw food diet? Raw food is just that: raw. It hasn’t been cooked, processed, microwaved, irradiated, genetically engineered, or exposed to pesticides or herbicides. Raw food diets consist almost entirely of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

What are the benefits of going raw?

You will (probably) lose weight

The foods you eat in a raw food diet are very low in fat and calories. You’ll be eating the same amount of foods by weight but with a fraction of the calories. This isn’t a guarantee you will actually lose weight, but don’t be surprised if it happens when you start a raw food diet.

You might like: Organic unpasteurized almonds, Austrian pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts, chia seeds, monukka raisins, Turkish mulberries

Also, If you’re suffering from hyperte...

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0 Comments | Posted By Kelly Burke

Fourteen years ago, I was in NYC at a conference hosted by one of the big banks, as a financial analyst covering the food industry.

In that position, I learned how the food industry uses artificial ingredients to manage their profitability and meet earnings.  But never once, attending conferences in New York City or speaking with traders on the floor of the stock exchange, did our team meet with the chemical companies engineering their products into our food, ingredients that required increased use of a portfolio of chemicals that helped them manage their earnings.

It is a brilliant business model for chemical investors, but for eaters?

At that conference, I also happened to be six months pregnant.  At that time, parents around the world were being told about a massive change in the way that food was produced and grown, but parents here in the United States, even those of us covering the food industry, had not been told what was going on.

That is changing.

Introduced in the 1980s and patent...

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0 Comments | Posted By Lily Stuart

What Is Pine Pollen?

7/11/2014 8:56 AM

Pine trees provide us with an adaptogenic miracle every Spring season, when the male catkins on the end of the pine’s branches drop their pollen, and blanket the grounds with their yellow powder. You may be familiar with these yellow particles that tend to magnetize themselves to your car every spring. Welcome, Pine Pollen. One may have never guessed, that these fertile microscopic dustings given off by our population of Pine trees all around the world would be so nutritionally dense.
We have been on the earth as a human species for a million-or -some-odd years, in one form or another. Humans have been using the pine trees and their Pollen as medicine since the beginning.
Pine Pollen is a tonic medicine, meaning that it can be used over a course of time, without it having toxic effects on your body. It is also adaptogenic so it will cater to exactly what your body needs and treat any areas of distress. As a nutritive, Pine Pollen can be consumed in large amounts to derive any of the wi...

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0 Comments | Posted By Melissa Zimmerman

Iodine, a trace element, is one of the most important—and most overlooked—minerals your body needs. In the early 1900s, iodine deficiency was a big problem in the United States, but the issue receded after iodine was added to most table salts and used to make dairy and baking products. Today, most Americans still get enough, but some experts fear iodine deficiency is on the rise again, especially among women, and it too often goes undiagnosed. 

What iodine does

When you don’t get enough iodine from foods such as fish, sea vegetables, and even iodized table salt, you can become iodine deficient. If you’re low in iodine, your body can’t make enough thyroid hormone, which regulates metabolism, body temperature, muscle building, and more, says Elizabeth N. Pearce, MD, an endocrinologist at Boston University School of Medicine. “This may lead to hypothyroidism or thyroid gland enlargement, also known as goiter, and can cause fatigue, weight gain, and constipation,” she says.

Iodine deficiency ...

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0 Comments | Posted By Lily Stuart