Monthly Archives: April 2010

Foods to Eat

The Environmental Working Group has released its list of 12 foods most likely to have high pesticides resides.  Since 1995 the group has taken government data and identified which types of produces has the most chemicals.

What this means to you and I is that these are the foods that we should seek out organics foods to avoid all the pesticides.

This year list in order from highest to lowest pesticides resides is:

1. Celery

2. Peaches

3. Strawberries

4. Apples –  We recommend peeling a fruit or vegetable like apples to strips away many of their beneficial nutrients.

5. Blueberries

6. Nectarines

7. Bell peppers –  Safer alternatives include green peas, broccoli, and cabbage.

8. Spinach – One of the most contaminated green leafy vegetable.

9. Kale

10. Cherries

11. Potatoes

12. Grapes – Imported grapes run a much greater risk of contamination than those grown domestically.  No amount of washing or peeling will eliminate contamination because of the grape’s thin skin.

It just goes to show you that what many think are perfectly healthy for you may not be the case do to how they are grown and the pesticides sprayed on them to bring them to the market place.

Reduce Your Salf Intake

The National Academy of Science is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to set national standards for salt added to foods.

Salt intake has been associated with increased risk of hypertension, heart disease and stroke.

The Health and Human Services recommends that adults limit their daily salt intake to 2,300 milligrams: about 1 teaspoon. If you are over 40, are African-American or have high blood pressure, you shouldn’t have more than 1,500 mg a day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 70 percent of adults fall into one or more of these three categories.

The average American consumes far more, however, eating about 3,900 milligrams of sodium a day. In a study last month from Stanford University, researchers found that reducing the country’s salt intake by 9.5 percent could reduce nearly half a million strokes and heart attacks and save more than $32 billion in medical costs over the lifetime of adults.

Until standards are set to encourage the reduction of salt intake, it would be a good idea for every one to salt limiting salt intake on their own.