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Friday
Apr222016

Cocoa lingo: the difference between natural and Dutch-processed, cocoa and cacao

Most products with "natural" on the label are trying to pull a fast one on you. "Natural" usually doesn't mean anything except "buy me, I'm green." But with cocoa powder it can make a big difference in your baked goods. To add to the confusion, you can now find cacao powder as well as cocoa powder in the store, both of which come from pods of Theobroma cacao trees. Read on for the scoop.

What is the difference between cacao powder and cocoa powder?

I use them interchangeably in recipes, but there is a difference. They both come from fermented, ground

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Friday
Apr082016

Food news: toxins and kids' brains, a new video profile, more

The Effect of Toxins on Children's Developing Brains

This video scared the tar out of me by clearly showing the accumulative effect of toxins on children's developing brains. As scary as it is, it doesn't address the effects of combining toxins.

I found it through an insightful article by the David Suzuki Foundation, which recommends eating fresh and frozen foods and avoiding pesticides. That means not just pesticides on the food you eat but also pesticides sprayed to control insects inside and outdoors.

Food Evangelist Video Profile

Casey Toth manages to capture my mission in less than three minutes

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Thursday
Mar242016

DARK Act victory! But watch out on April 1st.

Great news! The Senate will let you know if your food is genetically modified. At least if your state requires labeling, as Vermont is set to do this July. Although the DARK act slipped through the Senate Agriculture committee, the Senate as a whole voted it down before it could reach a final vote on the floor. This is a huge victory. I heard from many of you who called to block this act. Thanks so much for working for safe food!

The vote was 48 to 49, far short of the 60 votes needed to proceed. The act's official name is the National Voluntary Bioengineered Food Labeling Standard (S. 2609),  but the acronym reflects its effect: Denying Americans the Right-to-Know. It would have blocked states' efforts to require labeling for genetically modified food. Common Dreams describes the importance of this victory.

Celebrate but then work against April 1 trick. See below for details:

  1. Thank your senators or work to replace them
  2. Ask Senator Debbie Stabenow to not introduce a compromise bill when the Senate returns on April 1
  3. Contact your senators to ask them not to support any compromise bill

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Wednesday
Feb242016

Please help stop the DARK act in Congress

Today Next week the DARK act goes to the Senate Agriculture committee.  The official name is the National Voluntary Bioengineered Food Labeling Standard but the acronym reflects its effect: Denying Americans the Right-to-Know. It will block states' efforts to require labeling for genetically modified food. Vermont voted to require GMO labeling beginning this July, so the food manufacturers are rushing this through Congress. I just sent this email alert to subscribers, something I do once a year or less, only when our ability to choose safe and healthy food is at risk. [Update 2/25: they delayed the markup until sometime next week. Still time to act! Watch for updates with #DARKact.]

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Saturday
Jan162016

New US Dietary Guidelines miss chance to reduce disease, climate change

Good news: the new dietary guidelines include vegetarian and vegan diets and suggest reducing protein, cholesterol, and sugar. Bad news: it says vegans eat eggs, ignores protein in vegetables, thinks drinking white liquid is important, obscures its recommendations on eating less bad food, and drops the recommendation for environmentally responsible eating. The final 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines published this week reflect massive lobbying efforts by Big Ag and the junk-food industry. We've lost a valuable way to reduce disease and slow climate change.

The earlier Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (advisory report) provided more clear and direct ways to eat healthy diets, although it still was "bizarre" in recommending more dairy. Thanks to Dr. Neal Barnard and the Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine for causing the USDA to strengthen cholesterol warnings in the guidelines despite "a money trail from the American Egg Board to universities where DGAC members were employed and persistent industry pressure to weaken cholesterol limits."

Read on for details and recommendations about what you can do.

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