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Eat plenty of organic vegetables for a safer pregnancy

Does it matter if you eat organic food when you are pregnant? Yes! Eating organic vegetables reduces the risk of pre-eclampsia, an uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous condition. That's the findings of a large Norwegian study involving over 28,000 women. One in twenty pregnant women suffer from pre-eclampsia (formerly called toxemia). If not treated, pre-eclampsia can lead to eclampsia, which can threaten the lives of both mother and child. Symptoms include high blood pressure and swelling.

Mother and child at farmers market love my curry

Today's post is for:

  • Those of you who may be cooking for someone who is pregnant (maybe even yourself!).
  • Anyone "educated" by the new US government program that will spend three million dollars to convince us that genetically modified crops and the pesticides they were designed to endure are safe.
  • For the couple I overheard at a Target recently and anyone who has a similar conversation. The man told the woman, "Don't buy organic! It's just an expensive piece of paper."

Fortunately, you can lower your risk pre-eclampsia by eating lots of organic vegetables. Rates of pre-eclampsia could drop by ...

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How to save money on bulk and packaged beans and nuts

Save money on organic dried beans

With organic bean prices up 50% this year for many dried beans, it pays to re-check your prices. In general, you'll save money and get more variety by buying beans in bulk. At my local Whole Foods, all the store-brand bagged legumes now cost the same: $2.99 a pound. By just turning around and going to the bulk section on the other side of the aisle, I can save 33% on black beans, 20% on lentils, and 10% on pinto beans. But as the chart below shows, chickpeas and kidney beans cost the same no matter who bags them.  I didn't find any packaged beans that cost less than bulk beans, so if you don't have time to compare, choose bulk.

Even though bean prices are up, they are still one of the greatest food bargains available. You'll get about 10 servings a pound from dried beans. Even now, that's only 20 to 30 cents for a key protein part of a meal. You'll almost always save money and get better results from dried beans than you will from canned beans, but even canned beans are a bargain compared to cheese, fish, or meat.

chart with prices for organic dried beans packaged or in bulk

From 2009 to 2011, most organic dried beans cost between

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Delicious Halloween Candy: organic, vegan, and gluten free!

Best. Halloween. Candy. Ever. I usually make all our desserts, but modern parents demand sealed treats. Kids don't seem to be interested in my candied kale krispies. So I'm delighted to find four kid-friendly options that are organic, vegan, and gluten-free. 

Read on for my Halloween candy review, including pictures with the wrappers off, price per piece, and the Scrimp and Splurge Winners. 

organic vegan and gluten free halloween candy

This year, my Taster said he simply didn't care which Halloween candy I bought because he wasn't going to eat any of it. Not a single piece. But we spotted a display with lots of choices at the Whole Foods. We bought four types and were happily surprised ...

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Food Day 2014: Four ways to eat great food and make a difference.

Happy Food Day 2014! It's a great day to celebrate the difference you can make to your own health, budget, and the world around you by eating real food cooked from scratch. Sometimes the choices can be overwhelming. Here are my four aspirations when choosing what to eat, in order of importance, with reasons why they help you personally and help you make difference.

vegan breakfast - baked oatmeal with apples and raisins

1. Eat plants

  • For you: Increase your odds of having a longer and healthier life, with more energy and without the diseases of affluence (cancer, heart disease, dementia, and diabetes).
  • Make a difference: Shrink your carbon footprint and ...

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FDA asks for comments on proposed new food labels

Here's some good news: the FDA is proposing improvements to the food labels which were first required twenty years ago. These are real improvements, ones that make the labels more honest and easier to read. The primary proposal is good and the alternative label is even better. (See example before and after labels below.) Neither proposal mentions genetically modified ingredients or consolidates information on the confusing UDSA Certified Organic seal.

Comments are open on the new label design through June 2nd. You can bet your last Oreo that the corporations are weighing in, so let's make sure the FDA also hears from people who want to eat healthy, real food. See below for details on the proposal and how to comment.

Current label compared to primary proposal

The new label makes it harder for manufacturers to use ridiculous portion sizes to disguise unhealthy food. (The serving size for Fig Newtons is ...

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