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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 many vegetables a day? How much fruit? New study says 10.

Research shows that eating up to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day can significantly improve your health. A new meta-analysis published in the International Journal of Epidemiology looked at up to 2 million people in 95 studies worldwide and found that:

approximately 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide could be potentially prevented every year if people ate 10 portions, or 800 g, of fruit and vegetables a day.

That's about 1 3/4 pounds a day, easy on a plant-based diet. Read on for the risks avoided and the best fruits and vegetables to eat.

fruit salad

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8 steps to a great stir-fry

There are at least seven reasons to learn to stir-fry. Stir-fries are quick, easy, delicious, healthy, can be filling without being fattening, require little fuel to cook, and .... drum roll please ... showcase seasonal vegetables. If your CSA box came stuffed with greens or your intentions at the farmers' market were bigger than your desire to cook at home, then get out your wok.

Number 8? Stir fries are handy make-ahead, ready-in-a-minute meals.  They take less than thirty minutes even starting from scratch, but most of that work can be done ahead of time. If you don't know when little Johnny will be home from soccer practice or when your sweetie's plane will land, then prepare the ingredients for a stir-fry and start up the rice cooker. When it's time to eat, you can heat up the wok and have dinner on the table under ten minutes.

getting ready for a great stir-fry

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