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Milk Does NOT Make Your Bones, But These Foods Do

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(article by Natural Mentor)

For a long while, the dairy industry has done a great job convincing us that milk is essential for optimal health. Few people know that our worldwide obsession with calcium started in the 1950s under pressure from the American dairy industry. Before then, historically, people didn’t consume much calcium and had very few problems with osteoporosis.

Their primary claim is that milk makes strong bones (mostly due to its calcium content). This information campaign was initiated with good intentions—namely to decrease the incidence of osteoporosis and other degenerative bone conditions. But we all know the unfortunate truism that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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Still Eating Meat? 9 Appalling Facts About Meat

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(article by Leah Zerbe)

Meat Industry Mayhem

Germaphobia is in full swing. News reports of nasty microorganisms lurking on remote controls, doorknobs, and in public restrooms have many of us reaching for hand sanitizer. Sure, those tales are unappetizing, but chew on this: The real germs you need to worry about and avoid—the new-breed, potentially lethal ones—are hiding out in your grocery store’s meat aisle. So what’s the deal? Is meat healthy? Is it even safe?

Take these disturbing meat industry facts into account and learn to make wiser choices when you’re food shopping.

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Foods You Should Never Store in the Fridge

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According to the Food and Drug Administration, your refrigerator should be 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, preferably between 35 and 38 degrees. At this temperature, any bacteria present on or in food can only develop very slowly, so keeping food this cold is a good way to prevent cooked or prepared food from spoiling for as long as possible. (Freezing food virtually stops bacterial growth, but it also significantly changes the texture of many foods).

Still, keeping some foods that cold isn’t a good idea or even necessary. Cold can stop the ripening process of fruits (including the fruits we think of as veggies), and in a few cases, the temperatures in your refrigerator can break down the cell walls in fruits or vegetables, turning them mealy. Many fruits and veggies keep best when kept cool—50 to 60 degrees is ideal—and prefer warmer rather than colder conditions, if you can’t provide that ideal.

Important note: The guidelines for vegetables and fruits listed below apply to whole, intact items. Once they get overripe, develop even one soft spot, or the skin is broken, they need to be eaten, cooked, or refrigerated/frozen ASAP.

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6 Foods You Probably Didn’t Know You Can Freeze

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I’m not only a fan of fresh food, I’m a fan of fast, easy and smart food prep. For busy households, large households and those just wanting to make fresh meals faster and easier, freezing quality fresh ingredients can speed up meal preparation on hectic days while guaranteeing that you and your family are enjoying healthy ingredients and not be tempted to make a trip through a fast food drive through.

Keep reading to discover which foods you might not know you can freeze, yet will make your time management in the kitchen all the more efficient.

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3 Powerful Reasons You Should Regularly Consume Green Vegetables

Yes, eating a wide range of vegetables is important in the receiving and maintaining of the necessary nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids that plant based nutrition has to offer. But, while you’re eating all those amazing rainbow colored veggies, you always want to make sure that you are including lots of GREEN veggies to your dishes. Keep reading to find out 3 powerful reasons why.

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5 Foods That Lower and Stabilize Blood Sugar

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Keeping one’s blood sugar balanced is imperative to one’s health, weight and prevention of many dangerous health conditions. Chronically high blood sugar causes systemic inflammation and scarring of body tissues, substantially increasing one’s likelihood of developing diabetes, nerve damage, eye damage, heart disease and more, and goes hand-in-hand with weight gain and the inability to lose weight.

Keep reading to see which healthy foods work overtime to lower and keep your blood sugar levels stabilized for optimal health, wellbeing and healthy weight maintenance.

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GMO Dangers That Threaten an Entire Population (video)

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While more and more people are awakening to the catastrophic long-term dangers of processed foods, fast foods and GMO’s, I’m still admittedly slightly astounded that there are people who disregard the long-term dangers of ingesting these so-called “foods”. Just because something doesn’t kill or inju you immediately, doesn’t mean it is okay to consume or use, which is most likely why people don’t associate a good portion of their health problems with their unhealthy diet. Our bodies are NOT designed to consume chemicals and lab-made ingredients. Try as one may, and as many a commercial food manufacture has, it is NOT okay to eat in moderation because slowly but surely the negative effects will ring their bell, resulting in health, mind and emotional disturbances in the body.

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