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Is Aspartame Harmful?

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Is Aspartame Harmful?

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener (sometimes labeled as NutraSweet, AminoSweet, Equal, or Spoonful) that is 100 times sweeter than sugar.  It was accidentally discovered in 1965 and is currently used in thousands of food products, from places you may not expect to find sweeteners like vitamins to the ubiquitous diet beverages.  In 1974 the US Food and Drug Administration first said it was safe to use – its approval process was controversial, involving charges of manipulated test data and collusion, ...

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Sugary Beverages Popular But Dangerous

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Sugary Beverages Popular But Dangerous

In spite of the dangers sugary beverages pose to our health, they are consumed much more than in the past.  A generation ago a soda was usually an infrequent treat saved for special occasions.  Not only has it become our default beverage, but we’re frequently offered enormous serving sizes and free refills.  As recently as 2010 we consumed an average of over 50 gallons of soda per person annually (that’s more than 260 POUNDS of soda with zero nutritional value)!  ...

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Healthy Recipes for the Holidays

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Healthy Recipes for the Holidays

Here are two healthy recipes you may enjoy over the holidays.

These recipes were developed by Hallie Klecker.  You will find many more great recipes on Hallie’s blog and in her books, including gluten-free recipes, dairy-free recipes, and healthy recipes for desserts.

Roasted Carrot, Lentil & Sunflower Salad

Serves 3-4 as a side dish
  • 3/4 cup green lentils, rinsed and drained*
  • 1/2 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 ...
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Vitamin D Benefits You In Many Ways

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Vitamin D Benefits You In Many Ways

Vitamin D deficiency is extremely common.  There are many ill health effects of this deficiency, however, so it is very important to maintain healthy levels.  Some benefits of vitamin D include supporting bone health, maintaining cardiovascular function, and fighting infections.

How Vitamin D Benefits Your Health

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Pesticides In Produce: The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

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Pesticides In Produce: The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

Shopping Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Published by the Environmental Working Group

Each year the Environmental Working Group posts a guide to inform consumers of which conventionally-farmed produce is most contaminated with pesticides and which is the least contaminated.  If you do not exclusively buy organic produce, then we strongly advise that you at least buy organic when purchasing the produce listed in the Dirty Dozen.  You will notice there are more ...

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Packing A Healthy Lunch

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Packing A Healthy Lunch

What’s In Your Lunch Box?

Trying to pack a healthy lunch day after day can be a challenge, and it’s often even more daunting to pack one to send to school with your children.  Working around the finicky diets of some children or your own depleted creativity can be challenging.  Keeping in mind a few basic guidelines can help get you on the road to a healthy lunch:  provide PRODUCE, provide PROTEIN, and provide it ...

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