It seems like we can’t talk about any sort of health or home issue without hearing how coconut oil can fix it. From squeaky doors and rust covered tools to teeth whitening and acne scars, everything has some sort of “cure” to be found in coconut oil. So, are the benefits of coconut oil really as awesome as everyone says? Or is this another case of “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?”
Growing up, I always thought that the 10 different kinds of tea that my dad kept in the cabinet were a bit much. Why would you need anything other than good, old fashioned sweet tea? Well, it turns out that those other teas have some serious health benefits.
There’s nothing better than biting into a fresh, juicy apple that was grown on a local farm in your city, is there? Shopping at farmer’s markets is fun. It’s almost sensory overload, all of the gorgeous colors, fresh produce, artisanal food products… and you’re getting fruits and vegetables at the peak of the growing season. This means produce is at its freshest and tastes the best. The food is typically grown near where you live, not thousands of miles away or another country. And shopping at farmers markets also support your local farmers and keeps the money you spend on food closer to your neighborhood.
If you don’t grow your own organic fruits and vegetables, trying to buy organic 100% of the time can be costly. That’s why it’s great to know, there are still produce you can buy non-organic and have peace of mind when you and your family eat your meals and snacks.
In the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture sets standards that must be met for a product to be labeled organic. In the case of coffee, producers cannot use synthetic substances such as most pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. If coffee is labeled organic, at least 95 % of the beans must have been grown under organic conditions. Coffee is the heaviest chemically treated food commodity in the world. The most common chemical used in coffee production is synthetic petroleum-based fertilizers which slowly destroy the soil’s fertility and seep into local water supplies.
The Environmental Working Group or EWG, a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health has created […]