June 30, 2011

Harvard: Six Cups of Coffee Reduces Prostate Cancer by 60%

If you are a man and drink a lot of coffee, you no longer need to feel guilty. Apparently, that coffee offers you protection from deadly prostate cancer, according to a new study. Decaf showed similar results.

Baseline of Health Foundation reports:

The study, conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, showed that regularly consuming six or more cups of coffee daily can reduce your risk of developing lethal prostate cancer by 60 percent.1 If that sounds like more coffee than you can handle in one day, drinking one to three cups a day provides some benefit too. That amount was associated with a 30 percent lower risk of fatal prostate cancer compared to those who don't drink coffee at all...

Also, the benefits were the same whether the men consumed caffeinated coffee or decaf, so it is likely related to the antioxidants in coffee rather than the caffeine. On the other hand, previous studies have found that caffeine2 can regulate the circulation of testosterone, dyhydrotestosterone, and other sex hormones, as well as keep insulin levels in check, which is believed to have an influence on the prostate.

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June 29, 2011

Twist 'n' Grate Anything From Chocolate to Cheese

I hate to grate anything. I always scrape my knuckles and end up bleeding into whatever I am grating, and the alternative of using a food processor involves more effort in clean up than its worth.

Microplane Twist N Grate Dual Sided Grater offers a patented solution.

Sleek and space saving, the Microplane Twist N Grate - Dual Sided Grater is designed to easily come apart when not in use for compact storage in a drawer or cabinet. Comes with two Microplane blades, Fine and Extra Coarse. Microplane's signature grating blades are engineered to quickly and efficiently grate a wide range of foods, from hard cheese like Parmesan, to softer cheeses like cheddar and mozzarella, as well as assorted vegetables and fruits, including onions, potatoes, zucchini, apples, pears, etc. The Fine blade can also be used to zest the peel of citrus, such as lemons, oranges and limes.

I admit I was perplexed by this grater at first, but I like its sleek design. Unfortunately, the round design caused my hubby to scrape his knuckle on first try.  As a result, we prefer your standard grater. 

There isn't anything eco-friendly about this product, other than it is made in North America rather than China, cutting down on transportation emissions.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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June 28, 2011

Will Congress Limit Antibiotic Use in Livestock?

The overuse of antibiotics is a real health concern as disease resistance becomes more common in humans. The use of antibiotics in dairy and meat are also of concern, as living conditions of factory farms are so unhealthy animals need regular injections to stay "healthy".   Finally, Congress is looking at the problem.

Treehugger reports:

It's a problem that's only getting worse with the expanded overuse of antibiotics. It's this practice that a Senate bill is looking to limit with the re-introduction of The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA).

According to Diane Feinstein (D-CA), the primary sponsor for PAMTA, reported on Civil Eats. "[t]he effectiveness of antibiotics for humans is jeopardized when they are used to fatten healthy pigs or speed the growth of chickens. This is a basic food safety initiative that would phase out the misuse of these drugs so that food in supermarkets across America will not spread strains of drug-resistant bacteria."...

According to the FDA, 80 percent of the antibiotics produced in this country are used in animal agriculture. This amount is estimated to be more than four times the amount of drugs used to treat human illness.

Wow, that's a crazy statistic!

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June 27, 2011

Grown in the USA Bio-Based Synthetic Green Motor Oil by G Oil

Cars are a problem when it comes to the environment. Although gas mileage is slowly improving with newer motels, automobiles still require lubrication. Green Earth Technologies G-Oil 5W-30 Green Motor Oil is one solution that can reduce our dependence on foreign oil. This synthetic motor oil is grown and made in the USA.

Change your oil, change the world with Environment Safe, ULTIMATE BIODEGRADABLE* G-OIL® GREEN Motor Oil, the world's first and only American Petroleum Institute's (API) "SM" Certified bio-based motor oil. We blend nature's American grown base oils (domestically sourced beef tallow) with nanotechnology to provide superior performance protection during the maximum oil change intervals recommended by vehicle manufactures while meeting or exceeding requirements.

Our bio base-synthetic G-OIL is the GREEN SOLUTION for gasoline engines, providing better protection for automotive engines under the toughest driving conditions NATURALLY BETTER THAN SYNTHETICS.

I am not a mechanic, so I cannot speak to the claims of being better for your car under tough driving conditions.

I find it interesting the oil is made from beef tallow. I wonder if this is a byproduct of the meat industry. Tallow is a rendered fat. According to Wikipedia:

Tallow is used in animal feed, to make soap, shoe polish, for cooking, and as a bird food. It can be used as a raw material for the production of biodiesel and other oleochemicals. Historically, it was used to make tallow candles, which were a cheaper alternative to wax candles.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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June 24, 2011

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Organic Honey Stinger Energy Chews

When you need a little pick me up, whether you are exerting energy or at the office, Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews Limeade and Pink Lemonadeare naturally caffeinated with white tea.

Honey Stinger Organic energy chews are formulated specifically for health-conscious individuals and athletes seeking a great tasting energy snack.

  • First energy chew to provide naturally occurring fiber and protein that's derived from tapioca syrup and honey
  • Provides the right amount of carbohydrates to keep you going without excessive calories
  • Chews are certified USDA Organic and provide 100% of your recommended daily value of vitamin C
  • Gluten- and dairy-free product
  • Backpacker April '09 says, "In the real world--miles to go, tank on empty--flavor makes the fuel. And these gummi bear-like blobs beat all comers in the taste department."
We've tried out the original Honey Stinger Waffles and Chews, and not really being a fan of gummy type candies, the waffles are still my favorite.  The chews are sweet and chewy.  My daughter likes them.

I love that these products are organic, unlike many energy products, and they do pack easily. They have Lance Armstrong's endorsement, which doesn't really win me over one way or another, but the man does know about needing energy.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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June 23, 2011

Deadly German E. Coli Sprout Outbreak NOT Linked to Organically Grown

sprouts.jpgDeadly outbreaks of E. coli in our food is scary considering you need to eat to survive and what you eat can kill you. The current crisis in Germany was originally linked to organic sprouted seeds, but German officials no longer believe that is the case. The Cornucopia Institute reports:

One of the suspected factors in this tragic outbreak of foodborne illness (now preliminarily cleared) was sprouted seeds from an organic farm. There's a history of pathogenic contamination of fresh food, including sprouts. Correcting statements made over the weekend, the German government stated on Monday, June 6 that it has not found conclusive evidence that the deadly E. coli outbreak can be linked to sprouts from an organic farm.

Regardless of which food turns out to have been contaminated with deadly E. coli, it is important to remember that the underlying cause of new, highly toxic strains of foodborne pathogens seems to be the relatively new practice of raising beef and dairy cattle in highly concentrated factory farm conditions, instead of on pasture...

Moreover, studies have shown that organic farms and organic foods are safer than conventional foods. Not only are they much less likely to be contaminated with chemical residues, pesticides, and fumigants, they are also not as likely to be contaminated with manure...

Recall data from the US Food and Drug Administration shows that there have been 10 recalls of sprouts in the past 2.5 years (since April 2009), and 9 were because conventional sprouts tested positive for foodborne pathogens (90% conventional, 10% organic). Several outbreaks in the US in the past couple of years have been linked to sprouts, but none were linked directly to organic sprouts.

Yet another reason it is safer to eat organically grown food.

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June 22, 2011

Really Natural Cookbooks: Ani's Raw Food Asia

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I love raw food, but I wouldn't say I was a raw foodie. Fortunately, Ani's Raw Food Asia: Easy East-West Fusion Recipes the Raw Food Way has many great recipes to spice up my raw food recipes beyond nuts, cocoa, and salads.

You've been to her kitchen, enjoyed her desserts, and mastered the essentials; now go with raw food goddess Ani Phyo back to her roots for the first ever Asian raw food cookbook. Along with recipes from Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, and Hawaii and background information on traditional dishes, Ani's Raw Food Asia also offers essential tips on green living, well-being, longevity, fitness, beauty, and entertaining as inspired by a healthy Asian lifestyle.

Recipes include: Mixed Vegetable Skewers with Almond-Butter Sauce, Creamed Curry Saag, Vegetable Tempura with Orange Lemongrass Dipping Sauce, Marinated Shiitake Mushroom Dumplings, Corn Fritters with a Hot and Sour Cucumber Dipping Sauce, Dosas, Moo Shoo Vegetables, and more.

One recipe I found really interesting and never encountered before was for sunscreen! This recipe includes sesame oil, which according to Ani "blocks or reduces about 30 percent of the sun's burning rays". Who knew?

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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June 21, 2011

I-5 in Southern Oregon to Get Level 3 DC Fast-Charging EV Stations

If you have ever driven north from California to Oregon on Interstate 5, you know the beauty of going through the Mt. Shasta region, to the high desert, to the lush Willamette Valley of Oregon. Now this beautiful stretch of highway will be outfitted with electric car charging stations, at least in Oregon. The Globe and Mail report:

The Oregon Department of Transportation has announced it's going to install Level 3 DC fast-charging stations along that portion of the highway. Level 3 is the key. Level 1 chargers use 110 volts from a regular home outlet and charge a vehicle overnight. Level 2 uses 240 volts, like a dryer or stove, and charge a vehicle in three or four hours. Level 3 uses 480 volts and the heavy juice can take a Nissan Leaf's 45-kilowatt battery from near empty to 80 per cent in half an hour.

The fast charging EV stations will be placed 30 miles apart in locations near restaurants where you can spend time while your EV charges.  The state is hoping the investment will increase the number of EVs in the state. There are about 50 EVs registered in the whole state, so this is quite a commitment by the DOT.

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June 20, 2011

Dave's Gourmet Unique Pasta Sauces: Three Certified Organic Flavors

Pasta sauces have surely gotten expensive in this economy, and I tend to make my own. It's pretty much the same marinara with whatever herbs are growing in the garden, but Dave's Gourmet has me beat with some really unique flavors. We were sent three varieties to sample. All of which are gluten-free, but only one was of the organic nature, although Dave doe's make three organic pasta sauces.
Dave's Gourmet Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce:

The first of its kind, our all-natural butternut-squash pasta sauce is made with squash ripened in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Paired with fresh garlic, onions and roasted red pepper, the natural sweetness and delicate flavor of the butternut squash is enhanced to provide a delicious change of pace.

Dave's Gourmet Organic Red Heirloom Pasta Sauce:
A fresh tasting sauce featuring fresh garlic, fresh herbs and organic heirloom tomatoes that burst with flavor. Try it tossed with your favorite pasta, dusted with Parmigiana Reggiano and a glass of Merlot

Masala Marinara Pasta Sauce:
This delicious and innovative pasta sauce pairs the wonderful western flavors of a classic marinara with the spices (masala), lime, and coconut flavors of the South Asian world. The result is a sauce that you would normally find coming from the kitchen of a talented restaurant chef. This sauce is fantastic with pasta, rice, chicken, pork, lamb, seafood, and vegetables.

Dave's Gourmet has me beat in creativity and will inspire me this fall to toss a few other ingredients in my homemade sauce. At least all of my sauces are 100% organically grown!

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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June 17, 2011

Natural Poison Oak Remedies: Marie Original PO Soap

With summer time outdoor adventures comes the risk of poison oak (PO) or ivy exposure. This plant can cause a mild rash to one that is intolerable. One solution I have found for my children, who do not always respect PO in the same way I do by sticking to the trail, is Marie Original Poison Oak Soap.

Poison Oak Soap helps remove the oils of the poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac plants from the skin, and speeds up healing of poison oak, poison ivy, poison sumac and other minor skin rashes. Herbs with a natural antihistamine action help stop itching and redness, and promote healing of the skin. Marie Original Poison Oak Soap is a completely natural blend of essential oils, herbs, extracts, clay, oatmeal and glycerin soap and does not contain any artificial ingredients, dyes or scents.

My son has very sensitive skin, both sensory and physically. He loves Marie's PO soap and requests it at bath time. He associates with relief from previous itchy rashes and with prevention. I used to think any soap and water could wash away the oils of PO, but now I am a firm believer in Marie's Original Poison Oak Soap.

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June 16, 2011

2015: GE to Build Solar, Wind, Natural Gas Hybrid Plant in Turkey

Why stick to one form of alternative energy when building a power plant? Why not throw in one non-renewable source to help make the power more affordable? GE plans to build a hybrid solar, wind, and natural gas plant in Turkey in an attempt to make alternative power more "economically viable". Discovery News reports:

In May, GE announced a new type of power plant that ambitiously combines solar with natural gas and wind energy technologies in a way that could make renewable energy economically viable. The 530-megawatt plant is expected to debut in Turkey in 2015. It will combine the recently announced FlexEfficiency 50 power plant (above) -- which runs on wind power and natural gas -- with a solar thermal system by eSolar -- which uses an array of mirrors to concentrate sunlight and heat water to drive turbines.

Paul Browning, the vice president of GE's thermal products division says that solar thermal energy is "the most cost-effective form of solar energy available today."

I would be much more excited about the potential of such a hybrid plant if it did not include natural gas.  Sorry T. Boone.

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June 15, 2011

Really Natural Beauty: Alaffia Roobios & Shea Butter Antioxidant Face Cream

One thing I enjoy about shopping out of town is I discover new brands. I recently tried Alaffia Rooibos & Shea Butter Antioxidant Face Cream on a road trip, and I was quite pleased with its texture, consistency, and application.

This silky cream combines the proven moisturizing and anti-aging properties of Unrefined Shea Butter with the antioxidant power of Virgin Coconut Oil, Rooibos Tea and Wild African Honey. Improves skin elasticity & texture while protecting from damaging free radicals. For all skin types.Alaffia's mission embodies three clear principles:Create - We formulate and create our products based on indigenous beauty knowledge and fair trade ingredients.Inform - We believe that it is our duty to inform the public about interconnections between communities and how, together, we can alleviate poverty through fair trade and sustainable choices.Empower - The fair trade of our handcrafted shea butter and sustainable products funds community enhancement projects that encourage self empowerment and gender equality for women in our West African communities.

This product or company has not been evaluated by the Environmental Working Group's cosmetic database, so I have to take Alaffia at their word. I applaud their commitment to sustainability and fair trade.  Besides, this is a very pleasant face cream that leaves your visage feeling moisturized but not oily. 

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June 14, 2011

LeafSnap App Makes Tree Identification Easy

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If you have an Apple iPad 2 or iPhone, tree identification just got a lot easier. Developed by the University of Maryland, the Smithsonian Institution, and Columbia University, LeafSnap is quite handy if you are like me and are always trying to learn more about the plants that surround you. The Huffington Post reports:

Scientists have developed the first mobile app to identify plants by simply photographing a leaf. The free iPhone and iPad app, called Leafsnap, instantly searches a growing library of leaf images amassed by the Smithsonian Institution. In seconds, it returns a likely species name, high-resolution photographs and information on the tree's flowers, fruit, seeds and bark.

Users make the final identification and share their findings with the app's growing database to help map the population of trees one mobile phone at a time.

This app is an incredible resource that will continue to expand its database to all of North America!

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June 13, 2011

5 Green Father's Day Gifts From 5 Green Blogs

Father's Day is this Sunday. You could get Dad a tie cookie, or you could get him a really cool green gadget. After browsing the blogosphere, here are five green Father's Day gift ideas from five green blogs:

  1. Earth Techling recommends Etón Raptor Solar USB Charger and Weatherband Radio.
  2. Earth Share recommends Eco Golf Tees.
  3. Inhabitots recommends iWood's Eco Design sunglass frames.
  4. The Sierra Club recommends Solar-Powered Motion-Sensing Light.
  5. The Daily Green recommends a Recycled Hammock.

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June 10, 2011

Really Natural Beauty: Affordable Alba Sea Lettuce Cleansing Milk

I enjoy a cleansing milk over a facial scrub. The gentle cleaning works just as well without leaving my face feeling stretched out and dry. I recently purchased Sea Lettuce Cleansing Milk when I found myself needing to spend an unplanned night away.

Product description: This unique soap-free cleanser with sea lettuce, aloe vera, and jojoba, gently lifts away make-up and impurities without stripping delicate skin, for a clean, vibrant complexion. Features and benefits: This gentle cleanser delivers soothing aloe and jojoba to stressed skin, gently lifting away make-up and impurities while maintaining your skin's delicate pH and infusing it with healing moisture. Alba's innovative blend of sea enzymes have a powerful regenerative effect, detoxifying and soothing your skin. Soap-free, No synthetic colors, pH balanced,100% Vegetarian ingredients and no animal testing

At under $10, this is a very affordable cleansing milk, although it did receive a moderate score of hazard from the Environmental Working Group, mostly because of concerns regarding the fragrance and vitamin A used.  I wish Skin Deep was available as an app to help with shopping on the go.  

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June 9, 2011

Modern Rate of Fossil Fuel Carbon Dioxide Emissions Higher than Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum Global Warming 55.9 Million Years Ago

Many climate change deniers point to previous episodes of global warming as evidence our current climate crisis is natural. A new study published in Nature Geoscience has found that the modern rate of fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions is higher than during the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum period that occurred 55.9 million years ago. Eureka Alert reports:

Around 55.9 million years ago, the Earth experienced a period of intense global warming known as the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), which lasted for around 170,000 years. During its main phase, average annual temperatures rose by around 5°C...

Based on their carbon isotope measurements and computer simulations of the Earth system, the researchers estimated that the rate of carbon emissions during the PETM peaked at between 300 million and 1,700 million metric tonnes per year, which is much slower than the present carbon emission rate.

"Our findings suggest that humankind may be causing atmospheric carbon dioxide to increase at rates never previously seen on Earth, which would suggest that current temperatures will potentially rise much faster than they did during the PETM," concluded Dr Harding.

This is not good news for climate deniers or believers alike.

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June 8, 2011

New Chapter Bone Strength: Whole Food Calcium

Calcium is an important supplement for women as they age.

If you're 30+, you're losing bone.
The truth is, bone density peaks at age 30. After that, it declines at .5% - 1% per year in both women and men. And while it spikes briefly for women following menopause, by age 65 -70 both women and men resume losing bone density at the same rate. Western diets simply don't provide enough calcium. No wonder so many doctors recommend taking a calcium supplement.

I've tried many different calcium supplements. From health food store brands to commercial ones, most calcium upsets my stomach. Not so for plant-based calcium sources, such as New Chapter Bone Strength Take Care:
Many people think that all calcium supplements are created equal. The truth is that the most common form of calcium supplement today is derived from limestone or rock. We don't eat rocks as part of our balanced diet, so why would we choose to supplement our bone health nutritional needs with limestone?

Our bodies understand and seek whole food sources of nutrition. That's why New Chapter formulated Bone Strength Take Care with a whole-food plant source of calcium, magnesium, and other important trace minerals.

The calcium complex in Bone Strength Take Care is derived from a specific plant form called Lithothamnion Calcareum, sustainably harvested from pristine shores along the Icelandic coastline. Much like organic vegetables, this sea plant is allowed to mature naturally and then sustainably harvested to deliver its optimal nutritional value.

Calcium must be completely dissolved in order to be absorbed. The plant-based calcium found in Bone Strength Take Care grows in a honeycomb structure and is extremely porous, which dramatically increases the calcium's surface area. Stomach acid can then come into greater contact with the calcium, making it easy to dissolve. Calcium carbonate sourced from limestone has a much smaller, rocky surface area and is more difficult to dissolve.

No wonder I cannot digest the rock based calcium supplements!

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June 7, 2011

USDA Tests Reveal 34 Unapproved Pesticides Found in Cilantro


Cilantro is one of my favorite herbs to grow and cook with for its unique flavor and ease of cultivation. In fact, the cilantro in my garden has been reseeding itself and growing voluntarily for over ten years. I am glad I grow my own cilantro in light of USDA testing.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

At least 34 unapproved pesticides showed up on cilantro samples analyzed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of the agency's routine testing of a rotating selection of produce. Cilantro was the first fresh herb to be tested in the 20-year-old program.

"We are not really sure why the cilantro came up with these residues," said Chris Pappas, a chemist who oversees the Virginia-based USDA pesticide testing. Researchers suspect growers may have confused guidelines for cilantro and flat-leaf parsley, for which more pesticides are approved.

In all, 94 percent of the 184 cilantro samples tested in 2009 came up positive for at least one pesticide, according to an annual Pesticide Data Program report posted online last week.

Chris Campbell, a pesticide analyst for the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization, said data show that 44 percent of cilantro samples had residues of at least one pesticide not approved for use on that crop -- "higher than I have ever seen" in nearly a decade of analyzing the USDA's pesticide reports.

I wonder why flat leaf parsley would be approved for more pesticides than cilantro. Furthermore, it is extremely concerning that so many unapproved pesticides were found on the herbs.  It also alarming that the USDA has not been testing herbs until recently, and that "the USDA's pesticide program usually tests fewer than 20 fresh fruits and vegetables a year".  Can we really trust that our food is safe?

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June 6, 2011

Has Avalon Organics Cleaned up Their Act? Cocamidopropyl Betaine is Still an Ingredient

We were recently sent a bottle of Avalon Olive & Grape Seed Moisturizing Shampoo:

Signature ingredient: Antioxidant-rich, organic olive oil is a potent source of protection against damaging free radicals. High in omega fatty acids like linoleic acid, organic grape seed oil provides regenerative and restructuring benefits for damaged and stressed tissues.

Product description: Gentle plant-derived cleansers enriched with moisturizing Borage, Flax Seed, Sunflower, Olive and Grape Seed Oils plus Panthenol cleanse and hydrate deep into the hair cuticle providing strength and shine.

70% of the ingredients are organic.

Avalon Organics is a brand I used to support before learning about their practices from the Organic Consumers Association:

The family owned Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court today against numerous personal care brands to force them to stop making misleading organic labeling claims. Dr. Bronner's and the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) had warned offending brands that they faced litigation unless they committed to either drop their organic claims or reformulate away from main ingredients made from conventional agricultural and/or petrochemical material without any certified organic material. OCA has played the leading role in exposing and educating consumers about deceptive organic branding...

The major cleansing ingredient in Avalon "Organics" soaps, bodywashes and shampoos, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, contains conventional non-organic agricultural material combined with the petrochemical Amdiopropyl Betaine.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine is an ingredient in this shampoo and "Organics" is still in their label four years after this lawsuit was filed. Avalon Organics explains their use of surfactants:
Surfactants are the ingredients that provide lather and cleanse-ability in products such as shampoos, shower gels and liquid soaps. They are important ingredients because they have a significant impact on a product's cleansing strength. Some surfactants are associated with occurrences of skin irritation, such as sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, because they are too strong. We reject these harsh chemicals.

It takes artisanship to select and formulate with cleansers that are both gentle and effective. A combination of vegetable-derived surfactants, such as those found in Avalon Organics Shampoos, is one example of such a combination. [Cocamidopropyl betaine (Coconut derived), Disodium cocoamphodiacetate (Coconut derived), Sodium cocoyl sarcosinate (Coconut derived), Sodium lauroyl lactylate (Palm kernel and sugar derived), and Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate (Coconut derived)]. These naturally derived sudsing agents have a relatively large molecular structure, so that they will not penetrate the skin. Unlike sodium laureth/lauryl sulfates that have a relatively small molecular structure that easily penetrates the skin causing irritation and dryness.

I commend the company for avoiding sodium lauryl sulfates, but I do trust the OCA that Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a cause for concern.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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June 3, 2011

Organic Honest Ade and Honest Tea Thirst Quenchers

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Honest Ade Organic Zero Calorie Classic Lemonade:

This classic lemonade by Honest Ade has a refreshingly modern twist. Instead of sugar they use organic Stevia, a leafy plant that provides natural zero calorie sweetness. USDA Organic

Honest Tea Black Berry/Caffein Free (100% Organic):
Organic Black Frost Berry Tea Bottle A Fruit Infusion Made With Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Hibiscus, Organic Blackberry Leaves, Organic Berry Flavor, Organic Blueberries, And Organic Raspberries.

Both of these drinks are caffeine free and delicious.  They certainly are a better choice for your health then grabbing a soda on an interstate road trip!

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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June 2, 2011

Law Firm Investigates "Blueberry" Cereal that Contain No Blueberries

It's common knowledge that blueberries are a super food, and major food companies have been touting their benefits in their products. Too bad many of these products, like blueberry cereals, do not contain this amazing fruit. The situation is so bad that a legal firm has gotten involved.  Natural News reports:

The law firm of Finkenstein Thompson LLP, with offices in San Francisco and Washington D.C., has launched an investigation into the issue of "faked" blueberries being used in cereals and bread products. As reported here on NaturalNews and revealed by the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (www.ConsumerWellness.org), General Mills manufactures a cereal called "Total Blueberry Pomegranate" which contains no blueberries and no pomegranates.

Many cereals, breads, bagels, pancake mixes and muffins imply they contain real blueberries either by using the word "blueberries" on the front of the box or by showing prominent pictures of blueberries on the product packaging. But the ingredients list reveals many of these products contain no blueberries at all. Instead, they are often made out of artificial coloring chemicals, partially-hydrogenated oils and processed sugars. Instead of delivering the nutrients that people expect to enjoy when they eat real blueberries, these "fake blueberry" products deliver chemicals and processed sugars.

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June 1, 2011

Really Natural May 2011 Monthly Roundup

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