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Iodine: The EZ Way!

June 12, 2012

Somehow iodine, iodine, iodine has become the topic du jour around the lunch table at work. No big mystery as one of our friends is having a thyroid issue, which then created a sudden interest eating foods rich in iodine – the trace mineral essential in thyroid function. (And of course it’s touted as the first line of defense against the nuclear radiation fall out) Since, we don’t want to accidentally OD by taking tablets, like some people do. We set out to find the best dietary sources.

Duh! turns out iodized salt is a pretty easy thing to do… thanks Joseph A. Case for your detail-rich article.

And as it turns out seafood is naturally rich in iodine, including; cod, sea bass, haddock and perch. Kelp (one serving of kelp offers 4 times more than a daily minimum requirement) is the most common iodine-rich green source, while dairy products and plants grown in iodine-rich soil can provide a bit of this nutrient  … we digress.

Keep it simple by snacking on it! While those Trader Joe’s seaweed snacks are pretty good – if you can find Seasnax dried seaweed (Whole Foods, some health food stores, online) … these seem to score a bit higher w/ the online health brigade because they use olive oil -not canola oil in the process. And according to their website, on average, 15 micrograms of iodine can be found in a full sheet of nori.

Just not into food from the sea? Here is a chart from The World’s Healthiest Foods on what they consider to be great sources of iodine.

Did we miss your favorite iodine-rich snack or meal? Please share in our comments.

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Cocktail Chatter: Livers Love Moderation

March 23, 2012

Susan Sermoneta

Moderate your alcohol intake. We’re not saying don’t drink, just don’t over do it. And here’s why…

From the lips to the brain, alcohol is absorbed in under five minutes.  Though alcohol affects every organ of the body, it’s most dramatic impact is on the liver. The liver cells normally prefer fatty acids as fuel, and package excess fatty acids as triglycerides, which they then route to other tissues of the body.  However, when alcohol is present, the liver cells are forced to first metabolize the alcohol, letting the fatty acids accumulate, sometimes in huge amounts. Alcohol metabolism permanently changes liver cell structure, which impairs the liver’s ability to metabolize fats.

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Take Your Share of the Crop – Locavore on the Cheap

June 13, 2011

Low on funds but still want to eat like a locavore? Try a CSA approach. According to the Green Schoolhouse Series, a group that builds LEED-Platinum designed schoolhouses on low-income school grounds, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way for consumers to get their weekly produce fix with locally grown vegetables directly from a farmer in their community.

For about the price of a large pizza you can buy a “share” of a farmers’ crop. In most cases the share comes in the form of vegetables, but fruit and dairy are sometimes included. The consumer can set up a plan to receive the crop once a week or even once a month during the farming season. For example, one crop share company charges about $25 for a box of 3 organic fruits and 7 organic vegetables — plus recipes and delivery.

The best part?  Both the consumer and the farmer benefit.
According to Local Harvest and the Green Schoolhouse Series, farmers are able to market their produce before the busy harvest time and receive their payment early in the season.  Meanwhile, consumers usually visit the farm where the produce is grown at least once per season and are able to develop a relationship with the local farmer who actually grows their food.

Ready for your own share of the crop? Check out these programs:

Click here to visit the USDA Community Supported Agriculture website and find other CSA farms near you.

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Beware – Chinese Chicken!

January 23, 2011

Chicken from China? Why? As we all lean towards eating from and supporting local food sources, we need to seriously consider importing this very popular food product from China. Who doesn’t love Chinese chicken salad…along with various other Chinese food dishes made with chicken, but here is a great example of exercising your rights and voice to protect your own health. Food & Water Watch has prepared a letter that has already been written, and is addressed to the proper recipient’s email address…all you have to do is sign it and press send.

If you agree share this with your friends.