Another Reason to Eat Organic – Decrease Pesticide Exposure by 90%

Written by Max Goldberg on May 18, 2014. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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Here are a few things that we know.

1) In its pioneering testing several years ago, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) identified up to 493 chemicals in Americans of all ages, including 287 industrial chemical pollutants found in the cord blood of 10 babies born in 2004.

So, from the time we are in the womb of our mother, our body is flooded with synthetic toxins.

2) Even though this EWG data was collected a decade ago, not much has changed since then, in terms of our exposure to chemicals. Read More »

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Is Non-GMO Better Than Organic?

Written by Max Goldberg on April 10, 2014. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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In a recent online survey of a 1,000 health-conscious consumers conducted by Market LOHAS – Mambo Sprouts Marketing Research, it was found that 80% of shoppers seek out non-GMO products, with 56% saying non-GMO was key to brand buying versus 52% for organic.

Hence, a product that has the words “Non-GMO” on its packaging is going to carry more weight with consumers than “Organic”.

On many levels, this is incredibly worrisome, mostly because shoppers are making the absolute wrong and unhealthy decision at the supermarket. Read More »

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5 Essential Ways to Avoid Genetically-Modified Food (GMOs)

Written by Max Goldberg on February 18, 2014. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

The other day on Facebook, I shared a post that I wrote a while ago called Consuming Genetically-Modified Soy is a Very, Very Risky Proposition. (If you are unfamiliar with the health risks of eating genetically-modified food, please read this article.)

As a follow-up from that post, I got an e-mail from a reader asking how she would know if she is eating genetically-modified soy or not.

Figuring that many other people may have that same question, I wanted to explain how to avoid eating genetically-modified food (GMOs) and the things that you need to look out for.

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#1 – Buy USDA Certified Organic Products  GMOs are prohibited in organic food. Therefore, look for products that contain the USDA certified organic seal.

Even though GMOs are prohibited in organic, organic crops can be contaminated by GMOs through cross-pollination and drift. (That is why the proliferation of GMOs is a real threat to organic farming. The co-existence of GM-crops and organic crops is simply not possible, despite what our government would like us to believe.)

USDA rules require that organic certifiers test samples from at least 5% of the operations they certify on an annual basis. Read More »

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The Health Risks of Eating Conventional Potatoes

Written by Max Goldberg on November 30, 2013. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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Whenever I think about a lot of the food that I ate growing up, it isn’t overly pleasant. It was the standard American diet with all of the processed, fast food that most of the country still consumes today.

Fortunately, my childhood took place before the emergence of GMOs (mid-90s) and growth hormone milk (late 80s), so I escaped some of the really bad things when my body was in its crucial stage of development.

One food that I fondly remember eating, and loving, at family dinners was potatoes. And it wasn’t just the insides of the potatoes. I particularly loved eating the skins. Yet, little did I or my parents know just how toxic they were.

When many people think of the most important foods to be eating organic, potatoes do not immediately come to mind as quickly as apples, grapes, or spinach do. But they should and here’s why. Read More »

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Stanford’s Report on Organic Food Should Serve as a Serious Wake-Up Call

Written by Max Goldberg on September 5, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

Late Monday night, I read about the Stanford University report on organic food, which said that organic and conventionally-grown food offered similar nutritional benefits, and have spent the last few days processing this news.

Here are my key takeaways.

INTELLECTUAL HONESTY MUST REIGN SUPREME

Based on the parameters that the Stanford professors used, it was obvious that organic was going to be the clear loser before they even got started.

Why? Read More »

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Study: Organic Tomatoes Contain More Antioxidants than Conventional Ones

Written by Max Goldberg on August 23, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

In yet another study, we have more evidence that organic is the healthier choice.

A recent report out of the University of Barcelona claims that organic tomatoes have a higher amount of antioxidants than conventional tomatoes.

Researchers used liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry to determine that organic tomatoes have a greater amount of phenolic compounds or polyphenols. Polyphenols, which are natural antioxidants of plant origin, are associated with the prevention of cardiovascular and degenerative diseases, and some forms of cancer. Read More »

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The Dangers of Cleaning Products….Even the “Green” Ones

Written by Max Goldberg on August 15, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

One of the reasons that many of us eat organic food is because we want to keep dangerous chemicals out of our bodies.

Yet even if we adhere to a 100% organic diet, we still need to pay very close attention to all of the personal care and household cleaning products that we use – from handsoaps, shampoos, floor cleaners, window sprays, air fresheners, dishwash soaps, etc.

The Environmental Working Group, one of my favorite non-profit groups, who also happens to put out The Dirty Dozen, just released a sneak preview of their Cleaners Hall of Shame – a list of the most hazardous cleaning products on the market.

Many products contain ingredients known to cause asthma or are contaminated with carcinogens. Read More »

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