Study: Organic has More Antioxidants, Much Fewer Pesticides, and Less Cadmium than Conventionally-Grown

Written by Max Goldberg on July 13, 2014. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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The evidence as to why people should choose organic over conventional just keeps rolling in.

In a brand new study just published by researchers at Newcastle University in England, it was found that organic fruits, vegetables, and grains contained higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides compared to the same conventionally-grown food.

Some details of the study include: Read More »

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Top 10 Herbs by Nutrient Density

Written by Max Goldberg on June 12, 2014. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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By now, many of you may be familiar with the “ANDI Scores” when you walk into the produce section of Whole Foods Market.

Created by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, ANDI stands for “Aggregate Nutrient Density Index” and ranks a food’s nutrient density on a scale from 1 to 1000.

The ANDI scores are calculated by evaluating an extensive range of micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities, and by dividing the nutrient level of a food by its caloric content (N/C).

For context, kale, a dark leafy green, scores 1000 while soda scores 1. 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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New Study on Milk: More Evidence That Organic Offers Superior Nutrition

Written by Max Goldberg on December 16, 2013. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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When most people think of the reason to drink organic milk, the first thing that pops into their mind is the desire to avoid hormonal milk – milk that has been produced from cows who have been injected with synthetic growth hormones.

(If you are unfamiliar with the serious health risks of hormonal milk, click HERE.)

Yet, a recently released study gives us an additional reason as to why we should drink organic milk.

In research published in PLOS One, the scientists of the study reported that organic milk contained 62% more omega-3 fatty acids and 25% fewer omega-6s. Read More »

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Should You ALWAYS Eat Organic?

Written by Max Goldberg on February 20, 2013. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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Last week I got a comment on How Much Poison Should We Feed our Kids Today? and thought it was important enough to be a full blog post.

A woman felt guilty about feeding her kids pesticide-laden, conventionally-grown food and asked if she “should always feed them organic?”

As an organic food blogger and someone who is very passionate about organic, I am going to be biased about organic food, which should not come as a surprise to anyone. Read More »

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