We all know that extra-virgin olive oil is good for us. The delicious staple of the Mediterranean diet is loaded with healthy fats that help reduce our risk of chronic diseases — a big reason why U.S. consumption has tripled in the last 25 years. But, how do you pick the right bottle — especially when faced with a supermarket aisle packed with seemingly more kinds of olive oil than stars in the sky?
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Minimizing exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals is especially important during the prenatal period.
One sobering fact of modern life: endocrine disrupters are everywhere. Occasional contact wouldn’t be a major concern but the trouble is, most of us come into contact with them multiple times in a day. Many of these toxins either block or promote estrogen and other hormones, so either way, they throw off your hormonal balance. They can affect the way these hormones function in your body, causing numerous problems that many people mistakenly attribute to stress, aging or just normal aches and pains.
Even though the health dangers associated with bisphenol A (BPA) have been known for more than 70 years, it wasn’t until recently that manufacturers began ditching the stuff due to rising public awareness. For consumers, among the chief concerns was BPA’s estrogen-mimicking effects which, in addition to throwing off the body’s natural hormone balance, was linked to a cavalcade of health problems, including reproductive issues, birth defects, breast cancer, heart and liver disease and neurological disorders.
You probably know that some plastic toys—like the now infamous rubber ducky—contain the hormone-disrupting, birth-defect-causing, probably-carcinogenic plasticizers known as phthalates. You may have even heard that this group of chemicals is also found in the fragrance of your favorite personal care products.
I’ve been using a lot of coconut milk lately – in smoothies, as a creamer in tea and coffee, in curry dishes and more. I only use the canned coconut milk, which is less processed than the boxed variety, but still has its downfalls as many of the cans have BPA in the lining. (Native Forest brand is one BPA-free exception!)
When I realized how much I was going through and how much healthier the homemade variety is, I decided it was time to try to make my own. Coconut Milk is a source of healthy fats, and a delicious base for smoothies, sauces and ice cream! As you will see below, you heat the water, which helps to bring out the fat, and makes the milk creamier.
In 1946, there was a famous ad that read “more doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette.” In 1976, Coke’s slogan was “Coke adds Life!” Fast forward a few decades, and we all know better. Both of those ads, however amusingly anachronistic they may now seem, fooled a lot of people and helped damage the bodies of millions of people, the only upside being that now at least, there’s a warning label on cigarettes. I think Coke should have one too. A few years back former Mayor Bloomberg got close by banning sales of super-sized sodas in NYC, a move applauded by all of us in the health community. Not surprisingly, soda manufacturers fought the measure, hoping to shout down health and safety concerns, but the word got out and finally, soda’s getting the bad rap it so richly deserves.
At this point, we all know that when it comes to the wellbeing of babies, breastfeeding is vastly superior to formula feeding in every way. Still, for those parents who formula feed—whether by choice or necessity—they all want to know: what is the safest, healthiest formula I can give my baby? With so many organic options now available, choosing a safe formula seems easier than ever, but not so fast. There are many problematic ingredients in infant formulas, even the ever-increasing organic varieties.