Nutri-News: A Little Helper for Your Grocery Shopping
Shopping for food shouldn’t be complicated, but it is. There are signs and claims on boxes and packages that scream “healthy” to entice you but which system should you listen to? That’s where the Star System comes in.
It works like this: items receive zero to three stars depending upon their benefits like vitamins, minerals, fiber, whole grains versus fats, cholesterol, sugar and sodium. One study showed that it improved purchasing choices 24% of the time, that’s a pretty good rate. Details on the pros and cons of the Star System.
Key Ingredient: Organic or Not Organic…THAT is the Question
Should you go organic? Everyone has to make this choice in their own kitchen with their own body and on their own budget and it’s not an easy one. The studies go back and forth on whether or not there are more vitamins and nutrients in the organically grown food.
But, what if we are looking for the wrong thing? What if there are key micro nutrients and phyto nutrients that we don’t even know about yet that are being missed? The argument in favor of organic goes beyond that of what it may or may not do for your body into what pesticides are doing to the planet. The picture is still too new to be crystal clear.
What we do know is that ANY vegetable is better for your body than no vegetable. If you can’t (or don’t believe you should or can afford to) go organic, do not let that stop you from eating more vegetables. We can all agree on that. The #1 vegetable on the store shelves is kale but no one knows how to prepare it. Try this simple and insanely delicious recipe for a quick Pesto Kale Salad!
Useful Tool: Dump the Non-Stick for Good Old Fashioned Cast Iron
Non-stick skillets are being dumped left right and centre for their PTFE coatings which emit a gas when heated beyond medium. (The speckles and flakes will pass right through you somewhat harmlessly but their presence means you are inhaling more of this toxic gas.)
Luckily, the solution is something you can buy at a yard sale for $3 or steal from your mom. Cast iron pans take a little tiny bit of care (scrape, rub with oil and reheat to dry) but are just as “non-stick” when all is said and done. Try this cast iron corn bread that will be perfect for your fall roster with hearty soups and warming stews.