Fight the DARK Act & Support GMO Labeling

gmo labeling dark act call to actionYou know the calorie count and the fat content. Shouldn’t you also know if your food contains GMOs? That’s the question on the table with H.R. 4432, a bill otherwise known as Deny Americans the Right to Know—or the DARK Act—which is set to be re-introduced to Congress this year. Regardless of what you think about the safety of GMO foods, this is a bill you need to know about. [Read more…]

8 Foods to Fight Anxiety and Depression

soybeans against white backgroundWith the tragedy of Robin Williams’ death raising questions about mental illness, I started looking for answers. The statistics are staggering: Today, one in 10 Americans is on antidepressants—a 400% increase in the last 30 years. And there’s a lot of evidence showing that these drugs may not be able to help everybody. In fact, some experts believe that lifestyle shifts—especially dietary—might be a more effective first step to address depression, as well as anxiety, which is depression’s flip side. I asked Heather Lounsbury, author of Fix Your Mood with Food, to share her expertise on this important subject with Mommy Greenest readers. I am so honored to share her wisdom with you—and to host a giveaway of her amazing new book!  [Read more…]

Can Probiotics Fight Salmonella?

glass bowl of white yogurt topped with blueberries and strawberriesFood-borne diseases cause 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths each year in the United States, according to the CDC. In the past six years, salmonella-contaminated peanut butter caused 1,139 infections in 44 states, while more than 90 pounds of e. coli-tainted foods were recalled during a two-week period in 2013. As many as 73% of Americans reported that they are concerned that food may not be safe to eat, according to a 2010 Harris Poll.

Luckily, help is on the horizon, in the form of tiny little bugs. Yes, you read that right: bugs. [Read more…]