Daily Meat Eaters Face 18% Cancer Risk Increase

The jury is in: Red meat causes cancer. Those were the findings of the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, better known as IARC, which recently released a study that found processed meat–like bacon, ham, sausage and hot dogs–definitely causes cancer, and red meat probably causes it, as well. When you consider all we know about processed foods and dioxin in red meat, this information seem a long time coming. What can you do? [Read more…]

3 Ways to Support Better Meat Management As America Tops List of Consumers

Want a side of dioxin with that steak? With the way that meat is managed in the United States today, you don’t have much choice. But as Congress is contemplates better meat management–especially as it relates to antibiotics, currently used more on farms than in hospitals–here are three ways you can make your voice heard. [Read more…]

Go Semi-Vegetarian! 2 Ways to Ditch Dioxins

hamburger on white background with lettuce and tomatoMy family is not vegan. We’re not even completely vegetarian. I serve the occasional organic, grass-fed hamburger, and I let them order conventional burgers in restaurants, if they want to. But I let my kids know that we eat very little meat—living a semi-vegetarian life—for one important reason: Dioxins.

Now you may not have heard much about this group of roughly 75 related chemicals—unless you were an early adopter of alternative feminine hygiene products that touted their avoidance of the stuff.

But I digress. As a parent, these are a few facts you need to know. [Read more…]

2 Steps to Eliminate Food Dyes Linked to ADHD

adhd inducing food dyes in bright colored candyDo your kids get hyper after eating candy? It might not be the sugar—but could be the color. Studies have found a link between food dyes and hyperactivity in children.

Some even see a link between food dyes—which trigger the release of histamines, part of the body’s immune system—and allergies, as well as ADHD, which affects 5.2 million American children.

Yet in 2012, an FDA advisory committee determined that the science was too weak to support a ban on artificial food dyes or a warning label on foods that contain them.

Apparently, that’s not the case in Europe, where regulations require such a warning label, forcing European companies to substitute natural colors for dyes. [Read more…]

Body by Vegan

alicia silverstone in short shorts and strawberry t-shirtA few years ago, a friend forwarded me a picture of Alicia Silverstone. The subject line was simple: body by vegan.

It got my attention. Because even though I try to exercise two or three times a week, there remains that stubborn five pounds of fat that took hold right below my belly button while I was pregnant and never came off.

Now I know that I’m active and healthy, and I knock wood daily for that. But there is a vain teenager inside of every woman. And on the day that my friend sent me Alicia Silverstone’s picture, that teen spoke up. I wanted to have a body by vegan. Desperately.

The photo-sending friend happens to be a vegan, mind you. And she also happens to be very thin, which may have less to do with the fact that she doesn’t eat animal products, and more to do with the fact that when you don’t eat animal products there is really very little that you can eat. Why live like that? [Read more…]