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Does washing remove the pesticides from foods? : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Does cleaning help? We don’t have long term information about the effects of pesticides in produce, but you can certainly reduce exposure to your kids by choosing organic when you can and washing your conventional fruits and veggies.

via Does washing remove the pesticides from foods? : Ask Dr. Gourmet.

It’s essential to wash produce before eating it, regardless of whether it’s conventional (pesticides) or organic (poopie and its related bacteria).

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Eat some fruit

Fruit Breakfast

The level of your fruit consumption is directly associated with the level of your health.  Not surprisingly, because fruit is one of the markers we look first for when evalutating your diet — if you’re eating fruits, chances are you’re not just commercializing your way through the day on a steady diet of junk.

There are perhaps as many as 20,000 different varieties of fruit, of only a very small fraction may be in your grocer’s produce aisle at any one time.  But they’ll rotate throughout the year as crops come available.

To get your fruit consumption up, aim for at least one serving per day, ideally  two to four.

And to get the variety up and add some interest, find and try some new fruit or fruit variety every week.

7 Things We Learned About The History Of The Doritos Taco


7 Things We Learned About The History Of The Doritos Locos Taco – Consumerist.


Interesting look into the process of bringing a fast food product to market.


Nectresse review

There’s another new sweetener on the block … this one, from the Splenda folks, is fruit-based (monk fruit) like Splenda  is (banana).  The departure is that this is a purportedly natural extract, whereas Splenda involves chlorine-based extraction.

There’s another difference, though.  Nectresse is Erythritol (sugar alcohol) + Sugar + Monk Fruit Extract + Molasses.  Thus it takes the “natural” claim on the front of the box to mean, natural in the current federal standards, not natural as in, containing stuff that grows out of the ground.  Sugar alcohol is legally a natural product since it occurs naturally in fruits even though this is not a natural sweetener because if it was, you could go outdoors in the right spot and gather some up for yourself.    I’m far past weary of this kind of legal tap dance.

Beyond that, it does taste pretty good.  Maybe a little fruity, maybe a little citrus-y aftertaste that’s a little chemical.

It bakes reasonably well, not great.

It comes in a box the size of an 80-count box of other sweeteners for about $1-2 less … but, alas, it’s pretty bulky so there’s only 40 packages in there.

This is a market that’s already crowded and very saturated – people who are going to use alternative sweeteners already do.  So to get in, you have to take share from somebody else, and we can’t see this product pushing anybody out.   Likely the manufacturer, now that Splenda’s protection period has run out and is available in a very satisfactory generic, is looking to make up some of those lost Splenda sales by giving us something new to try.  But it doesn’t present any definitive newness other than its claim to being natural, which is clearly legally true and clearly practically speaking, a stretch.  We’ll leave it at that.

All in all, we’re not feeling the nectresse love here.    B minus.

What should you use for your artificial sweetener?  The answer is … here it comes … wait for it … NOTHING.  God made things as sweet as he intended for them to be.  If you want sweet, eat naturally sweet things.  If you have a sweet tooth, stop eating unnaturally sweet things, and the sweet tooth will go away.    Having a sweet tooth is our colloquial way of saying your a supertaster of sweet — your taste buds and your wiring of those into your pleasure centers and your memories are extremely efficient.   The one and only way to eliminate that is to train yourself to appreciate natural sweetness by totally eliminating unnatural sweetness.   Products like this really just perpetuate the problem.

Kitchen space

It’ll soon, that time of year, spring cleaning; clean out, renew, restore… gotta love that process.

Is your kitchen short on space?  There are all kinds of ways to add more, from additional shelving, to hanging your pots and pans, to major kitchen rehab or remodeling.

But the easiest, possibly most productive way is to go through the storage you have in your kitchen and eliminate stuff you don’t need to be right at hand.

Appliances you use, but not monthly, can be moved elsewhere in your home.

Food that’s notably past its use-by date — byebye.

Stuff you bought to feed your cravings that you wound up not needing to eat — byebye indeed.

If you really get into the kitchen renewal thing, take everything, every single thing, out of everywhere in your kitchen, decide where the best place to keep everything is, get you some inexpensive racks-dividers-plastic drawers-storage containers-etc, and put it all in where you want it.

You may find your kitchen has a lot more room than you thought.