Author: Jill Ettinger

Here Come the Superbugs? – Antibiotic Resistance Heightened by Exposure to Pesticides and Herbicides

A new study, published in the American Society for Microbiology’s journal mBio, finds that herbicides, particularly those used on genetically modified crops, can make antibiotics less effective.

The study found that individuals who are exposed to herbicides while taking antibiotics are more likely to need higher doses of antibiotics to fend off the offending bacteria.

Why You Should Put Olive Oil On Everything

There are plenty of olive oil benefits. But this latest one may surprise you.

Olive oil is prized for its good fats that support heart and brain health. A good grassy, fruity olive oil is also valued for its incredibly rich and robust flavor. But can it also offer protection against the damage caused by genetically modified foods? A new study says yes.

A Report Highlights Rampant Misleading Marketing Efforts by Leading Yogurt Brands

A new report released by organic advocacy group, The Cornucopia Institute, highlights rampant misleading marketing efforts by leading yogurt brands in the industry.

The report points to major yogurt makers including Dannon, Yoplait and Chobani of turning yogurt—a longtime health food—into little more than junk food loaded with artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and emulsifiers.

Are Fecal Transplants the Future of Medicine?

Fecal transplants are real, and yes, technically a medical thing.

A relatively new technology designed to help battle C. diff, the most common hospital-contracted illness that’s extremely difficult to treat with antibiotics, fecal transplants hold some promising results.

“Doctors, health officials, researchers, and entrepreneurs have begun to see the potential of fecal transplants to treat not just C. diff, but perhaps a multitude of ailments, from irritable bowel syndrome to chronic constipation,” reports Mother Jones.

The Trouble With Tilapia

Nutritionists and health experts expound on the many benefits of including fish as part of a healthy diet: It’s a lean protein, it’s got lots of healthy fats. For the culinary-inclined, fish are versatile in the kitchen. With so many varieties of fish to choose from and so many ways to prepare them, it’s easy to see how fish can rival other animal proteins when seeking variety. But our taste for fish—and inexpensive ones at that like tilapia—has Americans and Canadians relying on imported fish that may be anything but healthy.

99 Reasons to Stop Wearing Artificial Fragrances and Perfume

We have a body odor problem in this country. But it’s not what you probably think. Yes, some of us stink pretty badly (thanks, Standard American Diet), but that’s not the problem. The issue is our relentless pursuit to cover up our body odor with artificial fragrances and perfumes.

Somewhere down the line we decided that detergents and chemicals smell more pleasant than our armpits. We traded in natural botanicals for hazardous materials. We let celebrities sell us perfumes because we think that’s what they must smell like all the time, and if we use their perfume, we’ll smell like a celebrity too.

Is Big Soda the New Tobacco Industry?

A recent report released by Harvard health researchers have connected the consumption of sugary soft drinks and sodas with as many as 180,000 deaths each year around the world, with 25,000 of those deaths occurring in America, making it the third highest country on the list.

According to the report, 133,000 of the deaths are related to diabetes, 44,000 come as a result of cardiovascular disease and 6,000 are cancer deaths. The researchers calculated the impact of obesity and diet-related deaths by measuring the quantities of sugary beverages consumed based on age and sex. Latin American and Caribbean countries had the most deaths from diabetes and East/Central Eurasia had the highest number of cardiovascular deaths. Mexico, where sugary drink consumption is the highest in the world, had 318 deaths per million adults directly related to their soda and sweetened beverage habits.

The 13 Grossest Processed Foods People Actually Pay Money to Eat

Processed foods are gross on so many levels—the added sugars, artificial colors and flavors, stabilizers, GMOs—but some manufacturers take it to a whole other level with some really unnecessary gimmicks to get you to buy their products. Newness sells even when it’s downright gnarly.

Here’s a roundup of some of the grossest processed foods we’ve seen in a while:

4 Eco Kitchen Investments for the Conscious Foodie

The kitchen is typically the room in the home that gets the most wear and tear—and for good reason. It’s the hearth, the center for nurturing and sustaining. It smells great. But all that wear and tear can mean a steady cycle of used up items heading to landfills. Like much of the rest of what we purchase, we often opt for cheap even when we’ll have to repeatedly replace those items as they break or become useless more quickly. The kitchen, though, is one place where its worth spending a bit more on the front end for investments that will last longer. Besides, many of them are also healthier for you and your family.

7 Vegan Grilling Ideas
(That Go Way Beyond the Veggie Burger!)

It’s official. Summer is drenching us with sunny warmth, longer days, and lots of reasons to avoid being boxed in by walls and roofs. It also means it’s grilling season—and vegan grilling is a worthwhile pursuit.

Anyone can plop a piece of meat onto a grill. But vegan grilling takes finesse. Call it skill. Are you thinking: “What’s so difficult about plopping a veggie burger on the grill?” Nothing. But why limit yourself to a burger?