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5 Food Myths Busted: Grocery shopping mistakes that are costing you money and quality

By Carolyn Malcoun, July 22, 2010 - 10:41am

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Carolyn asks: What food myth would you like to see busted?

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Food Myth #5: You should always pick the bag of spinach at the back of the produce case.
A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, revealed that spinach stored continuously under the light for as little as three days boasted higher levels of vitamin C and preserved levels of K, E, folate and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. The lights enhance nutrient levels by encouraging photosynthesis—the process by which plants use energy from the sun to create food and compounds that protect them. That means that the package of spinach at the front of the case could actually have more nutrients than the one in the dark at the back of the case in the dark.

SERIOUSLY?THE LIGHTS MAKE THE BAGS OF SPINACH IN THE FRONT HAVE MORE NUTRIENTS THAN THE BAGS IN THE DARK BACK,PHOTOSYNTHESIS IS HAPPENING IN FROZEN BAGS OF SPINACH!!!Disgraceful writing & another blog entry was almost as bad.

Anonymous

03/14/2014 - 10:19pm

Are artificial sweeteners used in place of sugar bad for your health?

Anonymous

11/06/2013 - 11:15am

Is it true that you need 64oz. of WATER a day?

Anonymous

01/14/2013 - 1:22pm

Raw milk being better than pasteurized.

Anonymous

01/02/2013 - 11:39pm

Hi Carolyn, Can you suggest some books or rignedas on the economics of food/alternative economic models for sustainable communities that would help the econ novice get a handle on these issues? I just finished Bill Mckibben's Deep Economy, and would love to keep learning more. P.S. I am writing from Kalispell, Montana, about 1.5 hours from where your website photo was taken. Glad you made it to Big Sky country Thanks for starting this blog!Kristina Johnson

Anonymous

11/28/2012 - 7:04pm

Dear Carolyn, I agree totally with you and happy to see sobdmoey talk about sustainable agriculture and food system from the economics point of view. It is the focus. Everything starts with economics and need to be used to create sustainable agriculture. It is possible to have clean, adequate, and safe food without jeopardizing the environment and the future generation share of it. If we look at the food waste alone, we can get a lot of ideas on how to meet and create the sustainable safe food system.I would follow you closely as I have experience and high interest in the field.Best,Majd

Anonymous

11/28/2012 - 12:46am

Is milk really good for you?

Anonymous

11/27/2012 - 11:23pm

As far as a cleanser, you could try an oil such as olive oil or jobjoa. These will pull out the dirt while leaving the skin moisturized. is a simple list of oils and whether they will clog pores. It is not all-inclusive, but is a great start. Please note that because of your sensitive skin, you should always try any new skincare product on a small area first. Your symptoms can be related to allergies so pay attention to the ingredients of any product that you use. For example the oil blend mentioned in the Facial Mudd Mask contains almond oil. You may want to replace that with avocado oil or try a little bit of almond on a discreet area before using it in the formula. I would also try a cream-based cleanser. Here is a recipe that I found on . OHM (Oats, Honey Milk) Cleanser submitted by Donna MariaMakes 1-2 applications, keep refrigeratedIngredients:3 tablespoons finely powdered oats1 tablespoon warmed honey2 tablespoons warmed heavy cream2 drops myrtle essential oil (optional)4 drops lavender essential oil (optional)Combine warmed honey and heavy cream. Stir well to dissolve honey. Add oats and stir. Let sit 5 minutes. Add essential oils and stir again. To Use: wet face and scoop OMH into palms. Secure hair away from face. Apply to face and neck using upward, sweeping motions and gentle, circular motions to clean the skin. Repeat if desired. Rinse well and follow with toner and moisturizer.You can try this with or without the essential oils. You can also experiment with essential oils to find out which ones work well for you. With the information that you have given, Chamomile and rose oils would also be great to use. I prefer to use the 3% dilutions of these oils in jobjoa as the pure essential oils are cost-prohibitive.For your toner I would use rose flower water or hydrosol. An herbal infusion of elder flower and comfrey might also be helpful. For a moisturizer you can also use the formula for the oils found in the . I would trade out the grapefruit oil for chamomile essential oil or just leave it out of the formula. While the above suggestions treat your symptoms, you should also consider finding out what is causing them. It could be a reaction to stress, hormones, weather or an unknown allergen in your food, environment or skincare products. You can visit a dermatologist or you can try to figure it out on your own. If this just started recently, ask yourself what changes in your lifestyle you have made. Many people never really find the cause, so be prepared for that, too. If the cause is easy to address, then the problem will also disappear and you can open so many more options for having healthy skin.

Anonymous

08/20/2012 - 8:00pm

Does eating soy products, bananas, equal, really increase belly fat, as claimed in some ads?
Thanks.
Jean Kilczer
jeankilczer@centurylink.net

Anonymous

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l.dent15

03/17/2012 - 8:30pm

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