The 2015 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, has just been released by the EWG ( The Environmental Working Group). A guide to the most and least pesticide contaminated fruit and vegetables. Although EWG are based in America where there the allowed level of pesticides is often higher it is still a good reference point for us here in the UK to help us make better choices on what produce is better to buy organic and what produce is ok to buy non-organic.
Buying all organic can prove very expensive so my mission is to try to buy organic as much as my budget allows and I am particularly careful with the fruits and vegetables my children will eat most like cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, apples & carrots.
Pesticides are used in conventional farming to grow vegetables and fruits and it has been proven that they can damage our health and are linked to conditions such as headaches, cancer and endocrine disruption. Washing and or peeling does not always remove pesticides. However, pesticide levels typically diminish when food is cooked.
EWG’s report highlights that even though leafy greens including Kale and collard greens such as broccoli and also chilli peppers are not listed in The Dirty Dozen, they have been found to have trace levels of highly hazardous pesticides. So if you eat them often, buy them organic.
• 99% of apple, 98% of peach, and 97% of nectarine samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
• Potatoes have more pesticides by weight than any other produce.
• One single grape sample and a sweet bell pepper sample contained 15 pesticides.
• Single sample of cherry tomatoes, nectarines, peaches, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides.
The Dirty Dozen™ 2015
3. Cherry tomatoes,
9. Sugar snap peas
12. Sweet bell peppers
Plus kale, collard greens, spring greens and hot peppers due to the trace levels of highly hazardous pesticides found.
The Clean Fifteen™2015
13. Sweet corn
14. Frozen sweet peas
15. Sweet potatoes
Read the full report here
New Study Shows – When You Eat Could Matter More than What You Eat
The study by Salk (Institute for Biological Studies) researchers indicated that the timing of when we eat may influence weight control more than the number of calories we actually consume. They found that putting mice on a strict 8 hour feeding and 16 hour fasting regime resulted in healthier, slimmer mice even when they were fed a high-fat diet. Conversely the mice in the other group that were fed the same diet but were able to eat any time of day or night were both fatter and less healthy.
The research also showed that allowing the mice to eat only during an eight-hour period reversed obesity and diabetes. In their latest study, the Salk researchers selected nearly 400 mice, some that were normal weight and some that were obese.
They were put on a variety of diets with different time restrictions. The results showed that the benefits restricting the time that the mice could feed were apparent in all groups regardless of mouse weight and the type of diet (i.e. high or low fat) and, to a certain extent, the length of time restriction.
The conclusions drawn were that the mice limited to eating during a 9 to 12 hour time slot gained less weight than the “controls” that were able to eat at leisure/will, even though both groups were fed the same number of calories. Interestingly, the mice of the time-restricted diet developed more lean muscle mass than the mice that ate without any restrictions.
See also Diet The NatuRem Way
Clinical Study Confirms the Effectiveness of Glucosamine and Chondroitin in Treating Osteoarthritis and Supporting Joint Health.
According to the results from an international clinical study trail (MOVES) the combination of glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulphate was shown to be as effective as treatment with Celebrex (a pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory) after 6 months.
The results of the trial demonstrate the effectiveness of glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulphate in the management of joint health and wellness. The results have been published in the peer-reviewed journal, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
Evidence has been increasing in favour of the use of glucosamine and chondroitin in osteoarthritis of the knee and this new study further confirms the rationale for using this combination of supplements/neutraceuticals over more expensive pharmaceutical drugs.
The trial involved 606 patients with moderate to severe pain. Patients were randomised to receive 400 mg of chondroitin sulphate and 500 mg of glucosamine hydrochloride three times a day or 200 mg of Celebrex every day for 6 months.
Results: Both groups reported a reduction of approximately 50% in the presence of joint swelling, adverse effects were low and similarly distributed between groups.
Conclusions – chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine hydrochloride are as effective as Celebrex in reducing pain, stiffness, functional limitation and joint swelling/effusion after 6 months in patients with painful knee osteoarthritis, with a good safety profile.
Study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD) – an international peer-reviewed journal that covers all aspects of rheumatology, which includes the spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions, arthritic disease and connective tissue disorders.
Clinical Study details can be found here:-
One of the things weak or brittle nails are often caused by is excessive exposure to detergents and water.
Although nails need moisture, too much exposure to water can damage them because when nails absorb excess water, they expand and then contract when they dry, if this happens frequently it will weaken nails over time. Remember to always protective gloves when washing up. Nails are also more prone to drying out in the winter months as we spend more time in centrally heated houses. Over-filing and over-buffing nails can also weaken nails. Taking a gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) supplement helps to strengthen nails, whilst also improving skin conditions and promoting the growth of healthy hair. GLA is an essential fatty acid and it’s hard to come by in the diet, the best natural sources are found in evening primrose oil.
We would recommend taking NatuRem’s Evening Primrose Oil in doses of 1000mg twice a day and allow six to eight weeks to see the difference.