Monthly Archives: July 2012

Can Organic From China Be Trusted?

We all know about the distinct benefits of fresh organic produce , but we are also aware of the extra costs involved

A ever increasing amount of organic food is now coming from china where is can be produced at a greatly reduced cost. But this begs the question , Are the high standard of organic food here in the U.K. being upheld?

The simple answer to this is no. while we are sure there are people in china growing organic produce to very high standards there is no official regulating body to certify this , meaning that the companies importing the fruit and veg hire there own third party accredited inspectors to certify the crops.

Here in the U.K. where the word “organic” is strictly defined by law there are currently 10 certification body’s included DEFRA  and the Soil Association that regulate all organic produce grown in the country. But the imported produce once citified by the third party inspectors is not required to undergo any testing from these bodies to be sold and labeled as organic.

In recent years there have been a huge number of cases of what was thought to be organic produce including straw berry’s and salads that have been found to actually contain very high amount of pesticides and chemicals  we would recommend watching this video to give you a idea of the scale of the problem http://peterdobias.com/community/2010/03/is-that-shocking-china-and-organic-food-must-see/

sources for this article.

http://www.aboutorganics.co.uk/organic_information/organic_accreditation.htm
http://peterdobias.com/community/2010/03/is-that-shocking-china-and-organic-food-must-see/
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/

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U.K. pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline pleads guilty to criminal fraud charges, pays massive $3 billion in fines

ImageGlaxosmithkline (GSK) the U.K. based pharmaceutical giant pleaded guilty to criminal charged after a nine year federal investigation exposed extreme abuse of the law.

Charged include, lying about the effectiveness and safety of their drugs , illegally marketing , bribing doctors and ripping of medicare / medicaid.

No one from GSK has been held accountable for a crime as instead the federal government has seen fit to fine the pharmaceutical giants a sum of £3 billion dollars. For a company that turned over plus of 42 billion last year alone this in our eyes can not be seen as a suitable deterrent. the 3 billion that was paid came from a separate holding account that has been earmarked for these uses showing that the company was expecting this to occur and had budgeted for it accordingly.

In our opinion every GSK employee weather high rolling executive or low income sales person should be help accountable for the crimes committed therefore arrested and tried in court.

The idea that this company that is directly responsible for thousands of people being wrongly prescribed drugs that gave them horrific side effects and in some cases death can still make a huge profit of 39 billion even after this fraud case and continue trading with no arrests really dose show the state of the american criminal justice system

JUICING – A GUIDE TO OPTIMAL HEALTH

We all know veggies are good for us , But is there a way to improve on the health giving property’s they offer ?

The answer is yes.  By processing and cooking foods the chemical composition of the micronutrients are altered meaning its impossible to gain all the possible benefits.

By starting your juicing plan today , you you significantly improve the absorption rate of key nutrients.

Over the course of many years, poor food choices and ready made meals  can seriously harm your body’s ability to digest food. Juicing can help by pre digesting your fruit and veg and aid your body to absorb the nutrients needed
to keep you healthy and full of vitality.

Get your five a day

Not only dose juicing your greens help your to absorb all the good stuff , but juicing also makes it much easier to get the right amount of vegetables and fruit into your diet. A lot of the people we speak to here at bobby’s healthy blog say the same thing “My child dose not like vegetables” this should not be a problem after your start your new juicing plan
not only can you make some really great tasting drinks but you can pack a whole lot of goodness into one glass of fresh juice  making it a brilliant choice for parents and children alike .

Variety is the spice of life

Many people eat the same 5 or 6 vegetables every week for most there lives , this violates the principle of regular food rotation. Every vegetable has its own unique property’s and buy making sure you try something new  your helping not only your digestive system but also aiding your immune system energy levels and a huge number of other basic bodily functions.

For for those of you that are new to juicing we would recommend purchasing a mid-priced machine. The cheap juicers not only make a huge amount of noise but also struggle when juicing dark leafy greens and things like wheat grass that happen to be some of the most beneficial for your body

Vegetable juice is not a meal

Although there are many benefits from juicing its important to note that it is not a substitute for food , vegetable juice contains very little protein  and no fat meaning it really should be used as a addition to regular meals and not in place of them. a good idea is to start of by juicing vegetables that you enjoy in their un juiced form , Every one is different and what works well for some people may not necessarily work for you.

Organic and pesticide free

It is wise to choose organic whenever possible. However, some vegetables are worse than others. Below are the vegetables that are the most pesticide loaded ones according to the Environmental Working Group.

So it would be wise to only purchase these vegetables if they are organically grown. The worst ones are listed first.

  1. Celery
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Collard Greens
  5. Lettuce
  6. Carrot
  7. Cucumber

Make it taste great

here are a few ideas of how to make your juice taste great

  • lemons and limes
  • cranberries
  • fresh ginger

Drink it right away or store it carefully

We would advise you to always drink your juice fresh, but if you want to store it for later use here are a few essential tips to keep it fresher for longer

  • Put your juice into a glass jar with a air tight cap and fill to the very top. There should be as little air left in the bottle as possible
  • Purchase a food vacuum , these are great little devices and work by attaching to the top of your glass bottle
  • Refrigerate immediately

 

http://bobbys-healthy-shop.co.uk/Juicers.php