New study finds microplastics in fruits and vegetables

June 29, 2020 by  
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A recent study published in the journal Environmental Research has revealed that microplastics are absorbed in the fruits and vegetables we consume. According to the study, scientists have discovered that some of the most commonly consumed produce, including apples, carrots, pineapples, kale and cabbage, may be contaminated with high levels of plastic. The study found that apples and carrots are among the most contaminated fruits and vegetables. This new revelation is a cause for concern, considering that these are vital parts of the food chain. Doctors often recommend eating plenty of fruits and vegetables to boost the body’s immune system. However, the abundance of microplastics in such foods could erode their benefits and lead to more health complications. Related: One plastic teabag can release billions of microplastics into your cup The research publication highlighted the daily intake of plastic as being worrying for both children and adults. Although the amount of plastic consumed from fruits was found to be less compared to that in bottled water, there is still cause for concern. According to another study published in the journal Nature Sustainability , microplastics can be absorbed by the roots of lettuce. Once the microplastics are absorbed, they are transported to edible parts of the crops through the internal water and food transport systems. Several lobby groups are calling for more information about microplastics’ affect on the human body. According to Plastic Soup Foundation’s founder Maria Westerbos, the company has been raising concerns about the presence of microplastic in fish and other marine animals . The foundation is now concerned about the presence of plastic in produce and speculates that there could be microplastics in our meat products. “For years we have known about plastic in crustaceans and fish , but this is the first time we have known about plastic getting into vegetables,” Westerbos said. “If it is getting into vegetables, it is getting into everything that eats vegetables as well which means it is in our meat and dairy as well.” Studies are now underway to determine the effects of consuming too many microplastics per day in our bodies. + Environmental Research Images via Hans Braxmeier

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Are you accidentally eating the toxic parts of fruits and veggies?

April 10, 2019 by  
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Nearly every reference to healthy eating will list fresh fruits and vegetables at the top of the must-eat list. That’s no surprise, considering that together, they can provide nearly every vitamin and mineral a body needs. While some produce options can be gobbled up from the outer skin to the inner seed, there are parts of certain fruits and vegetables that contain dangerous substances. While most of these substances are not toxic in small doses, they can definitely make you sick, especially if you have any sort of compromised system, allergies or food sensitivities. Even the healthiest eater should be aware of the dangers that lurk in their food. Here’s a reference to the parts you should avoid in your favorite fruits and veggies. Non-organic skins Before we get into specific types of fruits and vegetables, it’s important to mention the role organic growing practices have on food. That’s because conventional growing methods douse produce with pesticides, herbicides and insecticides. If you consume the edible skin on conventionally raised pears, apricots, grapes and carrots, you are allowing those chemicals directly into your system. It makes the case for buying certified organic products raised sans the toxins. At the very least, be sure to thoroughly wash your produce before eating. Related: 15 fresh ideas for leftover fruit that will reduce your food waste Apples Full of all kinds of nutrients , an apple a day can indeed help keep the doctor away. But stop short of eating the entire apple, because the seeds contain the amygdalin molecule, which produces cyanide once ingested. In small doses, it will not cause serious illness. But take heed in the warning surrounding the word cyanide, or you may suffer a serious ache in the pit of your stomach. Pits Speaking of pits, toss the center of cherries, apricots, peaches, plums and apricots. They contain the same organic cyanide components as apple seeds. Even though they aren’t likely to send you to the emergency room, it’s best to avoid aggravating your system. Raw almonds and cashews This one might surprise you, because nuts aren’t typically listed under the category of fruits or vegetables. That’s because almonds and cashews are not actually nuts, but rather seeds. While seeds offer lots of yummy benefits, these two varieties also contain cyanide — but only in their raw form. Now don’t be too alarmed, because it is illegal to sell truly raw almonds in the U.S. Even those packaged and clearly labeled as raw have been steamed or cooked another way. They’ve all been through the pasteurization process, too, after a salmonella outbreak a few years ago was trailed back to the fruit. Lemon and lime seeds All parts of lemons and limes can be consumed, and they offer many health benefits. However, if you have a condition that recommends against ingesting seeds, you will want to avoid these citrus seeds. They can be hard to digest. Rhubarb leaves Hear the word rhubarb and you likely think of the sweet pie served across the country. But see rhubarb on the plant , and you might be surprised to see a fleshy pink to lime green, celery-shaped stalk. The taste of raw rhubarb is extremely tart and favored by few. As unappealing as the stalks might be, the leaves are actually quite poisonous. The leafy green portion contains dangerously high levels of oxalic acid, which can cause serious kidney damage and even death. While it does take high quantities to cause this severity of illness, even a small amount can make you feel sick. Related: 8 of the best fruits and vegetables you can eat in their entirety Cantaloupe skin While you can power right through the skin of many fruits , the outer rind of cantaloupe should be avoided. That’s because it is extremely susceptible to mold, which can make you quite ill. Lychee and ackee Lychee can be a spectacularly sweet treat. But if eaten while unripe, it can cause fever, convulsions and seizures, especially in individuals who are malnourished or have eaten it on a completely empty stomach. The unripe fruit appears to lower blood sugar, which can cause hypoglycemia. Ackee contains the same poison as lychee and is always cooked before consumption. Starfruit Although mostly safe for healthy individuals, starfruit can be fatal if you have any sort of kidney condition. Without proper kidney function, the toxins in starfruit can affect the brain and cause neurological issues. Early signs of a reaction to starfruit include hiccups, confusion and seizures. Asparagus Asparagus is a healthy vegetable known for its firm, green stalk. The plant also produces enticing red berries that are toxic and can cause vomiting and diarrhea, even in small doses. Potatoes Potatoes have the potential to develop a green color just under the surface of the skin when exposed to light. This green color is an indication that it has produced too much solanine, a natural glycoalkaloid, that can cause headaches, nausea, fatigue and intestinal issues. Store your potatoes in a cool, dark place, and avoid consuming green areas that develop. Cassava Cassava is ubiquitous in many parts of the world. Those who consume it regularly are acutely aware that it must first be dried, soaked and cooked properly, as consuming the raw form can result in serious health conditions. With these exceptions in mind, remember that fruits and vegetables are the best foods you can source for your body. Be informed about potential risks, and then enjoy the bounty provided by nature. Images via Shutterstock

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Grow your own cocktails: drink recipes from the garden

August 3, 2015 by  
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It’s that time of year when gardeners take a step back for a moment to enjoy the fruits of their labors. What better way to do that than with a delicious cocktail made out of ingredients grown in the garden ? From a spicy lavender collins to a refreshing rhubarb basil Bellini, the following infographic has a plethora of tasty drinks to reward you for all your – or your local farmer’s – hard work. Read the rest of Grow your own cocktails: drink recipes from the garden

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This insanely detailed map shows every power plant in the United States

August 3, 2015 by  
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As President Obama looks to shift the U.S. away from coal power and towards renewable energy in America’s Clean Power Plan , the Washington Post has put together this fantastic map that details every power plant in the United States. Covering electricity generation from January to May, 2015, the map brings to light some interesting details; such as noting that the 34 percent of the nation’s power produced by coal comes from just 511 plants, in contrast with the 1,740 natural gas-powered electric plants that have produced 30 percent of power. As we know, renewables have a long way to go, but the break down of solar, wind and hydro projects make clear which direction individual states need to move in. Check out the full article at the Washington Post for a great overview of our nation’s power sources. Via Washington Post , Gizmodo

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Sneak Fruits and Veggies into Your Kids’ Diet With These 7 Yummy Smoothie Recipes

May 18, 2014 by  
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We all know how important it is to add greens to a growing kid’s diet, but boy can the little ones put up a fight. Thankfully, there’s a pretty simple way to sneak in those daily servings of fruits and vegetables: smoothies ! While smoothies get a bad rap for all their added sugars, we’ve rounded up a list of 7 organic smoothie recipes that rely on the natural sugars from fruit to disguise the flavors of the nutrient-packed veggies. Read on for these easy and delicious smoothie recipes that your child and you are sure to love! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fruits , get your kids to eat vegetables , healthy smoothies , heathy food , kid smoothies , organic food , organic smoothie recipes , organic smoothies , smoothie recipes , vegetable smoothie recipes , vegetables

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Culinary Misfits Rescue Fruits & Veggies that Supermarkets and Restaurants Reject

November 2, 2012 by  
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Beauty is only skin deep – but try telling that to supermarkets who reject an apple or carrot with even the slightest hint of a blemish. Fortunately, there are those among us who are willing to look past perfection and accept the produce that grocery stores reject. The Culinary  Misfits are a catering team out of Germany that uses only the fruits and vegetables that don’t meet the standards of stores and restaurants.  Still perfectly edible and delicious, the misshapen or discolored food is saved from becoming animal feed or tossed in the trash. Read the rest of Culinary Misfits Rescue Fruits & Veggies that Supermarkets and Restaurants Reject Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: crowdfund , culinary misfits , germany , kreuzberg , lea emma brumsack , Produce , product design , tanja krakowski

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Fruitwash: Produce Labels That Turn Into Soap to Wash Your Fruits and Veggies

October 25, 2011 by  
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We often don’t give much thought to the pesky little stickers affixed to our produce, quickly just pulling them off and flicking them from our fingertips into a trashcan. But considering the millions of apples, pears and other produce they are tacked to, the waste adds up. In response, Scott Amron has come up with a much better alternative with his vanishing Fruitwash Labels that dissolve into an organic, fruit-cleansing produce wash that helps remove wax, pesticides, dirt and bacteria. The labels are also as practical as their non-dissolving counterparts, displaying market Price Look-Up (PLU) codes and origin. Quite ingenious if you ask us. If you’re looking for an investment opportunity, Amron is currently selling a 10% stake in the Fruitwash Label Intellectual Property (patents). + Amron Exptl. Via Core 77 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dissolving bar codes , dissolving labels , fruit wash labels , Fruitwash Labels , label waste , plu labels , plu stickers , recyclable labels , Scott Amron

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Andrew Maynard’s Adaptable Mobile Parliament Building Lets The People Be Heard

October 25, 2011 by  
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