How to read the Produce Stickers [Infographic]

Sticky fruit labels don’t only exist to annoy us, leave glue on our apples and end up on the bottoms of our shoes. They serve a useful function as well, like telling us if they’re conventional food, real food, or frankenfood.

So maybe you don’t care about where your fruit comes from. That’s fine. But I can tell you that lots of big corporations and lawyers and stockholders and accountants and bankers and politicians would prefer if you didn’t ask.

We can only advice you: Prefer buying fresh local produce or in the farmer’s market, usually they sell fruits and vegs without a sticker or even better, grow your own food 🙂 That way you can also skip the litter that these stickers are part of.

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Green Your Laundry Routine [Infographic]

“Why should you care about greening your laundry? For starters, many of the chemicals found in common laundry products are hazardous to both humans and the environment (and many more have not been thoroughly tested for safety). Any product that clothing is exposed to – including detergents, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets – coats the fabrics in residues that inevitably come in contact with skin. Effects of direct or airborne exposure to these pollutants can include headaches, dizziness, respiratory issues, and even cancer. Chemicals from these products can also contaminate soil and groundwater after entering the sewer system, and are toxic to marine life.

Disappointingly, products labeled “green,” “natural,” or “organic” have been found to emit just as many dangerous chemicals as standard consumer goods. Many of these chemicals are considered carcinogenic and contribute to air pollution. “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns that indoor pollution from cleaning products is likely to be hazardous to health, but there are no federally enforceable standards for their use in the home.”

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Bizarre Ingredients Hidden in Your Food Labels [Infographic]

Bizarre Ingredients Hidden in Your Food Labels [Infographic] | ecogreenloveby Food Packaging Labels

Packaged foods usually contain labels that tell consumers what is inside a food product. Since they provide information which helps you plan your diet regime according to your needs and habits, food labels are a very important part of the meal planning process.

As the saying goes, you are what you eat. These days people pay great attention to what they are eating. That’s why you will often see parents, youngsters and elders standing in front of the supermarket shelves, carefully reading labels of the products they are planning to buy.

While reading the labels of your favorite beverages, sugary foods or anything else you like to eat, you’ll often come across additives, extracts, acids and other substances with weird names or words in Latin that you don’t recognize. Although you will learn a lot from the basic elements that a food label contains, sometimes the ingredients list includes words and ingredients whose origin and meaning you can’t even guess. Most people will not do any serious research to find out what every single ingredient really is, but this can be tricky in cases when you need to avoid a certain product because of an allergy or food intolerance, for instance. But even if you are not allergic to any type of food, there are reasons why you really want to know the exact contents of your meal.

Here is an infographic that will open your eyes about the food industry and help you make the best choice for your diet. However, it might scare you a little, because it reveals the secrets of 14 peculiar ingredients that are hidden in food labels. You will be surprised by how many of your best-loved food products contain ingredients with the weirdest origin.

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Foods You Thought Were Healthy

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You thought you were eating healthy. Talked to some doctors, friends, or perhaps even did some research online. The number of processed foods you have bought steadily declined, but you still do not feel your optimal best.

A lot of products that have been advertised as being “healthy” are actually sabotaging your health and overall well-being. These products contain GMOs, chemical fillers, colourings, high sodium and refined sugar content as well as high levels of saturated and trans fat. Getting your health food information from TV or radio talk shows, or relying on your doctor or magazines to tell you what you should be eating probably isn’t your best bet.

Taking responsibility for your own health, and doing your own research is the only way you can be certain that the food you are putting in your body isn’t toxic. Eating fresh, whole foods like organic & local fruit and vegetables is quite simple in this respect because you know what is in your food, and don’t need to put much thought into it (hence, why I like to promote a high raw vegan diet devoid of any and all processed foods).

Find out why these perceived “healthy” food choices aren’t as nutritious as you thought:

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