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Are only organic strawberries healthy?

Are only organic strawberries healthy?

Healthier choice: This is a tricky question without a clear answer. Strawberries are a healthy food, but strawberries rank #3 on the environmental working groups "dirty dozen" with some strawberries having as many as 13 different pesticides on them! i don't believe it is wise to ingest pesticides so would never personally eat non-organic strawberries, but we don't know if the good in them might outweigh the bad... ...Read more

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Can kids drink organic matcha tea?

Can kids drink organic matcha tea?

Not Advised: Organic matcha green tea has caffeine. It is not advisable in children. This is because tea contains caffeine that may over-stimulate. It also contains tannins that may block nutrients absorption such as protein and fats in children. ...Read more

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Can organic foods be reliably identified at farmers market?

Can organic foods be reliably identified at farmers market?

GENERALLY YES: There are strict standards for food to be officially certified "organic" and, at least where i live in santa cruz, ca a grower can not represent their foods as being organic unless they have been certified as so. I imagine that this is the case at other farmers markets across the country. See http://www.Usda.Gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?Navid=organic_certificatio. ...Read more

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Are organic flax seeds safe?

Are organic flax seeds safe?

Sure: Flax seed oil actually has Omega-3 fatty acids in it which has the possibility to help the heart and brain ... Although the actual science on if and how it helps is still a bit murky at this point. As with almost anything, moderation is key. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Can you suggest foods labeled "usda organic" is non gmo?

Can you suggest foods labeled "usda organic" is non gmo?

Yes: By definition a GMO food can not be certified "organic" and foods certified as organic can not be GMO. See http://drrandybaker.com/2013/04/22/organic-food-diet/ for details. ...Read more

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Is all food at farmers market's considered organic? What makes something organic?

Is all food at farmers market's considered organic? What makes something organic?

Not automatic: Being sold at a farmer's market does not ensure produce is organic. Produce grown with only organic fertilizers and pest control would be organic, but some farmers use inorganic fertilizers and pesticides on their crops. You need to ask. "certified organic" is another level above this, and requires more testing and criteria than basic organic does. ...Read more

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Are all products that say "usda certified organic" legitimate?

Some are: ...And some aren't. Be sure to purchase your organic foods from reputable sources that you can cross-check and reference. ...Read more

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Are organic fertilizers a health risk to small children?

Are organic fertilizers a health risk to small children?

Can be: Using any fertilizer - organic or not - should be as the packaging instructs. I would advise caution during the application phase. I've never been asked this question in my practice so I enjoyed researching it. http://www.planetnatural.com/lawn-chemicals/ ...Read more

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Which plants absorb volatile organic compounds (vocs)?

Please be careful: Nature is full of her own volatile organic compounds, some of which are actually produced by plants -- even to communicate, or so we think. Some synthetic small molecules with low vaporizing temperatures are classed as pollutants in the VOC category. If you are persuaded that these are causing your ill-health, as some cultists say, you'll probably never feel well again. Plants won't clear them. ...Read more

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Are organic eaters more healthy than people who eat processed food?

Are organic eaters more healthy than people who eat processed food?

Probably not: There is a huge promotion for "organic" foods that are produced without fertilizers or insecticides and therefore cost much more. Despite the emotionally-based and politically-correct rhetoric, nobody has been able to convince most of the scientific community of the physical (in contrast to emotional) benefits, especially since organic-eaters tend to have healthy lifestyles generally. ...Read more

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Arent organic foods just a yuppie liberal prestige thing?

Arent organic foods just a yuppie liberal prestige thing?

Definitely NO!!!: Sounds like you have quite a prejudice against organic foods. Numerous research studies show organic foods contain significantly higher amounts of vitamins, minerals & antioxidants- up to 10 times more antioxidants! they also, of course, have much lower levels of pesticide residues and pesticides have been associated with increased risk of many serious illnesses like cancer...(cont. In comments). ...Read more

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Health benefits of twinings fruit teas?

May be real: Some of these contain stuff like lavendar and cammomile that will help soothe a person. Don't expect magic. A good herbalist who's evidence-based can tell you more. ...Read more

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Are organic maple syrup & honey fattening? Or are they healthy b/c they are natural sugars?

Are organic maple syrup & honey fattening? Or are they healthy b/c they are natural sugars?

Excess is stored: Hi. Excess sugar is stored, either as a sugar polymer (glycogen) in liver and muscle, or converted to fat (triglyceride) and stored. So excess sugar (and ALL sugar is natural) can be "fattening". Sugar is an excellent energy source , and in limited consumption, is OK. Good luck! ...Read more

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Are organic fruits and vegetables better?

Are organic fruits and vegetables better?

Depends: The answer depends on what you measure. If you are concerned that modern farming is bad for soil and the pesticides and chemicals used may have effects not yet known or acknowledged, then yes, better for the planet. If you compare nutrition value, conventional thinking says no, growing evidence says yes. ...Read more

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Are living oils like organic olive oil & avocados bad for you health?

Are living oils like organic olive oil & avocados bad for you health?

Oils aren't alive: Hi. Oils aren't alive any more than the sugar on your table is alive. They're products from living things, but themselves are NOT living. ...Read more

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Is organic pumpkin seed oil & organic cranberry seed oil safe to take with metoprolol?

Is organic pumpkin seed oil & organic cranberry seed oil safe to take with metoprolol?

Pharmacist: I believe your pharmacist can help you with this type of question. I feel most physicians are unacquainted with those supplements. ...Read more

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Are soy products safe/healthy? Particularly soy protein products?

Are soy products safe/healthy? Particularly soy protein products?

Yes: and yes. Men may want to limit soy based products which may contain estrogen like substances but you should be fine with them. ...Read more

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Apart from healthy eating,to gain more nutrition-good idea to make hot chocolate with nutritionally rich cocoa powder,vanilla extract & stevia daily?

Apart from healthy eating,to gain more nutrition-good idea to make hot chocolate with nutritionally rich cocoa powder,vanilla extract & stevia daily?

Sounds good: So good, in fact, that if this is what you want to drink, drink it and don't even worry whether this is our idea of a perfect ideal beverage choice. If you are healthy, just staying physically fit is much more important than obsessing over food choices. I would bet you know this already. Enjoy the chocolate. ...Read more