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8 things to do with kale

July 15th, 2014

Kale, it’s that other leafy veggie, not spinach, chard or mustard greens, but oh so good when sauteed, paired with butternut squash or white beans. See our video and recipes.

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Panera Bread promises to purge food dyes and additives

June 3rd, 2014

Panera Bread already prides itself on serving healthier foods, now it’s pledging to rid its food sources of any artificial dyes and preservatives, joining a small but growing list of food purveyors who’re wanting to keep the menus free of questionable ingredients.

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Austin-based Whole Foods Market takes top place for seafood sustainability

May 30th, 2014

How’s your favorite grocery doing when it comes to selling only sustainable seafood? Greenpeace puts out a report every year so you can see how well Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Tom Thumb, Trader Joe’s and many more are doing. Check out who’s received top marks for helping oceans, and who’s lagging.

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Real Food Challenge cooking up changes on campuses across the US

May 14th, 2014

Like many kids of her millennial generation, Natalie Tran grew up on fast food meals, fried chicken and hamburgers that her parents lugged home after long work days. Today, she’s rethinking that past while working as a student organizer championing “real food” for the national Real Food Challenge, which is taking hold on campuses nationwide.

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How to dispose of excess, expired prescription drugs

April 23rd, 2014

Find out how to get rid of your prescription drugs — the ones you don’t need anymore — so they don’t end up in waterways, re-genderizing fish and bouncing back into the tap.

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The veggies and fruits you’ll pay more for because of the California drought

April 17th, 2014

Eating healthier will get a little more expensive this summer as the effects of the California drought become apparent at groceries and food markets across the US. The state grows a majority of many produce crops grown in the US, followed mainly by Southern Texas and Florida. A new study estimates which foods will see the biggest price hikes.

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Bean eaters be glad; your diet helps lower cholesterol

April 9th, 2014

Austin, with its Mexican, Tex-Mex and vegetarian offerings, is a bean-friendly city, and that may be helping keep residents more heart healthy, according to a new study that extols the value of beans for lowering “bad” cholesterol.

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Healthy (some say icky) foods to eat to get Vitamin K2, which protects your arteries and bones

March 26th, 2014

Vitamin K2 might just be the least crazy vitamin craze. Studies show it helps keep arteries clear of calcium build up, but also puts calcium where it’s needed, in the bones. Find out how to build Vitamin K2 into your diet.

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11 ways to avoid BPA and phthalates and why you should

March 7th, 2014

Reduce your exposure to estrogenic phthalates and BPA by avoiding synthetic fragrances and putting hot food in plastic containers. Here are more ways to lower your contact with these synthetic, endocrine-disrupting compounds.

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Meat and dairy consumption quadrupled the risk of cancer in middle-aged people, study found

March 5th, 2014

A new study showing that high protein intake during middle age quadrupled the risk of cancer raises big questions about the current paleo diet trend that greenlights meat while lowering carbs as a way to control weight and increase energy.

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2,4-D corn and soybeans move toward approval; despite public disapproval

February 24th, 2014

A new generation of genetically modified crops, designed to resist the old-line herbicide 2,4-D, is fast nearing government approval, despite wide criticism from experts and an exasperated public . . .

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11 chemicals that could be triggering autism, ADHD and other cognitive disorders

February 20th, 2014

Chemicals that cause neurological damage in children should be removed from the environment, say two public health researchers. They’ve identified 11 chemicals — some will surprise you — that could be behind the epidemic increase in kids with autism, ADHD and other disorders.

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