Kamilah Guiden's blog

Is Honey Organic?: Navigating the Definition of Organic

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed I was low on honey, and figured I would buy some more before running out and having nothing to sweeten my green smoothies and tea. I went online and perused what was available; there was raw honey, unfiltered honey, clove honey, blueberry honey, really there was every honey you could imagine. I settled on one and before clicking “buy,” I looked at reviews to make sure there were no problems. Luckily, there was nothing wrong with the honey, but there were a lot of people that seemed to be confused about the definition of organic.

5 Nutrition and Food Safety Pregnancy Myths

Nutrition advice often feels like it’s coming in from all angles during pregnancy. Everyone from your doctor to your great-aunt has an opinion on what you should, or shouldn’t, be eating. With all this advice coming from a variety of sources, it’s inevitable that there are some myths in the mix. This infographic takes aim at some of the most common myths about nutrition and food safety during pregnancy.

Goodbye Sugar: A Diet With No Sugar?

Ever heard someone say they don’t consume sugar? Not that they don’t consume added sugars, but that they don’t eat any sugars? I have, and to be honest, it really makes no sense. Considering that sugars are naturally found in so many foods, how can they possibly eat a diet with absolutely none? In fact, I’m not even sure there are any foods that don’t contain natural sugars, but honestly, I’m not sure. So I decided to dig a little further.

Conserving Water on the Farm and in the Home

Did you know that 70 percent of the Earth is covered in water? Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? But did you also know that only 2.5 percent of that water is fresh (doesn’t contain salt), and only 1 percent of that water is accessible to people?

Try It Tuesday: Reading Food Labels

A couple months ago, we wrote a post about added sugars. Like most of our sugars posts, it garnered quite a bit of discussion on social media. One comment really stood out to me: “How are we supposed to know what’s in our food?” A little confused, I asked if the commenter reads ingredient labels. He told me “no” and that "it takes too much time.” And with that, another Try It Tuesday was in the making.

What Is Titanium Dioxide?

There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about titanium dioxide, which can be used as a colorant in foods. While headlines may suggest titanium dioxide is a health concern, scientific research has actually shown titanium dioxide to be safe. So what is it used for and why is it used? Read on to learn more!

Spinach and Kale Not Your Thing? Try Sorrel!

As an avid green smoothie connoisseur, I’m quite familiar with spinach and kale. I love how they taste, and the added benefit of fiber, vitamins A and C, and iron make it perfect for more than just a smoothie. But not everyone is as fond of the grassy and earthy taste of spinach, kale, or really any other lettuce. For you, there is a different option: sorrel.

Turmeric: The Ancient Cure-All or Just a Flavorful Spice?

Last year, I decided to get my yoga teaching certification. It was surprisingly labor-intensive, and I learned everything from the history of yoga and how to sequence a class, to anatomy and even Ayurveda. Now, as much as I respect the history of Ayurveda, I have a hard time squaring my understanding of science with its concepts. Nonetheless, when given the chance, I decided to immerse myself in it.

Seasonal Produce: Winter Fruits and Vegetables

It may be cold, but many crops survive the chilly nights to produce some of my favorite fruits and vegetables out of the year. From delicious butternut squash and sweet clementines to crunchy kale, these seasonal fruits and vegetables offer a myriad of nutritional benefits.

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Try It Tuesday: 5 Fruits and Vegetables a Day

New Year, new Try It Tuesday, and for our first installment of 2017, we’re making small dietary changes with a big payoff. It’s "getting the recommended five fruits and vegetables a day"!

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