Beware Of The Unicorn, Why You Might Not Want Your Kids To Drink The Latest Craze

Beware Of The Unicorn, Why You Might Not Want Your Kids To Drink The Latest Craze

It seems lately on every social media site there is a photo of someone drinking the new Unicorn Frappuccino. Either they really don’t know what’s in them or they really don’t care.  If you do care what your children drink you will want to know this. I’m glad this drink is only for a limited time, not that I think the other drinks they serve are healthy.  I know that I won’t buy it but to each their own.  For starters, it contains 1 1/2 times the amount of sugar that is recommended a day .

Here are the nutrition facts straight from Starbucks menu.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

(16 fl oz) Calories 410 Calories from Fat 140% Daily Value

*Total Fat 16g 25%

Saturated Fat 10g 50%

Trans Fat 0g 

Cholesterol 45mg 15%

 Sodium 230mg  10%

Total Carbohydrate 62g 21%

Dietary Fiber 0g 0% Sugars 59g  Protein 5g

Vitamin A 15%  Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 20% Iron 0%


Ice, Milk, Crème Frappuccino Syrup [Water, Sugar, Salt, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid], Whipped Cream [Cream (Cream, Mono And Diglycerides, Carageenan), Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)], Mango Syrup [Sugar, Water, Mango Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavor, Passion Fruit Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Turmeric, Gum Arabic], Blue Drizzle [White Chocolate Mocha Sauce (Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Sorbate, Monoglycerides), Classic Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid), Sour Blue Powder (Citric Acid, Color [Spirulina, Water, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid])], Pink Powder [Dextrose, Fruit And Vegetable Color (Apple, Cherry, Radish, Sweet Potato)], Sour Blue Powder [Citric Acid, Color (Spirulina, Water, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid)].

Caffeine 0mg***Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.**Each caffeine value is an approximate value.


Just by looking at it you can imagine the amount of sugar and fat that’s in it without even seeing the ingredients first.  From what I heard it’s a huge sugar rush.  Let me know what you think, have you tried it or would you?



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Shaking Things Up: How Much Salt Does Our Body Need?

Shaking Things Up: How Much Salt Does Our Body Need?

We only get one body, and it is important to care for it as best as we can. If you are eating a healthy, organic diet, and exercising regularly, then you are off to a great start. There can be conflicting information about what is best for you. But the majority of things are obvious. We know that we should be having things as natural as possible. Everything that we take in our body or put on our skin goes into our bodies.

Shaking Things Up

Shaking Things Up

One thing that can be a little controversial, though, is how much salt that you should have in your diet. Some people refuse to cook with salt, whereas others will use it on lots of different things. So what is the truth? Do we really need salt in our diet? The answer is that we do need it. We need to just be careful about how much we have of it, though. First of all, salt helps to control the balance of fluid in our bodies. That is vital to life! Salt can also control the way our muscles and nerves work in the body. Too much salt can be damaging, though. Our bodies are amazing things, however. They can help us to regulate how much salt we need in our body. If we have too much, we will feel thirsty. Then we will drink water to counteract it. The excess will be filtered through our kidneys then. Our bodies can do amazing things to heal ourselves!
So do we need to cook with it, or is there plenty of salt in everything we already have? This will completely depend on your current diet. There will be a lot of salt in processed foods. So the best way to be in control of what you are eating is to cut down on processed foods. Then you can be more informed about how much salt you are having.

Shaking Things Up

Shaking Things Up



One other way that salt is used in our diets is through the water that we consume. If you live in a hard water area, then there will be more amounts of things like magnesium and calcium in the water. As a result, you might be using a water softener to help replace these metals with sodium (or salt). In particularly hard water areas, it will mean that more sodium is needed to combat the effects of the metals. For most adults, this wouldn’t be an issue. Providing that you have a pretty healthy diet. So if you think you might need a water softener, you should certainly look into it. Then you can find the best water softener for your price range and needs.


If you have a concern about how much salt is in even the softened water, then there are other options. You could use a water filter, for example. You could also just soften only the hot water in the home. Then if it is being used in cooking and being boiled, it will become more purified.




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How Safe Is My Organic Food?

How Safe Is My Organic Food?

Many people chose an organic diet for them and their families because they believe it to be healthier and safer than an un-organic one. But how much do we really know about the safety of the food that we are consuming? Read on to find out the best ways of ensuring the food that you feed your family is safe.


Organic Food 

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organic food safety, organic food, safe organic food, fillers in organic food

Organic food is food that has had only very limited expose to any chemical and toxins in the growing process in line with the current legislation. This means that they are not laced with fertilisers and insect repellent, which can find its way into the food chain. Organic foods, logically, therefore, seem like a healthier option.

The general public certainly believes them to be, and as they have become more health conscious, the purchase of organic food has risen by 20% annually. In fact, there are plenty of providers making ready made food from organic ingredients on high is the demand.

However is organic food always the safest option? While in and of itself organic food is healthier, the way in which is it prepared for sale also affect the safety of the food.

Most food for general sale is processed in large plants, via a machine conveyor belt system. The problem is that such high quantities are prepared at one time, in the same areas, so that if something goes wrong, it can affect a lot of individual units.

organic food safety, organic food, safe organic food, fillers in organic food

organic food safety, organic food, safe organic food, fillers in organic food


This is what happened in the case in CRF Frozen Foods, where many organic products were recalled because of concern over listeria. If you have any food related issues or concerns be sure to check the FDA site for which products are affected by the recall. It is most definitely better to be safe than sorry in this case.

organic food safety, organic food, safe organic food, fillers in organic food

organic food safety, organic food, safe organic food, fillers in organic food




Another issue in the safety of organic food is what is added to the essential ingredients of the items that we buy? Check the labels on organic products as large food manufacturing companies often add in chemicals and preservatives to make the food last longer on the shelves.

There is also a lot of filler in some foods in the form of fat and sugar, and organic food is not immune to this. This makes the food taste good and is cheap. So it can be used to bulk out the produce in a cost effective way. Unfortunately, while it might taste great, a diet high in fat and sugar is not effective or healthy for humans in the long term.

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The problem is that people have become so use to buying food that is like this. That means that they don’t always understand that it is not the correct way to fuel your body. If you would like to eat in a more nutritious and nourishing way, call out the eating movement for some advice.



Apart from the cooking processes needed for some items of food, some are exposed to additional processes. While this is often not the case with organic foods, it is worth checking how things are made as well as what they are made from to be absolutely sure.

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Fishy Bait & Switch Continues

Fishy Bait & Switch Continues

Fishy Bait & Switch Continues
New investigation confirms ongoing seafood fraud in markets, sushi bars, and restaurants

ImageBy Craig Weatherby

Vital Choice seafood is exactly what we say it is. Why are we so very confident about the identity of our fish and shellfish? Key Vital Choice people – founder/president Randy Hartnell, COO Dave Hamburg, shipping master Terry Hartnell, and lead buyer Rich Walsh – are former Alaska and Northwest fishermen who know our sources and supply chain intimately.

Last December, we reported on investigations by the Boston Globe and Oceana, which found routine fraud among seafood sellers (see “Fish Fraud Marches On”).

Oceana’s report found that 39 percent of seafood tested in the New York City area was mislabeled on store signs and restaurant menus.

Their report mirrored earlier reports by them and others, which found widespread seafood fraud in other major metropolitan areas.

Now, follow-up DNA tests by Oceana – a non-profit conservation group – confirm that fish fraud remains rampant in supermarkets, fish stores, sushi bars, and restaurants.

Oceana found mislabeling rates varied by region:
Southern California – 52 percent
Austin and Houston – 49 percent
Boston – 48 percent
New York City – 39 percent
Northern California and South Florida – 38 percent
Denver – 36 percent Kansas City – 35 percent
Chicago – 32 percent
Washington D.C. – 26 percent
Seattle – 18 percent
Their study targeted fish with regional significance as well as those found to be frequently mislabeled in previous studies, such as red snapper, cod, tuna, and wild salmon.

From 2010 to 2012, Oceana staff and supporters purchased 1,247 seafood samples from 674 retail outlets – restaurants, sushi bars, grocery stores and seafood markets – in major metropolitan areas in 21 states.

DNA testing found that one-third (33 percent) of the 1,215 samples analyzed nationwide were mislabeled, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.

Of the most commonly collected fish types, samples sold as snapper and tuna had the highest mislabeling rates (87 and 59 percent, respectively), with the majority of the samples identified by DNA analysis as something other than what was found on the label.

Halibut, grouper, cod and Chilean sea bass were also mislabeled between 19 and 38 percent of the time, while salmon was mislabeled seven percent of the time. (By the way, “Chilean sea bass” is the consumer-friendly name marketers applied to a once-obscure species called Patagonian toothfish.)

For more on salmon fraud, see “Salmon Scam Rampant in Restaurants” – which contains links to related Vital Choices reports – and “Salmon Buyer Beware: An Eye-Opening Trip to Manhattan’s Fish Market”.

A whopping 44 percent of all the retail outlets visited sold mislabeled fish. Restaurants, grocery stores and sushi venues all sold mislabeled fish, though the chances of being swindled varied greatly.

Oceana’s study identified strong national trends in seafood mislabeling levels among retail outlets, with sushi venues ranking the highest (74 percent), followed by restaurants (38 percent) and grocery stores (18 percent).

The fish fraud found by Oceana also carries potentially serious concerns for the health of consumers, and for the health of our oceans and vulnerable fish populations:
Cheaper farmed fish sold as wild (e.g., tilapia sold as red snapper and farmed salmon sold as wild salmon)
Species carrying health advisories (e.g., high-mercury king mackerel sold as grouper and oily, stomach-upsetting escolar sold as albacore tuna)
Overfished, imperiled or vulnerable species sold as more sustainable catch (e.g. threatened Atlantic halibut sold as abundant Pacific halibut).
Oceana’s DNA tests also turned up exotic species not included among the more than 1,700 the U.S. government recognizes as sold or likely to be sold here.

Seafood fraud harms not only consumers’ pocket books, but also every honest vendor and fisherman.

To learn more, visit the Seafood Labeling & Fraud Issues section of our news archive.

And to see Oceana’s lead investigator interviewed by Dr. Mehmet Oz, click these links:
Supermarket Food Fraud Part 1 (fish discussion starts at 2:20)
Supermarket Food Fraud Part 2
Supermarket Food Fraud Part 3

Oceana. Oceana Study Reveals Seafood Fraud Nationwide. February, 2013 Accessed at

Homemade Natural Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Homemade Natural Fruit and Vegetable Wash

This is a natural wash you can use to wash all your fruits and vegetables. It will save you money making your own then having to keep buying it at the store. I just put it in a spray bottle and as I’m filling up the bowl with water I spray the fruit or vegetables and then let it soak for about 10 minutes. Rinse the fruit or vegetables really good afterward.


1 cup of water
1 cup of vinegar
5 drops of lemon essential oil ( I use young living or DoTerra)

Shake well before use

Is Subway Real Food?

Is Subway Real Food?

Subway is the single largest chain restaurant in the world. That means you’ve probably eaten there at some point in your lifetime and if you are like me could possibly have 10 of these restaurants within a 1 mile radius of your house. But is eating at America’s favorite fast food chain really eating real food?

Subway would certainly like you to think so. With their slogan “Eat Fresh,” marketing with avocados and a guy who lost hundreds of pounds eating their famous sub sandwiches, it’s easy to get duped.
You may also feel tricked when you see a little heart logo, indicating a menu item at Subway is “heart healthy.” Just last week it was announced that the American Heart Association (AHA) has endorsed several menu items at Subway and added the heart logo to indicate which ones.

At every Subway on the “sneeze guard” glass they display one version of their nutritional information – the infamous “6 grams of fat or less” menu. This menu includes calories, fat grams, and that new little heart logo, but doesn’t display anything about the ingredients. Doubting that Subway or the AHA would actually ever create a real food information guide for you, I decided it was time to do this myself. Below are the “6 grams or less” menu items and critical real food information you should know about each choice.

Read the rest of the story here to find out what unbelievable non food ingredients is in Subway bread