Posts Tagged ‘organic’

Make It Natural

February 17th, 2010

A little bit of powder , a little bit of paint … but at what cost ? Look closely at what’s lurking in your make-up bag .

Hmmm … Do you ever think about what cosmetics you are putting on your face beyond whether the colour matches your outfit or eyes ?

You may be surprised when you realise what your make-up contains . Coal tar colours , benzene , even formaldehyde , are just a few of the synthetic chemicals commonly found in everyday cosmetics .These toxins are , of course , absorbed into your skin every time you use conventional eye shadow , foundation , maskara , blusher , and lipstick . It has even been claimed that some of substances confuse hormone receptors and alter cell structure . If you avoid unpleasant chemicals in your diet then it makes sense to also try and avoid them , wherever possible , when you are choosing your make-up .

The Alternatives …

There are organic alternatives available for almost anything , and new companies are being set up all the time to fulfil growing demand . A growing number of manifacturers do not use synthetic or petroleum derived ingredients  , GMO ingredients or irradiated products . They use organic ingredients and do not use animal or animal slaughter by products .

Greenpeople stock a range of certified organic lipsticks , using organic coconut oil , jojoba oil and cupuacu butter ( the produce of tropical rainforest tree similar to cacao ) . Nvey Eco UK have a fabulous range of organic make-up with a wide variety of colours . If you carry out an internet search , you will find many other alternatives available , such as LoveLula , Logona and Suncoat .

But … The problem is that , at present , most of this organic make-up is not available in high-street stores , but actually has to be bought online . That removes the pleasureable buzz of looking at new colours and samples , and makes it harder to choose appropriate colours . Life’s hard without a range of testers in front of you ! However , it’s worth it in the long run to know that you have bought quality make-up containing safe ingredients. I make a point of asking where the organic make-up is in shops so that they know there is a demand for organic products . It hasn’t worked yet , but if we all ask , we’ll get there !

Guess goes green

June 10th, 2009

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Guess pays tribute to Mother Nature with its range of limited edition organic jeans. It’s available in both men’s and women’s boot cut fit and can be identified by several special details that only Guess Goes Green denim. These include an organic cotton, custom back patch as well as organic cotton pocketing and inside waistband facing. The wash/finish has been simplified to minimize chemical usage in processing and its impact on the environment. It consists of a simple rinse and softener. All hangtags will be made from 100 per cent recycled paper with words printed in soy-based ink.

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Food: Which one is better?

May 14th, 2009

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Brown  or white rice? Organic or non-organic? Which is the healthier choice?

Life is full of choices. Every day, we make decisions. They may be simple no-brainers (what should I wear to work today?) or life altering ones (should I quit my high-paying job and do what I love instead?).

With the growing health trend, dietery choices have become a serious issue for many people especially Asians. We show you not just what’s good for you, but what’s best.

GREEN OR BLACK TEA?

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Black tea leaves are fully fermented, while green tea leaves are not fermented at all. The antioxidant epigallocatechin galiate – EGCG – is present in green tea in its potent, natural state. During fermentation, black tea is oxidized and converted into less potent compounds. Continuing research however, seems to indicate that the antioxidants in black tea – theaflavin and thearubigens have health benefits similar to green tea.

The view: At the moment, green tea appears to have the upper hand. It contains less caffeine, minimizing the unwanted side effects of the substance, stains the teeth less and is richer in natural antioxidants.

ORGANIC OR NON-ORGANIC?

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Organic food products are processed without chemical fertilizers, insectisides, animal antibiotics or growth hormones.

The view: Both conventional and organic foods carry the same nutritional values and meet the same quality and safety standards. However, a person with sensitives to chemicals should go for organic produce.

BROWN OR WHITE RICE?

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White rice is simply brown rice that has undergone additional polishing. This polishing is detrimental to the nutritional value of rice as it removes important nutrients such as the B vitamins, vitamin E, folic acid, iron, magnesium and potassium. Brown rice also has a higher fibre content.

The view: Today, there is fortified white rice, where lost nutrients are replaced using the synthetic sources. But for all-natural goodness, brown rice is definitely much healthier.

PORK OR CHICKEN?

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The white meat of chicken is far better than any cut pork. A single chicken breast has half the calories and a quarter less fat than a slice of pork. Go for skinless, as chicken skin is rich in saturated fat.

The view: If you can’t do without pork, shop for the leanest cuts. Tenderloin is the leanest and it has only 4gm of fat.

BROWN BREAD OR WHITE BREAD?

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Brown bread comes from whole wheat or whole-meal flour, while white bread comes from refined wheat flour.

The view: Wheat flour has the bran and germ removed, causing it to lose nutrients. Most white breads are now fortified with vitamins and minerals that are chemically re-introduced into the mix. The fibre content, though, remains much lower than that of brown bread. As with rice, brown bread is better and healthier option.

BUTTER OR MARGARINE?

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Because butter comes from animal fat, it contains cholesterol and saturated fat that increase low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or ‘bad cholesterol’. On the other hand, margarine is processed through hydrogenation – a process which adds trans-fat. And, trans-fat lowers high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol.

The view: On your next grocery trip, pick margarine with zero trans-fat and 2gm or less of saturated fat. Your best choice is soft-tub margarine, which has the lowest saturated and trans-fat content and without the cholesterol.

WHITE MEAT OR RED MEAT?

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The issue with red meat is that many of its cuts  contain high levels of saturated fat. Chicken, turkey and fish have less saturated fat and total calories compared to pork loin, roast beef and ground meat.

The view: You don’t need to completely cut red meat from your diet. It is still one of the richest sources of iron, protein, zinc and B vitamins. Just eat red meat sparingly and try to get the leanest cuts and remove the skin together with the visible fat.