The “Caramel Coloring” used in Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and other consumables is contaminated with cancer causing chemical and should be banned, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, or CSPI.

This is such a threat to people’s health that the CSPI asked the Food and Drug Administration to ban caramel coloring agents that contain the chemical known as 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MI.

Caramel Coloring is a food additive put in to beverages and processed foods solely for the benefit of color;  it serves no nutritional value just remember that.

Caramel color results from a very high heat treatment of carbohydrates,  such as food grade sweeteners like dextrose (corn sugar),  invert sugar, lactose (milk sugar), malt syrup (usually from barley malt), starch hydrolysates (many of these can include wheat), and sucrose (sugar-cane or sugar-beets).  The methods and processing used to make caramel color are what create a carcinogenic end product.


Food manufacturers add caramel color to beverages, such as sodas and beer, and other consumables like soy sauce.   You may not realize it, but caramel color is used in everything from Little Debbie’s Devil Squares Cakes to Trader Joe’s Soy Creamy Mini Vanilla Sandwiches and your  Starbucks sweet beverage Spice Latte, which contains Caramel Color Level IV, artificial flavors, preservatives and a lot of sugar. The one thing that isn’t in the Pumpkin Spice Latte is pumpkin.

One good way to avoid buying and consuming food products that contain caramel coloring is to use NxtNutrio, the mobile iPhone app.   It alerts consumers to caramel coloring in processed foods or beverages, along with other chemicals, additives, and unhealthy food processing methods.

NxtNutrio Team.


What to look for when your buying milk?

While in the dairy isle at the grocery store, with so many options… What do you look for in your milk?  Whole milk, 2%, skim or Fat-Free?  Do you prefer organic, is rBGH-free a factor?   What about local, grass-fed, or raw?  Do you choose milk that has additives added– like DHA and Omega 3?

raw milk

raw milk

  1. Buy rBGH-Free Milk:
    Despite opposition from scientists, farmers and consumers, the US currently allows dairy cows to be injected with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), also known as recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST). Developed and manufactured by the Monsanto Corporation, this genetically engineered hormone forces cows to artificially increase milk production by 10 to 15 percent.
  2. Buy Whole Milk:
    Why whole milk?  Isn’t it fattening and full of saturated fat?  Butterfat helps your body digest protein and your bones require saturated fat to lay down calcium.  The cream that whole milk contains holds the fat-soluble vitamins A & D that are vital to your body and are required to absorb calcium.
  3. Buy Local, Organic and/or Grass fed:
    Grass-fed cows are fed, well, grass and hay.  The cows live outdoors – where the grass is – and because of this the milk is much tastier AND healthier. Compared to industrial milk, milk from grass fed cows contains more omega-3 fats, more vitamin A, and more beta-carotene and other antioxidants. It also contains up to 500 percent more CLA – a unique and beneficial fat that, according to some studies, prevents heart disease, fights cancer, aids weight loss, and builds lean muscle.
  4. IF you do find – Buy Raw Milk, Unpasteurized:
    100% grass fed, raw milk and raw milk cheeses are your best choice but they may not be available in your area – as they are not in mine.  Raw milk is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized or homogenized.  Eeek!  You may be saying – isn’t pasteurization what keeps us from falling ill?  Standard pasteurization is heating the milk to 161 degrees for 15 seconds and is what destroys pathogens like salmonella, E.coli, and campylobacter.  It is also what destroys vitamins, useful enzymes, beneficial bacteria, texture, and flavor.
    Pasteurization is absolutely necessary due to the way conventional milk is handled and delivered in the United States.  Typically what happens at a industrial dairy is a farmer pours fresh milk into a refrigerated tank after milking.  Every few days a tanker truck goes from dairy to dairy collecting raw milk. Thus, the milk of thousands of cows is blended before being shipped for bottling and pasteurization. Pasteurization in this instance will prevent contamination from one sick cow, one unhygenic dairy worker, one dirty nozzle that would otherwise taint the milk from dozens of other dairies. It also is practical for industrial milk since it permits more handling, long distance shipping, and longer storage.However, pasteurization isn’t a cure all.  It allows dairy workers to be lax with their cow health and milk handling.  And, it doesn’t protect you against food poisoning. Some pathogens such as Listeria can survive gentle pasteurization.Raw milk is delicate. It contains heat sensitive folic acid and vitamins A, B6, and C. It contains important heat sensitive enzymes: lactase to digest lactose; lipase to digest milk fats; and phosphatase to absorb calcium.   Raw milk has beneficial bacteria, including lactic acids, which live in the intestines, aid digestiion, boost immunity, and eliminate dangerous bacteria.  Raw cream from raw milk contains a cortisonelike agent which combats arthritis, arteriosclerosis, and cataracts.  And, raw butter made from raw milk contains myristoleic acid, which fights pancreatic cancer and arthritis.However, the FDA will not allow raw milk to be sold across state lines.  And, most states have outlawed the sale of it all together.  If you live in a state that allows it count your blessings.  And, if you have a supplier that will sell it to you, keep your secret! LOL.  Until we finally bite the bullet and get our own family cow, I’m afraid there will be no raw milk for us.What about you?  What milk are you buying for your family?

    This entry was posted in wholesomemommy by  Denise Sawyer


It’s that time of year again -  your body is low on its vitamin D stores, the produce aisle is lacking the midsummer abundance, and you’re dodging the latest bug that’s going around… feeling out of your groove?

Running womanIt’s time to fight back!  Arm yourself with an arsenal of powerful ingredients, and smooth over all those rough spots you’re going through with a smoothie.  A handful of healthy ingredients and a blender will jump start you with vitamins, and help you build your immunity.

The best green smoothies contain bok choy, cilantro, chard, collard, kale, romaine and/or spinach.  Healthy organic fresh greens provide your cells with oxygen, which helps combat free radicals and carcinogens that lead to disease.   “Everything in moderation,” is an old, but tried and true adage.  So use a variety of greens; rotating your greens regularly is important.  Make an immune boosting smoothie today with kale, banana, medjool dates, and fresh squeezed orange juice.  Tomorrow, in place of kale use spinach.


Fruits add flavor, a little sweet goodness and yet more vitamins and nutrients.  Apples, bananas, grapes,  mangos, oranges, pears and/or pineapple work well with your choice of greens.  You can use fresh or frozen fruits, and a tasty combination such as frozen mangos and pineapple from Trader Joe’s, or fresh pears and bananas.

A few extra’s pack even more punch in your smoothie.  Try adding cacao nibs, chia or any variety of dates (our favorites are medjool and honey dates).  Keep organic cinnamon, organic coconut oil, organic honey and maca powder on hand as simple additions for your customized smoothies.

These little extras make a big difference.  Maca is a root vegetable of the crucifer family.  It is a nutritionally dense super-food that contains amazing amounts of enzymes, minerals and vitamins such as B-vitamins.  It has high levels of calcium and magnesium.  If you have low energy it is a good thing to have on hand, it will boost your energy, unlike caffeine which is dehydrating, messes with blood sugars and affects protein metabolism.

Maca root also helps balance hormones in both men and women.  Maca stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. These are our “master glands” that regulate other glands such as our adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian and testicular.  So whether you’re having hot flashes, PMS or in a state of menopause, Maca can prove to be beneficial for all sorts of hormonal problems.  Maca is often touted as an aphrodisiac; Note that some have likened it to nature’s Viagra, so keep that in mind.  Add a tsp of Maca to your next fruit smoothie!  ;D


Raw Cacao or Cacao Nibs are a considered a superfood because of their healthy benefits.  Cacao pronounced (kaw-cow) – are very high in antioxidants the (anti-aging guys).  They also contain protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, iron, zinc, copper, calcium, and magnesium, which helps build strong bones.  It is also high in sulfur, which helps form strong nails and hair.

They also contain the chemicals that our body’s create when we are excited, (PEA) and anandamide; ingesting cacao increases mood, focus and excitement.

Find Maca, Cacao Nibs, and all of the other ingredients listed above at your local co-op, natural/health food store or Whole Foods Market or you’ll find the list of Extra’s below on-line at The Green PolkaDot Box, they sell natural and organic, non-GMO foods at wholesale prices, and delivers them directly to your doorstep Green Polka Dot Box

Keep these nutritional dense organic ingredients on hand for Groovy Green Smoothies:

Bok Choy Apples Cacao nibs
Chard Bananas Chia
Cilantro Grapes Cinnamon
Collard greens Mangoes Coconut oil
Kale Medjool and honey dates Honey
Romaine Oranges Maca powder
Spinach Pears

Ridiculously Un-healthy food – You Have to Sign a Waiver to Eat


We found this food display at the entry of Minneapolis supermarket


More than 50% of all purchases made in a grocery store are done on a whim. You don’t go to a grocery store with the conscious thought of buying Tostitos Salsa Con Queso Dip  or butterscotch chip cookies.

The marketing group at your local grocery store knows this, and consequently places all of the high profit junk foods in the most highly visible areas making for easy access.

We found this food display at the entry of a Minneapolis grocery store, after scanning the items with the NxtNutrio app, we found the following questionable ingredients:

And loaded with corn, and sugar from genetically modified (GMO), corn and sugar beets.

The simple way to avoid the inviting, seductive trap of buying junk food is to simply arm yourself with NxtNutrio, then scan, view and choose.

Have you gone gluten-free but find you’re still not feeling better and can’t figure out why?  A diet of gluten-free products may help with gastrointestinal malabsorption disorders, but you may not realize the other culprit lurking in your foods and causing trouble may just be processed free glutamic acid (MSG).  Did you know that most products marketed as gluten-free (GF) contain at least one, if not five, different ingredients that contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG)?
Gluten-Free-Grocery-Store-AisleFood manufacturer’s believe they have good reason to add ingredients that contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG) to foods.  When making foods gluten-free, full flavored cereal grains such as wheat, spelt, barley or rye for example, are removed and/or replaced by other flours such as amaranth, corn, brown rice, potato, sorghum, tapioca or teff.  These substitutions cause the flavor to be altered in the foods you’ve probably eaten most of your life.  In other words, they may lack the flavor that you are accustomed to.
Therefore, the flavor must be enhanced – improving a food’s flavor with fat, sodium or sugar is a brilliant idea; one that is well known and often used by food manufacturers. Boosting a foods flavor is usually done with flavor enhancers, which are often ingredients that contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG).  This gives the food a umami; the savory glutamate flavor that the food industry counts on to accomplish this.
Gluten-free labeled products frequently use flavor enhancers that contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG) to make the food taste better.  In fact, food manufacturers have a long list of different flavor enhancers to choose from; what is most confusing is that these flavor enhancing ingredients go by many different names.


So what’s the big deal with MSG – or the many other names it goes by? MSG is an excitotoxin, which means it overexcites your cells to the point of damage or death, causing brain damage to varying degrees – and potentially even triggering or worsening learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and more according to Dr. Russel Blaylock.
Author of “Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills,” Blaylock says, “In many cases several of these brain toxic additives are combined with foods to give them a delicious taste, while creating an addictive quality.”  He goes on to say, “They are particularly targeted toward young people, the developing brain is five times more sensitive to the toxic effect than is the adult brain.”
Consider the detrimental health effects; MSG and its derivatives have been implicated in damage to the central nervous system, endocrine organ disorders, cardiac distress, and illness in other parts of the body.  Many people are familiar with some of the well known side effects, which include headache, heart palpitations, a cold sweat, numbness and weakness.

So if you’re avoiding gluten, but still not feeling well, “gluten-free” isn’t the only thing you might want to consider.  Give careful thought to avoiding ingredients that contain MSG; learn to spot it in food products before you purchase or ingest them.  The tricky part may be getting acquainted with the 50 some odd ingredients in the food supply that are forms of MSG.  The good news? This is where NxtNutrio can assist you!

It’s easy to avoid both gluten and processed free glutamic acid (MSG) using your NxtNutrio App, here’s how:
  • Open the App
  • Tap on Profile
  • Tap Allergens and Food Sensitivities
  • Turn On MSG and Gluten
Then Scan the gluten-free food products barcode/UPC, NxtNutrio will alert you if it contains gluten and/or processed free glutamic acid (MSG).
To make your shopping even easier, you can create a list by using “Add To My List” found on your NxtNutrio App.  Your favorite gluten-free, MSG-Free foods will then be at your fingertips, voila ~ a handy list of your favorites!  You will find yourself feeling better in no time.

Eating fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables in season is a smart way to ensure a high level of health.  However, pesticides in produce raise concerns and could undermine your health.  Pesticides are toxic by design, they kill living organisms.  Environmental Working Group Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce otherwise known as the Dirty Dozen Plus is the latest list of foods with the highest pesticide residues.  Nearly all the studies on which the guide is based tested produce after it had been rinsed and peeled.  It is a good indication the produce that is contaminated with pesticides are effected through and through.  Refer to the list below while grocery shopping:

DIRTY DOZEN Plus ~ Foods with the highest pesticide residue; choose organic.

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Hot Peppers
  • Imported nectarines
  • Grapes
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Domestic blueberries
  • Lettuce
  • Kale/collard greens

Clean 15

CLEAN FIFTEEN ~ Produce lowest in pesticides; choose conventional or organic.

  • Onions
  • Sweet corn (Choose Certified Organic Sweet Corn)
  • Pineapples
  • Avocado
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Cantaloupe
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Mushrooms
  • Papaya (Choose organic to avoid GM Hawaiian papaya)
Ah Sugar, Sugar …  ah, honey, honey.  You are my candy girl, and you got me wanting you…Remember that song?  An oldie but a goodie; sugar is in most goodies.  But is the sugar that is replacing high fructose corn syrup in those goodies any better for you?
We say avoid them both!
sugar_siloWhat do the experts say?  We know that sugar depresses the immune system, and causes inflammation in the human body.  Some experts refer to sugar as “poison” for a host of reasons.  And one more thing, sugar is often made from genetically modified sugar beets (GMO’s).  Of course, we know the controversy surrounding GMO’s  and the impact they could have on your health. So why are manufacturer’s turning away from high fructose corn syrup and to sugar as an ingredient in food products?  Why don’t they consider using the plethora of more wholesome sweeteners such as coconut sugar, maple syrup, dates, or raw organic honey? The reason makes cents —  turning out an inferior product has its advantages, namely, profits.


In terms of dollars for manufacturers, profits are everything.  But are those profits really profitable?  We think NOT!  The long short and long term side effects of consuming products made with ingredients like high fructose corn syrup or sugar ultimately add to the health care disparity, and that is definitely impacting our health care as a nation.  Not convinced sugar is bad for you?  Consider this article, and then think again: watch this!


Keep in mind Robert H. Lustig, MD is referring to commercial fructose that is processed.  It is derived from sugar beets, sugar cane, and corn, that includes the fructose you find in processed foods and beverages, which also includes high fructose corn syrup and Canada’s glucose/fructose syrup.   This is NOT the fructose or fruit sugar found in fibrous plants or more specifically found in honey, tree and vine fruits, berries and most root vegetables consumed fresh and raw or as he says, “that’s why fruit is ok!”
Wholesome sweeteners such as yacon syrup, raw honey, dates, which includes date sugars, coconut sugar, (real) maple syrup, are some of your best options. If you have to choose a granulated sugar, choose cane sugar, then you will be avoiding the genetically modified beet sugar that is hiding in that bag of granulated sugar.
The good news is; added sugar in food and beverages are clearly labeled so that you can find all added sugars in the list of ingredients.  How ever bad the sugar,  it is easy to avoid with NxtNutrio!  It is as easy as scanning a barcode.   Any product that contains large amounts of “Bad Sugar” is marked with a “Red Arrow ” allowing you to make informed choices.

agains_gmo_red_2California State Sen. Noreen Evans plans to introduced legislation that would require all foods containing GMO (genetically modified organisms) to be labeled in California, a move sure to reignite a contentious and costly battle that the state’s voters last weighed in on in 2012. In order to attract wide support, the bill is slightly different than Prop 37. For example, it would not allow for frivolous lawsuits against manufacturers

Read more about this here


78% of U.S. Families Buy Some Organic Food

grocery_iphone_2Do you shop at a local Co-op, Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s or other health food store?
Seems like that’s a recipe for purchasing healthy foods doesn’t it?  If you’re after healthy, organic, nonGMO food,  it takes more than shopping at the “right” place.


While places like these carry a large array of good-for-you foods, and their reputation is to market healthy, nutritious foods, they also carry many products that contain questionable ingredients, such as processed free glutamic acid (MSG) type ingredients, caramel coloring, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, GMO’s, and other questionable ingredients that can have a negative impact on your health. While the goal of each of these establishments is to have the largest selection of ‘good-for-you’ foods, it’s impossible to fill the shelves given the current state of our food supply.

If you’re committed to purchasing and eating healthy foods, what’s a person to do?  Frankly your best bet is to learn more about ingredients in processed foods.  With the help of NxtNutrio, available on your mobile device, simply scan, view and choose, it’s that easy!  NxtNutrio gives you  a great resource to find out the truth about ingredients in foods.  Purchasing healthy food is not really about where you shop, but how you shop and what choices you make.  NxtNutrio gives you the information you need so you can make informed choices.

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Subway: Clean Up and Get NxtNutrio Approved

You won’t find Azodicarbonamide at any of the Olympic venues.  And it’s not an important element in the makeup of one of the luge sleds, ski’s, snowboards or any equipment the Olympic athletes depend upon.

nxtnutrio_subwayYou will find it in a Subway sandwich.  And it’s only one of many questionable ingredients Subway sandwiches contain.

Food is important fuel for the athletes, so it seems counter intuitive that such a low quality product could be the best nourishment for strength, energy and endurance.  Do Subway sandwiches really benefit your health?  While it seems like bread, meat, cheese, vegetables and a few condiments are “plain” unaltered food, that is not the case here!  Take a look for yourself:

And, while it is helpful if this one questionable ingredient, Azodicarbonamide is removed from the bread dough used at Subway to make their sandwiches…

What about  all the other ingredients??? 


• ARTIFICIAL BUTTER OIL  (Soybean Oil (GMO), Artificial Flavoring)

• ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR ~ Key word: artificial; decide for yourself…


• AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT ~ This ingredient is a source of MSG.

• CARAMEL COLOR ~ Can you say acrylamide? Carcinogen?



• NATURAL FLAVOR ~ Is really not so natural! Possible MSG ingredient and could contain other common allergens.

• MODIFIED WHEAT STARCH ~ Some more room for processed free glutamic acid, MSG ~ YIKES!

• MODIFIED palm oil ~ yummy… do you know how this ingredient affects your health? Not to mention the rain forests?

• PRESERVATIVES ~ Let the embalming begin…

• SUBWAY’S bacon contains SODIUM NITRITE ~ In the human digestive tract sodium nitrite combined with secondary amines results in the formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines… Need we say more?!

• SALAMI ~ Includes genetically modified corn syrup (GMO’s)

• SODIUM NITRATE ~ Consuming foods with this ingredient in the list of ingredients has been linked to stomach cancers.

• MODIFIED FOOD STARCH ~ Possible processed free glutamic acid present (MSG)

• POLYSORBATE 80 ~ Consuming foods that contain this ingredient has a whole host of side effects; gastrointestinal upset, infertility in women, allergic reactions, shortness of breath, skin rashes and more.

• SMOKE FLAVORING ~ May contain carcinogens by contaminating the food with PAHs and nitrosamines. Increasing risk of gastrointestinal cancer.

• HYDROLYZED CORN GLUTEN ~ GMO source, also a source of MSG, its derivatives have been implicated in damage to the central nervous system, endocrine organ disorders, cardiac distress, and illness in other parts of the body.

• MSG ~ The food additive and flavor enhancer is classified as an excitotoxin; it belongs to a class of chemicals that damage nerve cells by overexciting them.

• DISODIUM INOSINATE and DISODIUM GUANYLATE ~ Flavor enhancers used with MSG and other ingredients that contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG)


• SODIUM BENZOATE ~  A preservative used in foods such as soft drinks, fruit juices, jams, and coffee flavoring syrups, as well as a variety of condiments. As more people become aware of the chemicals they consume when they eat processed foods, this preservative has come under increasing scrutiny. And for good reason. Consuming products that contain Sodium benzoate E211 are being questioned as it appears that Sodium benzoate forms a chemical knowns as benzene while in the presence of vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid. Benzene causes damage to DNA, your genetic material, it is also a known carcinogen and appears to play a role in a variety of diseases as a result of it’s damaging capabilities of our DNA. Sodium Benzoate also has an effect on children, studies have shown that sodium benzoate along with artificial food colorings can cause children to be more hyperactive. The heating of products with Sodium benzoate plays a role in the conversion to benzene, this could increase the risk of negative health effects.

• HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP ~ The reason you find HFCS in, it seems everything, is that the price is held low by government corn subsidies and tariffs on imported sugar. This ingredient is considered a GMO; it has been found to contain mercury as a result of the production method (a mercury-contaminated caustic soda is used.)

• TBHQ ~ Preservative

• PROPYLENE GLYCOL ~ This ingredient is used in food, as well as shampoo, conditioner, and body creams and more. However, it can be avoided;  better products do not contain this ingredient.

• SUGAR ~ As an ingredient in foods, it is made from either sugar beets or sugar cane. Food labels do not always distinguish the difference, but it is important to understand that if your eating sugar, when listed as sugar, there is a 90 percent possibility that it came from genetically modified sugar beets. There are concerns over how GMOs, genetically modified organisms, impact the immune system, and affect long term human health.

• SOYBEAN OIL ~ Processing soybean oil alone is of concern. Add to that the hexane contamination, GMO issues, and the high heat used to process soybean oil; it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

• WHEAT PROTEIN ISOLATE ~ Don’t let the word protein fool you… this is just one more MSG ingredient.  Do you need another headache? No Way!

• YEAST EXTRACT ~ Wrap this ingredient up in tissue paper, and it hides the side effects (headache):  Yes, yeast extract contains processed free glutamic acid (MSG).

It is human nature to indulge on occasion, however, is every meal an occasion? The important question to consider is how does what you eat effect your quality of life -  and your waistline?

If you’ve experienced a migraine headache, upset stomach, fuzzy thinking, diarrhea, low energy, or any other condition that gets in the way of enjoying day to day activities, its time to consider what you’re eating.  Starting with your diet is the best and only place that will make a difference in your health in a short period of time.

The NxtNutrio App  can help you while shopping at your local grocer.

It scans bar codes of food and beverage items, you can set up a profile for allergens and food sensitivities as well, it also alerts its users of many of the questionable ingredients found on the list above, (ingredients that are found in your local Subway sandwiches). YIKES!

If you’re following the Olympics, you can also follow NxtNutrio on Facebook or at NxtNutrio.com

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What’s in it for me?

On April 29, 2012 By

What’s in your pantry, cupboards, or freezer?  If you couldn’t rely on the grocery store, farmers market, or local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) to find your favorite things to eat, what would you do?  Today convenience is king. If you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s a challenge to know what to eat, and [...]

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Great way to start your day!

On March 28, 2012 By

LEAN GREEN~ Looking for a great way to start your day? Whether you have plans for a morning at the gym, an active day with your kids or a productive day in the office, try starting your day with one of these super tasty, fabulously healthy, refreshing smoothies.  What’s different about these smoothies? They include greens, which will wake you [...]

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Six secrets to finding the best quality produce:

Eat your fruits and vegetables!  Who hasn’t heard that?   Usually with resistance. Whether you’re the parent of a two-year-old trying to get him started on the right track with a variety of fruits and vegetables or a student standing in the lunch line at school, those words [...]

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Lovey-Dovey Treats

On February 14, 2012 By

Lovey-Dovey Treats

One of the most sought after foods in the world today, chocolate is a fundamentally important part of celebrations throughout the year. Perhaps it’s because after indulging it results in heightened sensitivity and euphoria, amplifying sensuality and enriching one’s love life.  Chocolate enhances heart health in more than one way, so go ahead and [...]

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Your Favorite Chips and Salsa

On January 31, 2012 By

What is  your favorite Non-GMO Chips and Salsa brand? With Super Bowl around the corner,  Scan your favorite chips and Salsa product and tap “like” button to enter a drawing for a $25 gift card at your local grocer.

How does it work:

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NxtNutrio’s New version 3.0

On December 23, 2011 By

This new version of 3.0 added some features based on your requests.
We’re really exited

New Features:
✓ Browse Food Products by Category
✓ Detects Gluten in foods
✓ Enhancements made for those with Celiac disease
✓ Detects More Allergen and Food Sensitivities (MSG, Artificial color, and [...]

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Ultra Informed

On December 9, 2011 By

Ultra Informed

You may not be ultra sensitive, ultra rich, or ever had an ultra sound, but you’ve probably consumed ultra pasteurized milk.  Really?  Whether you’re shopping organic or conventional varieties, eggnog or heavy whipping cream, ultra pasteurization is dominating the market place, but not by consumer’s choice.

Ultra means extreme.  It also means [...]

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If you use cooking oil, or any food products made with fats/oils of any kind such as salad dressing, crackers, cookies, chips, cake mixes ~ they are in almost all processed food products ~ you could be ingesting a harmful chemical: hexane.

Many  fats and oils are processed with hexane, but don’t worry, food [...]

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The Horror of FrankenSugar

On October 31, 2011 By

 What do You Know About Your Sugar?

Sugar doesn’t grow on trees or in the ground, but it is handed out freely in many American homes on Halloween.  Disguised as a colorful, tasty, highly advertised treat, it is a highly processed ingredient that wreaks havoc on your immune system.  YIKES, the horrors of sugar!  [...]

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What triggers your headache?

On October 20, 2011 By

What?  You have a headache?  Either you know why, or you ask yourself “where did this headache come from?” You may not realize, however, that the headache could have been triggered by something as simple as the sulfites in the wine you drank last night, or perhaps from last night’s dinner.

The ingredients in [...]

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Until you understand what genetically modified organisms, GMO’s are, you might not understand how they effect your health and well-being. The term “genetically-modified” food refers to crop plants created for human or animal consumption using the latest molecular biological techniques.  Plants such as corn, soybean, and rapeseed have been modified in the laboratory using DNA [...]

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If you’re cleaning up your diet and on the look out for organic food items,
here is a behind the scene look at organic labels, as they are not all created equal.

The “organic” label on foods means the ingredients and processing aids must adhere to the Organic Foods Production Act, OFPA, and [...]

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Peanut Butter Recall

On August 21, 2014 By

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that nSpired Natural Foods is recalling a list of peanut butters due to a potential salmonella contamination. Recalled brands include Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha, and private labels sold at Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods.

At NxtNutrio we have you covered, check your cabinet and start [...]

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Some exemplary options in organic dairy… a few farms that are up to greatness!

Castle Rock Organic Farms located in Osseo Wisconsin.  Have you had the Artisan Blue Cheese at Castle Rock Organic Farms?  It is hand crafted in small batches using raw organic cow’s milk…  We are thrilled that there are NO natural [...]

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On February 18, 2014 By

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

For consumers, it can [...]

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Question:  How old do children have to be to eat original Cheerios cereal?

Answer:  Around 9 to 12 months old according to General Mills website.  We think it’s a good thing  “Not made with genetically modified ingredients” can now be found on the original Cheerios cereal label.

General Mills Cheerios list of Ingredients: Whole [...]

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Healthy lifestyle changes such as eating whole foods and practicing yoga could reverse the aging of the body’s cells, a study suggests.

Patients who adopted healthy diets, exercise regimes and “stress management” techniques for five years developed chromosomes that appeared similar to those of a younger person.

The type of change seen in their [...]

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