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Swimming Upstream: When it comes to fish, go wild

February 9, 2011

Farm Raised vs. Wild Caught.  Is there a difference?  Hook, line and sinker.

When it comes to fish, go wild.

When you sang Old MacDonald growing up, I bet you $100 one of your answers was never ‘had a fish, eieio’.  Now, how did salmon and tuna trade in their tails for the ranching life? 

Before we jump into that pond, an ode for seafood.

We love fish for its versatility, variety, flavor and health benefits.  Omega-3’s found in fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines have been shown to have a variety of benefits ranging from reducing the risk of heart disease to treating the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. We don’t produce these Omega-3’s on our own, so it’s critical we get them from our food.

So, does it matter whether we opt for wild caught or farm raised fish?  The answer is absealutely.
Wild fish swims in the sea where it’s supposed to, and is usually line caught. 

Farm raised salmon are housed within small pens that are set up in the ocean or in small ponds and are fed with food other than what nature intended.

Think free range chicken, beef, etc.  Same philosophy. So herein lies the problem.  Farm raised fish are:

  1. Confined and medicated: Think of it as a CAFO under the sea.  These farms can stretch as far as four football fields and contain over a million fish crammed together in floating pens.  The overcrowding increases their risk of infection and disease and they’re often given antibiotics to help deter this.  Sea lice have been known to infiltrate these pens, killing young salmon.
  2. Fed funky food pellets:  Instead of being allowed to find their own natural food sources, they’re fed dried food pellets made up of fish oil and fish meal. Salmon farmers give farm raised salmon a similar color by feeding them a synthetic pigment called canthaxanthin. It’s since been banned in Great Britain.  To add to the mix, pellets often contain cancer causing agents as PCBS, dioxins, and even flame retardants.
  3. Nearly void of good Omegas:  Lower omega-3 levels have been found in farm raised, but they also have higher omega-6 fatty acid levels, a pro-inflammatory that you want to try and avoid.
  4. Prone to E.coli contamination:  Because of overcrowded conditions, fish excretions accumulate and have no where to go.  They can enter fish gills and become a threat to their health and those that eat them.

The bottom line?

According to statistics, the most common fish species raised by fish farms are salmon, carp, tilapia, European seabass, catfish and cod and it’s estimated that only about 10% of the salmon on the market in the U.S. is wild.  Although wild fish may be a bit more expensive than farm raised, you get what you pay for. 

What’s a seafood loving soul to do? Dive in.

– Ask where your food comes from. Look for ‘wild caught’ or ‘line caught’ fish at the grocery store and request more from your fishmonger.  If you’re at a restaurant or sushi bar, don’t hesitate to ask if they offer wild caught and let them know you prefer those selections. 

Look for the smoked section.  Most Gravlax and smoked salmon is wild caught and because of the strong flavor, a little goes a long way.  It’s not just for bagels, either. Toss it into your pasta, alongside eggs and atop sliced, sprouted wheat bread with a dab of nonfat greek yogurt, lemon and fresh dill.

Wash and cook it good. Clean your seafood fillets and whole fish with Eat Cleaner All Natural Seafood + Poultry Wash to help cleanse away contaminants, bacteria and pesticide residue.  According to the Environmental Working Group, you can also reduce your exposure  by trimming fat from fish before cooking.  If farm raised is your only option, limit consumption to once a month. Learn more at http://www.ewg.org/reports/farmedpcbs.

Seafood WATCH.  The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood WATCH program offers updated resources on sustainable selections by the region you live in.  Consult their site and download their guides and iPhone app here.

It’s Fit February here at the Cleaner Plate Club.  Stay seafood savvy and eat your way to better health with us all month long!

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Don’t be a statistic on Turkey Day

November 18, 2010

Turkey?  Check.  Fixin’s?  Check. Centerpiece?  Check.  Salmonella?  Let’s keep that one off the menu.

Being the perfect host or hostess is not just about a beautiful table or delicious food.  It’s also about keeping your family and friends food safe – you don’t want to be remembered as the host or hostess who sent their guests to the hospital at the holidays. 

Every year there are 78 million reported cases of food borne illness – 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths.  On Thanksgiving day alone, an average of 200,000 people will get food poisoning.  Who wants to spend the day on their days praying to the ceramic altar?  We’ll pass.

Tune in Monday, 11/21 and watch ‘The Fit Foody’ show how to host a healthy, food safe holiday

The Fit Foody– food and safety expert Mareya Ibrahim of Eat Cleaner has a few simple tricks of the trade to show how to keep the holiday season happy and worry free. 

–        Don’t let fowl go foul:  For your main event, taking measures to clean and prep your turkey properly can help your table be Salmonella-free.

–        Pick and clean fixin’s properly: Before your produce reaches you, it has been touched by around 20 different sets of hands and has traveled at least 1,500 miles.  Preparation and handling is key to producing food borne illness-free results.

–        Cook it done:  You can’t always judge a food by it’s color, simple tricks to tell you when your bird is really cooked.

–        Keep it cool:  Don’t let the tryptophan kick in, why it’s important to clean up now rather than later and just how much later.

Mareya Ibrahim is The Fit Foody and the Founder of the Cleaner Plate Club.  She is a food safety expert and advocate based in Orange County, CA.

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I HEART Farmers Markets

June 4, 2010

Here at Eat Cleaner, we live to roam the farmers markets.  There’s something so inviting about buying fresh food straight from the producer and what’s not to love about a leisurely walk through an open air market on a bright, Spring day? 

Personally, it takes me back to my childhood growing up in Egypt where my grandfather, Giddou in Arabic, would take me by the hand and lead me through the fruit and vegetable vendor stalls in the open air market of Alexandria in pursuit of the day’s bounty.  Finger-slim, purple aubergines, buxom, crimson tomatoes and verdant, leafy herbs piled high among an array of fragrant, earth colors sat side by side, vendors hawking their prized produce to the sea of shoppers with their mesh carry-alls in hand.  Giddou would smell, squeeze and prod at the picks before him to choose the finest he could find, haggling with the vendors for the best price.  We’d proudly display our farm fresh assortment to the rest of the family, which would inevitably come together with fresh garlic, vinegar and olive oil for our mid-day feast.

We’re taking our love of farmer’s markets to you with an opportunity to sell Eat Cleaner at your local open air destination. We also have opportunities to sell Eat Cleaner to friends, family and connections at home.   Just click on the EAT CLEANER DISTRIBUTOR INFORMATION FORM below and email us at:  Info@eatcleaner.com for more information.

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Raising PAM | iParenting Award | Pesky Pesticides

May 20, 2010

 

 

 

Being a mom is no joke. We carry, quite literally, on our hips the responsibility of bringing baby into the world. And there you are, leaving the hospital wondering…Um…Where’s the owner’s manual? Nursing, feeding, clothing, nurturing, soothing, incessant worrying and the frenetic, hair pulling task of making all the right choices to raise Jane to be a prodigious, healthy, happy, socially responsible person can leave you wondering if you really had the credentials for the job in the first place.    

 

This month, we set sail on a journey with Anna Getty’s Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM), where moms-to-be got the 411 on a kinder, greener way to get started on the right foot – starting with mom’s health. Eco-celebs Mariel Hemingway, Ricki Lake and Josie Maran with experts Dr. Alan Greene, Kim Barnouin (HealthyBitchDaily), Gigi Chang (Plum Organics), Lisa Druxman (Stroller Strides Founder) and Christopher Gavigan (CEO Healthy Child Healthy World) provided invaluable information and insight into health and wellness. Eat Cleaner was there proudly alongside to show how you can take food safety into your own hands, because a diet filled with fresh, clean food for all moms is key. We’re honored to be part of the PAM community that is nurturing knowledge, support and celebrating the wonder of being a green mother. With friends like these, it’s not so scary after all.
Check out http://www.pregnancyawarenessmonth.com/ for info and tune into today’s Twitter party.



HOT PLATE! Eat Cleaner is the 2010 winner of the Disney iParenting Excellent Products Award! We got top honors in the Safety category for best new products.

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Pesticide Panic

The latest research linking ADHD with a group of pesticides called organophosphates ripped through the news this week, setting off panic attack with fruit and veggie eaters everywhere. The real peril here is that people will peel back their intake of produce. Fact is there are ways to reduce toxins in your food, and healthy living expert Jordan Rubin spoke about why you would use our products on CNN. Here’s how to eat cleaner everyday:  

CLICK HERE to Watch Video

Give ‘em a real cleaning: We don’t have to tell you the importance of washing your food, but studies show you can eliminate much of the pesticide residue if you wash the surface thoroughly. Neither wax nor most pesticides are water soluble, so Eat Cleaner wash and wipes help to dissolve these barriers and get under the surface.

Wash frozen fruit + veggies: Studies showed that frozen fruit and vegetables showed a higher rate of pesticides, as consumers don’t generally think about washing them. Make sure to wash them or buy fresh, clean thoroughly, then show them to the freezer.

Organic produce still needs to be cleaned: Overspray and pesticide drift can still contaminate organic produce. Wash with Eat Cleaner to help get them as nature intended and give them a longer life.

Rinds and peels need a wash: Pesticide residue can contaminate the flesh if you don’t give them a good wash. Make sure to clean melons, oranges, grapefruit and other produce on the outside.

Pick from the Clean 15 instead of the Dirty Dozen: The Environmental Working Group created this list of the most and least sprayed fruits and vegetables. Make the ‘right ones’ your new friends and go organic and a good scrub with the ones on the left.

For the complete story linking ADHD to pesticide intake in children, CLICK HERE.

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Big Fruity Deal
The Eat Cleaner bunch is growing and we’re proud to announce our newest homes at Whole Foods in Texas and Stater Bros in California. Look for us in the produce aisles and on the meat counters and support our retailer partners who are helping families take food safety into their own hands. We are forever grateful.

California
Stater Bros (all stores)
Irvine Ranch Market
Farm Fresh to You
The Pump Station
Milkalicious
PC Greens
Erewhon
Vicente Foods
Full O’ Life
Coast Produce
Major Markets (Fallbrook, Escondido, CA)
Wholesome Choice (CA)
Pacific Ranch Market
Farmers Market at Marbella Plaza
Farm to Market
7-Eleven (Costa Mesa)

Washington State
Lemongrass

East Coast
Wegmans (most stores)
Wellnest

Texas
Whole Foods – Texas (20 stores)

Online
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Alice.com
Amazon.com
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Who’s Been Playing With Your Melons?

March 5, 2010

These melons have gotten around.

Not to get personal, but chew on this…most food has not only traveled thousands of miles, it’s been touched by dozens of hands that have been who knows where. You can bet that those melons of yours have made the rounds. Squeezed, sneezed on, prodded, dropped and even bitten into before they come home with you. What you need to protect yourself from isn’t always visible to the naked eye.

So before you bite, practice safe snax.

In January, there were several recalls of watermelon and cantaloupe linked to Salmonella. This pathogen can wreak havoc on your health, especially infants and children, the elderly and people with autoimmune deficiencies. What you may not know is that usually Salmonella is transferred from the rind to the inside of the fruit. So if you clean the outside thoroughly, you can enjoy those melons safely.  The same goes for oranges, grapefruit, bananas – really, anything with a peel deserves at least a good Eat Cleaner wipe.  A small, preventative step can make a big difference in the health of what you serve yourself and your family. 


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FrankenFood Makes You Fat

March 2, 2010

Each American is exposed to about 10 to 13 different pesticides through food, beverages and drinking water every day. And nine of the 10 most common pesticides are endocrine-disrupting, which have been linked to weight gain.* In his book, “The New American Diet,” author Stephen Perrine talks about “obesogens” and how they play a role in the American obesity crisis. From pesticides to growth hormones, antibiotics and plastic pollutants, to name a few. Bad for the environment, bad for us, here’s what to avoid. 

In your refrigerator: 

  • The Dirty Dozen: Non organic peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, kale, lettuce, imported grapes, carrots, pears.
  • Farm raised fish: (e.g. Farmed salmon are up to 10 times higher in pesticides like PCBs as wild salmon)
  • Corn/soy-fed beef and chicken
  • Non organic dairy products

In your pantry:  

  • Plastic compounds (in particular BPA)
  • Lining of canned foods such as canned tuna, soup, beans and tomatoes
  • Lining of canned beverages such as energy drinks, baby formula
  • Sports drink bottles

THE CLEANER PLATE CLUB TIP:  Wash with EAT CLEANER All Natural Fruit + Vegetable Wash or Wipes to effectively remove pesticide residue from the surface of fresh foods. 

PEAS OF MIND:
  Rest assured that all EAT CLEANER products are made with BPA-free plastic, including our Wash + Dryer Kit Spinner and Scrub Brush. 

* From “Chemicals in Food Can Make You Fat,” Feb. 11, 2010, cbsnews.com

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Skinny Bitch digs Eat Cleaner…and we heart her, too!

February 18, 2010

We inhale every book we can get our hands on that dishes the dirt on the food we eat.  And there’s one that we’ve fallen in love with for its straight up, trashy talkin, no b.s. approach and that’s Skinny Bitch, the New York Times Bestseller co-authored by Kim Barnouin.  I had the wonderful fortune of meeting Kim at the Go Green Expo in LA last month with a former colleague of mine, Julie, co-founder of healthybitchdaily.com – a fortunate twist of fate!  After sharing our products, Kim provided us with this amazing testimonial on Eat Cleaner products, below.  If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it for its honest look at the food on our plates. Don’t let the title fool you!  It’ not about getting skinny, it’s a wake-up call served up like warm revenge against GMO’s, soda and artificial anything by a couple of sassy sistas.  The theme here is all-around health and consciousness around what you stick in your mouth. A slick guide for eating cleaner, which is right up our alley.

You can also get Kim’s mouthfuls daily on her blog @healthybitchdaily.com.  Sign up and getit delivered to your inbox faster than a (vegan)pizza.

“As a health nut and neurotic mother, I am a diehard fan of EAT CLEANER Fruit + Vegetable Wash. With the number of pesticides and harmful chemicals farmers spray on our produce, rinsing with water just doesn’t suffice anymore. EAT CLEANER gives me the peace of mind to know that safe, fresh and healthy food for my family and I, is just a quick wipe away.”

Kim Barnouin, New York Times best selling author of Skinny Bitch weighs in on Eat Cleaner.

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