Dear members of the Co-Op,

This space will be dedicated to providing customers of the co-op with links to interesting articles about lifestyle, especially concerning the food we eat.  Periodically, we will be adding new links, and possibly deleting old ones.  This way, you will always find something of interest and educational value right here, along with the foods you love and want.

In effect, we want and need to reaffirm our choice of healthy nourishment over commercially prepared foods laden with chemicals, sugar, herbicides, pesticides, GMO’s and empty calories.   Our decision to jump ship on the “traditional” modern food industry puts us on a special category of consumer.  Co-ops like this one make it easier for us to procure the alternatives, now becoming more main stream every year.

As we become better educated about nutrition, some of us have gravitated toward lifestyles such as Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Raw, Gluten Free, and others.  With these many lifestyle choices, it is difficult to target information to such a varied audience.  However, a commonality of these lifestyles is we are all interested that our food be free of additives, grown or raised organically, and available to us at reasonable cost.  This co-op is committed to those values.

Each link below is preceded by a synopsis of the targeted article.  Some of these items may not fit your preferred style, and in some cases could actually espouse an opposite viewpoint.  Please note that it is not the intention here to cover any one particular viewpoint, but to expose you to several disciplines, commentaries, and food techniques and let you choose to assimilate or disregard the information as you wish.  If any one item is either informative or useful in your life, we will be glad to have contributed in some manner.  If an article is offensive to you, please don’t shoot the messenger.  We are not here to endorse any one thing over any other thing.  We only want to promote any and all concepts, which in concert with the foods we provide, may help you achieve a healthier and happier life.

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The Real Reasons Why Raw Milk is Becoming More Popular

Many of you come to the co-op primarily for the raw milk, a very healthy choice! The following article is from www.mercola.com, perhaps the best most complete natural health website in the world, with thousands of articles of interest.  We will be making reference often to articles in this website. This short article reconfirms why raw milk is a better choice in our diet.  If you wish you can pause the video that starts right away and instead read the text below it.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2004/04/24/raw-milk.aspx

 

Eight ways eating sugar is sending you to your grave

If there is one thing we consume that is as dangerous as poison, while still being edible, it is sugar.  Not just refined table sugar, but also in its many other forms, such as High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).  Sugar is an ingredient in most prepared, packaged, frozen, canned, etc., foods.  It is also a not so hidden ingredient in many of the restaurant foods we love and crave, from pizza, to tomato sauce, barbequed items, and of course desserts.  This article sheds some additional light on the subject.

http://www.naturalnews.com/039609_sugar_death_risk_lifespan.html

 

Artificial Sweeteners -- More Dangerous than You Ever Imagined

An even bigger danger to your health is to substitute sugar with artificial sweeteners.   If you need to sweeten your drinks or foods, try using Stevia,

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/10/13/Artificial-Sweeteners-More-Dangerous-than-You-Ever-Imagined.aspx

 

Why Eat Organic Food?

By now you might not have to be convinced about the benefits of organically grown foods.  It is a shame that we have to search for and pay more money for what just 50 years ago was considered normal food.  In humanity’s haste to make profit and “feed the planet” we have allowed conventional food producers to use herbicides, pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) in the growth and preparation of our daily sustenance.   All the organics movement is trying to accomplish is to go back to times when chemical companies were not running the food industry.

http://www.organic-food-for-everyone.com/why-eat-organic-food.html

 

…More links to other informative articles will publish here soon.