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6 Reasons To Eat Dark, Organic Chocolate December 16, 2006

Tip! Sustainability. In his book, Gardening Organically, John Fedor defines sustainability as “the ability of a society or an ecosystem to function indefinitely without squandering the resources on which it relies.

Not many of us need a reason to eat chocolate, but here are the six reasons to only eat dark, organic chocolate:

Unless chocolate is organic it contains pesticide residue. Here is what those FDA approved levels of residues do to you:

• Glyphosate — effects on digestive system tissue, genetic damage, effects on reproduction, carcinogenicity

• Hydrogen Cyanide — acute toxicity, thyroid effects, nerve degeneration

• Naled — central nervous system disruption; headaches, nausea and diarrhea

• Pyrethrins — carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity

• Methyl Bromide — prostate cancer, kidney and liver effects, neurological effects

Dark chocolate has been proven to improve blood pressure.

Dark chocolate can improve glucose metabolism/diabetic control.

Dark chocolate contains high levels of naturally occurring plant flavonoids called polyphenols. These flavonoids are antioxidants.

Another type of polyphenol found in chocolate prevents fat-like substances in our bloodstream from oxidizing and clogging arteries, making blood platelets less sticky to each other.

The fat in chocolate is comprised of heart healthy oleic acid, stearic acid (which neither raises nor lowers cholesterol) and palmitic acid, which raise cholesterol. (only 1/3 of the fat raises cholesterol!)

The above benefits are negated when you eat milk chocolate. The proteins in milk bind antioxidants and make them less available to be absorbed. Also, most light colored chocolates contain large amounts of sugar, which can adversely affect the immune system. When cocoa is processed into your favorite chocolate products, it goes through several steps to reduce its naturally pungent taste. Flavonoids (polyphenols) provide this pungent taste. The more chocolate is processed (such as fermentation, alkalizing, roasting), the more flavonoids are lost. Remember, those are antioxidants being processed away!

Research done on an isolated island showed inhabitants rarely had high blood pressure, even though they drank about five cups of cocoa each day and incorporated it into many of their recipes. Their cocoa though was not sprayed with pesticides, was not processed and did not have added milk, sugar or soy lecithin as an emulsifier.That chewy, caramel-marshmallow, nut-covered milk chocolate bar that you feel guilty about has no health benefits and can only add to health problems. If you want to have your chocolate and eat it too, then choose dark, organic chocolate. A square of dark organic chocolate a day just may help keep the doctor away. Now, that’s the best reason of all!

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Page Remick is lead reviewer for Pure Zing, the Internet’s only natural and organic products review site. Remick and the PZ team search for unique and artisanal products that are not mass-produced and found on every grocery store or health food store shelf in the country.http://www.purezing.com

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Way to go Aspen: City reduces greenhouse gas by giving employees incentive November 22, 2006

Aspen, Colorado city employees recieved bonuses for helping to reduce greenhouse gases in their city. Congrats Aspen. Check out the article in the Aspen Times, the link is,
http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20061121/NEWS/111210022.

Aspen reduced it’s emissions by 10.5% which is what most cities are increasing their green house gases by. What a great idea to thank city employees for their hard work by giving them a bonus for helping to decrease gases. Aspen is doing what it takes to make a difference and better their community. They are setting a great example for other cities. They plan to further decrease their emissions in years to come.

I love solutions. Another toxic problem being over come.

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Green, Organic, Sustainable, Eco-Living October 11, 2006

What My Blog is About

October 11th, 2006 by greenqueen

Hello everyone this is the Green Queen coming at you. I love everything green, organic, sustainable and clean. What is a Green Queen? I help others to transform their homes and life from a toxic chemical life to an organic, sustainable, green, clean, healthy life.

What does that mean? I’m glad that you asked.

I research, live, and test organic, sustainable, green products and write about them. I give tips and advice on transforming your life and home from a toxic, chemical life to a clean, green, organic, sustainable life and home. Why do I do this?

Because, there are many myths and the industry is clouded with them. I sift through the myths, so that you don’t have too. I tell it like it is so that you get the best information to make the best decisions about your health and life. I will interview experts in the field so that you can get other opinions.

I will also bring fun tips and recipes for you to try at home. As I find cool websites I will post their links here so that you can check them out. Everything from eco-shopping, where to buy biodiesel, to the daunting statistical data and news headlines, in case you decide you want to check them out.

I hope that you enjoy. Please feel free to give me feed back I love to hear all ideas, questions, comments. However let’s keep it clean, I will delete comments that aren’t appropriate or foul language.

I look forward to blogging with you.

Until next time,

” Think and go green”