Countless individuals are interested in eating healthy foods, while others want to eat foods that support their moral, social, political, or religious beliefs. Numerous individuals must eat kosher foods to remain in accordance with Jewish dietary laws. Millions of other people choose to eat organic foods to support a healthier lifestyle. Another option is to consume only foods that are both kosher and organic. In order to act on such a choice, it may be wise to first explore some basic information on organic and kosher food products.

Organic Foods Explained

Organic food is the result of organic farming. Organic farmers operate under certain restrictions, such as not using fertilizers made from chemicals or pesticides that are synthetic. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), organic agriculture promotes and enhances biodiversity. When food products are given the label of “organic”, certain methods were used to produce them, and those methods must fall under the guidelines defined by the Organic Foods Production Act. Another restriction associated with organic agriculture is the prohibition of chemical additives, irradiation, and chemical solvents used during processing. Because consumers depend on organic labeling by the USDA to help them determine their buying choices, the organic food production industry is highly regulated.

Kosher Foods Explained

Kosher food is food that is acceptable for consumption based on Jewish dietary law (kashrut). This body of laws determines the types of foods that Jewish people may consume, as well as the ways in which such foods are prepared and then eaten. As described on a Judaism 101 site, Kosher dietary laws are observed all year round. Some of the laws are health-related, but others are not. The reason for following the law is because such compliance is determined by the Torah (the first five books of Hebrew Scripture).

Details of kashrut include the restriction of certain animals, as well as the prohibition of certain parts of animals that are deemed kosher. The consumption of bugs is not permitted; therefore, vegetables and fruits should be examined for the absence of bugs before they may be consumed. Utensils must not touch non-kosher food if they are to be used for kosher food, and this rule extends to cooking utensils, as well. Certain foods cannot be eaten at the same time, and the blood must be removed from poultry and meat (via broiling or draining) before consumption. The term “glatt” is used to describe meat that has been properly inspected for growths or other irregularities.

The Advantage of Combining Kosher and Organic

Kosher and organic foods differ from each other in a variety of ways. Organic agriculture is primarily implemented to ensure that foods are not exposed to chemicals, while kosher foods conform to Jewish dietary laws. However, when the two practices are combined, a person who is Jewish could benefit greatly. Since organic foods are produced without synthetic chemicals, such foods are typically healthier than non-organic foods. According to Wise Organic Pastures, by consuming foods that are both certified organic and kosher, an individual could remain true to the kashrut principles while consuming a healthier grade of food. Ultimately, this strategy may be one that works best for a great number of individuals.


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Modelo Especial celebrates the skilled master crafstmen who dedicate themselves to The Versatility of Metal. In this short, Barry Alderman and James Romero discuss their passion for building bicycle frames. Modelo Especial recognizes that becoming a craftsman is all about developing those skills and sticking to them. Check out the video:

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So many times when we hear about the supposed health benefits of a particular diet, the focus is on the promise of weight loss. But what about the diet that’s healthiest for our planet?

Defining “diet”

When I say “diet,” I’m not talking about a set of restrictions you impose on yourself to meet a specific goal. The term “diet” is actually defined as the sum of what one consumes; for example, when we classify animals into carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores, we are defining their diet.

We are not suggesting that they go on a detox or stop eating cake, right? So, for this article, the word “diet” simply means what we eat and what is best for our bodies. We’re not depriving ourselves of anything, we’re just giving our bodies what they need.

How does diet affect the planet?

Do you grow bananas in your backyard? Probably not. If you pick up a banana at the grocery store, it had to come from somewhere (usually South America), and to get to your grocery store, it had to be put on a truck, a plane, another truck, and driven to the store and placed on the shelf.

All of those trucks and planes use up fossil fuels and leave a substantial carbon footprint. Now, imagine that multiplied by all the bananas across the world. Then add in the rest of the produce section. Pretty staggering, yes?

So here’s the thing. Produce is seasonal. Different fruits and veggies grow and are harvested at different times. Watermelons are harvested during the summer. If you buy a watermelon in December, it’s been shipped from somewhere very, very warm. It’s not hard to combat this incredible environmental impact when you choose your fruit.

Go to farmers markets

Farmers markets offer a plethora of fruits and veggies, mostly grown without harmful pesticides or the use of genetically modified organisms. They might not say “organic,” because the food system in this country is very backwards and being able to market your product as legal “USDA Certified Organic” costs an enormous amount of money that the average local farmer doesn’t have.

But feel free to ask these vendors about their growing and harvesting processes. If you’re not satisfied, move on to the next vendor; there’s plenty to go around at most farmers markets.

Farmers markets are good for your health and that of the planet, because they consist of local farmers that use only one truck and don’t drive that far: the produce is local. As I mentioned before, there are generally fewer (if any) pesticides used on the produce at farmers markets.

Pesticides run off into the water supply, kill off valuable members of ecosystems, and lower the air quality. Therefore, the fewer pesticides we use on Earth, the better. Also, pesticides kill all the nutrients in the soil, which reduces the amount of nutrients in the produce, and that means it’s not as good for you.

Avoid factory-farmed meats

We all should be at least somewhat aware of the deplorable conditions in which cows and chickens are reared for slaughter and egg production. The huge factories that abuse these animals on a daily basis use up tons of fossil fuels to keep their operation running, they ship in genetically modified corn to feed those cows and chickens (even though cows cannot properly digest corn and this gives them ulcers), and then, after slaughtering the animals, they ship them all over the country and the world using various combinations of planes and trucks (ergo, lots of fossil fuels).

Meats at farmers markets are usually “grass-fed” or “free-range,” which means they haven’t been subject to the type of abuse that factory-raised animals have. They are treated better and fed correct diets, and, just like the produce, they are only shipped locally.

Buy local

The point of this, if you’re interested in your health and the planet’s survival, is to do your best to buy local. You will be surprised at the amount of things you can buy locally (produce, meats, cheeses, soaps, flowers, baked goods, and so forth), and you will be supporting your local economy. When you buy local, everyone wins.


Switching to a low-carb diet can be the quickest way to get the trim figure that so many of us seek: it’s the fastest way to burn fat and gain muscle mass. However, a sudden switch to low-carb comes with side effects; dieters should be warned that they will start to feel worse before they feel better.

Here’s what you can expect from the low-carb switch.

1. Lack of focus

Called the “brain fog” by many bodybuilders and other low-carb eaters, an inability to focus, an almost drunken feeling, happens to most people a few days after making the switch. If there is enough sugar in the body, the brain will run solely on glucose, so the rapid change causes it to depend on relatively small amount of glucose until it’s ready to use ketones as fuel instead.

2. Flu symptoms

The switch to ketones confuses the body as well, causing it to feel run-down and experience flu-like symptoms. Nausea, headache, and the like will follow the “brain fog.” Plan to switch mid-week so the symptoms fall on a weekend, and you won’t have to miss work because of your diet.

3. Irritability

Expect some increased irritability after starting the switch: food has an emotional as well as physical impact on the body. Consider caffeine as a substitute at first, to ease that “short fuse” feeling.

4. Weird smells, weird tastes

When the body runs on ketones, they build up just like glucose did with your previous diet … and a build-up of ketones can cause some strange scents. Many people report a change in body odor, and odd tangy tastes in their mouth. Keep hydrated and chew gum to make it through this stage.

5. Decreased endurance

Despite all the protein coming into the body, many people don’t respond immediately to all that building energy. If you experience weakness due to lack of carbohydrates and need energy for work or to continue doing endurance or intense strength training at the gym, consider including some carbs on days when extra energy is essential.

6. Dehydration

Don’t be fooled by all the weight lost in the first few weeks of a low-carb diet. Those pounds were primarily peed out. Ketosis, or the build-up of ketones, has a duiretic effect: it causes increased urination and potential dehydration if you don’t stay hydrated.

7. Depression

Any change in diet can alter the way the brain chemistry works. People who are particularly sensitive should be wary of a depressive effect due to the lack of sugar and carbs. Some people need more carbs in order to keep up serotonin levels, so be careful and consult a physician if you suffer from a depressive disorder and would like to start a low-carb diet.

All the aforementioned symptoms are fleeting for most. In the end it is about choosing low-carb foods that are high quality and good for physical and emotional sustenance. Choosing tasty snacks is one of the best ways to boost morale during the difficult periods, and low-carb dieters know that those times can be frequent at first.

But remember, ketosis is gradual and it can be great for the body, if you have the patience to give it a try.


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When 7UP decided to create a ten calorie (but same great taste) version of the ever popular drink, they needed a unique way to get the word out. What better way than an online contest for aspiring filmmakers? 7UP opened up the competition for the weird, wacky ideas of the public, and here are the epic results. Have a 7UP TEN and a laugh while you enjoy these four takes on a great product.

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No kid likes to open up their lunchbox to find a soggy sandwich mashed with crumpled chips, heck, even as adults we hate it when our lunch gets destroyed, but it happens. However, these 4 pictures below show that it no longer has to be that way. With a little creativity put into each child’s meal; their lunchbox food can be taken to the next level, which is level awesome.

“My oh my, Miss Piggy’s eyes sure are blue” said Tony Stevens from Long Beach Restaurants. “I also like the way that they did up here hair with the pasta.”

Food Turned Into Miss Piggy

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