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Top 10 Reasons to Support Organic in the 21st Century



1. Reduce The Toxic Load: Keep Chemicals Out of the Air, Water, Soil and our Bodies



Buying organic food promotes a less toxic environment for all living things. With only 0.5 percent of crop and pasture land in organic, according to USDA that leaves 99.5 percent of farm acres in the U.S. at risk of exposure to noxious agricultural chemicals.



Our bodies are the environment so supporting organic agriculture doesn’t just benefit your family, it helps… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on August 23, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Vegan Diet Protects Against Pollution





Animal protein has the potential to carry toxin chemicals in the fat deposits. And the bad news is they keep building up and concentrate. So when we eat these un-clean proteins then these same chemicals get into our fat deposits. This is an ongoing problem that will plague adults for years. In the video I talk about the worst and best protein… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on August 20, 2010 at 9:04am — No Comments

The Best Shrimp | The Worst Shrimp





Here is a followup video to my last video titled How to Buy Sustainable Seafood | Bycatch and Trawling method of Fishing. If you like shrimp then this is a must watch video. Shrimp is one of the worst when it comes to bycatch and habitat destruction. But there are better choices if you want to eat… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on August 19, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

How to Buy Sustainable Seafood | Bycatch and Trawling method of Fishing









All fish are not created equal. For example the price difference of $3 a lb for Mahi Mahi is well justified if it is handline caught. The catch method can make a big difference in the over catch. If I have learned one thing over my career as a professional chef it is that you need to pay more. When you pay less you will end up paying more in the long run. This is so true for seafood. Good seafood will cost… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on August 15, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Natural Beef, Really? What is so-called natural beef.

I always hear the word natural being used in the meat world. But what

does natural really mean? In my opinion it does not mean much at all. Here I talk about a meat salesman that is abusing the term "natural". I could right through him.… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on August 10, 2010 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

The Term Natural Keeps Getting Abused





I always hear the word natural being used in the meat world. But what does natural really mean? In my opinion it does not mean much at all. In fact I get upset when a sales person uses this term. So just recently I had to politely listen to a customer tell me all about his "natural" beef in a box that is mass…

Added by Marcus Guiliano on July 10, 2010 at 10:52am — 1 Comment

Fancy Food Show has a Strong Organic, Fair Trade, Gluten-Free and Green Presence



The country's biggest specialty food show had changed in the last 10 years. and I love it! Once upon a time the terms organic, fair trade, whole grain, green etc were not popular. But times have changed. In fact these are the most popular words now. Distributed by… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on July 5, 2010 at 5:40pm — 2 Comments

Conventional Celery is the Dirtiest Food, Tops the List with 67 Chemical Residues

Some produce is worse than others if it is not organic. Conventional celery found to have up to 67 pesticide residues. Plus

Marcus talks about NY State banning pesticides on school lawns. Plus

the schools policy on Lavender oil and the plant of… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on June 30, 2010 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Genetically Modifed Salmon May be on it's Way

By 2012 we may be eating genetically modified farmed salmon. GM salmon

looks like it be getting approval. Don't expect GM salmon to be

labeled, nothing else that is GM'ed is labeled.

Here is my take on all GM crops.



More info…
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Added by Marcus Guiliano on June 26, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

The Three Things That Will Destroy The Nutrional Value of Chocolate

Justin and I talk chocolate, healthy chocolate that is. Chocolate is

regarded as a superfood, packed with intense antioxidants. But most of

the chocolate available are breaking one or more of the rules for

keeping healthy. Please be aware that dark chocolate is not as healthy

as you think it is.…

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Added by Marcus Guiliano on June 24, 2010 at 4:21am — 1 Comment

The Difference Between an Essential Oil & Infused Oil

Chefs love to make flavorful herb oils to season their food with. I

have discovered essential oils that I have incorporated in my kitchen.

There is a huge difference in in the process and strength of these

oils.



An infused oil is usually an herb that is added to oil to draw the flavor into the oil.

An essential oil is the oil that comes from the plant itself. The oil that is locked in the plant is very strong. This oil is used very sparingly.… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on June 8, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Sulfite vs Tannin Reactions in Wine

Many people assume that they have a sulfite reaction to drinking wine. In actuality there is a very small portion of the population with a sulfite allergy. Most people are experiencing a tannin reaction to red wine.



Here is one way to self test. Eat some bright apricots. If you get the same reaction from eating these as when you drink wine then you have a true sulfite allergy. These bright apricots are loaded with sulfites.



Most people associate red wines with sulfites, but… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on May 26, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Big News for Farmed Salmon

Farmed salmon is bad new in most cases. Wild salmon has way more benefits that include health and environment factors. But there is usually an exception to the rule. So you can't say that all farmed fish are bad or even all farmed salmon is bad.

If you have seen any of my blog posts in the past you know that I am against farmed salmon. Well I found this farmed salmon that is being praised by Seafood Watch. Check out this video for all the details.



I still do believe that wild… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on May 6, 2010 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

How to Meet the Dinning Requirements for a Raw Foodist

There are many types of patrons these days, I mean many types of diets that patrons are following. I have personally experimented with many diets over the years. One of my favorite diets happens to be the raw food diet. Raw foodists are probably onre of the hardest patrons to take care of with a well thought out meal. Most vegans are happy with mushrooms, rice and some other vegetable. But now try to take care of vegan without cooking any of the food.



A raw foodist will typically not… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on April 27, 2010 at 8:37pm — 9 Comments

Does Wild or Farmed Salmon Have More Omega 3's

Here is a brief description of Wild Salmon, Farmed Salmon and Organic Salmon. Please watch the video attached to find out more information.



I am a huge fan of wild salmon. And I always thought that wild salmon had way more Omega 3's due to it being in it's natural environment. Well I was just proven wrong. It turns out that farmed salmon is fed fish oils that increases their amount of this essential heart healthy fat. But you have to know the rest of the story.



Salmon farms… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on April 13, 2010 at 10:00pm — 7 Comments

Anti-oxidants in wine

There has been a resveratrol craze with wine. Resveratrol is an anti-oxidant found in wine, and most significantly in red wine. With all the talks and customer awareness on health this wine component is getting lots of attention. Here is a video that I did that talks about different resveratrol levels in red wines.

www.healthychefdude.com…

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Added by Marcus Guiliano on March 17, 2010 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Let Chefs Be Teachers

Chef have an amazing power to educate customers. Chefs seem to have an authority effect on people even if the chef doesn't have the facts. Keep in mind that more people are educating themselves on the internet.



On the important side, if a chef makes a stance on an issue they should convey it several ways. Here is an example. In the late 90's I signed onto the "Give Chilean Sea Bass a Pass". I was excited that we were not serving this very controversial fish. At the time many guests… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on March 14, 2010 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Don't W(h)ine About Organic Grapes

The term organic can be confusing especially when it comes to wine. The laws and perception can be mis-leading. For example does a wine made from organic grapes contain added sulfites? Or is the wine even organic because the grapes were grown organically.



Here is some basics to follow:

1. Lots of vineyards practice organic but are not certified.

2. Using organic grapes in wine does NOT make the wine organic.

3. If the wine is certified organic it still may contain… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on March 13, 2010 at 7:24am — No Comments

Don't Recycle, I have a Better Option

Most of us have the bins set up to separate plastic, glass, cans and paper. We all think wow this is great to recycle. but really happens once it is picked up. The big question is do we have any better options.



There is no doubt that recycling can make a big difference for our environment. But I say there are better options. In fact restaurants are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to abusing resources. Just some small changes can make a big difference for our environment.… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on March 4, 2010 at 12:17pm — 1 Comment

How to Properly Use Olive Oil

Don't Bake or Cook with Olive Oil

I don't care what the Food Network Chefs do or say, don't to cook or bake with olive oil. It is downright stupid to heat olive oil. Olive oil is extremely healthy and should be stored and consumed with great care. Buy the good stuff and keep it in a cool and dark place and keep it airtight. And don't bother with anything other types of olive oil beside Extra Virgin Cold Pressed. The other olive oils are not worth consuming, all the goods are in the first… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on March 2, 2010 at 4:38am — No Comments

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TED: Jeremy Kasdin: The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets - Jeremy Kasdin (2014)

Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" that allows a telescope to photograph planets from 50,000 kilometers away. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."

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Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

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