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Mexican Hass Avocado Industry Sees Huge Growth In American Market

Mexican Hass Avocado Industry Sees Huge Growth In American Market

Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 22:10:29 in Home

“My baby LOVES them. Apparently they are very easy to digest, and allergies are very rare. She still eats them plain, but I also use mashed avos to stick a medley of foods together. We are in the phase where she is learning to run the spoon herself. Avocado paste is moist enough to keep the food bits in the spoon and (thank you!) off the floor. The flavor is mild enough to go with almost any food. I try not to buy the Mexican ones, though, on principle.”

plantbasedpunk on Jun 20, 2012 at 14:26:08

“I used to get an itchy mouth and swollen lips whenever I ate avocados so I always assumed it was a mild allergy. I rarely have that problem nowadays. Probably developed a tolerance.”
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Dirty Dozen: EWG Reveals List Of Pesticide-Heavy Fruits And Veggies

Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 19:47:21 in Healthy Living

“While I doubt that the "science writer" who composed this article is all read up on the latest genetics literature, there have been some recent progress in understanding how certain "poisons" work. Instead of directly compromising organs or body function, they bind to receptors on genes, turning sequences on/off. Its called epigenetics. The chemicals that resemble human hormones (estrogen, mostly) are the worst culprits. Hormones are effective at extraordinarily tiny doses, so for these hormone-mimicking pesticides, presence/absence is meaningful. Girls are going into puberty so much earlier than they did a generation ago, and man-boobs abound. I'm no expert, but facts may not give you the peace of mind you were hoping for here.”

N0NDescript0 on Jun 19, 2012 at 20:36:46

“Pyotoestrogens aren't pesticides. They are a problem, but a different problem than pesticides/herbicides.

I doubt the author of this article has any serious scientific training.

Also, organ/body function would be impacted, and possibly compromised by chemical-induced epigenetic changes. Additionally, many poisons have no epigenetic effect, and rather bind to and inhibit a specific protein, like cyanide bindin to a protein in the electron transport chain.”
National Grilled Cheese Day: 17 Sexiest Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (PHOTOS)

National Grilled Cheese Day: 17 Sexiest Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (PHOTOS)

Commented Apr 15, 2012 at 22:37:30 in Comedy

“My hot tips: use Havarti because it melts so smoothly and flows down to make a crispy "shelf" beyond the edges of the bread. Leave the grill heat a bit lower so the cheese has a chance to liquify and drip down a bit. Using evenly spaced slivers of cold butter on the bread works best for me. Finally, don't be afraid to grill the sandwiches up on end towards the end. A bit of a balancing act, but it really helps the cheese to attain a higher temp without burning the bread.”

qaan on Apr 12, 2013 at 23:49:36

“Havarti is excellent. Also try fontina cheese. It is amazing. I like using grated fontina or dill Havarti as omelet filling because it melts perfectly. I lightly butter the pan and the top of the top slice of bread so when I flip it there is a new amount of butter to crisp it up nicely. If you need the cheese to melt you can always cover the pan for a minute to catch the heat better.”

Joseph Glackin on Apr 15, 2012 at 23:43:25

“Butter the pan, not the bread. Slide the sandwich around.”
Healthy Eating -- But Not Dieting -- Recommended for Pregnant Women

Healthy Eating -- But Not Dieting -- Recommended for Pregnant Women

Commented Jun 30, 2012 at 21:27:44 in Parents

“I started and ended my pregnancy at at exactly the same weight. Baby full term and healthy. Pre-pregnancy I was well above the healthy BMI range for my height and build. I did no calorie restrictions at all, but cut empty calories almost entirely from my diet. I'll confess to one incident with an entire plateful of cinnamon rolls, but other than that it was fairly easy. My partner was a picky and somewhat unhealthy eater, and I SHAMELESSLY used my pregnancy as an excuse to introduce "bizarre" foods like quinoa to our diets. The sweet guy would have fixed anything his pregnant wife wanted for dinner, so he ended up trying (and enjoying) some foods he "didn't like" even though he had never eaten them.”
Pure Refreshment: The Greenest Convenience Drinks

Pure Refreshment: The Greenest Convenience Drinks

Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 20:05:02 in Home

“I'm not a big fan of those Tetra Paks. They are difficult and expensive to recycle because they are a mixture of so many different materials. While I appreciate that the lining is BPA-free, I suspect that in five years we will be concerned about whatever polymer they are using as a leak-proof liner instead of BPA.”
5 Gifts Dads Really Need for Father's Day

5 Gifts Dads Really Need for Father's Day

Commented Jun 16, 2012 at 17:02:29 in Parents

“We're also F:M=3:1 at our house. Bear cub similarly greco-roman. My latest strategy is to stuff as many stackable bath cups (unstacked) into cub's shirt as possible. Cup extraction gives me like a minute, then cub bangs cups together and drops them doubling that. If the cups end up down in the action zone, at least they are washable. I'm not going to tell you what happened to the green cup last week, though.”

Kellybelle22 on Jun 16, 2012 at 23:48:23

“Second fan!”

tcualum on Jun 16, 2012 at 23:32:51

“Thanks for the suggestion. I change my giant 16 month old sumo wrestler as often as possible while he's standing on the counter and pulling diapers out of the upper cabinet but that's not possible when he's pooped.”

Bellanova on Jun 16, 2012 at 19:31:06

“"Bear cub similarly greco-roman."

You're funny. And resourceful!

First fan.”
Controversial Ad Uses Breastfeeding To Sell Cookies

Controversial Ad Uses Breastfeeding To Sell Cookies

Commented Apr 22, 2012 at 22:37:17 in Parents

“I've read the comments attached to the actual article, and it looks like half the people commend the open portrayal of breastfeeding and think the ad is cute or funny. The other half think it is inappropriate or like it in a creepy way. I wish that the picture showed an actual good latch. Not only would there be way less nipslip, women who hope to breastfeed should see the real deal. All this static about women needing to use privacy covers when nursing out of their homes results in women having very little idea what to do with their equipment once the baby is in their arms.”
Should You Fire Your Specialist?

Should You Fire Your Specialist?

Commented Apr 8, 2012 at 12:09:44 in Healthy Living

“I found this article thought provoking, and it has obviously inspired some good dialogue between patients and doctors here in the comments. Maybe that was the intent all along. However, I can't help but wish that Evelyn had written this article. Her perspective is one that really matters here.”
I Really Want to Know: What Can I Do for Parents Who Are Afraid of Vaccines?

I Really Want to Know: What Can I Do for Parents Who Are Afraid of Vaccines?

Commented Feb 22, 2012 at 21:47:42 in Parents

“Kudos to a doctor who is actually trying to work through this difference with parents. I don't think many people trust the pharmaceutical industry. If you have any affiliations, professional, financial or otherwise with them, be upfront about them with parents. You might lose them as a patient, but at least they will respect your honesty. If you are open to doing shot-only visits at your practice, sometimes giving the vaccines as solos is reassuring to parents. At least if the child has an immediate reaction, they will know which vaccination caused it. The rotavirus immunization (oral) might be a good one to start with if it is the injection aspect that is part of their unease. Finally, what convinced us to work out an alternative vaccine schedule was our realization that antibiotics are increasingly useless. If a particularly nasty strain of some bacterial illness hits, antibiotics might be of little help. An if a child needs to be hospitalized, guess where all the antibiotic-resistant strains live? The hospital. We ended up more afraid of the superbugs than we were of the vaccines. The ounce of prevention, however heavy it weighs on our minds, is better than the pound of cure that doesn't work at all.”