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The healthiest brown rice I can find!

Posted on Jan 27, 2013

5 people found the following review helpful

I have been eating Mekong Flower organic Brown Rice (from Cambodia) for about 4 months now, and it is the healthiest brown rice I can find. I switched to it after suffering severe arsenic poisoning from all the U.S.-grown rice products I was eating (organic brown rice, organic brown rice pasta and organic millet-rice bread). The problem with brown rice is that it is ALWAYS contaminated with arsenic, a toxic heavy metal, no matter what country it is grown in. It is inherent to this grain, which must be grown in a water-flooded soil; this allows large amounts of normally present arsenic to be sucked up into the plant. "Though arsenic can enter soil or water due to weathering of arsenic-containing minerals in the earth, humans are more to blame than Mother Nature for arsenic contamination in the U.S. today, according to the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The U.S. is the world’s leading user of arsenic, and since 1910 about 1.6 million tons have been used for agricultural and industrial purposes, about half of it only since the mid-1960s. Residues from the decades of use of lead-arsenate insecticides linger in agricultural soil today, even though their use was banned in the 1980s." From http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/11/arsenic-in-your-food/index.htm So in my local health food store I found brown rices from overseas (I now get them from iHerb at lower cost): Madagascar Pink rice was very good for me for about 3 months, but it is milled so it is only 2/3 whole, and 1/3 white. Then I tried Volcano Rice from Indonesia, but that is more than 1/2 white rice, so I switched to Organic Brown Mekong Flower Rice, 100% whole grain! I eat it for my high protein lunch with low-salt Goat Creme Cheese and Pumpkin Seed Butter. Delicious, filling, and healthy!!

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Win-Win all the way

Posted on Feb 23, 2012

1 person found the following review helpful

I have so many allergies that I am literally running out of foods to eat. I have tried organic nuts from health food stores but they were either rancid or contaminated with chemicals or aluminum, and nuts.com sold me organic macadamias that were loaded with aluminum. So I gave up on nuts until I stumbled on NOW Foods organic walnuts on the iHerb website. They are sealed in nitrogen-flushed bags, so there is no danger of rancidity. That got my attention! I noticed that 9 reviewers said the walnuts were sweet and delicious, and one said they were bitter (rancid), so I figured that once in a great while the guy who seals the bags makes a mistake. But that's actually a great batting average, so I ordered 2 bags, and both have given me sweet and delicious walnuts I can eat raw. Now here's the bonus: it turns out that walnuts are a natural source of melatonin. I had to quit melatonin years ago because I took it for too long and got allergic to it, but when I have 2/3 cup of NOW walnuts with supper, I not only get a delicious and filling meal, I also get one or two extra hours of sleep that night! What a deal!

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The best bananas available

Posted on May 19, 2015

Review of Organic Just Bananas, Freeze-Dried)- This review is from the standpoint of an 81-year-old man with over-the-top allergies and a bottomed-out immune system, and might be of value to others who have to be careful about eating food containing toxins such as heavy metals, insecticides, herbicides, mold toxins, estrogens or dioxin (agent orange). Quick summary: I find the freeze-dried Organic Just Bananas to be delicious and healthy (the potassium is good for the heart) as an energy-boosting snack, or even as a very light supper if I'm very tired after a difficult day. (Note: All of the fresh organic bananas I have had from Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica have made me ill.) I've tried other brands, such as North Bay Trading Company and Natural News Store, and by comparing the nutrition facts on the packages was pretty sure their products were identical. The question is: where do they come from? I've found I must protect my health with a slogan: "NO SOURCE, NO SALE". But North Bay does not reveal the source of its products. However, Mike Adams, the Health Ranger at Natural News, does (God bless 'im). His freeze-dried bananas are from China. And he, with all of his documented research on metal contamination in China, is well aware of the risks. But I was satisfied with the product and later ordered a bulk 3 lb bag ($46) from North Bay; unfortunately the bag had a slight stench to it. Eventually I got tired of that stench, dumped the bag, went online and found Organic Just bananas. And there is a big difference between Chinese f-d bananas and Just Bananas: the Chinese product has large, medium, small and broken pieces all mixed together with powder . But Just Bananas (by Just Tomatoes) has uniform large pieces with almost no powder. Clearly the Chinese product was abused. Now here is where it gets complicated. I've also tried their Organic Strawberries 'n Bananas, and they are excellent, and a good source of year-round organic strawberries (which don't have the juicy kick of fresh strawberries, of course, but they're still decent). Organic Just bananas: "Product of Ecuador, Costa Rica and Thailand. Packaged in the USA." Organic Just Strawberries 'n Bananas: "Product of the USA and Thailand/Packaged in the USA". (Obviously the strawberries are from the USA.) I contacted customer service at JustTomatoes.com to check out the conflicting sources, and here is their reply: Good morning,  Thank you for contacting Just Tomatoes, Etc! We do try to source from the US first but given the demand, we do have to go further. We did source the bananas from Costa Rica at one time (also when the bags were printed) and at this time they are now from Thailand. We hope this has answered your questions, please feel free to contact us again should you have more!  Thank you,  Customer Service My conclusion is that at the present time (May 19, 2015) the organic bananas in both of their freeze-dried products are from Thailand. Since I have had very bad organic food experiences with Ecuador (including their bananas), but no problems with organic food from Costa Rica or Thailand, this is a no-brainer for me: the organic freeze-dried bananas in both of their products are excellent and the very best I have been able to find. Addendum: Allergen Information- 1- My experience is that the organic freeze-dried bananas have a low level of aluminum, which I neutralize with Pectasol or MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane, an organic form of sulfur). 2- All USA strawberries (as well as most USA crops) contain a large amount of arsenic (after a century of weed killing), which I neutralize with SOD (Superoxide Dismutase), PectImmune (Source Naturals), or Clean Chlorella (Natural News Store).

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