Insect Repellent: DEET or Cedar?

biting insectMany people are concerned that their health is at risk from exposure to unsafe chemicals in our environment, food supply, and personal care products, and they are seeking more natural non-toxic alternatives.  In warmer temperatures, people use insect repellents often to keep the bugs and bites away. Which is better for your health: DEET or cedar-based insect repellent?

DEET (N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide) is a common chemical used in commercial insect repellents. It has been proven to pose serious health risks to animals and people. DEET is used in more than 230 products, with concentrations of up to 100 percent. It is estimated that [Read more…]

Can Vegetarians Get Enough Protein?

vegetarina bean curd mealIt is a common myth that the vegetarian diet is low in protein, and that vegetarians have difficulty getting enough protein. The truth is that our protein needs are not as high as they seem. Many vegetarians succeed in meeting their protein requirements and enjoy a delicious, plant-based menu.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), many Americans consume more protein than they actually need to maintain good health. The CDC concludes too much protein in the diet can create health problems that include: weight gain, [Read more…]

Create a Relaxing Environment with Natural Incense

incense burningThe practice of burning incense dates back millennia to Ancient Chinese and Hindu ceremonies. Incense is popular today for a variety of purposes. Although incense is still used in places of worship and meditation, it is also a popular means of creating a fragrant and relaxing environment in any home or personal work space. Whether unwinding with a bubble bath, doing some yoga poses, or simply enlivening a social or work setting, burning incense can transform the atmosphere of any location.

Not all incense is the same. If you are buying incense for yourself, you want to make sure that you are getting a product made with quality ingredients that will not irritate your nasal passages. Some incense uses heavy fragrances and accelerants to help it burn. This can create too much smoke and a thick scent. People may complain of headaches or eye burning. This is an experience you want to avoid when trying to create a relaxing space!

The Red Radish Natural Foods carries a line of incense [Read more…]

Sprouts are Highly Nutritious and Fun to Grow Yourself

sproutsYou’ve probably heard by now that eating more raw foods, such as grain, bean, and seed sprouts, is a super healthy thing to do. Find out how easy and nutritious it is to grow your own sprouts!

The nutritional value of eating sprouted foods is genuinely amazing. Through the process of sprouting, essentially all the nutrients in the grain, seed, or legume are unlocked. The germination process releases the micro-nutrients that had been previously lying dormant in the food. Nutritionists have found that sprouting produces vitamin C, and increases vitamin B2, B5, & B6 content. You can find vitamins A, B, C, D, and K, plus calcium, carbohydrates, chlorophyll, iron, magnesium, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, all amino acids, trace elements [Read more…]

Why People are Concerned About GMO’s and What You Can Do

GMO food?Have you heard that people are concerned about GMOs in the food supply? GMOs or, “Genetically Modified Organisms,” have had specific alterations made to the food crop at the level of the DNA using modern genetic engineering techniques. It all sounds very scientific, so what is all the fuss?

Genetic engineering is different from traditional breeding methods. Genetic engineering means that genes are altered. Sometimes they are transplanted from one organism to another. A vast amount of money is riding on GMOs [Read more…]

Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements

fish oilsYou have probably heard that taking fish oil supplements is good for you. Find out why many people can benefit from fish oils.

Fish oils contain essential fatty acids, which are crucial to the functioning of the human body. Omegas 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids are the two most important essential fatty acids. They are necessary for proper health but our bodies cannot produce them. We must get them through the diet or through supplementation.

Omega-3s are well known for their positive effects [Read more…]

The Red Radish Supports 2013 Fox Cities Bike Challenge

bike challengeThe Red Radish Natural Foods in Neenah, WI is proud to support the 2013 Fox Cities Bike Challenge, which is a five month long bike ride challenge. We are offering 10% off your entire order throughout the duration of the challenge when you purchase a $5 helmet sticker at The Red Radish Natural Foods. Please note this discount cannot be combined with any other offers or coupons; pet food and produce boxes are excluded from the discount. Also the helmet sticker must be presented at the time of sale in order to receive the discount.

The 2013 Fox Cities Bike Challenge, which takes place in conjunction with the National Bike Challenge, is free for all [Read more…]

Coconut Oil: Perfect for High-Heat Cooking

coconut oilHave you ever heard that coconut oil is one of the smartest oils you can use in your cooking? Are you worried about saturated fat in coconut oil? Coconut oil is now considered by many in the health industry to be the best choice for high-temperature cooking.

Coconut oil is perfect for high-heat frying and cooking. Many health experts tell you that saturated fats are unhealthy, but it’s important to understand that not all saturated fats are considered equal. In coconut oil, the trans-fat occurs naturally and is not produced by the process of hydrogenation.

Why is this important? [Read more…]

Powdered Green Drinks: An Introduction

green drinkPowdered green drinks are a convenient way to get an extra vegetable boost that is rich in chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. Chlorophyll is found in all leafy vegetables– for example, kale, spinach, lettuce and celery, as well as algae (chlorella, spirulina, etc.). When you do not have the time to juice from scratch, mixing a powdered green drink with water or juice is an easy way to get the benefits of fresh green vegetables. Plus, many green drinks contain extra ingredients such as algae, herbs and more.

Chlorophyll is filled with nutrients. In the living plant, this chemical helps convert sunlight to energy. Chlorophyll is credited with having cleansing properties, oxygenating the  blood and increasing energy levels. Powdered green drinks can be made with ingredients such as [Read more…]

Organic Produce Box Saves Money & Time in Neenah and Appleton WI

Here’s an easy way to get fresh, organic fruits and vegetables in Neenah, Wisconsin and Appleton, Wisconsin: order an organic produce box at The Red Radish Natural Foods. The organic product box comes once a week, and it is filled with fresh, nutritious produce.

A produce box simplifies your life. You know you are supposed to eat at least 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. If the produce is already in your fridge, you are more likely to actually eat enough. Benefits to you include:

  • Simplify shopping for produce — just pick up the box
  • Easy and convenient to order
  • Make fewer decisions
  • Try out some new varieties of produce

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