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New Study: Are Organic Foods Healthier?

A new comprehensive review of previous studies has found significantly higher levels of antioxidants in organic fruits, vegetables and grains, along with lower levels of pesticides, when compared to conventionally-grown crops. The study, which will be published in the British Journal of Nutrition, established its findings by reviewing 343 previously published studies.

On average, the study found that organic produce contains 17% more antioxidants than conventionally-grown counterparts. This supports the idea that plants naturally produce more antioxidants when not exposed to pesticides, because they can deter pests and diseases.

In addition, the study found that organic foods generally contain lower levels of a toxic metal called cadmium, which is sometimes found in conventional fertilizers. According to an article in the New York Times, this was surprising to researchers because there were no difference in other toxic metals like lead or mercury.

To learn more about the study, read the full article here.

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Health Benefits of Fresh Cranberries

Did you know that fresh cranberries are one of the top superfoods? It’s true! They rank only behind blueberries in terms of antioxidant activity. Fresh cranberries are fall’s superfood, with a ton of vitamins and nutrients that support your body’s health.

  • Cranberries help support our heart and liver.
  • The antioxidants found in cranberries may help fight against certain forms of cancer, including breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer.
  • 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries contains 11% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, along with 9% of your fiber and manganese. That same 1/2 cup of cranberries contains 3% each of vitamins K and E.
  • There are only 23 calories in 1/2 cup of cranberries.
  • Cranberries can help prevent and treat urinary tract infections by blocking certain types of bacteria.

FruitShare’s cranberries are grown in Wisconsin. This year they are beautiful – bright red and glossy! Order your fresh cranberries today.

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Fall Fruit in Season

Fall is a time for changing leaves, crisp air, football and cozy recipes. It’s also a time for delicious fruit in season! This fruit list can help you get ready for the upcoming farm fresh fruit that FruitShare will be delivering this season.

  • Apples: Honeycrisp, Gala, Pink Lady, hopefully some SweeTangos and many more varieties come into season all throughout autumn
  • Pears: Bartlett (both green and red varieties), D’Anjou, Bosc, Starkrimson, Asian and Concorde are just some of the fresh pears FruitShare offers
  • Cranberries: in November we begin delivering fresh cranberries for your Thanksgiving holiday
  • Figs: Black Mission Figs are one of the more unique varieties of fall fruit in season
  • Pomegranates: late in the fall, FruitShare brings you festive pomegranates
  • Satsuma Mandarins: similar to clementines, Satsumas are a late-fall and early winter type of citrus fruit that is a hit with kids and adults

Get geared up for fall with all these great kinds of farm fresh fruit! Check out the Fall Fruit in Season for a series of organic fruit deliveries that ensure you get all the best autumn fruit. You can also order Honeycrisp Apples, Fresh Pears and more! See all the available fall fruit in season at FruitShare.com.

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Happy Earth Day 2013!

We love the earth.

It’s why we believe in organic farming so much. Sure, organic fruit tastes incredible and is incredibly fresh. But the really wonderful thing about organic growing practices is that it’s good for the world.

That’s right: it’s good for the world.

By that, we mean it’s good for the land where it’s grown, it’s good for the farmers who grow it, and it’s good for the people who eat it. Because without the harsh pesticides and herbicides that are used on conventionally-grown produce, you’re simply left with…fruit. Pure and simple. And that’s what we really love about it.

This year, let’s celebrate Earth Day – every day!

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Is Organic Fruit Really Worth It?

At FruitShare, we hear this question all the time: “is buying organic fruit really worth it?”

The short answer is yes.

A slightly longer answer explains why organic fruit is important – not just for you, but for others and for the environment. And it all comes down to one thing: chemicals. For you, avoiding putting chemicals into your body along with the fruit you eat has a positive impact on your health. You don’t need to worry about toxic chemicals in your body or in your family. That also extends to the farmers and laborers who grew, picked and packed your fruit. When working on organic farms, workers avoid handling harmful chemicals in high concentrations, which is far more dangerous than the small amounts carried to your table in each piece of fruit. By eating organic, you also avoid putting chemicals into the environment. When plants are sprayed, the chemicals get into the ground and seep up through the plant’s roots. Some is also washed away in the rain and gets spread far and wide. And remember – these are chemicals that are designed to kill pests, so they are toxic.

All in all, eating organic takes synthetic chemicals out of the equation, making for a healthier you, a healthier community and a healthier earth. We think that’s totally worth it.

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A FruitShare Limerick

To inspire you to write your own FruitShare poem and enter it in our Ode to Fruit Contest, we have written a little limerick about strawberries. Don’t forget to submit your FruitShare poem before May 10 by leaving a comment below or by emailing your submission to lisa@fruitshare.com. The winning poem will be chosen by the FruitShare team and our guest judge, Greg Seitz, who won the Haiku contest last month. The winner will receive a free organic cotton FruitShare t-shirt in the color of their choice.

Strawberry Limerick

Strawberries taste very sweet,

In springtime they sure are a treat.

The prettiest sight,

All fresh, red and bright,

They’re one of our favorites to eat!

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Obesity: A Cultural Challenge

As we all know, obesity and its corresponding health issues (i.e. heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer) are major issues facing most developed countries. In the process of developing FruitShare’s fundraising program, we came to a conclusion that is perhaps obvious: the obesity problem is a cultural challenge. To clarify, it seems that the values ingrained in our culture tend to lead toward obesity: think fast food restaurants, instant gratification, and the eat-on-the-run lifestyles many of us lead. This is more than a little paradoxical, since as a culture we also idolize thinness: think celebrities and supermodels.

So how do we reconcile these two conflicting ideologies? How do we get healthy as a nation?

To get to our answer, let’s take a look at the problem that got us thinking about the problem in the first place: fundraising. We all remember fundraising for school or a team, whether we participated as students or have children taking part now. These fundraisers usually involve selling candy, cookie dough and other junk food. In fact, we did an internet search for “school fundraising ideas,” and the results that came back were largely unhealthy options, from pizza to gourmet popcorn and so on. Completely missing from most lists were fruit fundraisers.

And this is the heart of the problem. When healthy food like fruits and vegetables are completely missing from everyday life, how are children expected to learn about healthy eating? When groups of people who focus on health – like consumers who buy organic, for example – are far and away the minority, it is no surprise we are facing an obesity problem of such magnitude.

Of course, there are some attempts at moving toward healthy eating as a culture. In November last year, San Francisco passed legislation that banned restaurants from putting free toys in meals that are not below standards for fat, sugar and calorie levels (most obviously affected: McDonald’s Happy Meals). Now, New York may be following suit, says Organaholic! Organic Food Blog. Whether or not this will prove to be an effective plan, it certainly does make a move toward changing the troubling fact that unhealthy food is often blatantly marketed toward children. As an article from Time says, “Americans have been brainwashed. We have been conditioned…to prefer high-fat, high-salt, high-sugar concoctions rather than their less exciting, more natural culinary cousins.” Perhaps using those same cartoons and free toys that have “brainwashed” us could be used to market healthy food to children and start reversing the still-rising rates of obesity on a widespread, cultural level.

To return to our fundraising example: there are alternatives to unhealthy fundraisers, as long as you care to look for them. In fact, the very reason FruitShare has developed our fundraising program is to provide one of these healthy options. Our fundraisers are perfect for schools, churches and clubs. Sports teams, especially, should consider raising money in such a way as to encourage lifestyles in which exercise and healthy eating go hand-in-hand. Make a change in your community today and raise money in a way that also promotes the health of your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

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