Child Labor and the Chocolate Industry

An Ethical Response to Child Labor in the Chocolate Industry at KeeperoftheHome.org

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer I settled in on the couch with my laptop and a few pieces of candy leftover from our Christmas stockings to watch two documentaries exposing the rampant use of forced child labor on cocoa farms on the Ivory Coast of Africa. The candy I was savoring? You guessed it – mass-produced mini chocolate bars. My stomach churned as I realized the irony. Chocolate. Rich and sweet and delicious. A luxury. And yet not really. The average American consumes about 11 […]

Childhood Obesity: 4 Supersized Facts the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

Childhood Obesity

By Andrea, Contributing Writer When we were given the task of tackling tough topics, I immediately thought of childhood obesity. The facts on childhood obesity cannot be disputed. One third of American children are currently obese according to the CDC. This is a monumental crisis when you consider that obesity leads to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, breathing problems, joint problems and fatty liver disease. (source) Have you ever tried to lose weight? You know it is hard. […]

The Soy Decoy: Why Soy is Not a Health Food

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This post was originally published in June of 2010, but the topic is still pertinent today! Soy is one of the most commonly mistaken modern “health foods”, and unfortunately, can be found in just about everything in the form of soy lecithin. This article covers why this plant is not at all what we should be putting in our bodies and explains why soy is not a health food! Guest Post by Katie Fox I know it goes against everything we hear these days about healthy […]

The Fake Food You Don’t Know You’re Eating (Part 1)

The Fake Food You Don't Know You're Eating | KeeperoftheHome.org

  By Kresha, Contributing Writer Good morning! Have you eaten your wood pulp today? Now, I know I’m kind of weird in that I do make sure my kids eat dirt (as does Stephanie) and I try to fill them with as much offal as possible, but… wood pulp? While clay and liver may be excellent for our children’s diets, processed wood pulp most certainly is not. Yet it’s found in everything from packaged hamburgers and shredded cheese to ice cream and breakfast cereal. (source) […]

What’s Wrong with Hydrogenated Oil (and How to Avoid It)

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By Stacy, Contributing Writer While many oils are healthy and nourishing to the body and brain, hydrogenated oil is not one of them. You’ve probably heard that hydrogenated oil isn’t good for you, but perhaps you are not sure why. I always find it easier to stay away from foods that are unhealthy when I understand why they are bad for me. It also helps to know suitable replacements. Today we will examine hydrogenated oil to get a better understanding of why it is unhealthy […]

The Best Homemade Holiday Gifts-in-a-Jar

Homemade Holiday Gifts in a Jar

One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is to make homemade gifts in a jar. And the wonderful thing is, they’re as much fun to make together, as they are to give to others! Simply layer the ingredients of a treasured recipe in a jar, then add a festive ribbon and tag, and there you have it – a thoughtful gift made with love. Homemade gifts are not only a personal way to show your family and friends you care, but they also make thoughtful, […]

How to Make Holiday Lattes in the Crock Pot {Recipes for 4 Popular Lattes!}

Holiday Lattes in the Crockpot- 4 Crockpot Recipes for Your Favorite Lattes! Eggnog, Pumpkin Spice, Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread! | keeperofthehome.org

This post was originally published in December 2012–but we thought you would love a reminder about these delicious holiday lattes you can make in your crock pot!  By Rachel, Contributing Writer There is just something about the holidays that seems to make people want to warm up to a piping hot latte. Did you know you can actually make holiday lattes in the crock pot?! My personal latte favorites are gingerbread, eggnog, peppermint mocha and pumpkin spice. These really are very simple to make at home, and […]

Entertaining For Food Allergies: A Whole-Foods, Allergy-Friendly Holiday Meal Plan

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In need of a whole foods, allergy-friendly holiday meal plan? Jessica has you covered! By Jessica, Contributing Writer Do you have family or friends with food allergies? It can be tricky feeding folks on special diets, but I can help! Unfortunately, I know it well…because we’re the ones with the food allergies. We’re the ones with special requests, the anxious bringing-our-own-dishes, the trying-not-to-be-rude refusals. If you’re trying to cook for someone on a special diet, I just want to say one thing. Thank you. I know […]