Wednesday Morning:

WHICH PROTEIN BAR IS BEST?  Nutrition bars have come a long way. What used to taste like bland cardboard can now easily be confused with a candy bar. In some cases however, there seems to be very little difference between protein bars and candy bars with a little protein added.   There is a big difference. Looking at the carbohydrates, sugars, proteins, fats and the kinds of each of these added to a particular bar, you can find the protein or nutritional bar that fits with your diet and weight-loss regimen.Zero ImpactVPZ Zero Impact bar may be one of the healthiest nutrition bar on the market or so they claim. It contains 30 gm. of high-quality whey protein, fat burning monounsaturated fats and low-glycemic carbohydrates from rolled oats and sweet potatoes. The pumpkin flavor contains the lowest sugar, at 6 gm., as well as 5 gm. of fiber.     CarbriteCarbrite Diet Choco Brownie can fit into almost any diet program. This versatile bar contains both whey and soy protein, totaling 21 gm per bar. With only 3.5 gm. of fat, this bar can easily fit into your low-carb or low-fat diet. Carbrite bars do not contain sugar, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, artificial sweetners, preservatives or gluten. They have a subdued chocolate taste that resembles a Milky Way candy bar.      Power CrunchPower Crunch bars have the consistency of a wafer cookie, yet they provide approximately 14 gm. of high quality whey protein. They make great pre- or post-workout bars, mid-meal snacks or meal-replacements. Try two bars if you are using Power Crunch to replace a meal.      Elite Gourmet BarElite's Gourmet Bar offers 32 gm. of soy, milk and whey protein, delivered in a six-layer bar. For a moderate carbohydrate diet, this bar may be just right. Elite Gourmet Bars also contain 12 gm. of fat, 10 gm. of which as saturated fat, which may deter those on a low-fat diet.
THE DIRTY DOZEN IN FRUITS AND VEGGIES  12 "Dirty" Fruits And Veggies    If you're eating non-organic celery today, you may be ingesting 67 pesticides with it, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group.  The group scoured nearly 100,000 produce pesticide reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine what fruits and vegetables we eat have the highest, and lowest, amounts of chemical residue.Most alarming are the fruits and vegetables dubbed the "Dirty Dozen," which contain 47 to 67 pesticides per serving.  The group suggests limiting consumption of pesticides by purchasing organic for the 12 fruits and vegetables.   The Dirty DozenCeleryPeachesStrawberriesApplesDomestic blueberriesNectarinesSweet bell peppersSpinach, kale and collard greensCherriesPotatoesImported grapesLettuce Not all non-organic fruits and vegetables have a high pesticide level. Some produce has a strong outer layer that provides a defense against pesticide contamination. The group found a number of non-organic fruits and vegetables dubbed the "Clean 15" that contained little to no pesticides.     The Clean 15  Onions  AvocadosSweet cornPineapplesMangoSweet peasAsparagusKiwi fruitCabbageEggplantCantaloupeWatermelonGrapefruitSweet potatoesSweet onions     The Environmental Protection Agency, the FDA and the USDA work together to monitor and set limits as to how much pesticide can be used on farms and how much is safe to remain on the produce once it hits grocery store shelves.Can small amounts of pesticides hurt you?<?xml:namespace prefix = o />
The government says that consuming pesticides in low amounts doesn't harm you, but some studies show an association between pesticides and health problems such as cancer, attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder and nervous system disorders and say exposure could weaken immune systems.  Some doctors warn that children's growing brains are the most vulnerable to pesticides in food.  Can pesticides be washed away?
Not necessarily. The pesticide tests mentioned above were conducted after the food had been power-washed by the USDA.