Calls To Ban Dangerous Coca Cola Colouring

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat


Once again in the news, this is a UK article about the dangers associated with caramel which is used as colouring. The caramel colouring is present in Coke the world over so best avoided. Try Whole Earth Organic Cola. It tastes much nicer and is far less harmful. Available from health shops.

Potentially Harmful Effects of Magnesium Stearate

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat


If you take food supplements in the form of tablets or capsules, take note. We have just learned that Magnesium Stearate, a component of many supplements is potentially harmful. Contrary to what you may believe, Magnesium Stearate is not a source of magnesium and has no benefits, but may have a detrimental effect on your immune function as it has been linked to suppression of T cells.

Another issue that has been raised is the fact that the stearate is commonly sourced from hydrogenated oils such as cottonseed oil. This crop is often genetically engineered, but even when it’s not, cottonseed oil tends to have very high levels of pesticide residues.

So, it’s worth keeping a lookout for and avoiding any supplement brands that use this additive and in the meantime, Green Cyprus recommends reading the full article on our site.

Sweet as a Cherry

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Talk About Food

Cherries….so many good things about them and they taste fantastic too. Did you know that cherries are said to be beneficial for bones and joints?

An unwelcome symptom of ageing, but cherries can do a lot to protect you. Their rich anthocyanin content acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory, combating pain in joints and muscles. These anthocyanins also have the same heart-protective effect as red wine. Additionally, they may help with sleep problems because they contain melatonin, the nutrient that plays an important role in promoting healthy sleep patterns. Other nutrients include Vitamin B-comples, C, calcium and potassium.

Green Cyprus’s favourite fruit! The dark cherries you find here in Cyprus just taste fantastic especially if you can source them from mountain growers – we could munch through about 1kg of these in one go if given the chance! :)

Organic Homemade Frappuccino

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Drinks

Need a coffee fix? Frappuccino maybe? Try this healthier version:

The archetypal frozen coffee drink of our generation is the Starbucks Frappuccino. It’s cold, it’s chocolately, it’s caffeinated, and it tastes great. But at around 5 euros for a large glass, not to mention 400 calories, it’s fattening, expensive and not organic.

Why not try your own version, it’s far healthier, lower in calories and organic! Here’s the recipe:

2/3 cup brewed strong organic fairtrade coffee
2 tablespoons raw sugar
½ cup organic milk or soya milk
½ banana
1 cup ice
Homemade chocolate syrup, for serving, recipe follows
Whipped cream for serving (optional)
1) Whisk sugar into hot coffee until dissolved. Allow to cool.
2) Combine coffee mixture with remaining ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth. Serve in a tall glass with ample drizzlings of chocolate syrup and a fluffy dollop of whipped cream (we prefer to leave this out but you’re allowed as a treat!)
Homemade Chocolate Syrup
125g organic sugar
125g unsweetened organic cocoa powder
235ml water
Pinch sea salt
Pinch ground organic cinnamon
1) Whisk together sugar and cocoa in a small saucepan until smooth. Add remaining ingredients; whisk until lumps are gone.
2) Heat mixture over medium, whisking, until a low boil is reached. Simmer over medium-low, whisking, until slightly thickened. Cool 5 minutes and serve. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
Here’s how a homemade organic frappuccino compares with a Starbucks version. The homemade version is well worth the effort! Enjoy…
  • 16-ounce Organic Homemade Frappuccino: 200 calories, 3 grams fat
  • With 2 tablespoons Homemade Chocolate Syrup & real whipped cream: About 250 to 300 calories total, 3 to 5 grams fat
  • 16-ounce Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino® Blended Coffee: 370 calories, 15 grams fat

BPA-Free Foldable Water Bottles

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Cyprus Loves...
The green detectives are at it again! Here’s another great find……BPA-Free, Foldable Water Bottles. Spotted in Jumbo Toy Store, these bottles are foldable, reusable, washable, freezable and attachable. And at an unbelievable price of just 99 cents!!! They are great for kids and travelling and save you buying countless plastic bottles of water. Worth a trip to Jumbo? We think so!

There’s No Such Thing As Cheap Food

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Cyprus Blog

A phrase I find myself repeating more and more these days is “how much?!” I’m not talking about the price of electricity (the highest in Europe apparently) or the price of a cup of coffee at some coffee chains (also most definitely the highest in Europe!) but the price of food generally here in Cyprus which has gone through the roof.

No doubt this is partly down to world economics, but regardless of the reasons, gone are the days I could pop down to my local supermarket, load up on food supplies and other goodies barely glancing at the prices. Everything seemed far more reasonable then and certainly back in the days of the Cyprus pound, you seemed to get so much more for your money. I don’t feel too confident that we’ll ever return to the old days and perhaps I will sadly have to accept that high prices are here to stay, certainly for the foreseeable future, but I keep reminding myself that regardless of the world economy, there is, and never was such a thing as cheap food. This leads me onto the subject of my discussion…

In his book, Food Rules, Michael Pollan states "Cheap food is an illusion. There is no such thing as cheap food. The real cost of the food is paid somewhere. And if it isn’t paid at the cash register, it’s charged to the environment or to the public purse in the form of subsidies. And it’s charged to your health."
With my knowledge of the food industry and of the organic food sector in particular, I would certainly go along with that – it’s the same principle you would apply to almost anything you buy – you get what you pay for. Yet so many of us are prepared to compromise our health knowing at least to some extent what is involved with ‘conventional or mass’ food production.
Accepted, food is expensive enough as it is, especially organic food here in Cyprus -even I cannot dispute that. For example, a facebook fan recently contacted me to let me know that although she was delighted to have found a well-known brand of organic gluten-free rice pasta, it cost her 8.95 euros! The price of the pasta was obviously much harder to swallow than the actual pasta itself, but if you shop around you can still buy your organic basics at reasonable prices. At the end of the day, we have to eat to survive regardless and it is still important to buy fresh and nutritious food even if you are on a budget. It can be done!
It’s about being highly selective with what you are buying and yes, that should include organic produce of some of the more important items such as fruit, vegetables, milk and certainly meat (if you eat it) at the very least. All Organic health store in Limassol, for example, sells leafy-type salad vegetables from 49c so that’s worth a visit. Readers of my blogs will also be familiar with the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list which lists the most pesticide-ridden fruit so you can avoid those at the top of the list if organic is proving too costly.
It is always worth remembering; pay now or pay later. Consider organic eggs, for example. They cost more, but they’re WORTH more. —a cheaper cage egg just can’t compete. For more information about the benefits of eggs see my earlier blog “All About Eggs!”.
Finally, but very importantly, a key cooking ingredient where buying cheap is just NOT an option as far as your health is concerned are oils. Take this as a rule of thumb…if you squeeze an olive, you get oil out of it, but you might have noticed that if you squeeze corn, you don’t get anything like that! That should make you nervous, never mind the damage that comes when trying to make oils from substances not naturally oily: vegetable (which vegetable, exactly, is in this oil?), corn, safflower, soy, rapeseed. To make them, they have to be heated far beyond their tolerance, creating a rancidity that you would notice if they weren’t deodorised as well. These polyunsaturated oils contribute directly to creating plaques in the arteries. Saturated fat, on the other hand, does not, despite what you might have heard. Good fats including saturated fats like coconut oil and butter don’t go rancid (you’ll notice you can leave them out on your worktop).
Although I am a big fan of local organic olive oil, coconut oil is my oil of choice. The health  include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, , HIV and , dental care, and bone strength. These  can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc. And the list goes on. There are plenty of websites providing a wealth of information about this important fruit and you can also find a good supplier of coconut oil in the green directory of my site
So, indeed, food has become very expensive but we still have to eat to survive so it is as important as ever to take care of your health. My advice is to buy good quality staples and cut back elsewhere on what I categorise as ‘unecessary’ items like fizzy drinks, processed foods and confectionery which I still see far too much of in people’s shopping trolleys! There is no such thing really as cheap food so be smart with your budget and eat well!

Celebrities Living the Organic Lifestyle

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat

Living an organic lifestyle is getting so cool that now it’s trending in Hollywood. Hippies and granola kids aren’t the only participants in supporting local farms, buying natural products, and changing their chi — Hollywood’s not just dieting these days, Hollywood’s gone green. Here are 5 celebrities living the organic lifestyle:

Courtney Cox

She was obsessive compulsive on Friends and apparently Courtney Cox is slightly obsessive in real life too. Tobey Maguire inspired this MILF to start living an organic lifestyle and she just flew with it. She buys everything organic from skin care products to bedroom linens!



Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts lives organically and she grows an organic garden! This seems to be a pretty fast moving trend; in cities people are growing organic gardens in their apartment balconies and courtyards. It’s actually really an excellent hobby, it inspires local eating and is fun to watch your babies grow and then be able to show off your bounty to friends!




Kelly Osbourne

Before Kelly Osbourne started talking about getting tattoos removed she had removed some other things from her life. She traded in her partying ways to make organic “mocktails.” Not only did she switch to “mocktails,” Kelly also started taking organic supplements to make sure her body was getting all the nutrients it needs.





 Rachelle Lefevre

Star of ABC’s new medical drama Off the Map and new Golden Globe nominated films Barney’s Version and Casino Jack, Rachelle Lefevre is living and working to make Los Angeles a more organic place. She first got involved, thanks to Amy Smart, in Environmental Media Association (EMA) which promotes the building of local organic gardens in inner-city L.A. Now, Lefevre eats organically, which she attributes to ending the stomach pains she was getting when eating meats that were not organic.



And obviously can’t talk about celebrities doing any good in the world without mentioning Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Not only are these two adopting kids that need better living but also they lease Chateaus in France that contain 75-acre organic vineyards. Only these two could promote drinking responsibly and more beautifully through French culture and the good of organic nurturing.


Say No To Aluminium

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Tips

Say NO to Aluminium. Aluminium poses a very serious danger to the human body, even in small amounts. Complications include stomach and intestinal disorders, Parkinsons Disease, liver disease, skin problems, headaches, heartburn, learning disorders in children….and the list goes on.

Aluminium does not occur as a free metal but is found in minerals and ores. In its natural state it doesn’t pose a threat. It’s plentiful, (most abundant metal in the earth), and it is cheaply extracted for use in many things. It is resistant to corrosion and very light weight. For these reasons, it is used widely, in places you may not even thing to look for it. We wear it, cook in it, with it, eat and drink it and there is no use for aluminium in the human body. It is dangerous, toxic, to the human body and we continue to use it.

So the message is….stop! Aluminium is present in a large number of consumer products including: cookware, foil, cans, medications and vaccines, talcum powder, lipstick, deodorant, baking powder and cake mixes to name a few. For cooking, Green Cyprus recommends Unbleached Totally Chlorine-Free Parchment Baking Paper (see photo). Available from all good health shops.

The Top 10 Eco-Friendly Perfumes

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Chat

Not sure if anyone shares the same opinion as us here at Green Cyprus, but most big name perfumes apart from being a concoction of chemicals, all seem to have the same strong, sickly sweet overpowering smell. Here is a list of the Top 10 eco-friendly perfumes. Stella McCartney and Lush are available here….we’re not sure about the rest but we can certainly highly recommend Aveda which smells divine (like all their products!).



What is a Green Economy?

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Green Economy

A green economy according to the UN Environment Program, is one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, whilst significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.

Green Cyprus says ‘green’ is a hot topic and with the current worldwide economic situation it is an important tactic for helping to get the world economy ‘back on the right track’. It’s good to see that Cyprus will be participating in the world clean up day but it’s just the tip of the iceberg and we could certainly do with stepping up our green activities here. We can start by leaning more about what a green economy is.