When Is Buying Organic a Good Idea?

When Is Buying Organic a Good Idea?

One of the biggest differences between conventional products and their organic counterparts is the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers in conventional farming. When shopping at your local grocery store, you'll likely want to consider different factors — like affordability, availability, your health and the environment — when it comes to buying organic vs. conventional. The take-home message is that not all foods are created equal. Based on the annual Dirty Dozen list created by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), some  but not all   foods should be purchased organic whenever possible.

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Meet Cathy Mekondo - Senior Software Engineer at Zipongo

Meet Cathy Mekondo - Senior Software Engineer at Zipongo

“I believe that what you eat is the foundation for your health, so I’m really excited to work for a company that gives people specific ways to eat better and improve their health.”

Phoenix native Cathy Mekondo went into engineering because she wanted a challenging pre-law program, but she never ended up going to law school. Instead, she went on to work as a software engineer in-house and as a consultant at companies such as Insight Enterprises and Guthy-Renker. Then a former colleague told her about Zipongo, and she decided to try the start-up life at a company whose mission resonates with her.

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Organic - What's in a Label?

Organic - What's in a Label?

These days, there are dozens of diets and hundreds of buzzwords used in relation to produce and packaged foods out on the market. Without a better understanding of these terms, consumers can easily get confused about what they all really mean. That said, “organic” is something you'll see often and pretty much everywhere. The question is, do you know how the Granny Smith apple you bought last week got its organic label, why there are so many different flavors of organic out there, and what impact, if any, organic has on your health? We've got the answers right here.

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Meet Caryn Roth - Analytics and Data Sciences Manager at Zipongo

Meet Caryn Roth - Analytics and Data Sciences Manager at Zipongo

Using technology to make healthy eating simple, we can actually affect health outcomes and reduce disease.”

After completing her Masters of Public Health in Biomedical Informatics, Caryn combined her passion for helping others with her love of food to come to work at Zipongo. Caryn manages data sciences and analytics for the company, helping users improve their health through personalized food recommendations and environmental changes. Prior to joining Zipongo, she worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on obesity prevention.

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Eat More Plants, Less Meat in 2015

Eat More Plants, Less Meat in 2015

Feeling a bit worse for wear after a month-plus run of holiday feasting and imbibing? Well, this may be the perfect time to make a change that’ll have you in fighting shape in no time: Start off the new year by making plants instead of meat the centerpiece of every meal. According to the documentary and cookbook Forks Over Knives, a whole-foods, plant-based diet is the key to a healthier, disease-free life. Even if you’re already in good shape, there’s always room for improvement whether it’s to shed a few pounds or improve energy levels.

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Giving Healthier Foods to Those in Need

Giving Healthier Foods to Those in Need

The holidays are a time of joy and reflection, often spent with family, friends, and those who are dear to us. They're also a time for giving back and supporting those in need. We at Zipongo felt the best way we could do this was by helping ensure that those less fortunate than us could also have healthy food options. From December 2 to 22, Zipongo participated in Tech Gives Back, a charity campaign that rallies SF Bay Area tech companies to participate in a food or clothing drive, or offer money donations.

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Small Changes, Big Results in the New Year

Small Changes, Big Results in the New Year

For a lot of folks, the new year is often about making resolutions to eat healthier and exercise more. The problem is, getting overly ambitious at the start of January typically results in our healthy resolution being broken by month’s end. Instead of making all-or-nothing resolutions to eat healthier, try out one of the following small changes. You may find greater success in healthy eating by incorporating a small, easy change that you can repeat almost every day.

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Meet Christina Dam - Marketing Director at Zipongo

Meet Christina Dam - Marketing Director at Zipongo

It’s extremely motivating working on a product and vision that I personally believe in -- I think we can truly help people improve their health and vitality by making it less overwhelming and easier to eat better.”

Christina Dam joins Zipongo with 15 years of marketing experience under her belt. In that time, she's led interactive marketing, customer acquisition, engagement and retention programs for Apple and EA, in addition to running the app store for Leap Motion. 

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Sweet Kabocha Squash - in Season Now

Sweet Kabocha Squash - in Season Now

If you're a fan of pumpkins and sweet potatoes, then you're sure to take a liking to kabocha squash. Also known as the Japanese pumpkin, this winter squash works great in curries, soups and stews. It's also ideal when steamed, roasted or grilled. Checking in at just 40 calories per 1 cup serving, the orange-colored squash is a great source of beta-carotene. It's also rich in iron, vitamin C and certain B vitamins. So why not try kabocha on for size? Here's an easy recipe to get you going: Korean-Style Grilled Kabocha Squash. We're willing to bet you'll like it ... and then some.

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Antioxidant-Rich Persimmons - in Season Now

Antioxidant-Rich Persimmons - in Season Now

Nicknamed "nature's candy," persimmons are available from October through February. Two of the most common varieties, the Hachiya and Fuyu, are fast becoming a popular staple in wintertime meals. Hachiya persimmons, when soft and ripe, make a great puree for baked goods, puddings and smoothies. Meanwhile, crisp Fuyu persimmons are sliced or chopped into things like salads and salsas. Raw, baked or roasted, persimmons make a delicious and healthy addition to any meal.

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