Now there’s a well stocked refrigerator! Can you spot the unhealthy items?
Now there’s a well stocked refrigerator! Can you spot the unhealthy items?
Genetically Modified Foods (or GMO’s) make up 80 % of the American packaged food supply. GMO’s also are in a majority of the feed given to farm animals including farm raised fish.
GMOs are crops or animals whose DNA has been altered to add traits to help growth or product yield. These traits are deemed desirable by the producers of the crops or animals. But these traits do not enhance the health benefits of the food or meat for humans.
What exactly is a GMO? Simply said, the scientists have taken a toxin for instance, and inserted it into corn DNA to make it insect-resistant. So, when the bug tries to eat the corn it dies and the corn continues to grow. This is a GMO corn. The scientists also take an herbicide called glyphosate and add that to the seeds used to grow GMO crops. Then, when the farmer sprays weed killer on the crops, the crop doesn’t die but all the other weeds around it do. This is a GMO plant. The alterations make it easier to grow the crop. But, when we eat the food that grows, we are also eating the toxin or the herbicide also. GMOs have actually have never been tested on humans so the outcome is unknown. So, GMO? Genetically Modified Organism or Guess My Outcome. We just don’t know, so why risk it?
Some of the health concerns surrounding GMO’s include:
What can you do to avoid GMO’s?
Today GMOs make up more than 90% of the corn, soybean, cotton, sugar beet and canola grown in the U.S. In the year 2000 20% of the corn in the US was GMO. Today, it’s 90%. In the year 2000 55% of the US soy crops were GMO. Today that number is 95% of the US soy crop. Look at labels – forms of soy, corn, and sugar are in almost all packaged foods in the US which means GMO’s are in the food too.
Other countries require labeling of GMO’s or have strict regulations regarding GMO’s in the food supply. More than 60 countries including the European Union require labeling or stricter regulations of GMOs. Some countries have banned them entirely. So instead of Guess My Outcome…..it’s recommended to avoid GMO’s for now because it is a guessing game about your health.
The more I’ve read about coffee, the coffee crop productions, and the decaf process, the less I’m inclined to enjoy my joe now. Let me share some facts with you and let you decide if you’re just as bothered about coffee as I am now…..
The coffee bean crop is typically heavily sprayed. Non-organic coffee can contain herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers right in with your morning cuppa. These substances are known carcinogens and can interrupt normal bodily functions including immune system, fertility, and endocrine system function. The caffeine in coffee can cause a lot of side effects which most of us know and have experienced. But there may be a few that you aren’t aware of including: Read More→
My husband was in the hospital this morning. After his surgery he was offered several
choices for drinks (sodas including diet ones, juice, but no water was offered) and some applesauce to eat. He chose gingerale and applesauce. I’d say, being a nurse and having worked in a hospital, these are pretty standard after-surgery hospital menu items. When I looked at the food labels I found:
I wonder if hospitals are in the business of health promotion and illness cure or in the business of illness causing or perpetuating? I feel very cynical saying this, but if hospitals and medical doctors cured everything and promoted health, then they would be out of business eventually. So maybe treating symptoms of illness and disease and perpetuating the illness is actually what medical care is about rather than cure. Read More→by
What kind of gas are you putting into your engine? Just finished watching a TED Talk about the power of dietary change to balance mood, sharpen brain function and improve mental health. The psychiatrist presenting talks about how in his practice he’s helped improve his patient’s mental and emotional health through nutrition.
The food we put into our bodies is the fuel to function. I’ll use the analogy with my patients that our bodies are a fine working engine. If I put sand in my gas tank, guess what happens? My engine doesn’t work well at all. My engine needs “good” fuel to work well. That fuel is the food I put into my stomach. Read More→by
My frustration is at an all time high today. As a family we are doing our best to keep preservatives, chemicals, un-natural ingredients, and food dyes out of our bodies. My children are teenagers and even though they at times get very frustrated with me as I discuss harmful effects of food additives, read food labels out loud to them, tout the benefits of real whole food, and yell like a crazy lady at the commercials for kids junk food on TV, they have bought-in to the concept of real food.
Last week I was doing a little bragging to my friends about my eldest son’s recent shopping expedition. I handed him a grocery list and my credit card and off he went (he’ll do just about anything if you give him a few dollars to put gas in his tank). My husband and I were pleasantly surprised when organic sourdough bread, organic green onions, and non-GMO corn grits were found in the shopping bag! They were just listed as sourdough bread, green onions, and corn grits on the grocery list. We surely sung his praises and thanked him for being so mindful of our health. Read More→by
Here’s a great recipe for making Organic Salsa hta’s straight from Auny Sue’s kitchen in Colorado. It uses any peppers you may have ripening in your garden or you find at the farmer’s market. It’s quick and easy to make and can be made in large batches and canned for a special winter treat. My children love eating this salsa and it never lasts long on the pantry shelf.
The longer this sits in the refrigerator or the pantry shelf, the flavors will meld and come together to be even more tasty. The salsa should be good for up to 2 weeks stored in the refrigerator and up to a year when canned.
Feel free to experiment with it and add your own ingredients — then let us all know how it turns out.
The nutritional content of eggs varies. It all depends on how the chicken is raised. When you’re at the store it’s difficult through the marketing campaigns to decipher which one is going to be the healthiest for you. There’s also been so much controversy over the last few years about whether or not eggs are a healthy addition to our diet. So let’s look at eggs closely.
First of all, a local farmer’s market is going to be your best bet in getting the healthiest eggs unless you are raising your own chickens!
When you go to the farmer’s market, ask the farmer how the chickens are raised: Are they in a grassy pasture? Are they fed organic feed? Is their diet vegetarian — which means they are NOT fed hormone filled animal by-products? Does the farmer use antibiotics in the raising of the chickens? If you get “yes” “yes” “yes” and “no” to those questions, then buy that farmer’s eggs.
Here’s a graph (from the 100 Days of Real Food website – giving credit where credit is due!) that gives explanations to some of the wording you’ll see on eggs packaging. Read More→by
Dr. Russell Blaylock a neurosurgeon, author, and authority on MSG (monosodium glutamate) and aspartame notes that MSG is a very toxic substance to the brain, especially to the developing brain of young children and to a developing fetus.
When compounds called “free glutamates” (glutamate is an amino acid that is a component of MSG) are added to foods to enhance the flavors, they cause the nerves in the brain to fire very rapidly and fire over and over again. This extra stimulation to the brain gets the taste buds all excited and makes the foods taste much better to us. But this rapid firing in the brain that causes excitement in our taste buds also triggers other symptoms too. Symptoms caused by MSG includes: arthritis, depression, sweating, behavior problems in children, headaches, allergic reactions, flushing, chest pain, facial numbness or pressure, heart palpitations, nausea, weakness, swelling, balance difficulties, and asthma attacks. Read More→by