GMOs

Where to begin? Big Food tells us that genetically-modified organisms are the same as those which are not, or food products which contain GMOs are no different than those that do not contain GMOs.

Without diving directly into the middle of the argument, let me just say that I’d rather my food did not contain GMOs. A recent NY Times article, Information not on the label talks more about the issue but also tries to assist people in avoiding GMOs.
• Shoppers who want to know whether they’re purchasing genetically engineered foods do have a few options.
• For starters, there is a good chance that any product with soybeans, corn, sugar beets (often used for sweetening) and canola (or canola oil) has G.M.O.s., since genetically modified versions of these crops are so widely planted in the United States.
• On the other hand, certified organic produce carrying the green and white circular “U.S.D.A. organic” seal cannot be genetically modified, and organic livestock must be fed only organic ingredients. But processed foods with multiple ingredients can be labeled organic if at least 95 percent of the content is organic.
• And a growing number of food producers that don’t use genetically modified ingredients in their products are seeking certification by the Non-G.M.O. Project. They carry a “Non-G.M.O.” label with a logo of a red butterfly on a blade of grass. read more

fat

The news is out, but how many people will be able to change their habits after a lifetime of avoiding saturated fat like that found in butter and meat?

Study Questions Fat and Heart Disease Link makes you wonder about everything you’ve ever been taught about nutrition and eating in a “healthy” manner.
• The analysis, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine by an international group led by a team at the UK’s University of Cambridge, included 72 separate studies on heart risk and intake of fatty acids.
• They found no evidence to support guidelines that say people should restrict saturated fat consumption to lower their risk of developing heart disease. read more

gospel

In my humble opinion, the nutritional gospel we’ve been fed is a load of crap. From the USDA food pyramid or now, my plate, to The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease, we’ve been fed a lie all of these years to line the pockets of a few (Big Food, lobbyists, etc) at the expense of the many—that would be us, people, the general public. Fortunately, more and more information is coming to light in books like The Big Fat Surprise and movies like Fed Up:

• For the past 30 years, everything we thought we knew about food and exercise is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David, and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever. read more