What are Free-Radicals?

Before we can stop and discuss the topic of antioxidants, we should first discuss why we need antioxidants. The answer is that every single individual body can attract free-radicals and they are not what you want to attract!

Let’s start with the basics. No one likes the idea of aging or feeling unwell, but free radicals can be the culprit that causes both of these conditions by how they work.

 

Free radicals cause oxidation and interact chemically with other cells that cause breakdown, damage, or alteration of the cell material, which is one of the causes of the signs of aging and even illness. They particularly like the cells of organic material, including our bodies, and exist to attach themselves to this type of material. To make it sound a little less scientific, think of how a sliced apple shrivels and turns brown. This is an example of free radicals in action, working on the cells of the apple.

 

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Free radicals are dangerous molecules that can accumulate in your body and cause serious health problems… like cancer.

 

Free radical is the name given to chemicals within the body that contain an unpaired electron. Free radicals are the product of normal chemical reactions during respiration and exercise, and have important functions in the immune system. However, their unpaired electron causes them to be highly reactive, a property which enables them to damage cells and DNA (and tends to give them a bad reputation). The body also uses antioxidants, compounds that make sure there aren’t too many free radicals in the body at once. The balance of free radicals and antioxidants is an important behind-the-scenes health defense mechanism.

 

Author: Guest Blogger

 

Kale and Chia and Black Beans oh MY: Three Great Foods to Add to Your Diet this Week

You probably already know that Black Beans are good for you. Aside from being one of the healthiest foods for your colon and digestive tract, black beans are a great way to fulfill the weekly dietary recommendation of 3 cups of legumes per week.  But did you know that black beans are also great for blood sugar regulation due to its natural ability to curtail simple sugar extremes during digestion? They also contain 8 different flavonoids that have antioxidant potential and are high in phtyochemicals. In layman’s terms, they are a big help in the prevention of cancer.

 

But guess what – black beans aren’t just good for YOU, they are good for the soil too!  Beans are one of the only cultivated plants that enrich, rather than deplete, the soil they are grown in.

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Chia is actually nothing new, even though it’s new to a lot of Americans. It was a highly prized plant to the Mayans. In fact, chia is the Mayan word for strength. Modern science is proving that the Mayans knew what they were talking about.

Chia seeds contain massive amounts of nutrients on very little calories. In fact, the nutrient to calorie ratio is one of the best known to food.  Two Tablespoons of chia seed contains 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. They are also very high in magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, and calcium and contain a significant amount of Vitamins B1, B3, and B12, Zinc, and Potassium.

 

If that isn’t enough for you, chia seeds are rich in antioxidants. Foods rich in antioxidants are necessary for helping your body prevent infectious and debilitating diseases. They are also high in omega-3 fatty acids and have been known to reduce dangerous health markers in diabetics.

 

Chia is also classed as a “whole grain” and is naturally gluten free. As a bonus perk, they are also usually grown organically and GMO-free and are easy to incorporate into your diet. Most nutritionists consider chia to be a “superfood” with no question.

 

Kale was at one time relegated to the unfair position of “food dressing,” where it’s lovely leaves were simply there to make other foods look prettier. However, those days are long gone.

 

Kale has special cholesterol lowering benefits and is excellent for aiding in digestive tract issues. It contains properties that allow bile acids to be excreted more efficiently. The plant is now well-known for helping assist in body detoxification, as well. Kale has been specifically linked to the prevention of at least five different types of cancer – bladder, breast, prostate, ovary, and colon – and new findings are coming in regularly.

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Science has also found at least 45 different identifiable flavonoids in kale that combine both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

If you aren’t sold on kale yet, 1 cup of kale has only 36 calories, but packs a huge vitamin punch. Its loaded with vitamins A,  K, and C, and also contains significant amounts of calcium, fiber, iron, B6, copper, manganese, and vitamin E.

 

So as you can see, we aren’t kidding! These are three great foods that you should start adding to your diet this week! Your body will thank you.

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What is Quercetin and should I take it?

You’ve probably heard the term “antioxidants” numerous times since they’re found in many of the foods you eat—and even in red wine! However‚ did you ever think about what they actually are? An antioxidant is a substance that has the potential to protect your cells against damage from harmful atoms called free radicals. Free radicals are caused by unavoidable exposure to environmental stressors like radiation or smoke. Free radicals are also produced when your body breaks down certain foods. There may be a connection between free-radical damage and health problems. If you aren’t consuming an adequate amount of antioxidants in your diet‚ you may be missing out on their benefits.

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There are plenty of brands offering a combination of Quercetin &Bromelain, which could be one solution to a diet low in antioxidants.  Its ingredients support the digestive process‚ while working to decrease your body’s response to allergens. Look for the following ingredients for maximum benefits or try to eat from the source as much as possible. (Remember, non-GMO and Organic!)

-Quercetin‚ which is an antioxidant that promotes digestive health and positively affects immune response
-Magnesium‚ which plays a role in over 300 biochemical reactions in your body; it’s necessary for a healthy immune system and energy metabolism.
-Bromelain‚ an herb that may have anti-inflammatory properties‚ as well as the ability to help in the digestion of protein.
-Vitamin C‚ which may potentially have the ability to aid in getting rid of waste products that are produced from the metabolism processes.

This combination has been known as the anti-histamine! 

We’ll dive more about the full spectrum of antioxidants, free-radicals, and preventable measures in the next few articles!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using these or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.

 Author: Guest Blogger

The Benefits of Grass-Fed Butter

From a young age, most of us have been taught to avoid butter like the plague — that it is an “evil” fat. Over the years, it has been blamed for thwarting many a waistline and clogging millions of arteries. But does the real science reflect our unfounded fears? Perhaps it’s time to rethink your stance on butter…

Butter is a veritable health food — grass-fed butter that is. When cows are fed a natural diet of grasses, their bodies produce a greater variety and density of vitamins and nutrients, which they then impart into their milk. Cows’ digestive systems aren’t designed to efficiently utilize a diet of soy and grains — especially higher toxic load of the genetically-modified varieties. Grain-fed cows actually have consistently lower levels of nutrients in their milk, so stick to grass-fed whenever possible.

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Butter is brimming with nutrients  – and is high in vitamins A, D, K2, and E. As these are fat-soluble vitamins, they are in their most readily absorbable forms when consuming butter. Grass-fed butter is specifically one of only a few good sources of vitamin K2, which is fairly rare in our modern diets. Studies have shown that diets too low in vitamin K2 can lead to an increased risk of coronary heart disease. K2 also assists in transporting calcium throughout the body, thereby strengthening bones; is helpful against Alzheimer’s; and can improve skin health. Other foods high in K2 are grass-fed liver, pastured egg yolk, and grass-fed cheeses, as well as many fermented foods.         

Butter has anti-cancer properties. Grass-fed butter has numerous anti-cancer components that make it an excellent addition to your diet. Vitamin K2 was recently shown to help prevent prostate cancer. Butter also contains 4% butyric acid, which actually inhibits the growth of mammary tumors as well as boosts healing responses along the intestinal tract. The conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) found in butter has been suggested to decrease breast cancer cell growth. CLA is also responsible for decreasing the risk for cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol and blood pressure, insulin resistance, and inflammation. It is an incredibly powerful fatty acid in the body, and is found in quantities 3-5 times higher in grass-fed butter than traditional butter.

Butter is associated with a lower risk of obesity and actually supports weight loss.    You read that correctly. While you’ve spent the majority of your adult life eating low-fat to try to stay slim, you could have been enjoying the golden glory that is butter. Consuming grass-fed butter as a part of a healthy, moderate diet actually helps to support a healthy weight. This is, in part, due to the presence of CLA, which has also been shown to lower body fat percentage in humans. Additionally, studies have shown that people who consume diets higher in healthy saturated fats have less body fat than those who follow low-fat diets. This is most likely due to the fact that the saturated fats in butter help to keep you satisfied longer, meaning you’re less likely to seek out unhealthy snacks like chips or fast food.

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Butter is anti-inflammatory and WON’T clog your arteries.  Saturated fat is not a harmful fat! It is essential for proper body function. Eating a moderate amount of butter will not single-handedly lead you to arterial doom. Your arteries clog with cholesterol as an inflammatory response to trigger foods (think fried foods, excess sugars), stresses, or environmental toxins. Butter actually can help to reduce bodily inflammation and benefit your cholesterol levels.

In fact, the current dietary advice on avoiding saturated fats to ward off high cholesterol and heart disease does not reflect the current scientific literature. Ridding your diet of most saturated fats does not lessen the risk for heart disease — it will only increase bodily imbalance and vitamin deficiency. Consider this: butter consumption was almost 5 times higher in the early 1900s, when heart disease was very rare. A century later, our consumption has drastically decreased and heart disease is one of the most fatal diseases among our populations. Coincidence? It doesn’t seem so.

Grass-fed butter is also higher in butyrate, omega-3s, CLA, vitamins, and antioxidants,  all of which fight off inflammation and keep your body working smoothly. As high cholesterol is an inflammatory disease, these nutrients can help to keep your body in check.

Butter is a wholesome, natural food, and doesn’t deserve to be stigmatized. So go ahead, cook your veggies in a tab of golden butter. Enjoy the immense flavor. It will help feel more full. It will help you absorb more nutrients. It will help you function better. A little grass-fed butter in your diet is just plain good for you.

Call your local store or farm to find out whether they carry any grass-fed butter near you!

If you are lactose-intolerant but are keen to enjoy some of butter’s health benefits, don’t opt for man-made margarine; try some wholesome, natural grass-fed ghee. Otherwise, many people with minor lactose intolerance can enjoy butter without issue, as it is very low in lactose.

Author: Julia

So what else is new about being Gluten-Free?

You may have heard that eating only gluten-free foods makes you feel better, feel less sleepy, and even eat healthier? Gluten-Free is becoming increasingly popular–even we were curious as to what the real benefits are. Here are the real details about truly being gluten-free.

 

What is Gluten?

 

Gluten is a protein found in mature seeds of cereal grasses such as wheat (including spelt triticale, kamut, farro, einkorn), barley and rye. It is an ingredient that gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and keep its shape. It can also be an ingredient in salad dressings, seasoning mixes, imitation meats, beer, vitamins, and cosmetics.

 

Who should go Gluten-Free?

 

Celiac disease. Individuals with Celiac Disease must follow a strict gluten-free diet. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system responds by damaging the small intestine with the consumption of gluten. The body cannot absorb minerals from food and instead excretes them in stool. Prevention Magazine’s symptoms of Celiac Disease include stomach pain, bloating, gas, decreased appetite, weight loss, constant diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, floating stools bloody or fatty in appearance, easy bruising, hair loss, missed menstrual periods, fatigue, joint pain, and dermatitis.

 

Gluten Intolerance and Gluten Sensitivity. Gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity ( a less severe version) is not an immune related response, but can have similar symptoms from the consumption of gluten including abdominal cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and gassiness. Over a long period of time individuals that consume gluten with gluten intolerance may cause permanent damage to their intestines, where gluten sensitivity will not damage the intestinal lining. Those who experience gas and bloating in particular after eating wheat may also be reacting to a form of carbohydrate in the wheat called fructans, rather than the gluten protein itself.

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How to replace gluten in your diet.

 

Not all grains contain gluten! Several Grains that are naturally gluten-free include rice (white, brown or wild rice) , corn, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, sorghum, teff, and oats. Sometimes these items may be referred to as “glutinous” because of their texture; however, their composition and protein differs from true gluten.

 

Time to test your knowledge, are you a Gluten-Free Guru?

 

Fact or Myth? Rice cannot be eaten on a gluten-free diet.

 

Myth: Rice may be referred to as glutinous due to its texture, however it is gluten-free and okay to eat on a Gluten-Free diet!

 

Fact or Myth? Regular oats at the grocery store are gluten-free; therefore, they are safe for one with Celiac disease to consume.


Myth: Although oats don’t technically contain gluten, they are often cross-contaminated with wheat gluten during processing, so a person with celiac-disease could become very sick consuming these regular oats. When purchasing oats on a gluten-free diet, look for oats that certify on the package that they are indeed gluten-free.

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The New BerryCart Box!

 

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Behold, the new BerryCart Box!

We haven’t strayed from our line of healthy food brands and we’ll continue on in this fashion, to bring you food items that are at least: non-GMO Project Verified, Organic, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free and/or dairy-free! 

In addition to those, you can feel confident that nothing will have high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavoring, artificial coloring, and preservatives!

 

Imagine…

The contents are healthy.
– You’ll find $10 worth of cash back rebates in your app that is pay-out-able.
– For each friend that uses your referral code when purchasing a BerryCart Box, YOUR account will be fitted with a $5 referral bonus!
– The same $2 referral bonus (that occurs with that friend using your referral code when signing up & redeems at least 1 rebate) still exists!
– You win on an exclusive produce deal that non-BerryCart Box users don’t!

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CHOOSE from a bill-cycle of every month or every 3 months. You are able to cancel anytime!

 

Don’t miss out!

For a short time, we are also offering a special $5 cash back on any ONE box of the BerryCart Box!

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Author: Christine

What is Sprouted

Believe it or not, sprouted grains have been around since ancient times, so why is it all of a sudden so popular in our world of healthy eating? You’ve asked us and we have an answer for you!

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The term “sprouted” can actually refer to any seed, not just grains such as rice, wheat, corn, oats, and barley, but also beans and nuts. (Note: Back, pinto, and navy beans are not recommended to eat raw!) Sprouting is simply a period of time in a plants life cycle where it has just began to grow but has yet to develop fully (kernel still attached). The young kernel along with its sprout will be ground up, and used as “sprouted flour.”

 

What is the benefit of sprouted food?

 

Sprouted seeds are nutrient rich in zinc and iron, and carry an enzyme that regular grains do not. This enzyme helps the body digest and absorb the powerful nutrients that grains have to offer. The digestive benefits of sprouted grains have been said to decrease bloating and digestive troubles for gluten sensitive individuals. This doesn’t mean that sprouted grains are a remedy for celiac disease and gluten intolerance. In fact, sprouted wheat grains still contain gluten.

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What’s the difference between white bread, whole wheat and sprouted bread?

 

Currently the most common sprouted food item you’ll find in stores is sprouted bread, but how does it differ from its competitors white bread and wheat bread?

No difference from wheat and non-wheat bread right...?

No difference from wheat and non-wheat bread right…?

 

  1. White Bread – White bread is made from a wheat berry which contains 3 parts (from outside to in): the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. The flour in white bread is refined to only contain the endosperm (the starchy part of the wheat berry), so it has little nutritional value compared to its competitors.
  2. Whole Wheat/Grain Bread – Whole wheat flour is also made from a wheat berry, but contains all of its components including the bran, the germ and endosperm. The bran and the germ are nutrient rich with fiber, and vitamins and protein.
  3. Multi Grain Bread –  This term means that the bread contains more than one type of grain, like a combination of wheat and flax. Although multigrain may sound more nutritious because it contains a variety of grains, that may not be the case. Some multigrain breads do not contain the entire grain like its whole grain competitor. To maximize the health benefits of multigrain bread, check the labels to ensure that it contains whole grains.
  4. Sprouted Bread – Sprouted flour as mentioned above is made from any sprouted seed not necessarily wheat.

We’ll let you decide which one you can reap the most health benefits from, but I bet you already know what we think!

 Author: Kira

Tea Basics

If you are a newcomer to the world of tea, you may quickly learn that choosing your favorite brew is by no means an easy choice. There are in fact, hundreds of different brews available in the tea world today, and having such an immense variety of flavors to choose from can be as wonderful as it is daunting. Each type of tea is unique in taste, health benefits, and even in the way it is prepared. This helpful crash course in tea will guide individuals who are new to the tea game through the basics of preparing and drinking some of the most common teas available to us. In addition to this, we will also go over some other helpful tips that may even help seasoned tea drinkers and connoisseurs enjoy their cup of tea just a little more.

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Step 1: The Method for Brewing the Best Tea

 

In the eyes of many, brewing the perfect cup of tea can be like perfecting a work of art, however it actually simpler than it seems. When you are ready to make yourself a cup of tea, the first and most critical step is to make sure the water you use is fresh, regardless what type of tea you have chosen. Using tap water or unfiltered water can contain hard minerals or even algae blooms that will greatly alter and disrupt the taste of your tea if used during preparation.

Once you have your water, the next step is to select your preferred method for brewing. Most tea connoisseurs will recommend that you use a glass or ceramic tea pot to boil water since other types of tea pots are more likely to interfere with the more subtle of flavors. Loose leaf teas will additionally require that you have a good tea strainer handy so that you don’t end up with any unwanted leaves in your cup.

If you are wondering why you would use loose leaf teas when tea bags are so highly convenient, the answer to that is simple. Over the course of the centuries, some of the finest teas in the world have been offered to the populace in a pure, loose leaf form. This is because more often than not, the flavors of loose leaf teas have been found to be fresher and more palatable. Nevertheless, this can highly depend on each individual’s preference, and there are also many types of teas offered in bags that can be just as preferable. Bearing this in mind, don’t feel shy to rely on a trial and error method to best find the tea that works for you.

 

Step 2: Choosing Your Perfect Tea

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Once you have your fresh water and your pot of choice, you are ready to search for your new favorite type of tea. Discovering the tea that suits you perfectly can be, as stated before, a matter of trial and error. To help out those who are new to the art of drinking tea, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common types of tea along with their descriptions and benefits in order to help you with your tea drinking decision.

 

Green Tea

Green tea is perhaps the most traditional of teas and like most teas; it has been carefully crafted through the preparation of an evergreen known as the camellia sinensis plant. The leaves of this plant are the source of most teas available to us, including green teas such as Sencha (煎茶) and Gyokuro (玉露) green teas.

Green teas are best known for their high antioxidant and tannin content which can help support and promote good health in a great number of ways. In addition, green teas can make an excellent weight loss supplement. For those who are sensitive to caffeine, green tea may be considered a more preferable choice to black and oolong teas which are known to hold higher levels of caffeine.

When preparing green tea, tea leaves can be added to water of lower temperatures between 158º and 175º Fahrenheit, which is much lower than the boiling point of water. Pour this water over the leaves or the tea bag and allow it to steep for 2-4 minutes depending on your preference. It is important to note that tea steeped longer will result in a stronger flavor, however tea steeped too long can become bitter.

 

Black Tea

Black teas are known for their stronger, bold variety of flavors such as English Breakfast and Earl Grey. Similarly to green teas, black teas are also made from the camellia sinensis plant; however these leaves have been oxidized which gives them their black appearance and distinguishable difference in taste.

The higher caffeine content of an energizing cup of black tea makes it a great brew to wake up to. These teas also hold a unique set of antioxidants properties as well as cardiovascular support, support for oral health, and more.

Black tea can be prepared at hotter temperatures using boiling water and generally only need to be steeped for 2-3 minutes otherwise they can become bitter if steeped too long. In addition, cream, milk, honey, or a bit of lemon can be added to black teas in order to alter the flavor to your preference.

 

Jasmine Tea

Jasmine tea is another commonly enjoyed tea and is typically made from a mixture of dried jasmine petals and a base of black Assam tea. However, there are also green varieties of jasmine tea available, and more recently, newer types of jasmine such as jasmine oolong have made their appearance as well. The delicate taste of jasmine varieties are noted for being sweet and floral.

In addition to the antioxidants and tannins that can be found in most teas that have been made using the camellia sinensis plant, jasmine tea can also holds calming properties and can slightly decrease heart rates due to the aromatic properties of the petals.

The preparation of jasmine tea will depend heavily on what base is used for the tea. Green jasmine teas are best prepared at lower temperatures, while black jasmine teas will typically be more enjoyed when prepared at higher temperatures and both of these teas can be steeped according to their black and green counterparts.

 

White Tea

White tea is perhaps the most highly sought after of teas. Just like black and green teas, white tea is prepared from the camellia sinensis plant, however white tea leaves are harvested at a younger age and undergo the least processing of all types of teas.

Since white tea is the least processed tea, it is notable for being one of the healthiest teas available to us and holds some of the highest levels of antioxidants. There are many health promoting benefits to drinking white tea including support for healthy cholesterol levels, cardiovascular support, assistance with weight loss, and more.

Similarly to green tea, white tea is best prepared at a lower temperature and can be enjoyed straight or can be sweetened with a bit of sugar or honey if desired.

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Oolong Tea

Oolong is another excellent variety of tea that has been processed through withering and partial levels of oxidation. The leaves are then twisted and curled in order to lock in their unique flavors. The flavors of oolong are wide and varied depending on their type and can range from a fresh earthy taste to strong roasted aromas and flavors.

Drinking oolong tea can be relaxing and offer similar health benefits to green, white and black teas. In addition to these benefits, oolong tea also holds a nutritional value due to the presence of multiple vitamins and minerals that can help promote good health on many different levels.

Preparing oolong tea is best done with water that has just come to a simmering boil. It is best to steep this tea for a period of approximately 3 minutes in order to unlock its best flavor however some types of oolong can differ depending on their type. For best results it is often advised to refer to instructions that come with each individual tea if possible.

 

Herbal Teas

Herbal teas such as chamomile, sage, and rose hips tea are actually not teas at all since they are not made from the camellia sinensis plant. Instead, these brews are more properly referred to as tisanes, despite being commonly referred to as tea.

Herbal tisanes make up for the most diversity in the tea family and as a result they also hold the largest variety of health benefits that can range from promoting healthy  bones and organs, to even helping support those who suffer from feelings of depression or anxiety.

Although there are a great number of different herbal tisanes available to us, they can generally be best prepared through steeping tea bags at a simmering temperature for a period of 4 to 8 minutes. Most herbal teas are enjoyed more for their benefit than for their taste, however some less favorable flavors can often be doctored with the use of a bit of honey and lemon.

Other Tips

In addition to these tea basics, you may find these additional tips helpful in your pursuit of fine-tasting tea:

Storing Tea: The method in which tea is stored can also have an impact on the delicate flavors of your tea. For best results it is important to store your teas in cool, airtight containers that avoid exposure to light, humidity, and high temperatures.

Bleached tea bags can contain harmful dioxins and chemicals. When using tea bags for preparing tea, unbleached tea bags are essential for both flavor as well as health.

Choosing high quality, organically grown teas is not only beneficial to our environment but can offer you better tasting tea overall.

Many teas can also be enjoyed chilled or iced! For iced variations of tea, simply prepare them as you normally would and then chill them for several hours in your refrigerator to enjoy later.

Author: Guest Blogger

What is non-GMO, foods?

An increasing amount of Non-GMO products are appearing at local grocery stores and supermarkets. What are the benefit of buying Non-GMO? What even is a GMO? Here are 5 things that you need to know about GMOs and how they affect your life.

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  1. What is a GMO?

 

The term GMO stands for “Genetically Modified Organisms” where plants and animals are created through genetic engineering (GE). It is a laboratory based technique where a foreign gene is merged into the DNA of a plant or animal, creating an effect that cannot occur in nature or in traditional cross breeding. GE’s main goal is to create GMO crops that are resistant to pesticides or produce insecticides. GMO crops allow farmers to kill weeds and pesky insects without damaging the crops themselves. It is said that the use of GMOs will also increase crop yields, lower costs to farmers, reduce farmer’s use of herbicides, enhance nutrient composition and food quality, and increase maturation growth of animals.

 

  1. What are the effects of GMO’s to our foods?

 

Studies have shown that although genetically modified (GM) foods are expected to increase crop yields, they have not done so yet. Instead, there have been cases of poor crop performance. In addition, GMO’s alter the nutritional content of our foods.

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  1. What are the effects of GMO’s to the body?

 

Injecting genes into a seed’s DNA is a gamble and unstable because scientists are unable to predict its consequences. For this reason, the effects of GMO’s on the human body are unknown. The little research done on their long-term effects imply that they may cause toxic and allergenic effects, infertility, altered metabolisms, inflammation and kidney and liver malfunction.

 

  1. What are Top GMO rich foods?
  2. 4 Tips for eating Non-GMO

Soy
Corn
Apple
Beet
Rice
Potatoes
Canola Oil and Cottonseed Oil
Dairy Products
Sugar and Aspartame (Sugar Substitute)
Tomatoes
Zucchini
Yellow Squash
Papaya



Go Organic! The USDA certifies that organic foods are not in any way bioengineered in the process of producing food. Although organic is not always failsafe because GMO’s can some how slip into the mix even if the farmer follows the Organic Certification Process; however, it’s currently the best and easiest way to make sure foods are GMO free.

Be conscious of the aforementioned GMO rich foods. Buy organic, or simply avoid certain products by substituting them for safer items that are less likely to harbor GMOs.

 

Read Labels. Look for the USDA Organic or Non-GMO Project certified logo on your grocery products.

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Celiac Disease – What Is It?

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder where one’s immune system will damage the small intestines if one ingests gluten.

People who have Celiac disease must completely eliminate gluten, because consuming even small amounts triggers symptoms, including belly pain and bloating. This happens because in people with Celiac, gluten causes the immune system to damage or destroy villi, the tiny, finger-like outgrowths that line the small intestine like a microscopic plush carpet. Healthy villi absorb nutrients through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream, so when they become damaged, chronic malnutrition occurs, which is typically accompanied by weight loss and exhaustion. In people with this diagnosis, avoiding gluten is the only way to reverse the damage.

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What Is Celiac Disease?

When people with Celiac Disease eat foods or use products containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the small intestine. The tiny, fingerlike protrusions lining the small intestine are damaged or destroyed. Called villi, they normally allow nutrients from food to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Without healthy villi, a person becomes malnourished, regardless of the quantity or quality of food eaten.

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Symptoms Of Celiac

Early signs and symptoms of Celiac include: Stomach pain, bloating, gas, decreased appetite, weight loss, intermittent or constant diarrhea, nausea and/or vomiting, and floating stools that are bloody or fatty in appearance. Long-term symptoms include easy bruising, hair loss, missed menstrual periods, fatigue and joint pain, and dermatitis, or itchy skin.
Diagnosing The Disease

The results of a blood test can help detect Celiac Disease. If a blood test comes back positive for the appropriate antibodies, an upper endoscopy may be performed to assess possible damage to the small intestine, more specifically the duodenum. If there is a flattening of the villi, those finger-like projections that absorb nutrients, the doctor or a registered dietitian will work with the patient to create a gluten-free diet. After a few months, the doctor may order another round of blood tests and an endoscopy to evaluate the body’s response. Genetic testing is also helpful for relatives of those with Celiac Disease, as the disease is hereditary and common among first-degree relatives.
The Longterm Damage Of Celiac

According to the American Celiac Disease Alliance, eating gluten can cause those with Celiac Disease to be malnourished. This is because the body cannot absorb vitamins and minerals from food, and instead excretes them in the stool. This can cause weight loss and vitamin deficiencies, which if severe enough can lead to stunted growth, neurological problems, and low bone density. Calcium and vitamin D are lost in the stool as well, which can lead to rickets in children (a type of kidney stone), as well as osteomalacia (softening of bones), osteopenia, and osteoporosis. Cancer, especially gastrointestinal cancer, has also been reported to occur in cases of longstanding untreated celiac disease.
Celiac’s Dietary Restrictions

Sufferers of Celiac Disease cannot eat foods made with all-purpose flour, bleached flour, bran, couscous, wheat bran, or wheat starch, among others. Under new labeling laws, any foods containing wheat must be identified in the ingredients section on the food label. Celiac suffers must also avoid rye and barley, the latter of which is often used as malt flavoring. Oats can be tricky: Pure, uncontaminated oats consumed in moderation (up to 1/2 cup of dry oats daily) may be tolerated by some, but not all, celiacs. Gluten-free alternatives include rice, corn (maize), soy, potato, tapioca, beans, quinoa, and nut flours. The Celiac Disease Foundation is a good resource for information about gluten-free foods.

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