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OMG GMOs

Happy non-gmo month! This month gives us the opportunity to coordinate and voice our opinions because we do have a right to know what is in our food.

Genetically modified organisms are everywhere; meaning most of the corn, cotton, canola, alfalfa, soy and beets, the major crops of this country are grown from genetically engineered seeds. GMO seeds are modified, forcing DNA from one species into another species. Sadly, unlike many other countries, the US does not mandate labeling GMO foods, and yet possibly up to 80% of the packaged foods that we purchase contain genetically modified ingredients despite the fact that most consumers want to know and I believe have a right to know.

What are the risks of GMO’s? The jury is still out. Some say that it affects our overall health, decreasing our immune systems, affecting bacterial growth in our GI systems, affecting hormones and fertility. Environmentalists are concerned that they will breed plants that require more and more pesticides for their control thus greatly affecting our whole ecosystem and living environment, But studies are not conclusive and so careful analysis of the risks and benefits argues for expanded deployment and safety testing of GM crops. Certainly there may be little risk in eating GMO foods but on the flip side what if they are truly that bad? I personally do not want to be the human experiment!

Out of this came the Non-GMO Project whose seal of approval verifies that a product is in fact made from Non-GMO ingredients. Because we care about your health and that of the planet, we are proud to announce that flackers now bear that seal. So until we know more, I am choosing non gmo! This month as you enjoy all the healthy goodness of flackers you can also feel good that with every bite you are also standing up for your right to know!

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Yogurt; the good, the bad, what you need to know

A few of my friends are truly obsessed with Greek Yogurt and I do get this obsession. Yogurt can be a good food. Most contain good bacteria to promote optimal GI health. Most, especially Greek Yogurt, contain high amounts of protein- so great filling snack or meal replacement on the go. Yogurt can also be quite diverse in that you can buy so many flavors or you can be creative with your own and add super healthy ingredients to it like; chia or flax seeds or even flacker bits or a handful of seedsters for that matter (to add fiber and more nutrient to this already dense nutritious food). And all that is really good….

Having said that I have a few beefs about yogurt that I need to share and I hope that you digest this information well. First of all the most popular brands on the market today are not organic, nor are they necessarily GMO-free. So buyer beware! You may be eating antibiotics, pesticides, hormones and other evil things unless you choose to buy organic, non-gmo yogurt. In addition, I also consider the health of the cows. If the milk is not organic then these cows are likely filled with antibiotics and other chemicals because their living conditions are so bad that they need them to remain free of disease.

The other issue is that a lot of products on the market today have probiotics in them. There is no way to know if these probiotics are alive and active and also if they actually survive the acidity of the stomach and get to the large intestine, where they are needed. Most of us, with good reason, just assume that this must happen but it is not always the case. So if you truly need probiotics for health purposes then you may want to consider a supplement with a known dose of bacteria and one that ensures optimal activity.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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