Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health

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GMO Foods – Hard To Avoid?

An overview of the structure of DNA.

An overview of the structure of DNA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


An interesting article on genetically engineered crops around the world along with the pros and cons. This debate will continue until one side is proven right or wrong thus, it is difficult to find an unbiased article on this topic.  Both sides have legitimate arguments.  Often there is little clarification as what sets genetic engineering apart from all other types of crop improvements like selective cross breeding.  Simply put, genetic engineering involves transferring genetic material from one organism into the genetic material of a completely unrelated species, e.g. inserting a bacterial gene or DNA into a plant like corn.  In  selective cross breeding, crosses involve only organisms that are already closely related, e.g. two varieties of corn.


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The SAD Diet in Numbers

English: Photo by R L Sheehan of commercially ...

English: Photo by R L Sheehan of commercially available packages. For Wikipedia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not so good news about the Standard American Diet.  No wonder we are getting fatter and less healthy than in past decades. Will it ever turn around?  We need a major food culture change but I fear it only can change if we begin to educate our very youngest children’s palates to appreciate the taste and enjoyment of whole real foods again.


The following is an interesting discourse on infant feeding and how it can influence  eating habits later in life.


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Test Your Sugar Knowledge?


Sugar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


A short quiz on how much we know about sugar in the diet.  It’s always a surprise when we realize how much sugar we actually consume every day.    For added sugars, look  on the ingredient labels.  In addition to sugar, look for high fructose corn syrup, corn sweetener, dextrose, brown sugar, fructose, lactose, fruit juice concentrate, honey, invert sugar, malt syrup, maltose, and molasses, glucose, and raw sugar.  Ingredients are listed by weight, so if sugar is listed as the first few ingredients, that product is loaded with it. The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar every day. And men should consume less than nine teaspoons per day.


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Danger Foods!!

English: A hot dog. Français : Un hot-dog.

English: A hot dog. Français : Un hot-dog. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hate to publish negative food facts  and with any article of this type,  awareness is the main intent here.  As usual moderation is the key. The main points, in my opinion, involve the sprouts and the hot dogs for small children.


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Food Servings – Then and Now

English: Healthy nutrition pyramid with 7 to 9...

English: Healthy nutrition pyramid with 7 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables to get precious phytonutrients to feed your body at the cellular level. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the major causes, in my opinion, of the obesity problem in the U.S is the size of the portions we have come to accept as normal. It is always a shock to see the comparisons of serving sizes now as compared to those of 30 years ago.   Serving sizes are also a consideration on the new food labels.   For a visual comparison:


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Still Eating Raw Sprouts?

Isolation of Salmonella and E. coli on medium ...

Isolation of Salmonella and E. coli on medium Rambach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyone still eating raw sprouts of any kind?  I hope not!!!   In my microbiology labs, we always tested sprouts (bought at the local supermarkets) and detected E. coli.  They are not recommended for pregnant woman or the elderly as well as a problem for all people.  Beware!!!   The bacteria  (E. coli and Salmonella) can be in the seeds and cannot be washed off.  Only cooking will kill the bacteria. Protect yourself by reading the following articles.




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