FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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Are You Ready For GE Fish?

GE Salmon (top)
Regular salmon (bottom)

Next year we may see genetically engineered fish (salmon) in our supermarkets. They may or may not be labeled. Bottom line: Taste and consumer acceptance will determine its acceptability.

Read how they are grown HERE.

 


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The Paleo Diet: Fad or Trend?

To define the Paleolithic diet is impossible. Our early ancestors lived in different environments and their diets had to be food that was available in those varied environments.  However, it is considered by Paleo enthusiasts to be protein-rich, with emphasis on grass-fed beef and fish rich in omega-3 fats. Carbohydrates should come from nonstarchy fresh fruits and vegetables. Since it is assumed  that our predecessors did not have access to cereal grains, legumes, dairy,  potatoes, or processed foods – they are not considered to be Paleo. The avoidance of processed food does contribute to this diet’s good points; however, however, it may be a bit restrictive (not so good).

The Paleo Diet is either a fad or a trend.  Here is a very comprehensive article on all the aspects of the diet – its pros and its cons.  No one diet is appropriate for all – the best diet is one  that you feel comfortable with and can make it a part of your lifestyle.

CLICK HERE.


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Can Common Spices Act as Antiseptics?

 

A couple of interesting articles HERE. The first one provides an alternative to giving farm animals antibiotics. Wonder if there are any studies to back it up?? The second article  that  follows on the site exposes a sham blood test @$490 that claims to detect all your food intolerances (if you have any). Again, no research, but this one “quacks.” They call it Pinnertest – sound familiar? Buyer beware, for sure.

Check out a previous post HERE.


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“Real” “Clean” Foods: What do they mean?

Food Marketing

A recent trend in the food business is the use of the unidentified and non-nondescript meanings of “real food” and “clean food.”  The terms appear to be favorites of “foodies” (whatever that means) and perhaps Millennials. The following article from Restaurant News attempts to define what they may mean to the average consumer and how the industry is responding.  Click HERE.


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New Trends In Grain Foods?

Harvesting Wheat

Tired of hearing about gluten-free?  Get ready for grain-free or ancient grain products.  You can listen to the podcast (17 min) or read the text. The podcast is more detailed, but both say the same thing.  Be warned  and get ready for the next fad –  lectin-free! Grains are more complex than anyone ever thought they would be.

CLICK HERE.


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Coconut Oil: Friend or Foe?

There is a lot of nutrition “chatter” about the merits and “dangers” of coconut oil.  Check out a comprehensive review of the pros and cons of using coconut oil with the research behind it. The good news: we do not consume it in great amounts, so enjoying some of its good points is probably not a big deal.

CLICK HERE.