FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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Have a Food Allergy? Food for Thought?

Ever since Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle in 1906, have we had so much food adulteration occurring in our food supply.  Here is the current problem:

  • Food allergies are on the rise that began about 2007. Many allergic reactions can cause a serious health crisis (i.e. anaphylaxis) which can be fatal.
  • This anomaly occurs primarily in the U.S. and is less common in most other countries in the world.
  • Despite the widely known fact that correlation does not equal causation, research suggests a causative factor may be something in the U.S. environment (food supply).
  • The food supply currently has many new ingredients that did not exist in the past; some or one of these may be triggering subtle reactions of our immune system since its primary function is to recognize foreign proteins.
  • GMO ingredients are just one of these relatively recent additions and critics suggest a connection with allergic reactions.   Another possibility is that intentional food additives have been added without proper safety testing such as emulsifiers, artificial colors or flavors, for example. One unintentional additive includes the explosive use of glyphosate on food crops, and is a widely used herbicide. The World Health Organization suggests it may be carcinogenic although this has not yet been officially established.
  • Food allergies are contributing to burgeoning health care costs as well as affecting our health, especially our children.

What can we do?  Recent surveys indicate that consumers want GMO labeling and have expressed a growing interest in fewer ingredients and more organic choices. The problem is enhanced by the fact that some of these ingredients are controversial as to their toxicity potential. More clarification is certainly needed.

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FYI: A proposal to label GMO foods was on the 2012 ballot in California and designated as Prop 37. By the way, the legislation did not pass.  For a previous post, CLICK HERE.

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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.

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The GMO Potato?

Again, there is the continuing debate over the safety of GMOs. The best approach is to be aware of the arguments and decide for yourself if you want to buy them. If you choose to avoid them, there is a link within the following article.

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Words of Wisdom? Our Food System.

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For his TEDx talk, click on “What’s Wrong With Our Food System? in the following article. This amazing kid has been talking sense about our food systems since he was eleven years old. His approach is anti-GMO and pro-organic farming.  For more information on Slow Food USA, click HERE. Enjoy!

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Doubts about GMOs?

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The debate about GMO foods continues, but lately, there has been some doubts about their efficacy and beneficial properties. Time will tell as to the fate and truth about this controversial topic in the food industry.

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Problems with Monsanto?

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GMO foods have long been hotly debated and almost everything you read is biased one way or the other, i.e. you’re either for them or against them.  I don’t know if they are harmful and yet I don’t know if they are safe. Now the debate has switched to whether they should be labeled or not. But what seems to be apparent, Monsanto (their creators) is at the heart of the matter.

I would like to see more information from either side on the claimed benefits of GMO crops since their inception 20 years ago, particularly nutritional benefits for  human health.  So far, it appears that the claimed benefits only favor Monsanto that produces both the  herbicide, Roundup and the seeds created by Monsanto to resist Roundup. Bring on GMO foods for better human health instead of profits for Monsanto and others and the debate on their merits may change.

Yellow rice is often proclaimed to be an example of genetically altered crop that offers nutritional benefits since it is a product designed to contain more beta carotene, a form of vitamin A that would help prevent blindness,  common in developing countries. Though it has been around for about 10 years, it still has inherent problems with its yield and growth capabilities. Read my previous post HERE.

For more on the potential of GMO crops that could offer nutritional benefits, Click HERE.