The Truth About GMO

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Warning: this is very wordy blog! This post is for READERS and those who actually want to learn something.

One subject that is a hot topic in the food community is the matter of GMO. Short for Genetic  Modified Organisms, an easy definition of this is basically taking the DNA from one species and adding to another species in order to give that second species a  specific trait. This has actually been going on for years in regards to the food we eat. That is why there’s such a fuss behind whether what we eat is naturally grown or  scientifically modified. Most modification up until this point has been to enhance the food we already eat. Most of the time making it bigger to give us more. The fear is that GMO has a negative effect on our health.

I’m not here to argue against anyone who supports modification of food but to just state my opinion on how GMO can be harmful to humans. Definitely state your opinions in the comments I love to read other points of view.

A lot of the GMO testing that has been done claims that the nutritional value is not lost but enhanced through pest resistance, herbicide tolerance, disease resistance, cold tolerance, drought tolerance, nutrition, and pharmaceuticals.
Yet some of the biggest side effects of GMO has been disease, growth disorders and mental defects in humans especially in children and fetal  development.
GMO testing has done nothing but make food bigger and change the color of foods to make them ‘cool’.
Recently in 2017 new apples are going to hit the stores and their not going to be labeled GMO but they will be called Golden Apples and these apples are supposed to not brown after cutting which is called oxidation, it’s normal. While this sounds cool, removing the polyphenol -which the substance located in any plant-you cancel out the natural resources like vitamin C, E, etc which humans need to consume to fight against cancers. All this is about profit. Normal apple shelf life doesn’t last long costing money. If apples don’t brown, they have a longer shelf life which means stores can sell us older apples and still make money. I won’t even get into the politics of it. I’ll stick to the  health risks..

Other side effects include infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, allergens, antibiotic resistance and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.  Everything has been modified from cereal, cake mixes, cheese, milk, even veggie burgers. Please do your research people and find out what foods are being modified. Also support your local farmers and grocers. It’s up to us to maintain our health.

Please let me know if you don’t support or if you do support GMO foods and why.

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The Health Benefits of Quinoa

Quinoa is a major part of the clean eating, vegan, go green, healthy lifestyle and a lot of people are now on the bandwagon of eating it. It is a very versatile grain and can be used in just about every way that can be thought of.

Quinoa is a lot healthier than rice and pasta and is very high in protein and is gluten free which is great for the people with that allergy. It contains good carbohydrates that won’t spike blood pressure as well. Quinoa provides essential vitamins such as: iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E, also minerals and fiber. Also known as a whole grain it also contains amino acids, now these are all the scientific nutritional benefits that we care about but don’t really know what it means. Basically, Quinoa is organically and biologically one of the healthiest foods that be digested. With that being said, proper care must be taken when cooking and eating Quinoa because of the saponins on which is a slight powdery, soapy substance that covers the seeds it must be rinsed every time before cooking and it must be rinsed well because that substance is actually chemically toxic to your body, even still with all its nutritional benefits it is still only recommended to be eaten a few times a week, not something to be consumed daily.

It is said that Quinoa is a superfood, that is heals ailments like migraines, gives you stamina, quickens recovery time to ailments and promotes skin health but I’m not too sure about that…
Quinoa can be used as a substitute in any dish where rice or pasta would normally be present. It does taste and smell bitter on its own but rinsed before cooking and seasoned very well, Quinoa can be quite delicious!

Here are some ideas for Quinoa uses: can be used in veggie burgers, stuffed inside vegetables, added in soups and sauces, it can be a great money stretcher, add it to any already prepared meal to stretch it out for a family and it can be very filling as well.