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GMOs: Frankenfood or Evolutionary Advance?

10. February 2010

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GMOs: Frankenfood or Evolutionary Advance?

Why are crops and animals being modified? What GMOs are currently on the market? What new GMOs are being created? Good questions... (thanks to klar!! on flickr for that cool art.)

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Genetically Modified Organisms: The Back Story

2. February 2010

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Genetically Modified Organisms: The Back Story

Recently, a reinterpretation of an original Monsanto GMO study was published in the International Journal of Biological Studies which appeared to demonstrate that some aspect of Monsanto's GMO corn – potentially just additional pesticides – was causing kidney problems in their reexamination of the data. But what do most people really know about GMOs? This subject is complex – so complex I have prepared a three part series that helps explain what is going on underneath the heated debates.

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The Truth About Organic Farming

22. December 2009

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The Truth About Organic Farming

Certified organic sales are now $52 billion/year, worldwide. The large market is fueling a lot of myths out there about organic foods and there is even more propaganda supporting these organic methods that is rarely understood. It's like your mother used to say: just because everyone is jumping off a bridge doesn't mean you should do it, too. I only want to point out that not everything is as it seems. So here are some of the myths of organic produce, and the realities behind them.

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Understanding Our Bodies: The Role of Antioxidants

26. October 2009

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Understanding Our Bodies: The Role of Antioxidants

Are antioxidants good for you? To answer that question, you have to understand reactive oxygen species, or ROS. And to do that, you have to understand how your cells produce energy. In this article, we uncover the processes of oxidation and explain it in the context of your health and well being.

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Hawaiian Health and the Coconut

7. July 2009

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Hawaiian Health and the Coconut

Hawaii has some of the lowest rates of heart disease, childhood obesity, cancer, and even deaths by Alzheimer's in the US. While part of this might be due to good health care coverage and availability (Hawaii has the second lowest rate of uninsured individuals in the US), it might also have a lot to do with the food. Thanks to Flickr User Bionic Teaching for the awesome coconut shot!

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Does McDonalds Own Chipotle? – Mailbag

29. June 2009

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Does McDonalds Own Chipotle? – Mailbag

Hi – I was watching Nightline a couple weeks back and they had a special on Chipotle using free-range animals. Then I remembered that Chipotle is owned by McDonalds [America's #1 buyer of factory farm beef -ed]. Is this true? - James, Minneapolis, MN This is an excellent question we have also heard many times. After some research, the short answer is, no, Chipotle is not owned by McDonalds as of 2009 but it once was. The story is quite complicated actually.

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Nestle Cookie Dough Recall, Suspected E.coli 0157:H7 Outbreak in 26+ States

19. June 2009

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Nestle Cookie Dough Recall, Suspected E.coli 0157:H7 Outbreak in 26+ States

Nestle USA today tacitly confirmed in a press release early reports that Nestle Toll House brand raw cookie dough was giving many people E.coli 0157:H7 infections by voluntarily recalling their entire line of products. Early reports from Bill Marler, food safety litigator, and a press release from the state of Colorado gave indications that a current rash of E.coli 0157:H7 cases across the country were tied to eating raw cookie dough (but this has still not been confirmed). (Image provided by NestleUSA)

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One Fat, Two Fat, Is Any Fat a Good Fat?

28. May 2009

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One Fat, Two Fat, Is Any Fat a Good Fat?

One of the most confusing things when it comes to proper nutrition is the role of fats. We're constantly told that fats are evil things which will expand our bellies to the size of hot air balloons. Recent research has found that the low-fat diet trend is simply wrong for us- we're not supposed to have no fat in our diets. you just have to know which is which.

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Has Cuba Cured Heart Disease? The Policosanol Story

9. March 2009

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Has Cuba Cured Heart Disease?  The Policosanol Story

Immediately after Castro came to power in 1959, the Cuban Institute for Research on Sugar Cane Derivatives (ICIDCA) was formed and began studying - as you might imagine from the name - products that could be derived from sugar cane. They found one compound - called policosanol - that showed promise. This is that compound's story.

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Fructose, Insulin Resistance – Together At Last

6. March 2009

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Fructose, Insulin Resistance – Together At Last

Today, researchers from Yale announced new findings that demonstrate the mechanism by which the fructose sugars found in both refined table sugar and high fructose corn syrup cause a reduction in insulin sensitivity, a key stage in the development of both obesity and diabetes.

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