Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Using Nature In An Unnatural Way

Does Our Food Eat Us?

Since early 1990’s scientists have urged the food industry and the FDA, to carry out conclusive studies about the threats that GMOs can pose. Until it is proved that no harm is being done to living beings and the environment and particularly causing no severe health risk, to young children, consumption of such foods can be disaster prone. But unfortunately till date, the FDA has blatantly ignored the warnings and is allowing big corporation to use all of us as guinea pigs while the wallets of the business heads in the biotechnology industry are getting obscenely fat!

Genetically modified foods use organisms, plants or living beings which are not similar, such as inserting a fish gene into a tomato. Using nature in an unnatural way, carrying out mutations of various genes without proper or informed study can be a potential cause of severe health hazards.Numerous studies conducted in the field of genetics have shown that whenever a new gene has been introduced in a plant, the new gene can disrupt the functions of the plants native genes. It can result into altered or mutated DNA.

Sequence of DNA can be deleted, truncated or the gene may be turned on or off, and the protein coded from such a gene in the native plant that is otherwise harmless has the potential to become very toxic. In a case study done on rats which were fed GM potatoes, had smaller hearts, livers, kidneys, testicles and brain, a damaged immune system and a change in the white blood cells. Several rats developed lesions in the stomach. But the most frightening fact is the speed with which these changes start to develop [Read more]

Best Way To Loose 10 Pounds

Stop eating. According to the latest statistical data produced by American Obesity Association, over 64% of adults in U.S. are overweight. If you know that you are one of these obese people, then I am pretty convinced that the probability of your trying out several different diet options is very high. With innumerable diet programs available to choose from, it can be very trying to figure out which diet would suit your body constitution.

I can understand this dilemma because I went through similar times struggling to figure out the suitable one. It's not always easy to spot a good fad diet. There are too many diets advertised and offered that promise unrealistic weight loss just to attract public attention.The strong foundation to every diet is good, well balanced meal plan. If a diet has a poor meal plan not taking care of proper nutrition, it will not work.

The answer to most difficult part before making the choice and starting a fad diet comes from the two questions you are expected to ask yourself. Firstly how much weight can I expect to loose? Secondly will this diet work for my body? Unfortunately, most of the diet websites fail to tell you the complete truth in this regard. I am convinced about this because I have tried many different diets but with no success [Read more]

Truth Of The Food Pyramid Guide

There are variety of diet plans known for weight loss and can be used specifically to suit each and every body type or constitution. The Atkins diet is a popular high-fat and low carb diet. The Glycemic diet, originally developed for people suffering from diabetes is another option available in weight loss diets, meant specially for those seeking to loose weight. The Hamptons diet is a modified version of the Atkins diet which stresses more on nutrition. In recent times the Mediterranean diets are going up in their popularity.

Along with the visual representation of the recommended daily intake of nutrient-rich foods, the food pyramid also suggests a personalized approach to physical activity. Requirement of physical activity varies from person to person depending on lifestyle, food habits, body composition and other things. By accessing the web sites related to food pyramid you can get valuable information explaining the above factors [Read more]

Top 10 Anti-Aging Foods For The Skin

There are many categories of foods. Surprisingly, there is a category of foods known as superfoods. How do we define superfoods? Superfoods are foods that contain high amount of Essential Fatty Acids, antioxidants and fiber. However, superfoods may contain one or more of the nutrients. Studies shown that there are particular superfoods can reduce levels of cholesterol, lower the risk of heart diseases and ensure organs are functioning properly.

The EFAs, antioxidants and fiber are able to provide sufficient nutrients for the body so that cells are able to repair itself and keep the digestive system healthy apart from erasing wrinkles.Scientists have narrowed down the superfoods to the top ten superfoods that are proven to be fully beneficial. They are green foods, barley, acai, allium family, beans or lentils, sprouts, hot peppers, buckwheat, yogurt or kefir and nuts or seeds. These are the top superfoods that have high level of EFAs, antioxidants and fiber that are scinetifically proven against all other types of foods in the laboratories.

Green foods have the power to lower the risk of getting cancers, lower the cholesterol levels and reduce the high blood pressure. Barley is the best source for fiber and it is useful in helping to regulate the level of blood sugar. Acai is full of antioxidants and EFAs. The allium family include garlic, onions, chives, shallots and leeks that have very powerful antioxidants for better liver functions. Beans and lentils are rich in antioxidants and have low GI. Sprouts are rich in protein and vitamin C [Read more]

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