Are GMOs Safe?

Hello Friends,

When Organic Housewives started back in 2011 we started providing tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle through the foods we eat and education. One of the ways we make healthy living simple is by personally vetting ALL of the products we offer to you to make sure that what you are buying for your families are truly clean and of the highest quality. Part of the process in finding “clean” products is making sure that the it is free of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Although we have touched on the topic in the past and why you should avoid them we feel we need to expound on the topic as we are at a critical moment in our Nation’s future on this subject.

In the last five years the proliferation of GMOs in our food system has risen sharply. Although awareness has increased, we still need to share the message and continue to say “No to GMOs” at our stores and markets. Voting with our dollars seems to be the only thing that affects the food manufacturers and providers to make these important changes.

Business is responding with positive steps forward.  The global organic food and beverages market which was estimated at $57.2 billion in 2010 is expected to reach $104.50 billion this year. In the last six months, several food and restaurant businesses have announced plans to reformulate their offerings to eliminate artificial ingredients, including GMOs.

We are a very critical point in the health of our Country on many levels. Currently there is a bill before Congress that aims to keep us in dark as consumers. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014 (H.R. 4432) will remove any requirements for manufacturers to label foods containing GMOs.

We all have a right to know what’s in our food.

The manufacturers of GMO seeds maintain that GMO corn, soy and sugar, found in 51iHQmcCT+Lmany everyday food products are safe. So here’s our question… If they are safe, why not label them?

Did you know?

Currently, 64 countries around the world require labeling of foods containing GMOs. Most other developed countries—including 28 nations in the European Union, as well as Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and China—require labeling.

However here in the United States, various food companies joined together to sue the state of Vermont, the first state to pass legislation requiring labeling of GMO food.

Think about it…

If GMOs are good for you and provide so much benefit, it should be a food manufacturer and marketer’s dream to be able to say “This product contains GMOs” or “This product is made with GMOs” but that’s simply not the case.

They not only go out of the way to not label it but have spent millions of dollars in fighting against having GMOs labeled! It’s really quite simple. Genetically engineered food should be labeled, so you can decide whether you want to risk ingesting them.

So why doesn’t the United States require labeling?

That seems like common sense to us—so why do the large corporations fight against labeling the actual product they have created?

Argument #1: The cost of new labels will be great and passed along to the consumer.

An independent food labeling study has shown this is unlikely as manufacturers routinely update labels for marketing reasons.

Argument #2: We need GMO crops to “feed the world”.

Recent studies show that GMO yields are hardly keeping pace with non-GMO crops. Farmers growing GMO crops have had to rely on ramping up their use of toxic weed killers and struggle with the evolution of herbicide-resistant “superweeds.”

Although not everyone may be able to buy organic over 90% of Americans have stated over and over again that they want GMOs labeled. We should be informed and make our own choices about what we feed our families and ourselves.

As business owner’s and parent’s who are promoting healthy living, it would be irresponsible of us not to push hard on this topic that will shape our ability to keep our planet and future generations healthy.  Don’t just take our word for it. We encourage you to visit sites such as JustLabelIt.org and The Institute for For Responsible Technology to learn more about how to protect your right to know and what is being fed to your families.

So again the question, are GMOs safe?  

Technically the verdict is still out.  Although over 2,000 studies have been done, many showing that GM feed is safe and nutritionally equivalent to non-GMO feed in cattle, the long-term effects are still unknown.  There are also studies that show the opposite with organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Just like cigarettes, lead paint and DDT were thought to be safe and short-term studies showed them not to have effects on living organisms we have learned the long and hard way that this simply isn’t true.  Personally, we don’t think GMOs are a risk worth taking for our families and do everything we can to avoid them. Given what we know about GMOs and the Given the proliferation of GMOs in our current food supply they are almost impossible to avoid (in this Country) unless you are diligent in reading labels.

Yours in health,

Donna and Daniela

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Is Paleo Good For Me?

Hello Friends!

We are so thankful to finally have some warmer weather!  This also means that outdoor activities (yes that means the pool too.:)) are coming at us fast and furious.  We have been bombarded with questions that revolve around losing weight, cutting carbs and whether going “Paleo” is a good thing.  We thought we would address the basics of “eating Paleo” and you can determine if it’s right for you!

So by this point many of you have heard of “eating Paleo”, “The Paleolithic Diet” or some version thereof. What exactly are they referencing?  Those that follow the protocol will say that during the Paleolithic period it has been shown that the diet then was primarily a wide variety of vegetables, fruit, nuts, roots and meat.  This diet was high in fats and protein, and low in grain- and sugar-derived carbohydrates.

By comparison, the average person’s diet today is the complete opposite. The average person’s health is a glaring example of what happens when you adhere to a faulty diet. With diet’s that are high in sugar, grains and chemicals it’s no doubt as to why disease and obesity are at an all time high.  As a society we are now suffering more chronic and debilitating diseases than ever before.

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Look for the USDA Organic Logo to avoid many pesticides and GMO ingredients.

There is little doubt that our food choices play a major role in this development.  At Organic Housewives we cannot stress enough that that eating large amounts of refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, cereal and bread not only lead to weight gain but poor health in general.  Throw genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) into the picture along with insane amounts of artificial colorings, flavorings and preservatives into our foods and it’s no wonder why we face the challenges that we do.

One of our favorite writers and health experts is Mark Sisson.  In a recent article he stated:

  “If you want to live a better life and eat the best foods nature provided for health and fitness, then it’s time to ditch the old paradigms and climb on to the primal approach to eating better.”

What’s the proof?

Evidence shows that carbohydrate intake is the primary factor that determines your body’s fat ratio. Processed grains and sugars (particularly fructose) are the primary culprits behind our skyrocketing obesity and diabetes rates.  If you would like to see in picture form how this process works, check out a previous post on “What Makes You Fat”.

Mark Sisson again states:

“It follows logically that if you can limit carb intake to a range of which is absolutely necessary (and even up to 50 grams a day over) and make the difference up with tasty fats and protein, you can literally reprogram your genes back to the evolutionary-based factory setting you had at birth – the setting that offered you the opportunity to start life as a truly efficient fat-burning organism and to continue to do so for the rest of your life as long as you send the right signals to your genes,”

How does low-carb work?

Despite the myth, overeating and weight gain is not the result of eating too many calories but rather getting your calories from the wrong sources.  When you consume too many sugars and carbs, it’s like tipping that first domino and there is a chain of chemical reactions in your body that makes you hungry and craving sweets:

  1. Fructose is metabolized differently from glucose, with most of it being turned into fat.
  2. This rapidly leads to weight gain and abdominal obesity.
  3. High carb intake raises your insulin levels, which prevents fat from being released.
  4. Fructose further tricks your body into gaining weight by turning off your body’s appetite-control system. Fructose does not suppress ghrelin (the “hunger hormone”) and doesn’t stimulate leptin (the “satiety hormone”).

No amount of exercise can compensate for this physical damage because if you eat excessive  fructose and grains—the primary ingredients NOT found in our ancestral diet—it will activate the programming which causes your body to become, and remain, fat.

How do we solve this?

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Blueberries are considered Paleo and are high in antioxidants, fiber and manganese.

Replace carbs with fat and protein.

Keep in mind that when we’re talking about harmful carbs, we’re referring to most grains and virtually all sugars, NOT vegetable carbs or lower fructose fruit carbs such as blueberries and strawberries.

Although all fruits contain fructose, the ones we want to avoid if we are trying to “trim down” are those that contain more than half of their sugar in the form of fructose, such as watermelon, apples, cherries, mango and pears. Dried fruits and fruit juices should also be limited or eliminated. However, most people can tolerate a limited number of servings of low-fructose fruits, such as blueberries, strawberries, kiwifruit and citrus fruits.

But I’m starving!

Remember that fat is far more satiating than carbs, so when you cut down on carbs and  feel ravenous, this is a sign that you have not replaced them with sufficient amounts of healthy fat. Sources of healthy fats that you’ll want to add to your diet include:

  • Oils such as avocado, coconut and olive.

    Good fats include those that are found in coconut.

    Good fats include those that are found in coconut.

  • Ground flaxseed which will also give you a vegan source of Omega 3’s!
  • Raw nuts such as almonds, pecans and walnuts
  • Organic eggs
  • Pasture finished meats
  • Wild fish
  • Naturally fatty fruits such as avocados, coconuts and olives

How do you know it’s working?

The evidence is quite clear that chronically raising your blood glucose through consumption of grains and sugars will increase your insulin resistance, which in turn will increase insulin and leptin resistance. Again to avoid this we need to lay off of the refined carbs and sugars and replace our diet with healthy fats to keep us feeling full and provide steady source of energy.

So if you are looking to trim down or just make some simple changes to eating healthier, you may want to consider the options above.

Enjoy time with your family and friends, great weather and trips to the farmer’s market!

Hugs,

Donna and Daniela