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Posts Tagged ‘GMO’

More Food Innovations

Posted by terrepruitt on October 21, 2019

A few posts back I wrote about how I get magazines from a neighbor and a title on one caught my eye. I said I was thinking it would take me at least two posts to summarize the information. In continuing my read of the section in Eating Well about food innovations, it seems the very next little article is not so innovating. Maybe to some people it is or maybe in the way they want to do it, it is, but it talks about how science is just now figuring out that food is medicine. Well, it doesn’t really state that, it states that science is now looking at food as “whole food”. In other words how manipulating it to be one thing (gluten free, low fat, low carb as examples) takes away from the complexity of the food and so the food we eat is not giving us all the nutrients and benefits it could be. I guess, sadly, this is new news to scientist so it is a new area of science.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFit, City of San Jose Exercise Classes, Cambrian Yoga & Cardio Dance, CYCD, Yin YogaAdditional information in the section:  Mike Lee of Alpha Foods shares that there are ideas about grocery stores allowing a consumer to order food from a kiosk, say in a subway, then a self-driving car will drive it to its destination and could be waiting for the consumer upon arriving home. He goes on to say that when that type of thing becomes the norm grocery stores will have to be more outlandish and be more of place people want to go and hang out than just a store to shop. There are stores along these lines already in China. Hema is like Walmart, but you can also pick out a lobster from a tank and have it cooked so you can eat it in their dining area. People can see information on the origin of the food there. He thinks the next step will be indoor farming in grocery stores. Also, a place where meat can be produced in store. He shares that the future of grocery stores might be where they actually create the food and not just sell it.

All my life I have heard that the world HAS enough food, the problem is just getting it to the people that need it. Claire Babineaux-Fontenot of Feeding America states that “72 billion pounds of quality, nutritious food goes to waste each year”. She envisions smartphones could help solve the problem of people in need. They could use their smartphones to get notifications that would allow them to get food that would be wasted. The application could send them to the grocery store or restaurant that is about to dispose of the food. Seems like there is something like that, Y Waste, already being used in Australia.

Next is actual tracking of what is eaten. ACTUAL TRACKING, not a food journal. Food journals are unreliable for all kinds of reasons so Sarah Smith at Food Futures Lab talks about actual sensors that can track what is consumed. There is a research project going on at Tufts University where a small device stuck to a tooth tracks glucose, salt, and alcohol intake. As technology develops trackers might be able to track calories and other things to help in so many ways.

Well, this post will complete the information in one section, but there is another article regarding “GMOs” that I might want to post about. I started reading it thinking I could include it here, but it looks a little long. So I might just use it as another post idea. THEN . . . the next issue I received has an article regarding the microbiome (gut bacteria) and since I mentioned that in the first post, I thought that article might have some interesting stuff to share. I better get to readin’!

What do you think about these possible food innovations?

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Genetically Engineered Foods Labeling Questionnaire

Posted by terrepruitt on October 25, 2012

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2.  Do you understand that with 88% of all corn and 94% of all soybeans produced in the U.S. being from Genetically Engineered seeds that ANYTHING with corn ANYTHING (corn syrup, corn oil, corn, High Fructose Corn Syrup, etc.) or soy ANYTHING (soybean oil, soybean, soy protein concentrate, etc.) is more than likely a Genetically Engineered Food?

3. Do you think Genetically Engineered Foods should be labeled?

4. Do you believe the burden of labeling the Genetically Engineered Foods should fall to the manufacturer?

5. Do you believe the burden of labeling the Genetically Engineered Foods should fall to the retailer?

6. Do you believe that ALL Genetically Engineered Foods should be labeled or just MOST?

7. Do you believe that the Genetically Engineered Food itself should be labeled?Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba

8. Do you believe that if the Genetically Engineered food product is not labeled the retailer should be responsible for doing so on the shelf or where the item is displayed?

9. Do you think that if the Genetically Engineered food product is not labeled (package/shelf/display) the retailer “generally must” be able to document why it is exempt?

10. Do you think an acceptable way to document exemption is to obtain a “sworn statement from the provider of the product indicating that the product has not been intentionally or knowingly genetically engineered”?

11. Do you think that it is acceptable that some food need not be labeled such as food “made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves”?

12. Do you think that processed food that contains “one or more genetically engineered processing aids or enzymes” should be exempt from being labeled a Genetically Engineered Food?

13. Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaDo you think that it is acceptable for there to be percentages of Genetically Engineered Food allowed in products without the product having to be labeled a Genetically Engineered Food?

14. Do you believe that it is acceptable for a governmental department to “adopt any regulations that it determines are necessary for the enforcement and interpretation of” an article?

15. Do you think that an acceptable way of enforcing a labeling law is to allow for lawsuits without demonstrating “any specific damage occurred as a result of the alleged violation”?

*Genetic engineering is the process of changing the genetic material of a living organism to produce some desired change in that organism’s characteristics.

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Canola Oil

Posted by terrepruitt on December 21, 2010

I am not a fan of Canola Oil. I try to avoid this oil. There is so much conflicting information out there . . . .just like with so many things that I have decided that this is one of those things that I am going to try to avoid. If you look at ingredients it is not easy to avoid canola oil. Plus I bet your favorite restaurant cooks with it. It kind of strikes me as funny that it seems to be as prevalent as High Fructose Corn Syrup and partially hydrogenated oils. Hmmm.

There is information out there that seems to emphasize that the seed used for canola oil was “naturally” bred from the rapeseed. The rapeseed produced oil that was too high in erucic acid, which is associated with Keshan’s disease, a condition which is characterized by fibrous lesions of the heart. So they bred a different seed that has less of this erucic acid . . . not none, just less. But like most things we eat it was genetically modified in the 1990’s. Eighty percent of the crops are genetically altered crops. The questions that arise for me is if it is in so many foods how can we be sure we are not consuming toxic amounts of this ericic acid? We are told that HFCS in moderation is ok, but it is in so many foods one just has to avoid those foods altogether to be able to achieve moderation. Then there is the 0 trans fat per serving allowed verbiage which doesn’t really mean NO trans fat it just means that there is less than 1 gram per serving. So if you eat two servings then you could possibly be getting a gram. Again partially hydrogenated oil is in so many prepared foods you might be getting more than a moderate amount.

Canola Oil is in many, many, many things. It is a genetically modified food. The claim is that it is low in saturated fat and contains a high amount of Omega 3. But how much erucic acid are we consuming since canola oil is in so many things? Also, I am seeing information that states the way the plant is processed into oil it burns off some of the good Omega 3 oil and replaces with . . . are you sitting down? Can you guess what? I bet you can . . . . trans fat. Yeah, there is information that states the process in which canola oil goes through to become palatable produces trans fat.

Some are comparing canola oil to margarine. Remember that people? Margarine was the health alternative to butter. Um, yeah. So like many things the information produced by the people who want us to eat the food say it is ok. The information produced by some health experts say it is not ok. So, just like with everything, you need to decide for yourself. That is all that we can do. All we can do is look at all the information that is out there and decide what works best for us—as individuals. For me, avoiding canola oil — as difficult as that is — is what I am going to try to do.

How about you? Are you a canola oil fan? If so, why? If not, why? If not, what oil do you use?

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