227: Are GMOs Dangerous?

227: Are GMOs Dangerous?

Are GMOs dangerous? What are GMOs? Where are they? Should I avoid them?

These are all the questions we’re answering in today’s podcast.

I’ll share my thoughts on whether or not these are something you need to worry about and what risks exist with exposure to genetically modified organisms.

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Are GMOs Dangerous? What Are They?

GMO stands for genetically modified organism. Genes from one plant, animal, virus or bacteria are transferred to another plant or animal.

Generally, this process is used to make crops more resilient against environmental factors like frosts or insects, or to enhance physical features or increase shelf life and reduce spoilage.

In today’s episode, in addition to discussing my thoughts on the question, “Are GMOs dangerous”, we talk about how they are created and what impact they have on the modified organism.

Using corn as an example, we explain how corn is genetically modified. Did you know that the genetic modification of corn causes every cell in the corn plant to emit a pesticide?

Plus, the genetic modification of corn appears to change the nutrient profile.

Take a look at the side-by-side comparison of GMO and Non-GMO corn below.

 

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What does this mean for our health? 

The technology used to create GMO crops has developed so rapidly, we cannot be certain of the long-term health effects. The burden of proof on large agricultural companies is limited and most of the research has been done on mice and rats.

How to avoid GMOs

Buy foods and ingredients that are USDA-certified organic, or from local growers you trust that don’t use herbicides. Check out the link for the Non-GMO Shopping guide below to find out more information.

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142: 10 Tips To Beat Fake Flavor & Fall In Love with Whole Foods

142: 10 Tips To Beat Fake Flavor & Fall In Love with Whole Foods

Fake flavors and frankenflavors are everywhere! The biggest challenge we face is that these fake flavors trigger us to overeat & experience strong, consistent cravings. Today I want to share 10 tips to beat fake flavor so you can burn more fat, feel less hunger & get rid of your cravings.

This is the tactical follow-up episode to the 2 part series I did on how our food has changed. In part one, I talked about the changes to whole foods and how/why they’re more bland than ever. In part 2 I talked about processed foods & how flavor is designed to make us overeat.

Today is all tactic. These 10 tips will help you beat fake flavor, retrain your palate, enjoy food mood, eat less, free yourself from cravings & conquer the world (too much?)

I’ve also invited you to take a free 14-day flavor challenge to help you implement these 10 tips. I hope you’ll join me!!!

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10 Tips to Beat Fake Flavor

beat fake flavor

  1. Pay attention to where your flavor comes from
  2. Set a goal to reduce fake flavor
  3. Cook at home more often
  4. Buy quality over quantity
  5. Dial down the use of sweeteners (even honey, agave & stevia)
  6. Try new things & taste bold flavors
  7. Slow down
  8. Eat for hormone balance
  9. Vote with your wallet
  10. Build mental toughness

For the details on how to execute these tips, definitely listen to the full episode!!

Break the Chains of Fake Flavor – Free 14 Day Challenge!

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The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker

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Is Fake Flavor Making You Fat Part 1 – What Happened to Whole Foods

Is Fake Flavor Making You Fat Part 2 – Frankenflavor

137: Always Hungry? Retrain Your Fat Cells

100 Fat Loss Meal Ideas

Delicious Chicken!

Nom Nom Paleo Red Cabbage Slaw

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140: Is Fake Flavor Making You Fat? Part 1 of 2

Is fake flavor making you fat? What is fake flavor? Why does it seem like year after year we crave food more yet experience less satisfaction from it? What has changed?

A lot has changed.

Our food has changed. Whole foods are different and processed foods are different.

This combination makes fat loss tough and fat gain pretty easy.

Today is part 1 of 2 episodes talking about what has changed about food & what we can do about it so we enjoy food more, eat less of it & reach our fat loss goals without deprivation.

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Is Fake Flavor Making You Fat – Part 1 –
What Happened to Whole Foods?

is fake flavor making you fat

There is a combination of factors that have led many Americans to eat more junk & eat fewer whole foods.

The whole foods have changed. They have far less flavor, less nutrition & less appeal overall.

The processed foods have changed as well. They have more flavor. They have more appeal. They are carefully formulated to make us want, even need, more.

In today’s episode I’m talking about just how whole foods have changed. In part two I’ll be talking about how processed foods have changed and what we can do about it so we stop craving the processed stuff and enjoy the whole foods more.

I share a few stories from the book The Dorito Effect including a story about how & why chickens aren’t nearly as flavorful or nutritious as they used to be.

It all started during World War II when beef was rationed. The limited availability of beef increased consumption of chicken. After the war when there was no more rationing of beef, the chicken farmers had to get creative to ensure that American families would still eat plenty of chicken.

They launched the “Chicken of Tomorrow” contest to challenge farmers to produce chickens that:

  1. Grew faster
  2. Were more uniform in size & color
  3. Had bigger breasts
  4. Required less feed to fuel their growth

Flavor was not one of the judging criteria.

It worked. Chickens got plumper, they grew faster, they looked more uniform and prices dropped. So did flavor.

These “improvements” at the expense of flavor have only continued since the 1940s. They’ve also been seen in beef, pork, fish, fruits, vegetables, wheats and grains.

We have more food at a lower cost with fewer nutrients and less flavor.

This has all happened while big food companies pump out highly flavored low cost processed food-like items.

 

Resources

The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker

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137: Always Hungry? Retrain Your Fat Cells

100 Fat Loss Meal Ideas

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Episode 102: Alkaline Diets – Does pH Matter?

Today we’re going to look at alkaline diets and the theories behind them. We’ll establish what is true, what is not true and how these concepts should influence the choices you make. We’ll take a closer look at what foods leave behind acidic biproducts and those that do not. Should you emphasize more alkaline foods? Should you avoid acidic foods? We’ll cover it all.

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Alkaline Diets

What is the idea behind alkaine diets?

  • The pH of your blood is very tightly controlled
  • Certain foods leave behind acidic biproducts
  • Advocates argue that these foods influence the pH of the blood, as indicated by changes in urine pH
  • They also argue that regulating blood pH when eating many acidic foods leeches important minerals from bones
  • They argue that avoiding acidic foods reduces your risk of cancer

What’s right?

  • Urine pH is not reflective of blood pH in healthy individuals
  • Acid in the urine is proof that your body is regulating blood pH properly
  • Breathing is a built in mechanism that allows us to eliminate excess acid
  • Protein actually increases calcium absorption in the bones
  • Cancer creates acidic environments

What’s wrong?

  • Acidic environments do not create cancer
  • Your body does not regulate pH by breaking down bone

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Episode 098: Does Bacon Cause Cancer?

Recently, the World Health Organization decreed that bacon & processed meats contain carcinogens and classified both in the same risk category as tobacco and asbestos. Of course, this has raised a lot of questions and triggered alarm in bacon lovers across the world. But is it true? Does bacon cause cancer? There’s a lot more to this story and I want to take the time today to go through some of the fine points and establish the bottom line.

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Does Bacon Cause Cancer?

In this episode we’re tackling a whole bunch of things including:

        • What did the World Health Organization really say about bacon and processed meats?

 

 

      • How do they determine what goes on the list of carcinogens and the category ranking it receives

 

 

      • What are the limitations of the information they put forth?

 

 

      • What is accurate in what they put forth?

 

 

      • Does bacon cause cancer and should you be concerned?

 

 

      • What about red meat? What are the risks and rewards?

 

 

      • What’s the deal with nitrates in bacon and processed meats?

 

 

      • How you can make the best choices when it comes to bacon, processed meats, red meat and fat loss?

 

 

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