You Can't Fool Mother NatureWritten by Patty Gale
In 1970's, there was a margarine commercial with message of "you can't fool mother nature." This statement never held more true than it does today.
Up until very early 1900's, farming and livestock in this country was grown and raised using natural and organic methods. It was just way it was done and it didn't need to be called "organic". In last 50 years or so, more extensive use of chemicals became widespread. Remember when a tomato actually tasted like a tomato?
With advent of chemical pesticides and herbicides for produce and steroids and antibiotics fed to livestock, is it any wonder why people are nervous about future of our health? We are what we eat, there's no question about that. There is a saying, "garbage in, garbage out."
Biotechnology is all "buzzword" these days. We now have genetically modified foods in our grocery stores, except there are no labels to let you know. Genetically modified foods, (or GMO foods as they are known) are products that have been genetically mixed with DNA mixed from other foods to supposedly grow a product that is more resistant to disease and will grow faster and bigger.
Just What Is A Carbohydrate Anyway?Written by Lee Dobbins
During a recent discussion with my father about low carb diets, he pointed to butter on table and said “is that a carbohydrate?” when I started to explain, he then pointed to sugar and said “well, what about that?”.
Unfortunately, you cannot just point to a food and label it a “carbohydrate” as each food is made up of protein, carbs and fats in varying degrees. Some foods are almost all carb, and some, like meat, eggs and fish have none.
To make matters even more complicated, there are simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. For matters of nutrition, you should always pick complex carbs which have a low glycemic index.
The simple carbohydrates include foods like desserts, sugar, white bread, candy. Typically, these foods have a little nutritional value. Though they may taste good, they are basically empty calories and are digested quickly causing a high blood sugar spike and then a quick drop off. This is reason these foods don’t really satisfy your hunger and you get cravings for more shortly after having eaten them.