7 Commonly Genetically Modified Foods

Genetically modified foodsWhile almost any food can unfortunately be genetically modified these days, there are some foods that are more likely than others to be genetically modified. Here are 7 of the most commonly genetically modified foods: Continue reading

Too Little Sunshine as Harmful as Too Much

We all know that too much sun is a bad thing. Sunburns hurt, are very bad for the skin and can even lead to skin cancer, but getting too little sun is just as dangerous. Sunshine is a real life “miracle drug.” The natural source of vitamin D is something our bodies need, but very few people actually get enough of it. One of the biggest problems is sunscreen.

Naturally most people use sunscreen to avoid being sunburned, but sunscreen also blocks the rays needed for the body to create vitamin D. That means all the sun being absorbed isn’t providing the body with any benefit; in fact it can actually be harmful. Vitamin D helps prevent all types of cancers, but if sunscreen is blocking the vitamin D intake, then body is just absorbing sun rays (often a cause of skin cancer) with no vitamin D to counteract the effects. Sitting in a sunny window has the same consequences. The harmful rays that can burn your skin come through the glass, but the good vitamin D infused rays can’t get through the glass.  Continue reading

The Health Benefits of Eating Pumpkin Seeds

With the taste of the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie still fresh in my mind and a few pieces of last week’s batch of pumpkin-seed brittle still floating around on the counter top, I suppose it’s no wonder that I’m still thinking pumpkins. Specifically I’m thinking about pumpkin seeds and the many tasty, yet very healthy benefits they provide. They’re really a little miracle snack.

Pumpkin seeds often mimic nuts in their nutrition content. Whereas nut allergies are common, however, allergies to pumpkin seeds are very rare. This makes them a great substitute for people who are sensitive to nuts but still want the health benefits. Continue reading

Yogurt That’s Good in More Ways Than One

Most people are familiar with the health benefits of yogurt. The live and active cultures (probiotics) are of course essentials for our health and well being. It’s a good source of protein, calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, potassium, and magnesium. And for people who have trouble with dairy products, yogurt is often much easier to digest than other milk based foods and drinks.

Despite all the benefits, I’m usually not a big fan of yogurt myself, but my father recently started working for Chobani yogurt, and brought some home for us to try. After sampling some, I’m beginning to decide that perhaps I do like yogurt. To start with, the Chobani is a Greek yogurt, so it’s thicker than most yogurts which I like better, but the part that really peeked my interest was the company itself.

Chobani makes their yogurt with milk from cows not treated with rbST, something that can often be hard to find given that so many milk producers pump their cows up with the drug. Not only is the drug harmful to the cows (cows who are treated with rbST generally die of exhaustion, living only half as long as cows not treated with rbST), but it’s also harmful to people who consume dairy product from cows treated with the drug. This is due to the fact that the milk holds the drug residue.

The other part I liked about this particular yogurt was, in addition to being rbST free, the company also gives 10% of it’s profits to charity. It’s a win-win situation, yogurt that’s good for the consumer and good for the world.