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Genetically Modified (GMO) Foods To Avoid

November 17 2016

By MealEasy in Articles, Blog, Uncategorized

dna-163466_960_720In recent years there has been great controversy on the use of genetically modified foods; sometimes referred to as genetically engineered foods or Genetically Modified Organisms – or “GMO”. This has particularly become a growing issue in the USA and Canada, and affects large portions of our food supply and potentially the health of everyone!

If you value your own and your family’s health, please read this important article that can protect and improve one’s health for years to come!

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What Are Genetically Modified Foods?

GMO foods are foods that have been modified from their original natural form as found in nature using genetic engineering techniques that alter the DNA structure of the food.

Genetically modified foods also include modification to livestock, and seafood products.

Why Is It Being Done?

These techniques allow for industry to introduce new desirable traits to foods. Examples include better resistance to pathogens, herbicides and to help improve the nutrients provided.

The underlying reason is to maximize production and sales of food. This includes:

  • Increasing the crop yields for farmers
  • Adds more nutritional value to crops
  • Reduces the need for pesticides
  • Helps to decrease food prices for consumers
  • Increase profits for food producers
  • Industry testing indicates it is safe for human consumption

What Foods Commonly Contain GMOs?

While browsing the isles at the grocery store, be on the look out for the most common foods that are likely to be genetically modified, unless otherwise labeled.

The most common foods include corn, soy, cotton (used to make cottonseed oil), papaya, rice, sugar beets (commonly used to make sugar), aspartame (a common artificial sweetener), tomatoes, rapeseed (used to make canola oil), milk/dairy products, potatoes, peas, yellow squash, zucchini, apples and alfalfa; in no particular order.

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Note that this list applies to ANY products that are derived from these ingredients!

More recently animal based products such as salmon have begun to be introduced to Canadian and USA food supplies, without the necessity to label them as GMO foods.

Are Genetically Modified Foods A Problem?

There is lots of controversy on the use of GMOs. Some of the main concerns include:robot-507811_960_720

  1. Increasing Use Of Pesticides: Most GMOs are designed to require the use of pesticides and herbicides. Manufactures have suggested that use of GMOs would reduce the need for these chemicals. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case, with the use of pesticides/herbicides increasing instead, according to this recent study.
  2. Health Risks: According to Jeffrey Smith, a leading national expert on the dangers of GMOs, we don’t know for sure if modifying genes can lead to increased health risks including:
  3. No Long Term Studies: The data is still not in as to the long term effects of genetically modified food consumption. It remains to be seen if it is truly safe for people to eat on a continuing basis. The FDA has not conducted such studies before approving the use of GMOs.
  4. Environmental Impacts: Both GMO crops and the increased need of pesticides/herbicides negatively impact the environment.  Increased use of pesticides and herbicides pollute the air, water and soil in which they are used. Use of GMOs cause cross-pollination issues with other plant life, destroying natural plant life, and causing additional unknown consequences and once they are introduced to an environment their effects are there to stay.
    Farmers and studies have also confirmed increasing numbers of superbugs and superweeds that are becoming more and more of a problem as a result of the use of GMOs.

What Can We Do?

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to know what food is in fact genetically modified. Due to new legislation and push from the industry giants, labeling of GMO foods is being allowed to be hidden from consumers who want to make an informed decision when buying food. As a result of corporate interests driving government policies, it is not required by law for foods to be explicitly labeled as genetically modified in the United States.hands-1167612_960_720

New law states that food must be identified using obscure methods such as a website address, QR code, or telephone number placed on food products. In Canada there are no requirements for labeling of GMO foods.

Here Are Some Tips to Help You Avoid GMO Foods

  • Avoid Processed Foods: In fact, if you buy processed foods you are very likely to be eating GMO foods more often than not.
  • Buy GMO Free or Organic: Whenever possible buying foods marked as “organic” or “GMO free” can help. It should be noted that “organic” does not necessarily mean “GMO free”, however, items labeled as organic do need to be 95% GMO free.
  • Reduce Your Exposure: Limit your consumption of commonly affected foods or look for GMO-free versions. Especially for the most commonly affected foods (see the list of common GMO foods here).

 

Making your own meals and having full control of what you put in your body and your family’s stomach is key. By planning ahead and using smart planning tools such as MealEasy, it’s easier than you think!

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Diet And Diabetes – Is There A Connection?

July 28 2016

By MealEasy in Uncategorized

Diabetes is a long-term medical condition that has been on the rise in recent years. The Journal of the American Medical Association states that more than half of U.S. adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes. And even though its causes may vary, a poor diet is one of the causes of diabetes.

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Unhealthy dietary choices cause obesity, which increases the risk for diabetes. Consuming unhealthy calories,can increase your body’s resistant to insulin. This causes irregularity in the blood sugar level.

It is, therefore, imperative to adopt a well-balanced diet to prevent or control diabetes. Whether you have pre diabetes or type 2 diabetes, here are simple ways to embrace a healthy diet:

What constitutes a healthy diet

A healthy diet entails a variety of foods. The key is to eat smarter. Try to consume a wide range of food items that are full of quality nutrients. Last, but not least, keep an eye on your portion size.

Vegetables

Increase your consumption of raw or cooked vegetables. Vegetables consist of minerals, vitamins, fiber and phytochemicals. They also have few calories and carbohydrate. The best choices include non-starchy veggies, such as carrots, celery and cucumber. Most of these items are available all year around.

Similarly, green vegetables have been associated with decreasing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Fiber-rich foods

Fiber controls weight and blood sugar level. Thus, it is essential to prevent or control diabetes. You can choose from a variety of fiber-rich foods, such as lentils, beans and artichokes.

Protein

A balanced diet includes protein. But choose your protein carefully. This is because some protein sources have a lot of saturated fat.  Your best choices are fish, plant-based protein, cheese and eggs, and chicken and other poultry. Remember to consider your portion size.

Sweets, carbs and fats

The human body needs carbs, whether you have diabetes or not. Carbohydrates affect the blood sugar level. They create glucose that enters the bloodstream.

The type and quantity of carbohydrates you choose will have an impact on your diabetic condition. Stick to high-fiber complex carbohydrates. Since they are digested slowly, they prevent your body from producing too much insulin.Moreover, limit your consumption of refined carbohydrates –pasta, rice, soda, packaged meals, among many others.

When it comes to fat and sweets, you don’t have to eliminate them entirely from your diet. Instead, have small portions of sweets or better yet choose healthier natural sweeteners. Furthermore, consume less unhealthy fats – saturated and Tran’s fats. Instead, focus on Omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats – almonds, olive oil and more.

If you are looking for more information on a pre-diabetes meal plan, consider subscribing to our program and get access to quick, easy recipes for diabetes prevention.

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Cyber Monday Julienne Peeler & Vegetable Peeler Deal (Incredible 50% Off!)

December 01 2014

By MealEasy in Uncategorized

THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE PRICE! $5.97! Get It While It Lasts!

We have a limited number of our Julienne & Vegetable Peelers available today only at an incredible Cyber Monday price of only $5.97 (~50% off)!

  • A truly must-have universal kitchen tool no kitchen should be without.  Peel and julienne fruits, vegetables, cheese, chocolate with ease and also make your dishes look extra special.
  • Comes with a free 1-Year Subscription to MealEasy, with access to THOUSANDS of recipes.
  • Makes the perfect christmas gift!

To get the deal before we run out of stock please click here to visit our Amazon page.

MealEasy's Julienne & Vegetable Peeler
MealEasy’s Julienne & Vegetable Peeler

 

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Top Quality Kitchen Wares and Utensils Now Available Through Amazon

October 09 2014

By MealEasy in Uncategorized

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MealEasy is happy to announce that the second of our line of kitchen wares and utensils is now available exclusively through Amazon. The MealEasy Julienne and Vegetable Peeler is a great addition to any kitchen. The peeler can slice, peel and cut into matchsticks (julienne) eliminating the need for a mandolin or slicer. Check out our Amazon page for details.

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MealEasy Now Offering a Julienne and Vegetable Peeler as the Second in our Kitchen Wares and Utensils Line

October 01 2014

By MealEasy in Uncategorized

MealEasy is proud to announce that we’ve added to our portfolio of kitchen wares and utensils by adding the MealEasy branded julienning vegetable peeler. The item is available exclusively through Amazon. The peeler will be sold with a one year membership to the MealEasy Meal Planner for $19.95!
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Research Finds Family Meals Help Protect Kids from Cyberbullying

September 18 2014

By MealEasy in Uncategorized

According to researchers from McGill University in Montreal, regular family dinners can help protect kids from the negative effects of cyberbullying.

The study of nearly 19,000 students aged 12 to 18, published earlier this month in JAMA Pediatrics, revealed that about one-fifth reported being bullied on the Internet or by text messaging in the previous year. As the number of family dinners increased during the week (Monday through Sunday), the mental health and behavioral impacts of cyberbullying, which include anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, fighting and substance abuse, diminished greatly.

The findings suggested regular family dinners – at least four times a week – provided kids the opportunity to open up about cyberbullying and the parents a venue to offer coping strategies to offset its harmful effects, and possibly even prevent bullying before it starts.

Make meal time family time.

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MealEasy Silicone Baking Mats Now with Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee

September 08 2014

By MealEasy in Uncategorized

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MealEasy is please to announce that their new silicone baking mat sets are available on Amazon with a 100% unconditional guarantee. These high quality mats, made from German materials, are perfect for all your non-stick baking needs.

Visit our Amazon page to find out more.

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MealEasy Begins Offering Kitchen Wares

August 29 2014

By MealEasy in Uncategorized

For over ten years, MealEasy has been a leader in the meal planning website arena and now we are complementing our brand by offering silicone baking mats as the first item in our expansion towards the kitchen wares and utensils market.

We see this as a natural extension of the MealEasy brand and will be selling the oven ready silicone baking mats within the week. “As a meal planning website we’re all about home cooking”, says company president George Borovan, “therefore offering products that can make it easier for the home cook just makes sense.”

These professional grade silicone baking mats are the first in a series of kitchen wares and utensils that we will have in our stable of products. The mats themselves, manufactured using top quality Germany materials, are “an essential tool” in the kitchen, according to MealEasy chef Paul Routhier. “You do not need to be a professional chef to use professional grade equipment. These mats just make it easier to bake and are simple to use.”

Available in 11 5/8 inch by 16 1/2 inch size which will fit the standard 13 inch by 18 inch baking sheet, these reusable silicone baking mats add a nonstick layer to your existing baking sheets and will remove the need for parchment paper or wax paper which the company says will ultimately save you money.

The silicone baking mats will be offered in packages of two and may be “bundled” with other MealEasy products such as the MealEasy meal planning system.

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MealEasy Teams with Philips and the Home Shopping Channel

August 20 2014

By MealEasy in Uncategorized

We’ve teamed up with two big names, the Home Shopping Channel and Philips to offer the MealEasy Meal Planner with the purchase of a Philips Airfryer available through the Home Shopping Channel.
The Airfryer is all about reducing your cooking time and the amount of fat in your food which is exactly what we’re about too!

Check the Home Shopping Channel for a chance to buy the Airfryer and a one year subscription to MealEasy at the same time.

And don’t forget, we’re now selling top quality nonstick baking mats through Amazon as well!

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What the French Can Teach Our Kids (and Us) About Eating Healthy

July 29 2014

By MealEasy in Uncategorized

Eating, and staying slim and healthy, isn’t just about what you eat, but also how, when and why. Yes, French people enjoy junk food occasionally, and sometimes they eat between meals, but people don’t just let loose every day. There’s a code of conduct for food, for big people and little ones alike. Here are 10 quick life lessons.

1. Eat, but not all day long.

Three meals a day, plus the children’s traditional after-school snack, which might be vegetables, fruit or applesauce. When mealtimes roll around, you eat with real pleasure because you’re hungry.

2. Eat real foods and generous portions.

Consuming three meals a day without grazing in between means you can eat well when you sit down at the table — and that includes a starter, main course, cheese and dessert. Portions are generous without going overboard.

3. Choose water.

Generally speaking, the French do not drink their calories. At mealtimes, water (whether still or sparkling) is the drink of choice. Adults might opt for a glass or two of wine, but the glasses are of moderate size.

4. Sit down.

It’s rare to see people eating while walking or shopping. There are no cup holders on caddies, or even in most cars. You eat at the table, not in front of the TV or computer screen and then you leave the table and do something else.

5. Eat lighter at night.

Lunchtime is the main event. Dinner is usually light: soups, salads, an omelet, a simple pasta dish. Dessert might be a yogurt or fruit. And you sleep so much better.

6. When the kitchen closes, it’s CLOSED.

No grazing after dinner.

7. Know your limit and then stop.

Set eating times help you tune in to when you are really hungry or full.

8. Taste your food, guess the ingredients.

The French don’t just like to eat fabulous food and drink wonderful wine, they love to talk about it. Discussing how something tastes, its ingredients and how it was made heightens awareness; children love to join the conversation. They learn about real food and where it comes from.

9. Get cooking!

Along with an interest in ingredients comes an interest in the actual process of cooking food. Children love helping put fresh vegetables or pasta into the pot, or making a chocolate cake from scratch. Being part of the process heightens appreciation, and builds good habits for life.

10. Eating well is not a sin; it’s a pleasure.

Eating great food — no matter how simple or how elaborate — is one of life’s great pleasures, not an endless guilt trip, especially when it’s in moderation.

Adapted from: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12268/10-eating-rules-french-children-know-but-most-americans-dont.html

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