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The Most Genetically Modified Foods

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You may not be aware that much of the food that you eat today are genetically modified. And the worst part is the difficulty in identifying them because they are not labelled as GMO. About 60 to 70 percent of food sold in major supermarkets are genetically modified. Corn Starch and soy protein are predominantly derived from GMO crops. Now the question is, can you really be sure that the processed food you buy does not contain ingredients that were genetically engineered? Well, here are some of the most genetically modified food today. If what you are buying contain any of them, then they are 100% GM food.
Corn – in the United States, 90 percent of corn crown is genetically modified. Most crops are processed as animal feed and used the production of ethanol, and the rest is made into processed food. The sweet corn that you eat either grilled or steamed was GMO free until a big corporation started the first Genetically Engineered sweet corn.
Soybeans – The most genetically modified food in the country. It was modified to contain a high level of oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acids to lower LDL cholesterol. The creation of genetically engineered soybean was given approval in 2010 to the largest U.S. producer of hybrid seeds.
Canola Oil – Its genetic modification was approved in 1996. By 2006, 90 percent of canola crops in the U.S. is genetically modified.
Milk – Cows are given recombinant bovine growth hormone to make them grow faster and increase its milk production. Some of the milk produced by these cow may contain the same growth hormones and has been shown to act in the human body. About one fifth of dairy cows in the U.S. is given growth hormones.
Zucchini – This plant is modified to contain toxic protein to make it highly resistant to insects. And this insecticide has been found in human blood which indicates that rather than being broken down somehow gets into the body when eating genetically modified zucchini. It is also hard to distinguish the difference between GMO and non-GMO zucchini.
Papaya – Those grown in Hawaii since 1999 has been genetically modified and are sold in the United States and Canada. They are modified to delay its maturity and to be resistant to ringspot virus.
These are just some of the many GM food being sold and the companies producing and selling them are not even required to inform the consumers. Not good.
Do you know that the first genetically modified food trial was done in the 1980s? A U.S. biotech company introduced the “Flavr Savr Tomato”, the first GMO approved crop. It was modified to stay ripe on its vine longer.
Stay healthy. Eat organic.

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Basil Alleviates Swelling

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Are you looking for remedies that will ease swelling? Then, eating basil could be added to your diet. Taking drugs considered to be the most effective way in alleviating pain and aches we are suffering, but wait a minute! Think of the many possibilities that those drugs do aside from its main purpose. There are so many side effects synthetic drugs do. Too much consumption of these drugs could damage major organs especially the liver and kidneys.
Based on studies, basil shown to reduce swelling and inflammation especially to those individuals suffering from arthritis. It contains the properties found in compound drugs that alleviates pain and swelling. That is why, encouraging people to eat basil more could be of great help to alleviate the challenges faced by arthritic persons. It is shown to be as strong as inflammatory medication bought over the pharmacies. It reduces joint swelling by up to 73% within the span of 24 hours.
Further research proved the effectiveness of the basil plant as they assessed the anti-inflammatory ability and found to be of great similarity to those of diclofenac drug which is used in treating arthritis. However, the drug diclofenac could damage the kidneys even faster than any anti-inflammatory drugs. But, unlike diclofenac and other drugs having the same effect, basil has not so far been found to cause side effects such as gastro-intestinal irritation and burning sensation in the abdomen. These could be added to the sufferings experienced by arthritic persons who are taking pain reliever medications daily.
Taken basil as an herbal infusion by boiling the leaves or adding it to the curries or salads could mainly help your body to mainly fight inflammation. An extract of this herb is not yet available, but increasing the amount of it in your diet should have a mild effect on the anti inflammatory process although it will depend on the kind of basil consumed. Arthritic individuals or not, the herb contains many properties that were valuable to health as most other herbs do. The main problem with this is that most people don’t consume herbs enough or make them part of their daily diet consumption. Take into consideration to make them part of your key component of at least one meal every day.
Basil can be easily added to your diet. Making your own fresh salad, soap or pasta sauce out of basil  can be done easily in just minutes.