GMO Vs Organic: Pros and Cons

Hello Everyone,

What is GMO?
GMO is the biotechnology of Genetically Modified Food, also known as Genetically Engineered Food, which is a direct human manipulation of an organism’s genetic material, DNA, by combining two or more sequences that would normally not occur together.

What are the benefits of GMO?
Genetic Engineering biotechnology, with proper safeguards and controls, promises opportunities to overcome food shortages, world hunger, elimination of disease and improvements to the environment. Some of the potential benefits would include extended shelf life of foods, improved nutrient composition, efficient food processing, improved crop resistance and yield.

What are the disadvantages of GMO?
While the benefits of Genetic Engineering sounds promising there are some potential problems and concerns that have people divided on their safety for use and consumption. Some of the important concerns that have been raised include disruption to the eco-systems, ethical dilemmas, cross-contamination of non-GMO crop fields, profit motive, the introduction of new diseases, allergens and toxins. FSANZ insists that foods that are substantially different require labeling to identify the product.

The other side of the debate argues that Organic foods are a safer and healthier option to their counter-part as they contain no chemicals and are free from pesticides/ herbicides.

What is Organic?
The only problem with buying organic is that the term ‘organic’ isn’t regulated in Australia. A product can claim to be ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ even if it contains GMO ingredients. To ensure you are buying organic look out for the ‘Organic Certified’ logo on produce. To be labeled as ‘Certified Organic’, a producer has to receive certification from one of a few organizations that have been accredited by the Federal Government’s Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS).

What are the benefits of Certified Organic?
If a product is certified organic it means it contains no artifical fertilizers, synthetic herbicides and pesticides in the production of the food and no growth promoters, antibiotics or hormone stimulants were used in the farming.

What are the disadvantages of Organic?
Unfortunately there are disadvantages to buying organic, which include limited availability, and greater cost to the consumer. Looking from the point of view of GMO Global, continuing to buy organic could deplete our resources of food and live stock as the world is unable to provide for the high demand population. There are also possibilities of GMO foods being able to provide health benefits to consumers that perhaps organic cannot.

Unfortunately the long-term effects of GMO are currently unknown, although criticism has been placed on the GMO industry for causing cancers, diabetes, heart problems and other chronic diseases, we won’t know until some decades the true advantages and disadvantages of GMO research foods. It is up to the consumer to make the choice based on the information that is provided to them for now.
Hopefully this blog has given you some food for thought, so to speak, and will see you continuing to research and stand for what you believe in. See below for some relevant websites that may help you in your decision on food produce for yourself and your family.
Knowledge is power!

http://www.foodstandards.gov.au

http://www.agriculture.gov.au

http://aco.net.au

http://www.nasaa.com.au

https://www.gmo.com

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Health science research: Vitamin D

Hello Everyone,

As part as my promise to you, I’ll be keeping you updated with the latest health science research. For this blog I’ll introduce the fat soluble vitamin D and recent research in relation to multiple sclerosis. As always I’ll post relevant websites below for further information.

Vitamin D is important for overall health including helping create strong bones, fighting infections in the body and making sure your heart, lungs, muscles and brain work well. Unlike other vitamins, your body can make its own vitamin D from sun exposure, supplements and a small amount from some foods. When the body gets vitamin D it turns it into a hormone that is sometimes called ‘activated vitamin D’ or ‘calcitriol’. Vitamin D is also important for other vitamins and mineral to work properly in the body for example calcium and phosphorus are essential for developing bone structure and the body needs vitamin D to absorb these minerals. Researchers are now discovering that vitamin D may be useful for other reasons outside bone health. Some functions that vitamin D may help with include:

The immune system

muscle function

cardiovascular health

respiratory health

brain development

anti cancer effects

multiple sclerosis (MS)

I’ve decided to do some thorough research on vitamin D and the new medical research that vitamin D may help prevent and treat MS sufferers. Some researchers think vitamin D may have potential to prevent MS or reduce the number of relapses and how severe they are. It’s now known that vitamin D plays a role in your immune and nervous systems and how they work, although exactly how is still being studied.

Some cells in your immune and nervous systems have receptors for vitamin D. Receptors are found on the surface of a cell where they receive chemical signals. By attaching themselves to a receptor, these chemical signals direct a cell to do something, for example to act in a certain way, or to divide or die. The vitamin D receptors on nerve and immune system cells means that vitamin D is somehow affecting the cell. The cells also control how much vitamin D they have inside of them.When immune system cells are exposed to vitamin D in laboratory experiments they become less inflamed. This could mean that vitamin D affects your immune system and makes it less likely to attack other cells in your body. Some researchers believe that this means vitamin D has the potential to prevent MS from developing. It could also affect relapsing remitting MS by reducing the number of relapses and how severe they are.

This new research is truly exciting and could mean vitamin D has the potential to be an inexpensive, safe and convenient treatment for people with MS. More research is needed to confirm these findings with larger groups of people and to help understand the mechanisms for these effects, but the results are promising.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/vitamin-d-and-ms/expert-answers/faq-20058258

http://www.vitamindcouncil.org
http://www.m.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/features/vitamin-d-multiple-sclerosis

Healthiest regards

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The Mediterranean Diet- Client Information

Client Information Sheet- The Mediterranean Diet.

What is the Mediterranean Diet?

First publicized in 1945 by the American scientist Ancel Keys stationed in Pioppi, Italy, the Mediterranean diet is a modern nutritional recommendation originally inspired by the traditional dietary patterns of Greece, Southern Italy, and Spain. It’s been named the world’s healthiest diet; the Mediterranean Diet is abundant in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and olive oil. It features fish and poultry—lean sources of protein—over red meat, which contains more saturated fat. Red wine is consumed regularly but in moderate amounts.

Are there any health benefits?

Research suggests that the benefits of following a Mediterranean-style eating pattern may be many: improved weight loss, better control of blood glucose (sugar) levels and reduced risk of depression, to name a few. Eating like a Mediterranean has also been associated with reduced levels of inflammation, a risk factor for heart attack, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease

Food is a huge part of the diet, but don’t overlook the other ways the Mediterranean’s live their lives. When they sit down for a meal together they don’t sit in front of the television or eat in a rush; they sit down for a relaxed, leisurely meals with company, which may be just as important for your health.

How do I follow The Mediterranean Diet?

It gained widespread recognition in the 1990s and has proved to be beneficial for health and wellbeing. Below are eight tips on how to incorporate a Mediterranean-style to your diet.

Replace butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil
Swap red meat for chicken, turkey, fish, beans and nuts
Eat a variety of vegetables. Aim for 3-8 serves a day
Help yourself to whole grain pasta, rice, bread and other whole grains, such as quinoa
Snack on nuts, seeds and low-fat cheese instead of processed snacks
Enjoy fresh fruit for dessert
Drink Moderate amounts of alcohol and include red wine
Use herbs and spices instead of salt to flavour foods.

Don’t forget about physical activity..

Those living on Greek islands don’t enjoy good cardiovascular health just by eating differently; they walk up and down steep hills to tend to their garden and animals, often living off what they can grow themselves. Physical labor plays a large role.

Healthiest Regards,

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The dangers of food borne illness and food poisoning

Eating a Varied diet rich is nutrient rich foods is essential for health, but storing, cooking and preparing foods properly is critical to reducing the risk of food poisoning and food-borne illnesses. Food borne infections can happen when eating food contaminated with infectious microbes during incorrect food handling, preparation and storage. Infectious agents such as salmonella, Listeriosis and E.Coli simply multiply and infect tissue of the body causing a range of undesirable symptoms including diarrheoa, nausea, bloody stools, fever, muscle weakness and pains, difficulty swallowing or numbness. Food Borne Illness can be dangerous and life-threatening especially to those who are pregnant/lactating, malnourished, immune compromised, very old or very young.

So how is food contaminated? It’s important to note there are a few different way foods may become contaminated including:

* Faeces

Bacteria/ Viruses are excreted by the faeces of humans and animals and in countries with poor sewage systems, water used to drink and cook with may be contaminated.

* By an infected Person

A food handler with an open wound, or coughs, sneezes on food, or the handler inadequately washes hands. Also by sharing a toothbrush, food or utensils with an infected person may cause illness.

* Cross-contamination

When infected food touches other food via knife, plate, chopping board or hands cross-contamination can occur.

By keeping safe and clean in the kitchen, being knowledgeable on correct food storage, and maintaining proper hygiene, consumers can produce the necessary preventative measures to ensure health and wellbeing.

For more information of health and food safety, along with food poisoning and food borne illnesses see below websites.

http://www.health.gov.au

http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/aboutus/science/science-in-focus/foodborne-illness-pathogens

Healthiest regards

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Welcome to nutrition nourishment

Welcome to the nutritionnourishment blog!

The health and wellness blog that has been created to provide you with the essential knowledge to be able to pursue optimal health for yourself through a holistic lifestyle approach. My name is Tegan, I am currently studying Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine at ACNT in Sydney. I am an aspiring dietitian, health and wellness coach and a brand new blogger! I created this website to complement my Uni learning and to incorporate my knowledge and skills into an easy to read, up-to-date nonsense blog! I will be posting about health, food, nutrition, current food legislations, Health research sciences and mental health. So read, comment, connect and enjoy your stay!

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Health and the current healthy eating guidelines

What is Health?

Health (noun) The state of being free from illness or injury.

We all need to eat and to drink. Why? To maintain our health. Nutrition plays a vital role in developing and maintaining physical, mental and social well being to create Optimal Health. Nutrition provides our bodies with energy as well as the essential nutrients to build and maintain our body’s cells. It’s important to understand nutritional knowledge and to eat a healthy diet to reduce the risk of the body forming life-threatening chronic diseases that are synonymous with a westernised diet including cardiovascular (heart) disease, diabetes, stroke, hypertension and some forms of cancers. In fact obesity in Australia has overtaken smoking as the leading cause of preventable death. The cost of preventing these illnesses from occurring is substantially lower than the price for treatment.

So what constitutes a healthy diet? The Australia Dietary Guidelines and the Australia Guide to Healthy eating provide that answer with up-to-date advice on the amounts and variety of foods we need to consume to maintain health. By following these guidelines ensures there is enough essential nutrients in your diet to lower the risk of chronic diseases, and make you look, feel and enjoy life better. The Australian Dietary Guidelines provide 5 essential guidelines for better health and well being. The Guidelines as follows:

*Guideline 1

To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, be physically active and choose amounts of nutritious foods and drinks to meet your energy needs.

Provide your body with a variety of nutritients to grow, support and maintain muscles strength and weight. Get regular check-ups from your gp, and keep physically active each day.

*Guideline 2

Enjoy a variety of nutritious foods from the five food groups

Eat plenty of different coloured fruits and vegetables; lean meats,eggs and poultry; whole grain and Hi-fibre cereal foods; milk, yoghurt and cheese preferably in reduced fats and plenty of fresh water.

*Guideline 3

Limit intake of foods containing saturated fat, added salt, added sugars and alcohol

Limit intake of food high in saturated fats, such as pies, cakes, processed meat burgers, fried foods, savoury snacks and replace with foods that contain predominantly saturated fats such as oils, avocados and butters. Limit intake of drinks containing added sugars and caffeines; Limit alcohol consumption.

*Guideline 4

Encourage, Support and Promote Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding provides babies and infants with essential nutrients for growth and development, while producing many health benefits for the mother as well.

*Guideline 5

Care for your food; prepare and store it safely

By preparing and storing foods correctly and safely you minimise the risk of food borne illness and bacteria.

The Australian Dietary Guidelines was our first topic of study in my course and it provides the essential basics for a healthy nutritious diet, so it seemed fitting to begin my first blog with information regarding the Eat for Health Guidelines. Click the link below to find more information on the Eat for Health website!

http://www.eatforhealth.gov.au

Healthiest Regards,

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