May 21, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

What’s In Your Food? How To Streamline Your Shopping: Dr. Mao’s Wellness Living:

Chances are you have heard a lot about the latest buzzword, GMO, which is short for genetically modified organism. You might have noticed that your grocery store is stocked with items labeled GMO-free, but what exactly does that mean for you and your health? Are GMOs decreasing your longevity and should you stay clear from them? The following will help to clarify the confusion to help streamline your grocery shopping.

What Is A GMO?

Advancements in science and technology seem to make almost anything possible, including changing the DNA in our foods. In a nutshell, GMOs contain genes from bacteria, viruses, animals, and humans.

With altered genes, this food may grow more quickly, reach a larger size, increase shelf life, and even change and preserve its color. That plump, red tomato you always see in your grocery store may have been genetically altered to give it that rosy red appearance.

While proponents of GMOs claim it is safe to eat, others are concerned about the long-term safety of consuming genetically modified foods.

While GMOs may be able to resist bugs and increase yields, the thought of eating food created in labs may sound a bit intimidating.

Some animal studies have linked GMOs to lowered immunity, accelerated aging, and reduced fertility.

The increased incidence of allergies is thought by some to be possibly linked to increased consumption of GMOs. Because there aren’t sufficient studies linking GMO consumption to any harm, more long-term studies are needed to ascertain their safety or danger.

I tend toward steering clear of GM foods until more research can confirm if they are safe. Below are tips that will help you identify and avoid GMOs in your food.

How To Opt Out

While approximately 70 percent of the foods in your grocery store contain genetically modified organisms, the good news is that you can choose to opt out of eating them. Most products containing soy, corn, canola, and cottonseed oil will be GMOs, unless they are 100 percent USDA certified organic.

Support Local Farms

Your smaller local farmer will most likely use minimal to no pesticides, and no GMO crops. In addition, when farmers produce foods that don’t travel long distances, the shelf life doesn’t need to be as long as that of foods shipped across country.

When shipping their food products locally, farmers don’t need to grow a ton of food yields to be shipped across the country.

Without the demand for high yields, the farmer is at liberty to try small crops of various vegetables and fruits that you probably wouldn’t find in your grocery store, which can offer exciting new options.

You can pick up their food in farmer’s markets or consider signing up for a CSA, where you can pick up a box of fresh produce once a week.

Here are some other benefits of choosing local food:

• You get superior freshness, flavor, and quality.

• You support the local economy and community.

• Local foodstuffs promote a safer food supply. Food that travels long distances has a greater chance of contamination during the harvesting, washing, shipping, and distribution process.

• You get to know how your food is grown. You can ask your farmer how they raise and harvest crops. Having direct access and information about where your food comes from is always a plus!

Look For NON-GMO Project Seals

When grocery shopping, look for the NON-GMO seal. The NON-GMO project is a non-profit organization that is committed to providing you with foods that are independently verified GMO-free choices.

Watch For Red Flags

Read the ingredients to avoid the following from sneaking into your meals: corn, soybean, canola, cottonseed. Some sugar beets, most Hawaiian papaya, and some zucchini and yellow squash will be GMOs. Look out for dairy products that label No rBGH, rBST, or artificial hormones.

Brief recap: When in doubt, look for the NON-GMO sticker or choose a 100 percent organic option. Better yet, get to know your local farmers and confirm that they do not grow GMO crops.

May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

Dr. Mao Shing Ni, best known as Dr. Mao is a bestselling author, doctor of Oriental Medicine, and board certified anti-aging expert. He has recently appeared on “The Ricki Lake Show,” “Dr. Oz,” and contributes to Yahoo Health and The Huffington Post. Dr. Mao practices acupuncture, nutrition, and Chinese medicine with his associates at the Tao of Wellness in Santa Monica, Newport Beach, and Pasadena. Dr. Mao and his brother, Dr. Daoshing Ni, founded the Tao of Wellness more than 25 years ago in addition to founding Yo San University in Marina del Rey. To make an appointment for evaluation and treatment call 310.917.2200 or you can email Dr. Mao at contact@taoofwellness.com. To subscribe to his tip-filled newsletter, visit www.taoofwellness.com.

in News
Related Posts

Los Angeles Metro Sees 15.9 Percent Increase in Median Rent

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Median rent of $2,258, according to recent report By Dolores Quintana The ongoing pandemic has exacerbated the issues of housing...

New Renderings for Frank Gehry Hotel Development in Santa Monica

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Project would include hotel, apartments, retail and a museum By Dolores Quintana Slowly but surely, plans for a  Frank Gehry-designed...

Shared Mobility Plummets in Santa Monica

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Recent report also shows that nearly half of riders make over $100,000 By Sam Catanzaro Shared mobility use in Santa...

Christopher Dishlip Selected as Santa Monica’s New Assistant Director of Public Works

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Public Works Director Rick Valte announced the selection of Christopher Dishlip as Santa Monica’s new Assistant Director of Public Works....

Letter to Editor: Response to Himmelrich’s “We Walk the Talk” Column

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

By Beau Marks As a Santa Monica resident, I am dismayed by Sue Himmelrich’s response (“We Walk the Talk,” Santa...

Motional And UberEats Launch Autonomous Deliveries In Santa Monica

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

There Are Plans For Expansion Into The Rest Of Los Angeles Motional, a global driverless technology leader, and Uber Technologies...

Winston Pies Opening Third Location In Santa Monica

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

The restaurant used to be known as ButterCrust Pies Winston Pies is staying in Santa Monica when opening their third...

Only 10 Vaquita Porpoises Survive, But The Species May Not Be Doomed

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

Hope remains for the porpoise species not only survive but thrive with human help. By Stuart Wolpert The vaquita porpoise,...

The American Cinematheque Brings “Bleak Week” To Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre And The Los Feliz Three Theatre

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

33 Films From 18 Countries In One Week. By Dolores Quintana Sometimes when things are tough and you’re feeling down,...

Man Who Murdered His Family Members Pleads Guilty To Five Other Killings

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Escobar injured an additional seven other people as well.  By Dolores Quintana A man, Ramon Escobar, has pleaded guilty to...

The price of gasoline in Los Angeles County Has Experienced The Largest Increase Since February

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Gasoline prices in Orange County Have Also Increased By Dolores Quintana Regular self-serve gasoline in the county of Los Angeles...

Santa Monica Travel Summit Of 2022 Returns To Take On Tomorrow

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

The Event Was Held At The Jonathan Club On Santa Monica Beach By Staff Writer The 2022 Santa Monica Tourism...

City Council Extends Santa Monica’s Parklet Program: Santa Monica Beat – May 16th, 2022

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* City Council Extends Santa Monica’s Parklet Program * Santa Monica High School Students...

1221 Ocean Avenue Complex Sold For Record Price

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Sold for a record price of $330 million. By Dolores Quintana The Irvine Company has sold 1221 Ocean Avenue to...

Office Construction Is Starting To Rise In Los Angeles

May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022

Property vacancies are still affecting growth.  By Dolores Quintana In March, the Los Angeles Metropolitan area had 3.2 million square...