STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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have been implicated in the formation of carcinogenic substances called nitrosamines.


Samples of NK603 were from fields that were and were not sprayed with Roundup over two growing seasons. Rats fed this corn presented signs of a higher incidence of liver and kidney damage. A total of 117 proteins and 91 metabolites were found to be significantly altered in the NK603 corn by the GM transformation process. The process also results in profound compositional differences in NK603, demonstrating that this GMO corn is not substantially equivalent to its non-GMO counterpart. The researchers call for a more thorough evaluation of the safety of NK603 corn consumption on a long-term basis. The research was published in Scientific Reports, an online, open-access journal from the publishers of Nature.

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are food crops that have been genetically modified in some way. This is different from cross-breeding and hybridization because it directly alters the genome of the organism, either by adding or removing certain genes. Most GMOs are modified to withstand pesticides.


Many people are opposed to GMO crops because of glyphosate, a pesticide and weed killer that is a key ingredient in Monsanto Roundup. Glyphosate has sparked numerous lawsuits, independent (non-industry funded) research, legislation, bans and instances of collusion between industry, regulators and researchers. Cancers and liver and kidney malfunctions have appeared in animals at glyphosate levels below FDA recommended amounts. Glyphosate has been detected in breastfeeding mother’s milk and most recently, glyphosate levels above the recommended amounts for safety have been found in many popular packaged foods.


A 2016 study showed there are major molecular differences between GMO and non-GMO corn. This led to an investigation into the industry and regulatory position of “substantial equivalence” and also raises serious safety implications. Substantial equivalence is a key starting point regulatory agencies request for assessing the safety of a GMO crop and food. If an analysis for nutrients and known toxins shows the composition of a GMO crop is in a similar range

WHY ARE MANY PEOPLE OPPOSED TO GMOS?

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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to that present in the non-GMO variety, it is deemed to be substantially equivalent and to require little if any further safety testing.


The peer-reviewed study, led by Dr. Michael Antoniou at King’s College London, described the effects of genetic engineering on the composition of a genetically modified Roundup-resistant GMO corn variety named NK603. NK603 was assessed as substantially equivalent based on a nutritional composition analysis and granted market approval. However, the relatively crude analysis may miss subtle yet important differences between GMO and non-GMO food. For example, the compositional analysis includes measurements of total protein content, but this is less important than the profile of different types of proteins.


Major compositional differences were found from in-depth analysis of proteomics (types of proteins) and metabolomics (small biochemical molecules). The results showed not only disturbances in energy utilization and oxidative stress (damage to cells and tissues by reactive oxygen), but large increases in certain substances (polyamines). The increased polyamines in GMO corn can produce various toxic effects. They enhance the effects of histamine, heightening allergic reactions, and