Listen to Me on the Family Food Kitchen Radio Show on Thursday

FFK Radio Show 2On Thursday, August 13, 2015, at 11 a.m. Eastern time (8 a.m. Pacific), catch the live interview with me, Melissa Diane Smith, on the Family Food Kitchen radio program on RadioMD:  http://www.radiomd.com/show/family-food-kitchen. You can also listen over the phone by calling 844-305-7800.

In two 10-minute segments, hosts Ellen Briggs and Carolina Jantac will ask me to fill you in on the latest about genetically modified (GM) foods, frightening and disturbing news about the weed killer used on most of them, and what you need to know about GM potatoes and apples. If you can’t listen to the broadcast live, go to RadioMD a day or two after the interview, get the podcasts of the two segments, and listen to them at your convenience.

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Add Potatoes to the List of GM Foods on the Market; Apples Coming in 2016

by Melissa Diane Smith

Updated 2015 GM Food ListWhen I wrote Going Against GMOs in 2014, I felt it was important to convey the message that the integrity of more and more of our health-promoting whole foods was at risk. But I was hoping that the list of genetically modified crops on the market, which a growing number of people want to avoid, would remain at nine, as it has been the past four years.

Unfortunately, in March 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration changed that when it “approved” six varieties of a GM potato and two varieties of a GM apple. (I say “approved” in quotes because the FDA doesn’t actually conduct any tests on foods itself but says it’s the company’s continuing responsibility to ensure that foods it markets are safe.)

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The Top 9 Reasons to Buy Organic

by Melissa Diane Smith

Reasons to Buy Organic 2People typically shop in natural food stores to buy cleaner, healthier foods than what they’ll find in conventional supermarkets. It’s common for shoppers to get confused by the meanings of various labels on products, but many now realize that the “cleanest” of all foods offered in stores are those labeled with the USDA Organic seal. The majority of U.S consumers now say they prefer organic foods and at least occasionally buy and eat organic.

Why the growing preference for organic products? When you choose organically produced products, you:
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Nutritional Help for Food Allergies

Four simple strategies to help lessen and protect against food reactions.

Top 8 Food AllergensAsk the Nutritionist

by Melissa Diane Smith

Q: My allergic daughter keeps having reactions to foods labeled “allergen-free” – and she’s developing new food allergies to foods she never was sensitive to before! It’s scary, and it’s frustrating to know what to feed her. Is there anything I can do with her diet to protect her from reactions to foods and prevent her from developing new allergies to even more foods?

– Monica S., Atlanta, GA
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Limited-Time Super Discounts on Going Against GMOs ebook July 6-10!

GoingAgainstGMOs Countdown dealFeel like you’re missing bits and pieces of information about genetically modified foods or don’t know all the specifics of how to avoid them in your diet? Don’t miss your chance to get your copy of the ebook version of Going Against GMOs during Kindle Countdown Deals – limited-time super discounts – on Amazon.com July 6-10!

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Join the Food Fight and
Take Back Our Right for Real Food

Independence Dayby Melissa Diane Smith

Whether you are aware of it or not, powerful multinational corporations have been exerting undue influence over government and elected officials, and gradually hijacking and taking control of our food system in ways that profit the corporations and sabotage our and our planet’s health. Increasing numbers of people are learning this, getting angry, and taking action against it, and an unprecedented food fight is currently taking place in this country that literally will decide the future of our food.

I wrote about this several years ago, but it’s a message that some people weren’t ready to focus in on then so it bears repeating. What follows is a slightly updated reprint of an article, “An Independence Day Message: Fight for the Right for Real Food,” that I wrote in 2010.

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Cutting Sugar from Your Diet

Eliminating sugarby Melissa Diane Smith

Eat sugar comes with bitter health consequences – see my article A Reminder about The Bitter Truth About Sugar – and just this week a new study came out that estimates that sugary drinks alone kill 184,000 a year through diabetes, heart disease and cancer (see story). Even knowing the risks of sugar, many people are addicted to sugar and have a hard time eliminating it from their diet.

So, how do you kick the habit and adopt a sugar-free diet when the sweet stuff is so hard to resist? Here are three plans.

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