Food for Thought: No fat, no fructose… no GMOs?
Non-GMO Day was on Oct. 10 and retailers across the country celebrated to raise consumer awareness about the presence of genetically modified organisms in the U.S. food supply. The Non-GMO Project, a nonprofit group, is still determined to send a wakeup call to consumers across the country.
“Most Americans aren’t familiar with GMOs or aware of the extent of their use in food,” explains Joe Dickson, Whole Foods Market quality standards coordinator. “We invite our communities to... learn more about this issue. Together as consumers and retailers, we can make a difference and preserve our access to food produced without the intentional use of GMOs.”
Little-known facts about GMOs:
- GMOs are now present in 75 to 80 percent of conventional processed food in the U.S., according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
- 58 percent of Americans are unfamiliar with the issue of GMOs in food, according to a 2006 Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology study.
- “Non-GMO” is the fastest-growing health and wellness claim on store-brand food labels, up 67 percent in 2009, according to Nielsen Co.
- The FDA does not require food with GMOs to be labeled as such, making them hard to avoid.
- GMOs are banned or significantly restricted in 30 other countries around the world, including Australia, Japan and all of the nations in the European Union.
- Unfortunately, because of cross-contamination and pollen drift, very few products in the U.S. are completely free of GMOs.The Non-GMO Project standard avoids the intentional use of GMO ingredients by providing suppliers with procedures and best practices.
- 80 percent of Whole Foods Market shoppers surveyed said they would seek out non-GMO products with clear labeling, and would be willing to pay more for these products.
-- Whole Foods Market
Easy recipe:TON-YUK-KUI (Korean pork)
- 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 green onions
- 2 cloves garlic, diced
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped
- Dash freshly ground black pepper
Slice meat into 1/2-inch medallions. Combine with marinade for two hours. Remove and dry on paper towels, saving the marinade. Coat a baking dish with 2 tablespoons of sesame or olive oil. Arrange pork in dish. Pour over marinade.
Bake covered at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until meat is tender. Arrange slices on a bed of cooked rice. Pour hot cooking liquid over top, garnish with parsley and serve.
Makes 3 to 4 servings.
-- The Repository
Did You Know?
You can sneak fruit into your diet by adding strawberries and blueberries to your morning oatmeal, cereal or waffles. Or add veggies like mushrooms and peppers to your omelet. Don’t be afraid of frozen or canned fruits and veggies –– they still count in daily nutrition!
Would You Buy It?
PRODUCT: Football Oreo cookies
DETAILS: They’re the same chocolate-wafer-vanilla-cream Oreo sandwich cookie, but this limited edition variety is shaped like a football. Featured in a 10.9-ounce package, one side sports football stitches while the opposite side has one of five designs (i.e. a quarterback throwing a pass or the phrase “Lick the competition!”).
CLAIMS: A news release says they are perfect for a tailgate party or football get-together.
MORE INFORMATION: www.oreo.com or 800-622-4726
AVAILABILITY: In the cookie aisle of stores nationwide.
COMMENTS: We thought the filling was a bit thinner than in the regular Oreo, but we liked the fun factor of the shape and designs. “The vertical shape is better for dunking in milk.” “It’s easier to separate for licking the filling.” “They’re adorable. My kids would like them.”
WOULD YOU BUY IT? Touchdown! Yes.
-- The State Journal-Register
What is a cold Mexican drink made from rice and almonds?
Answer is at bottom of column
Wise to the Word: Garbure
[gar-BOOR] A vegetable or meat soup so thick it could be considered a stew or casserole dish. Garbure most commonly contains cabbage, beans, potatoes, bits of pork, bacon or preserved goose. It's usually served with toasted or fried bread. It is immensely popular with Basques and the most famous version comes from Béarn, France.
Number to Know
189: One 12-ounce bottle of carbonated cream soda is 189 calories.
The Dish On …
“Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual” by Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan offers this indispensable guide for anyone concerned about health and food. Simple, sensible and easy to use, this book is a set of memorable rules for eating wisely, many drawn from a variety of ethnic or cultural traditions. Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat buffet, this handy pocketsize resource is the perfect guide for anyone who would like to become more mindful of the food we eat.
From the Beer Nut’s Blog: And the winner is… Bavarian Weiss
When Chuck Mryglot brews his beers at home, he usually makes a 10-gallon batch. But on Oct. 3, as the winner of the first Beer Nut Homebrewing Contest, he created a whopping 300 gallons.
Working with Jon Curtis, head brewer at the Tap and Haverhill Brewery in Haverhill, Mass., Mryglot brewed his winning beer formula. The opportunity to make his beer there was the prize he received for the Aug. 22 contest.
"It went great," Mryglot said. "When I brew, I use a handful of hops, and he put buckets of hops in the beer. I don't use that much hops in two years."
Mryglot's Bavarian Weiss, a German-style wheat beer, beat out 56 other beers from home brewers. Once it's ready, which should be in about two to three weeks, Mryglot's winning beer will be on tap at the Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, Mass.
To read more from the Beer Nut, visit http://blogs.townonline.com/beernut/
Food Quiz Answer
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