Dr Oz Defends Monsanto

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If you work in the natural products industry, you may have mixed feelings about TV personality Dr Oz.  I personally am thankful for the attention he has brought to nutritional supplements, but I often find myself forced to take issue with his seemingly infinite wisdom. (One 400 mg capsule of Moringa? Would you eat 400 mg of Spinach? But, I digress…)

The latest from Dr Oz may truly shock you and make the late Rachel Carson roll over in her grave.  While seemingly all of the civilized world has come out against GMOs (and Monsanto in particular), Dr Oz has chosen to speak out in favor of genetically-modified organisms, saying they are the same as Organic.  See his comments here.

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Meanwhile the nation of Peru has recently passed a 10 year ban on GMOs. For further reference, here is a list of countries that have banned GMOs unlike the United States which has inexplicably sided with the interests of big business rather than the interests of the general health of the American people.

In fact, the lack of required GMO labeling in the US lends a lot of credibility to the Organic movement.  At least someone is required to demonstrate that their food has not been genetically-modified, if only the growers and processors of Organic food.

I will say this; while I respect the right of others to disagree or to believe that genetic modifications to food are not harmful, I hope that Dr Oz will be taken to task for his broad statements in favor of GMOs.  One of the largest arguments against GMOs is that there is VERY LITTLE research into what their actual effects on the human body are.

For 8 other reasons to avoid GMOs catch the foodie buzz at Organic Authority.

Bold New Botanical Beverages

Hey! If you spend half your life in the aisles of health food stores like I do (yes, even on vacation) you may have that certain sensation when you spot something NEW that you want to try, and potentially share with others, on the shelves.  Sometimes these discoveries may also come through travel, business connections or just through plain old happenstance. It is always really exciting to find something new you haven’t seen before.

I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of the really cool botanical beverages I have come across of late (and yes these will be family friendly soft drinks here folks, so you’ll have to look elsewhere for Dandelion wine and fine Hoppy microbrews…)

Since we all know how important it is to stay hydrated, Coconut Water has become really popular. It has a wonderful refreshing sweet taste, and lots of natural electrolytes to recharge your system.  But what kind of Coconut Water are people getting?  I’m here to tell you that the best product I have come across on the market is Harmless Harvest‘s 100% Raw Coconut Water

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I met these folks at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim earlier this year. Really nice people and a really wonderful unique product.  Best Coconut Water on the market in my opinion.  A little goes a long way, and your body feels naturally refreshed with just an 8 oz. bottle.

Another really cool line of beverages I came across recently in Northern California Whole Foods is by Drinkwell Softers.  Made by the folks at Eatwell Farm in Dixon, CA their beverages start with organic yogurt whey to which they add sugar, filtered water and flavor ingredients in the form of botanical hydrosols.

They come in four flavors Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Rose Geranium and Rosemary.  The botanicals are from Eatwell Farm, and they nicely compliment the tart living flavor of the yogurt whey.  If you’re a fan of kombucha or other fermented soft drinks, you really should give these a try.

Speaking of Komubcha, if you are a fan of this beverage you have no doubt become familiar with GT Dave’s.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you have to go out and find their new flavor Third Eye Chai.  The wonderful blend of traditional Chai botanicals is a great way to spice up your day, and like all GT’s products contains wonderful healing probiotics, enzymes, acetic acid, l-Theanine and many other synergistic microcomponents that work together in harmony.

Until next time … be well and stay hydrated!