Bayer Has Just Purchased Monsanto

Bayer Has Just Purchased Monsanto

Bayer has just purchased Monsanto for 62.5 billion dollars, cementing one of the most unholy business marriages of all time. The two companies are equally yoked with a history of evil and self-serving business practices are concerned, and it’s important for the public to know what this massive business merger means.

The Bride

Monsanto is the company that is responsible for creating and marketing products like genetically modified BT corn (corn plants with built-in pesticide genes spliced into their DNA) and “Round-up ready” GMOs—plants that are engineered to resist the herbicide Roundup so that fields can be saturated with chemicals that kill weeds, but not the modified crops. Rather than increase crop yields as promised, GMOs have increased the use of herbicides and caused an alarming outbreak of herbicide-resistant “superweeds”.

Choose Quality, Forget Quantity

Choose Quality, Forget Quantity

New book: Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?
March 22, 2018
By Dr. Mark Hyman

If you missed my Facebook Live video on Monday, you might be interested to find out that weight loss is not simply a math equation based on energy in and energy out. Yet, the mantra of the government and food industry is that people should just eat less, choose a “balanced diet,” and exercise more. I’m here to tell you that this does not work. If it did, we’d all just eat less, exercise more, and be fit and healthy for life. How’s that working out for everyone?

The truth is that the quality of what you eat is FAR more important than how much you eat. 

The body is not a closed system, it’s dynamic and it’s responsive to the quality of the calories you’re eating—the type of information that you’re fueling your body with. Eating poor quality food is like talking to your body over a bad connection, it simply can’t understand how to use that information.

A recent study in JAMA comparing different types of diets found that as long as participants focused on the quality of their food, they did not have to worry about quantity. Isn’t that nice to hear? If you’re eating wholesome foods in their most natural forms you don’t need to count calories, your body understands the information it’s being given and how to use it properly. 

Another myth in the nutrition world is that fat makes you fat, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. A crossover trial from Dr. David Ludwig and his Harvard colleagues looked at individual reactions to different kinds of diets. When participants ate a high-fat diet with low-starch content they burned 300 more calories a day than when they ate a high-carb diet with the exact same amount of calories! And, eating a high-fat diet led to beneficial improvements in cholesterol, insulin sensitivity, and markers of inflammation. Your body needs fat to function and find its ideal weight, you just have to choose the right kinds. 

The composition of your food matters; Wonder Bread and broccoli are not the same kinds of carbs; likewise, soybean oil and coconut oil are totally different kinds of fats. Your body is smart, it knows the difference, and it knows which of these are supplying quality information and which are toxic, leading to weight gain.

So here’s how to feed your body with the right information. 

  1. Eat a diet with a very low glycemic load – low in sugar, flour, and refined carbohydrates of all kinds.
  2. Eat mostly vegetables and some fruit. The deeper the colors, the more variety, the better. This provides a high phytonutrient content protective against most diseases.
  3. Eat a diet that is low in pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones and no or low in GMO foods.
  4. Stay away from chemicals, additives, preservatives, dyes, MSG, artificial sweeteners, and other “Franken Chemicals” that you would never have in your pantry.
  5. Eat quality fats—omega-3 fats for all! Eat plenty of olive oil, nuts, seeds and avocados.
  6. Make sure you’re getting enough protein for appetite control and muscle synthesis, especially in the elderly.
  7. Choose foods that are ideally organic, local, and fresh. Grass-fed or sustainably raised meats are also the best option if you consume animal protein.

In my latest book, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? I focus on what kinds of foods you should include in your diet, and which ones you should ditch for good. I make it easy to learn how to eat foods with the best information for your cells, so you can lose weight, gain energy, and increase your mental clarity.

If you’re ready to stop counting calories and find a healthy weight through real, wholesome foods, check out my Facebook Live video and pick up a copy of Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? on Amazon today.

Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD

How to Wash Vegetables and Fruits to Remove Pesticides

How to Wash Vegetables and Fruits to Remove Pesticides

Get proven tips on how to wash vegetables and how to wash fruits so you can protect your health and your family.

Almost everyone should be eating more fruits and vegetables. You know that. But do you know why it’s important to wash your produce before eating it?

In our modern world, almost no food is 100% free of pesticides. Surprisingly, even organic produce may contain some pesticide residues.

Washing produce is important to prevent foodborne illness and substantially reduce your exposure to pesticides.

To reduce your pesticide exposure, the conventional advice is to choose organic food when you can, especially for the foods most likely to be contaminated with pesticides. And then, to wash your fruits and veggies before eating or cooking with them.

But, what foods are the most important to buy organic? And what is the best way to wash your produce to remove pesticides?

Science has given us answers. And we’ll share them with you. We want to help you make the best use of your time and money and to ensure the food you eat and serve is as safe as possible.

Is Climate Change Turning Our Vegetables into Junk Food?

Is Climate Change Turning Our Vegetables into Junk Food?

(Original Post by BulletProof)

Vegetables have fewer nutrients than ever and that could be because of increases in atmospheric CO2, according to an article by Politico. Along with the depletion of essential nutrients, crops’ sugar levels are rising, making our veggies the least nutrient-dense in history. Here’s how climate change could be affecting our crops.

Main takeaways from the article

  • Vitamin, mineral, and protein content of the plants we eat has dropped significantly over the past 50 years.[1] This is due to breeding for higher yields, and increased CO2, both of which speed up plant growth, as well as depleted soil nutrients.[2]
  • Our air recently hit 400 ppm CO2, and is predicted to hit 550 in the next century. That’s twice the amount of CO2 in the air than before the industrial revolution.
  • CO2 is a necessary ingredient for photosynthesis. When there’s too much, plants grow faster by packing on sugars and carbohydrates, at the expense of protein and other nutrients.
  • In a high-CO2 environment, plants in the C3 category (nearly all the plants we eat) showed decreases in protein and important minerals such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron.[3]
  • This could change the way certain foods impact your performance, even if you’re following a nutrient dense, low carbohydrate diet.
  • Losses in plant nutrition affect our entire food chain: cows eat plants, and we eat cows.
  • If we’re getting fewer nutrients from our food, it’s important to understand how to protect our bodies with the proper supplements.

“Every leaf and every grass blade on earth makes more and more sugars as CO2 levels keep rising,” Loladze said. “We are witnessing the greatest injection of carbohydrates into the biosphere in human history?[an] injection that dilutes other nutrients in our food supply.” – Researcher Irakli Loladze

What do fewer nutrients mean for you?

The plants you eat simply aren’t as nutrient-dense as they used to be. And as CO2 levels continue (unfortunately) to rise, it’s more important than ever to supplement accordingly.

This doesn’t mean you can make up for an empty diet of cookies and croissants by taking a handful of supplements. Getting an abundance of nutrient-dense fats, proteins, vegetables, and herbs is still the best path to feeling great and staving off the symptoms of aging. (Yes, you still have to eat your vegetables!)

The problem with low nutrients and higher carbohydrates

We know diets heavy in carbohydrates cause chronic diseases and inflammation, so what does it mean if our food system starts to shift that way from the very ground up? There’s still a long way to go before most plants produce unhealthy amounts of sugars, but shifts in global staples such as rice, wheat and corn (while already in the Bulletproof red zone) could contribute to our obesity epidemic.

While westernized diets have no problem accessing nutrients, plants are a crucial source of protein and minerals in the developing world. Studies investigating the impact of rising CO2 on crop nutrition show that by 2050, 150 million people could be at risk of protein deficiency,[4] and 138 million at risk of zinc deficiency,[5] a crucial mineral for maternal and infant health. Without access to supplementation, our fading crops could have huge global health implications. Your vegetables aren’t junk food just yet, but these studies highlight yet another way climate change can impact our future and the lives of our children. Plants will always support a high quality, nutrient-dense diet, and with proper supplementation, keep you feeling and performing your best.