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  • What are Non-GMO Products?

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    While many people are aware of the basic concept of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the importance of finding, purchasing, and consuming non-GMO products is greatly increasing. Over 80% of the food consumed in North America contains genetically modified organisms (1), which means that unless we’re seeking out non-GMO products on a regular basis, we are likely consuming laboratory-modified foods quite consistently.  So what is the best way to ensure that you are purchasing and eating non-GMO products? Continue reading

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    Technology has come a long way in helping and advancing autistic children. Here are 10 popular PC and tablet apps that can help develop essential social and communication skills.

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  • Summer Safety Tips for Allergies

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    Summer is one of the most anticipated seasons. However, for people with allergies, the sun and outdoor activities have an entirely different meaning. With a few quick tips, they can enjoy the summer just like everybody else. Continue reading

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  • The Worst Food Culprits for Causing Type 2 Diabetes

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    Type 2 diabetes is a very common chronic condition that affects more than 3 million people in the U.S. each year. It develops when the body becomes insulin resistant or when the pancreas stops producing enough insulin. This is caused by a combination of genetics and lifestyle factors.

    Contrary to popular belief, eating too much sugar does not directly cause type 2 diabetes. However, it can contribute to other factors, such as high blood pressure and obesity, which may trigger the disease. To minimize your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, health experts recommend avoiding the following foods:

    • Meat.Processed meats, such as hot dogs and deli cuts, contain high amounts of fat and sodium. Too much of these can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke, which are common complications of diabetes.
    •  Grains. Items that are made with refined white flour, such as breakfast cereals, white bread and pastries, are high in processed carbohydrates and can raise blood sugar to unhealthy levels. Whole grain breads and bread products offer a healthier option.
    •  Processed Fruits. Fresh fruits are good for you! However, it is important to stay away from fruits canned in syrup and dried fruits as they contain very high sugar levels. Also, limit your intake of fruit juices as they have a lot of sugar without the whole fruit nutrients.
    •  Fats. Saturated fats raise bad cholesterol levels, so minimize the amount of butter, cheese, and fried foods that you eat. Trans fats are even worse for you and should be avoided at all costs.

    With good eating habits and a healthy lifestyle, most people can avoid developing type 2 diabetes.

    Sources:

    http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/basics/causes/con-20031902

     

    http://www.everydayhealth.com/health-report/managing-type-2-diabetes/best-and-worst-foods.aspx

     

    http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/myths/

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