GMOs in Our Food: What you Need to Know and Why

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I clearly remember the day I first learned about genetically modified food. I was sitting in on one of my nutrition classes and my professor was informing us that the U.S. had begun to genetically alter our food crops. This meant that we could have larger, perfect tomatoes. We could feed more people on less land. We could grow food all year round that was immune to drought and increasing climate change. What wasn’t clear were safety concerns and what long-term effects were going to happen. Today GMOs are in the majority of food we eat. But is it safe? What you need to know.

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What’s Your PCOS Phenotype?

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A phenotype is a unique set of characteristics based on your genetic makeup and influence of environmental factors. In a position paper published in Fertility and Sterility, the Androgen Excess and PCOS Society Task Force suggest that there at least 10 possible phenotypes of PCOS. The difference in phenotypes explains how the syndrome has so much variation in symptoms.

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Rev Up Your Metabolism

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Probably the one advantage of having PCOS is the ability to build muscle thanks to high testosterone levels. Find out how women with PCOS can use this to their advantage by lifting weights to burn more calories and get stronger.

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PCOS In Teens — The Importance of Early Detection and Treatment

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The earlier PCOS is detected and treated, the better. In this article for Today’s Dietitian titled, Recognize Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in Teens — The Importance of Early Detection and Treatment, I discuss specific factors affecting a young woman receiving a diagnosis of PCOS as well as treatment options and nutritional concerns.

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Being a Critical Reader of Nutrition Information for PCOS

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Diet and lifestyle are the primary treatment approaches for PCOS, yet, so many women find themselves confused by the nutrition recommendations for the syndrome and don’t know who to trust. Sometimes it seems as if every website out there for PCOS has conflicting nutrition information. Some individuals even try and make money off their unproven “theories” and try and sell products women with PCOS don’t need. There’s no question that media and Internet are the main sources where people get their nutrition information today. Unfortunately, a lot of the information for PCOS is false, misleading and in some cases, dangerous. If you are a woman with PCOS, it is important that you are doing the right thing for your body, and not making your health worse. You need to be a critical reader of the nutrition information you are flooded with before making changes to your health. Below are 4 ways to trust if the information is reliable.

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Quinoa: The Power Grain

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Sure, you know the benefits of whole grains but did you know there are grains other than whole wheat? Quinoa, (pronounced KEEN-wa), is the powerhouse of grains and has quickly risen in popularity due to its excellent nutrition profile, texture and ease of use. Find out how quinoa can fit into a healthy PCOS diet.

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