The Gift of Healthier Eating

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You’ve probably been told at some point that you should eat more “natural” foods, or that you should stay away from too many “artificial” products and eat more Non-GMO foods. But, you may not be sure exactly what that means.

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, which means your food might have been created in a laboratory using genetic modifications, such as gene splicing, to create a more desirable trait (such as apples that don’t turn brown after they have been sliced).

This holiday season, give the gift of non-GMO to your favorite foodies. Why?
GMOs leave material in our bodies that may cause problems, such as organ damage, faster aging and even certain cancers. GMOs also increase the use of herbicides on crops, since they are engineered to be chemical tolerant. Eating fresh food, not a scientific experiment, is a thoughtful gift for those you love.

Our best-selling, non-GMO ladyfinger popcorn. Delicious and healthier! At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Our best-selling, non-GMO ladyfinger popcorn. Delicious and healthier! At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

There are some simple tips to prepare your non-GMO gift giving (or shopping) list:
Buy non-GMO seeds and put together a fun basket for the gardener on your list. Include seeds, a water can and a gardening trowel. A container garden is a great way to eat fresh, even in small spaces.

Look for labels that say “non-GMO or “USDA certified organic.” Don’t look for a “GMO” label on packaging, as they are not required by law to be identified. Non-GMO products, however, are usually marked.

100% grass fed beef is non-GMO as well as much of the produce in your local farmer’s market – but always ask the farmers/growers questions to be sure.

Organic food is another healthy gift giving option (organic foods are also non-GMO). Organic foods are more nutritious and are often grown locally, which his good for the environment.

Our delicious, USDA certified organic kale chips are made by a local Amish co-op in Ohio, where all the kale is grown by small family farms.

Our delicious, USDA certified organic kale chips are made by a local Amish co-op in Ohio, where all the kale is grown by small family farms.

Pay attention to the ingredients going into your food. Read labels and be an informed consumer. Best of all, grow your own non-GMO foods.

You can also treat your family and friends to gluten-free treats. Celiac disease is on the rise and many people don’t even know they have it – they just don’t feel well. Gluten is a protein composite found in several types of grains, including wheat, spelt, rye and barley.
Actually, the name gluten is derived from these glue-like properties.

For some people, gluten is perceived as attacking the body, which leads to uncomfortable symptoms, such as bloating, stomach pain, fatigue and pain in the joints.

Even if you don’t have Celiac Disease, you may be sensitive to gluten. Some studies say that gluten can be addictive – you know that craving you have for bread or donuts? That might be signs that you are addicted to gluten. The good news is that there are lots of delicious, healthy gluten-free options, like these:

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Show those you love, that you care enough to give the very best – a healthy lifestyle!