miracle fruit? yes, please!

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Synsepalum dulcificum……..yeah, it’s easier to call it Miracle Fruit.

This plant from West Africa has a berry that is completely organic, all natural, non-GMO and contains an active glycoprotein called miraculin. 

When you eat this little berry, the miraculin temporarily binds to your taste receptors (buds, I call ’em) to block the ability to taste sour flavors and even alters many other flavors in food like spicy, salty and bitter tastes!

The miraculin is considered to be a sugar substitute.  And this little berry, my friends, could change the way we look (and taste) our food!  Imagine…enjoying all kinds of ‘forbidden’ foods again!  It’s true!  Lemons taste like candyLimes taste like a sweet orange!  Can you imagine squeezing lemon juice into your coffee to sweeten it naturally?

WHERE CAN I GET IT?

If you are not going to wait and grow your own berries, then you can purchase it in a tablet form.  This is the most practical way because the berries are freeze dried and then formed into tablets, which give them a longer shelf life.  You can find them from www.mberry.us or even on Amazon HERE.  If you buy frozen berries, do not thaw them unless you are going to consume them right away.  Let them come to room temperature for about 20 minutes.  And if you get the whole berry, don’t eat the pit, of course.

Also keep in mind that the effects of the miracle berry last approximately 30 – 45 minutes and varies with each person.

Here is a simple recipe taken from the Miracle Berry Diet Cookbook that I highly recommend if you are going to try out this berry!

SWEET YOGURT PARFAIT

1 cup plain nonfat yogurt

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries

1/4 cup granola

Combine the yogurt and lemon juice.  In a tall glass, layer half each of the yogurt, berries and granola.  Repeat.

When you are ready to eat, let the miracle berry tablet dissolve on your tongue and then enjoy the dish!

YOU JUST SAVED 144 CALORIES BY REPLACING 3 TBS. SUGAR!

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WARNING!!! Graphic images…..sorry my animal lovers, but we need to know..

Ok, people…..the GMO story has just gotten bigger.  We HAVE to do something…….but what???

Remember the post I did warning about GMO’s (genetically modified organism) in the past?  You can find that HERE Then I did a little more sleuthing and wrote about it HERE.

WELL………HERE IS A WARNING!!!  (via naturalnews.com   Mike Adams)

“Eating genetically modified corn (GM corn) and consuming trace levels of  Monsanto‘s Roundup chemical fertilizer caused rats to develop horrifying tumorswidespread organ damage, and premature death. That’s the conclusion of a  shocking new study that looked at the long-term effects of consuming  Monsanto’s genetically modified corn.

The study has been deemed “the most  thorough research ever published into the health effects of GM food crops and  the herbicide Roundup on rats.” News of the horrifying findings is spreading  like wildfire across the internet, with even the mainstream media seemingly in  shock over the photos of rats with multiple grotesque tumors… tumors so large  the rats even had difficulty breathing in some cases. GMOs may be the new  thalidomide.

“Monsanto Roundup weedkiller and GM maize implicated in  ‘shocking’ new cancer study” wrote The Grocery, a popular UK publication.  (http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/topics/technology-and-supply-chain/monsant…)

It  reported, “Scientists found that rats exposed to even the smallest amounts,  developed mammary tumors and severe liver and kidney damage as early as  four months in males, and seven months for females.”

The Daily  Mail reported, “Fresh row over GM foods as French study claims rats fed the  controversial crops suffered tumors.” (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2205509/Fresh-fears-GM-foods-French-study-finds-rats-fed-controversial-crops-suffered-tumours-multiple-organ-failure.html)

It  goes on to say: “The animals on the GM diet suffered mammary tumors, as well as  severe liver and kidney damage. The researchers said 50 percent of males and 70 percent of females died prematurely, compared with only 30 percent and  20 percent in the control group.”

The study, led by Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen, was the  first ever study to examine the long-term (lifetime) effects of eating GMOs.  You may find yourself thinking it is absolutely astonishing that no such studies  were ever conducted before GM corn was approved for widespread use by the USDA  and FDA, but such is the power of corporate lobbying and corporate  greed.
The study was published in The Food & Chemical Toxicology  Journal and was just presented at a news conference in London.

Findings from the study

Here are some of the shocking findings from the  study:
• Up to 50% of males and 70% of females suffered premature  death.
• Rats that drank trace amounts of Roundup (at levels legally  allowed in the water supply) had a 200% to 300% increase in large  tumors.
• Rats fed GM corn and traces of Roundup suffered severe  organ damage including liver damage and kidney damage.
• The study  fed these rats NK603, the Monsanto variety of GM corn that’s grown across  North America and widely fed to animals and humans. This is the same corn that’s  in your corn-based breakfast cereal, corn tortillas and corn snack  chips.
The Daily Mail is reporting on some of the reaction to the  findings:
France’s Jose Bove, vice-chairman of the European  Parliament’s commission for agriculture and known as a fierce opponent of GM,  called for an immediate suspension of all EU cultivation and import  authorisations of GM crops. ‘This study finally shows we are right and that it  is urgent to quickly review all GMO evaluation processes,’ he said in a  statement. ‘National and European food security agencies must carry out new  studies financed by public funding to guarantee healthy food for European  consumers.’
The study is entitled, “A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties  on Mammalian Health.” Read the abstract here:
http://www.biolsci.org/v05p0706.htm

READ: http://www.naturalnews.com/037249_GMO_study_cancer_tumors_organ_damage.html#ixzz26xDT6N5c

BOTTOM LINE…..How do you know if you are eating a genetically modified food? 

Here is a chart to help you out…….but then read an article from the HERE FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST… this is just crazy….and I’m open to suggestions on what to do……

BOTTOM, BOTTOM LINE….Click HERE  and peruse the long lists of non-GMO and GMO brands by category. Download a two-page version, order the pocket guide, or even equip your iPhone with the new app “ShopNoGMO”. 

Cloning Frankenbaby?

Ok, you might remember a couple of posts I did about GMO‘s (genetically modified organisms) that are in our food.  This is a new technology where genes from one species is forced into DNA of another.  There are many, many reasons why we don’t need GMO’s in our food and you can get a whole bevy of answers HERE.

But guess what is going on now?  This is crazy!!  Now scientists are messing with CHILDREN!  YES!!  Check this out:

(NaturalNews) US fertility researchers from the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of Saint Barnabas in New Jersey have created 30  healthy babies who have been genetically altered. It has been confirmed that two  of these children have the DNA of three parents.

The babies were created  when women were treated for infertility by Professor Jacques Cohen and his team.  Their eggs had defects in tiny structures in their egg cells called  mitochondria. They had mitochondria from donor eggs inserted into these eggs, as  well as DNA from sperm cells. The mitochondria contain DNA and therefore have  carried the donor DNA into the egg. The babies will now pass on this genetic  change to their children down the maternal line when they reproduce.

Are you kidding me? I don’t care how brilliant or ‘ahead of his time’  Professor Cohen has been described, this is wrong and it’s not happening in a foreign country….it’s in New Jersey.  There are medical, social, ethical and many, many more issues that are being raised.

‘The majority of published research shows that death or mutilation of the clone are the most likely outcomes of mammalian cloning’ said John Kilner, president of the Centre for Bioethics and Human Dignity in the United States.

People, we’re messing with some dangerous stuff here.  You can read more about this on these sites:

1.  http://www.naturalnews.com/036372_genetically_modified_human_babies.html

2.  http://www.livestrong.com/article/254843-what-are-the-risks-of-cloning/

3.  http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/tech/cloning/cloningrisks/

What do you think about this?  Do you think we should be cloning babies?