Missy Right a member of the GMOFreeBabies facebook community is a Holistic Nutritionist.  We asked her some questions:

In your opinion do you think GMOs in our diet affect our health?

There is no doubt in my mind that GMO’s will affect not only our health but also the health of our future children and our environment. The scary thing is there have been NO long term studies to prove their safety.  Even worse is that GMO crops require copious amounts of pesticides which can lead to higher estrogen levels, unknown and untested toxins being consumed.  This may not seem like a huge problem but it is!  If you consume any form of farm fed meat, you’re consuming a large amount of and a variety of pesticides and GMO’s.  When our food is altered our bodies cannot recognize it and thus is unable to break down or use all its properties efficiently.  This wreaks havoc on our digestive system.

What books do you recommend as a Holistic Nutritionist to assist us to make better decisions in the kitchen?

The book I recommend for every clients home is a Nutrition Almanac. With this tool you can read several short important facts about common foods and illnesses as well easy to understand tables and lists regarding specific nutrients.  I feel that education is the best tool you can give anyone wanting to become healthier.  Being able to form your own opinion and make informed decisions is much more valuable than any meal plan or diet book.

The China Study is also an excellent book.  I can honestly say it is one of my favorite books.  For anyone who hasn’t read The China Study it is the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever done. It advocates for a whole foods, a plant based diet and supplies copious examples and references to validate the research.

What foods do you recommend for healthy snacks?

ID-100167925Go to snacks for everyone: Fruit (bananas, apples, pears, grapes etc), baked sweet potato with cinnamon and maple sugar, hummus with carrots, cucumber and celery sticks and of course whole food ORGANIC SMOOTHIES!

I would have to say smoothies are by far the best snack for children.  Most children eat fruits because they are sweet and hydrating, however getting children to eat greens, especially leafy greens can be a challenge.  Smoothies are a great way to sneak in veggies such as spinach, lettuce, kale, broccoli and other veggies like carrot, beets and cabbage.

More to come from Missy Right the Holistic Nutritionist on GMOFreeBaby.com

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