Advanced Glycation End-Products: The Dark Side of Grilled Foods

It's summer and the grilling season is upon us and with it a multitude of fantastic meals that you can prepare on the grill. Just be sure not to overdo it by burning your favorite grilled food. The problem with blackened foods isn't just that they might be overcooked, but that the burnt or crispy part contains a substance called advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). AGEs can have serious consequences for your health and can even be produced within your own body as a result of an unhealthy diet. Recent research has shown that AGEs contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, schizophrenia, and even infertility. AGEs

The Increasing Use of the Herbicide, Glyphosate: How Safe are Safe Exposure Limits?

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world and the active ingredient in Roundup. Since its introduction in the 1970's, use of glyphosate-based herbicides has increased 100-fold. Of chief concern is the fact that the guidelines which set the allowable limits regarding glyphosate exposure are mostly based on studies conducted 30 years ago - well before the substantial increase in use of glyphosate-based herbicides. Today, glyphosate residue can be found in many commonly eaten foods, but the long term impact on health due to low level exposure remains unknown. Glyphosate: Where it is Used Each year, 240 million pounds of glyphosate-based herbicides are used in the U.S., far more

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