Easy Homemade Ketchup (Paleo)

Several years ago I started reading ingredient labels. I was blown away at what I discovered by this simple act.  Almost everything has sugar in it. Or even worse, high fructose corn syrup which is generally made from genetically modified corn.

Commercially produced condiments are loaded with excess sugar. For example, two tablespoons of Heinz Ketchup has 8 grams of sugar. That's more sugar than 2 Chips Ahoy cookies!

Although organic ketchup is non-GMO, it still contains a similar amount of refined sugar as non-organic ketchup. So what's the solution? Make your own! It's fast, easy and healthy.

Easy Homemade Ketchup (Paleo)

Prep time: 5 minutes or less
Yield: One cup (double recipe to fill a pint mason jar)

Ingredients:
7 oz. tomato paste (this one works great)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar    
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon unrefined salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Process:
Place all ingredients in a jar and mix well. Store in refrigerator.

5 Ways to Say NO to GMOs

Avoiding GMOs is essential to the health of you and your family.

Once you to know "rules" of avoiding GMOs it's quite easy. It does take a little effort. But is it worth it? Yes!

So what exactly is a GMO?

A GMO (genetically modified organism) is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. This means that the DNA of one species is forced into an entirely unrelated species.

This unnatural creation is leading an array of health problems.

Unfortunately, in the U.S. GMOs are everywhere.

GMOs now dominate the supermarket shelves. In the U.S. GMOs are present in 75 to 80 percent of conventional processed foods. On the contrary, GMOs are banned or have laws requiring labeling in more than 60 other countries around the world including all of the European Union.

GMOs are regulated in so many (other) countries because they are not safe.

The corporation Monsanto provides roughly 90% of the GMO seed in the world. Their (genetically modified) Bt corn have been engineered to produce a protein that ruptures the stomach of insects and kills them. Knowing this, it’s hard not to ask myself “what happens when I ingest this corn?”.

Monsanto claimed that Bt-toxin in GM corn would be destroyed in the human digestive system and not have any impact on the consumer. They were wrong. One study by doctors at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec found the corn's Bt-toxin in 93% of the blood of 30 pregnant women tested plus 80% of umbilical blood in their babies. Additionally, in this study the toxin was found in 69% of non-pregnant women's blood samples. (source)

Keep in mind that the majority of corn in the US comes from genetically modified seeds. If you consume one of the thousands of processed food and beverages containing corn syrup or corn oil you will be putting a GMO in your body. So when you drink a Coke, you are consuming a GMO. Eat corn flakes, you consume a GMO. Use Heinz Ketchup, you consume a GMO. You get my point.

A growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems.

These problems include:

  •  increase in food allergies and asthma
  •  sterility, birth defects
  •  increased cancer risks
  •  increase of diabetes
  •  accelerated aging
  •  immune system dysfunction
  • organ damage

The good news is GMOs can be avoided!

Are you ready to get GMOs our of your diet for good? Here’s how:

#1 Buy organic. The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit the use of GMOs.

#2 Know the genetically modified crops. As of 2014, the USDA reports the following percent of these crops grown in the U.S. are genetically modified:
Soybeans: 94%
Corn: 93%
Cotton - 96%
Sugar Beets - 90%

#3 Buy foods verified by the Non-GMO Project. This is a non-profit organization that offers third party verification and labeling.

#4 Avoid processed foods. Most processed foods contain a GM oil (corn, soy, cottonseed or canola), high fructose corn syrup made from GM corn, sugar from GM sugar beets or a combination of these ingredients.

#5 Choose organic or pasture raised meats. Most conventional livestock are fed GM alfalfa, corn and soy.

 

Sources for this article:
http://www.nongmoproject.org
http://gmo-awareness.com
http://healthyfoodnaturally.com/2012/02/07/gmo-health-risks/
http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/65-health-risks/1notes

 

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