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Connie Diekman


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Connie Diekman, M.Ed, RD, LD, FADA is a Nutrition Communications Consultant and Director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; Former President of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Diekman is a former media spokesperson for the Academy and was the voice of the “Eating Right” minute which aired daily on WBBM radio in Chicago.

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Q: How can I avoid GMO food? I just dont want to eat them. Is leaving the U.S. the only way?

Answered By Connie Diekman - Jul 06, 2015

A: Organic foods, and foods that carry the label “Non-GMO Project,” are two types of food that you can purchase knowing that they do not contain GMO’s. Currently the only crops that are GMO are corn, papaya, soy, yellow squash, canola, cotton and sugar beets (the last three are either oil or added sugar, not actual foods you would buy).    If you look at the list you can see that many foods in the supermarket are not GMO but an easy way to also avoid GMO’s is to limit your intake of packaged foods and rely on foods that are sometimes referred to as whole or real. Choosing fruits a [...]

GMO Basics


Q: I buy salads with expeller pressed canola oi GMO free. Is it a healthy oil? I know that Canola is not healthy.

Answered By Connie Diekman - Aug 21, 2015

A: Canola oil is a good choice in oils. It has less saturated fat, the type of fat that elevates LDL or “bad” cholesterol, than sunflower, corn, olive, soy and/or peanut oils. It has a very high amount of monounsaturated fats, the type of fat that can help lower LDL cholesterol and may help boost HDL or “good” cholesterol. It is also a source of the omega 3 fatty ALA or alpha-linolenic acid which is an essential fatty acid for the body in that it cannot be made in the body, so it is important to choose fats that contain it. Canola oil, along with flaxseed oil, walnuts and [...]

GMOs & Farmers Health & Safety Crop protectants


Q: Regardless of the need for it... Whats the outlook for demand in Non GMO edible oils for 2016 to 2020 given all the Non GMO popularity at retail see recent WSJ article where Non GMO claims surpassed Organic httpwww.wsj.comarticlesorganicvsnongmolabelswhos

Answered By Connie Diekman - Mar 11, 2016

A: As a registered dietitian I cannot address the market economy but what I can tell you is that physically and nutritionally GMO and Non GMO oils are exactly the same so there is no reason from the standpoint of performance, health or nutrient composition to choose one over the other. As oils are processed from the seed the DNA, the genetics of the seed, are destroyed by the heat of the processing so that chemically you cannot detect the genetic engineering.   I do know that many people believe that genetic engineering results in a different product but in fact, because the process occur [...]

GMOs & Farmers Health & Safety Crop protectants


Q: How do GMOs benefit our health?

Answered By Connie Diekman - Mar 23, 2016

A: Currently there are nine GMO crops, commercially available – corn, squash, papaya, canola, sugar beets, cotton, soybeans, alfalfa, potatoes – one in the pipeline is the non-browning apple that resists bruising. Since GMO technology can boost crop yield that can be viewed as a health benefit but in terms of direct health benefits the health benefits of these crops lies in the traditional nutrition that they contain. GM crops do not differ in nutritional or health benefits from non-GM crops so including them in your eating plan can help your overall nutrition.   The potato, w [...]

GMO Basics