The holidays are challenging for everyone's midsection but they are a factor in the actual obesity rather than seasonal weight gain?
Nearly 60 years ago, the first great chemical carcinogen scare put a damper on many folks' Thanksgiving celebrations. A chemical used in cultivating cranberries in the northwest was found to cause cancer at high doses in rodents, and the Federal health agency advised consumers to avoid cranberries. Utter nonsense, then and now.
It's irrelevant whether you like turkey or not, because someone is going to be handing you a plate of it very soon. And after the meal there's a good chance that you'll get sleepy. But will the cause of your drowsiness be the turkey, the booze or your brother-in-law's tedious commentary about his golf game? We explain.
All of today's domestic turkeys -- even the ones labeled organic -- are actually of the GMO variety. Years of artificial selection by optimizing genetic traits have made the genome of the turkey we eat significantly different than the genome of those found in the wild. Therefore, unless you shot yours in the woods, the turkey heading to your table is not "natural."
All chemicals, whether natural or synthetic, are potential toxicants at high doses but are perfectly safe when consumed in low doses.