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FDA stamps seal of approval for Costa Rica growing genetically modified ‘pink pineapples’

Pineapples with a hot pink and outstandingly sweet interior will soon be stocked in almost every produce aisle across the United States. Since the genetic modification of yellow pineapples in 2005, Del Monte Fresh Produce (DMFP) recently received approval from the Food and Drug Administration, to sell the genetically modified pink pineapple in U.S. grocery stores. While no official statement has been released from Del Monte as to what motive was behind the engineering of a pink pineapple, numerous people could speculate that the color pink is seemingly more pleasing to the eye which, in turn, could boost produce...

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‘Pelo Malo’ screening explores worldwide homophobic taboos

FGCU’s Seidler International Film Festival had an impressive turnout on Tuesday’s showing of “Pelo Malo,” the first Spanish movie to be featured in this month’s event. Students of varying majors and professors of diverse subjects gathered to view this cinematic display. Pelo Malo, which directly translates to “Bad Hair,” tells the story of Junior, a young boy in Caracas, Venezuela. Junior, who has only known the poverty-stricken area of Caracas, has a keen obsession with two things: singing and trying to straighten his overly coiled hair. His single mother attempts to cure him of his obsessions through doctor’s visits,...

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Gluten free brick-and-mortar ‘Epiphany Bakery’ to open mid-March in Naples

After five years, Epiphany Bakery, a long-standing farmer’s market spot, is aiming to open the doors to its first brick-and-mortar store sometime in March in Naples. The 1,200-square-foot space will seat 20 and feature a community table, bar chairs and outdoor dining accommodations. The new location will offer patrons the original menu, highlighting its famous hot Belgian Paleo waffles, while also hosting newer gluten-free baked items. It also plans on incorporating hot breakfast sandwiches. People can select their choice of protein and roll, whether it be dairy free, nut free or on a tortilla. The gluten-free fare does not...

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Pea-based milk is more than just a trend

Health-conscious consumers have started loading up on milks of every variety, including macadamia, almond and coconut milks. With developing technology and the consumer’s growing desire for plant-based foods and dairy alternatives, one does wonder: what will milk be made out of next? The latest milk product comes from the yellow pea. Ripple, the leading company of this new trend, has found a way to extract the nutrients from yellow peas and make it creamy and tasty enough for human consumption. Here are a few things this small-but-mighty vegetable-based milk has in store for your organs. Free of any allergens...

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New and noteworthy restaurants in SWFL

Just in time for Southwest Florida’s tourist  season, numerous restaurants are coming to local market. Pleasing taco aficionados and hot dog junkies alike, the areas spanning from Fort Myers to North Naples are beginning to feature a refreshing twist on inexpensive spots to fill your stomachs. Fine Folk Pizza  Address: 11300 Lindbergh Boulevard #114 | Fort Myers, Florida 33913 New Jersey transplants serving up some seriously phenomenal pizza even the most critical pizza advocates can appreciate.  From a bruschetta style pizza to a more daring buffalo style sauced pizza, Fine Folk Pizza has something for everyone.  If the restaurant’s...

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Balanced Body, Happy Life – Key nutrients your body could be missing out on

Feeling a little depressed or lethargic lately? The organs in the human body have a key way of telling the brain that we may not be all peonies and sunshine inside. While WebMD offers a plethora of explanations for your recent lag, it can often lead you to overthink your symptoms. Before panicking, make sure you are fulfilling these key nutrients in your daily diet. Calcium We all know the correlation between calcium and milk. What you may not know is the kind of havoc and abuse that a calcium deficiency can cause in your body. When your body’s cells do not get...

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The Ultimate Gift Guide

Gift giving can feel more stressful than rewarding when you’re drawing a blank on what to purchase. Some of the best one-stop shops are World Market, Target and Home Goods.  Not only do they offer a plethora of options, they’re also wallet friendly. Most of the items listed below for that “one person” in your life could be found at one of those locations. The Burly Boyfriend Bearded or not, the manly-man can be the most difficult to shop for. The possibilities are really endless, but below are some unique and trendy items that will turn that beard-frown upside...

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New year, new foods

A new year often prompts individuals to start making healthy changes.  Nonetheless, with all of the diet fads around the block, where to begin can make for a difficult decision. The simplest place to start is breakfast. Instead of driving to Starbucks for the first meal of the day, try incorporating these healthy breakfast alternatives into your daily routine. Toss the white bread in the trash and go ancient with your grains: Bread crafted from sprouted grain tends to be rough in texture, and is great for the gut. The increased amount of nutrients and low amounts of anti-nutrients...

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Know your cooking oils

Thanksgiving is officially over, and it’s finally off to the winter holidays. More often than not, Christmas, Hanukkah Kwanza and the New Year all involve some type of cooking.  Whether it’s baking, grilling or frying, we are all ready to dust off the old family recipes and get to work in the kitchen. Breaking out the butter, margarine or Crisco may lead us to heavily consider new health trends and how we make our family’s recipes. Truth be told, particular cooking oils may not be able to handle the high temperatures that our holiday cooking may require. When oils...

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When in doubt and stressed out – dealing with finals

Finals are just around the corner and we all know what that means: tucking ourselves away in a room to stare at a book for hours, letting the stress accumulate like a pile of rocks on our shoulders. Many of us cope with stress in different ways, but here are some scientifically proven methods to reduce stress and help you nail your final exams.  Dance It Out Channel your inner Meredith Grey for as long as you need. Whether you want to dance it out with your roommates, friends or by your lonesome, blasting some tunes and getting your...

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