Are Genetically Modified Foods Good For Us?
GMO and non GMO foods look the same
GMO foods are harmful to our bodies
Technology is changing food production and manufacturing. Genetic modifications are made to foods in order to enhance them, according to companies that use them. The enhancements are for better color, flavor, and shelf life or in animals many times for faster growth or more production – such as eggs and milk-from an animal. Many of the enhancements or modifications are for them to look better. This makes them more appealing for customers. These kinds of changes are appealing for our eyes and harmful to our bodies as a whole.
Genetically modified foods are not good for you. Foods that contain these organisms are called GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods. The genetic structure or make up of the food is altered by implanting the genes from one species into the genes of another. For example, bacterium, viruses or animal DNA may be spliced with DNA from a food crop or an animal in order to introduce a new desired trait.
The Academy of Environmental Medicine reported several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with food that has been genetically modified.
The animal studies conducted reflected that GMO foods can affect several body systems which include;
· The immune system
· Fertility issues
· Accelerated aging
· Regulation of insulin has been disturbed
· Changes in some of the bodies major organs
· Gastrointestinal problems
If these studies reflect concerns in animals, what are the long term effects for humans? At this time there is no study published with this information. However, you can avoid eating genetically modified foods.
There are several ways to avoid eating them. Follow these tips to escape having these foodstuffs in your refrigerator or on your table.
1. You can purchase organic foods. If the organic foods have been labeled 100% organic they cannot include these types of altered ingredients.
2. Look for non GMO seals on products that you purchase
3. Research on the web foods and companies that typically use this type of production or manufacturing of their products
4. The website Non-GMO ShoppingGuide has a list that includes foods that have not been altered and an app for yourIPhone
5. Because dairy is relatively one of the highest products affected, select an alternative for dairy. If you are currently lactose intolerant or have dairy allergies, you may already be familiar with many of these alternatives. If not, review the shopping guide for examples and ideas you can use
Baby formula surprisingly is also GMO changed. The formula contains modified corn syrup or soy lecithin. However, there is a listing of many baby formulas’ that do not contain these types of additives. These include; Earths Best, Happy Baby Pouches, Happy Tot, Little Duck Organics and Organic Baby. Read the label of your current formula to determine if they are using the modified corn syrup or soy lecithin.
Juices are a product that typically contains corn based sweeteners. These are another source of modified additives. Fruit juices especially are cause for concern if you want to avoid these in children. Kids are the biggest consumers of juices. Read the labels to determine if they are free of these additives.
The GMO Shopping guide is a wonderful resource for review of any concerns you may have concerning these types of products produced by companies, animals or crops related to the food and drink in your home or supermarket. Review the information found on their website and shopping guide for further assistance.
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