Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GMO Food: What it is and What are its Effects

So much of the food we eat has been corrupted by GMOs.
GMO Food: What it is and What are its Effects

What exactly is a GMO food, and what does "GMO" mean? GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism, and it's a plant or a meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of alteration is experimental and is not found in nature. Here's an example for you; genetically modified corn has been engineered in a laboratory to produce pesticides in its own tissue. In fact, that pesticide is derived from e coli bacteria; so if you eat that corn, you are in fact eating a derivative of e coli bacteria. You have to decide if you're comfortable feeding that to your family.

Unlike the strict safety evaluations supposedly required for the approval of new drugs (keep in mind those "safe" drugs have been shown time and again to have side effects years later that range from bothersome to causing death), the safety of genetically engineered foods for human consumption has not been adequately tested. In fact, to date there haven't been any long-term studies done to determine the safety of ingesting genetically engineered foods.

The United States and Canada do NOT require labeling of genetically modified foods while 50 countries have significant restrictions or bans on GMOs. These countries include UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Mexico.

You can be sold a GM (Genetically Modified) food without being told that's what you're buying as long as it's not too different in chemical composition from foods already on the market. Doesn't it seem odd that they don't tell you whether the food you're buying is genetically modified? The testing done (which, by the way is done by the manufacturer) is done only to determine unexpected changes from the unmodified food for a very limited number of issues such as toxins, nutrients or allergens. No further food safety testing is required as long as these tests show no significant difference between the modified and unmodified products.

To protect yourself and your family, look for products (including organic products) that feature the NON-GMO Project Verified Seal to be sure that at-risk ingredients have been tested for GMO content.

It's in your best interest and the best interest of your family to make your life a GMO free zone!

Cheryl Major blogs about health, clean eating to lose weight and feel better and deal with depression, and about how to use food as your medicine. Get a FREE copy of her Sugar Detox 411 at http://www.ThinStrongHealthy.com

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