Posted on 16. Jun, 2013 in Genetically Modified Food info
Genetically modified foods have recently made the head lines with the Right to Know movement in California, Monsanto, GMO labeling laws and from concerned consumers like myself because we all want and should know what’s really in our food. Today I will try to explain What genetically modified foods are aka GMOs, give you examples of genetically modified foods you should avoid and reasons why should you care…
First I will tell you what I feel in layman’s terms genetically modified foods are and later I will spell it out more scientifically. I apologize in advance if I get too opinionated but this subject has really struck a nerve with me because the food companies have been lying and changing our food without disclosing to us what they were doing and not even labeling these changes so we could tell it was being changed. They also falsely marketed some of these new foods as healthier when in fact they are causing harm to us all, especially our children! The easiest way I can describe them is any food not found in nature. I am not saying you won’t find them while driving by a farm today but rather something that you would not have found in nature 20 years or so ago and the many manufactured lab created foods that don’t come close to resembling real food. Basically these foods are created in a laboratory or the actual seed of the vegetable or fruit is altered from its original form to make it bug resistant, drought resistant and weed resistant among god knows what else.
What are Genetically modified foods? Genetically modified foods are foods produced from genetically modified crops like soybean, corn canola, cotton seed and several other crops. Notably know as GMOs. These foods have had changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering. Genetic engineering modifies the DNA of crops to display specific traits, such as resistance to pesticides and herbicides. Some crops even have had a gene inserted from another organism like the microorganism Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) has been inserted into the corn genome. This enables the corn to express a toxin known as bt toxin which causes the formation of pores in the digestive track of the European corn worm. These pores allow naturally occurring bacteria like E. coli and Enterobacter to enter the blood system of the worm causing sepsis. (Bacterial infection in the blood) which ultimately kills the worm… this same toxin is in every kernel of corn. So every time you eat BT corn you are eating a toxin that can cause pores in your digestive track. Scientists call this “leaky gut” and feel it may be the cause of many digestive issues like crohn’s disease, IBS as well as causing food allergies and a host of auto immune diseases.
Examples of genetically modified food: Anything made from the following crops that are not labeled Organic or non-GMO certified like Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011) , Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop) , Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011), Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011) , Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010) , Alfalfa, Papaya (Hawaiian) Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash. Everyday foods that have ingredients like corn, canola oil, sugar (unless its labeled 100% cane sugar it is most likely GMO sugar beet), soybean oil, cotton seed oil to just name the most prevalent ones. Just go to your refrigerator and pick out some salad dressing or mayonnaise and you will see these ingredients. Pull out some crackers, bread or any processed food you buy in the center isles at the grocery store and there will be a sleuth of these in those too. This also includes meats and dairy because the animals are fed these GMO foods which makes them genetically modified as well. Not to mention Common Ingredients Derived from GMO Crops like Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products, just to name a few!!!
So Why should you care? It is estimated that 75% or more of the food sold in American grocery stores is genetically modified and it is getting higher everyday. Food allergies in children are at an all time high estimated that 1 in 8 children have a food allergy. Obesity, digestive issues and auto immune disease are all high and increasing at a high rate. Our food supply has been altered over the last 20 years without us even knowing it. I myself only recently became aware of GMOs. After changing my eating habits and steering away from GMO foods I feel so much better. I credit the Ultimate Reset for opening my eyes. I felt so great while on the Reset but after it ended and I added back foods that I thought were still healthy I started feeling bad. I didn’t sleep as well, was more moody and was tired so I tried to look at what was so different about the food I ate during the Reset compared to what I was eating after the Reset. I realized while on the Reset I ate all Organic food. At first I thought it was the lack of pesticides but even eating organic fruits and veggies along with other everyday foods I was still not feeling like I was on the Reset. While investigating what the “right to know” movement was all about from seeing it on Facebook, I discovered what GMOs were. I was instantly ticked off at all the deceptive labeling and marketing of our food today. So much that some people thought I was nuts but since then information about What genetically modified foods are aka GMOs, examples of genetically modified foods you should avoid and reasons why should you care have popped up all over the place like Facebook, the news and we have more non-GMO food choices in our stores so they don’t think I am as nuts about GMOs now that they themselves are more informed.
So the next time you go grocery shopping check out the food labels and see what genetically modified foods you are ingesting everyday. Educate yourself and demand your food to be labeled properly and ask store managers to stock more organic fruits and vegetables as well as non-GMO verified foods!