Is GMO Food Bad?
Genetically modified organisms, known as genetically modified foods, started out as a thing seen only in science fiction. However, over the past few decades, they have become quite popular without most people ever realizing it. People are asking in increasing numbers, though, “Is GMO food bad?”
Web MD estimates that 60 – 70 percent of all processed foods in the United States contain genetically modified ingredients. Even more surprisingly though, only an estimated 52 percent of American citizens even realize that they have consumed GMO foods.
The fact that almost half of the American public does not know about the presence of GMOs is quite telling. However, this is a natural consequence since food companies do not have to list genetically modified ingredients. Unfortunately, the problem from this failure to label means that people cannot decide for themselves if they want to eat those foods.
Is GMO Food Bad For You? Points To Consider:
Most Common Genetically Modified Foods
The most common genetically modified food is soy protein. Originally hailed as a miracle food, soy protein actually causes a number of health problems ranging from blocked sex hormones to blood sugar elevations.
In “Doctor Warns: Eat This and You’ll Look 5 Years Older,” Joseph Mercola warns against the effects of consuming soy. It is also one of the most commonly modified food substances. However, it also appears under a number of other names including
- Mono diglyceride
- Textured soy flour (TSF)
- Textured soy protein (TSP)
- Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
- Monosodium glutamate
Corn, flour, and gluten based products are other common sources for genetically modified foods. Some of the most successful genetic modifications started out with wheat modifications. In fact, Natural News reports that many experts now suspect that genetic modifications around wheat and gluten are the primary reasons that gluten intolerance problems have increased.
In fact, the vast majority of all wheat and flour products on the market have been genetically modified to make them feed more people.
So, Are GMO Foods Dangerous
The short answer is probably yes. Carolanne Wright reports in “Incidence of Gluten Sensitivity Skyrockets in U.S. – Are GMOs to Blame?” estimates that gluten and wheat products did not aways have the effect that they have now.
The effect of genetic modifications is generally to make the foods produce more and to provide greater satiety. The simplest way to do this is to increase the carbohydrate levels as well as the overall hardiness. Some of the evidence for this includes the prevalence of leaky gut and irritable bowel syndrome along with drastically increased.
Soy causes similar problems. While it fills the stomach and provides what looks like a lower calorie substitute, it actually leads to significant levels of hormone disruption.
Most of the time, the genetic modifications include an active ingredient known as glyphosate. This is particularly harmful to women’s reproductive systems. The genetic modifications, of course, are designed to make it more resistant to disease, but the disease resistance also makes it more likely for it to harm your body, increase inflammation, and disrupt healing.
The Solution to the GMO Problem
With so many different foods being genetically modified, particularly base ingredients like corn and soy, it’s hard to know which foods are genetically modified and which ones are not. Even supposed health foods can contain genetically modified ingredients, and you may be shocked to realize how unhealthy those foods are for you even without the genetically modified ingredients.
The only way to make sure that you’re not eating these foods is to eat locally grown whole/organic foods. Soy and corn should be avoided as should wheat. If you can grow the food yourself, then you can also protect yourself even further. Genetically modified ingredients are nothing to mess with. If you can avoid them, you will be the healthier for it.
“Are Biotech Foods Safe to Eat,” WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/are-biotech-foods-safe-to-eat (2012).
Carolanne Wright, “Incidence of Gluten Sensitivity Skyrocketing in US – Are GMOs to Blame?” Natural News, http://www.naturalnews.com/037923_gluten_sensitivity_gmos_food_intolerance.html (2011).
“What and GMOs Getting Us All Sick Gluten Intolerance,” Before Its News, http://beforeitsnews.com/health/2013/03/wheat-gmos-getting-us-all-sick-gluten-intolerance-2477592.html (2013).