Top 3 Reasons to Avoid GMO Foods
I don’t know about you, but GMO foods give me the creeps. What is a GMO food, you may ask? Well… it’s a food created in a laboratory by the process of merging the genetic information from two different species. For example, the genetic information from a bug-killing herbicide can be incorporated into the genetic structure of a plant.
This process of genetic flip-flopping creates a new plant that is referred to as a genetically modified organism or GMO.
Genetic engineers have found some pretty crafty ways to incorporate genes of other species into the genetic structure of plants. The name of the game here is to give a plant the characteristics to withstand environmental conditions that would otherwise kill it, such as herbicidal spraying or insect infestation.
The down side is, when the DNA structure of a plant is altered, new proteins form. These proteins are completely unnatural — in fact, they’re are not seen in nature at all. And oddly enough, there have been absolutely no safety studies on the effects of eating these GMO foods with their ‘frankenproteins’.
GMO foods are only presumed to be safe.
So, which crops are genetically modified?
- Corn (not popcorn)
- Cottonseed (for oil)
- Canola (for oil)
- Sugar beets (for sugar)
- Yellow Crookneck Squash
- Alfalfa (for hay)
What are the top 3 reasons to avoid GMO foods?
1. GMO foods can contain insecticides
Instead of spraying a crop with an insecticide to prevent insects from consuming a crop, genetic engineers have found a way to incorporate insecticide into the DNA of plant cells.
When an insect takes a bite out of a GMO plant containing an insecticide, its stomach explodes, and the insect dies. (The insecticide responsible for this effect is bacillus thuringiensis (Bt): a type of bacterium.)
You can’t wash Bt toxin off! It’s built right into the plant’s cellular structure.
GMO foods that contain Bt came on the market in the mid-90’s. And, interestingly, intestinal ailments like irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, leaky gut syndrome and acid reflux have skyrocketed since.
Although, more studies are required, the possibility of Bt containing foods causing intestinal damage is reason enough for me to avoid GMO products. I don’t feel as if I want to be a part of a grand experiment — do you?
2. Pesticides associated with genetically modified foods remain in your body after you eat them, and they can remain active in your intestine.
A Canadian study found that 93% of tested pregnant women and 80% of their unborn children had Bt toxin in their blood.
Researchers speculated that the Bt toxin was consumed through the normal diet consisting of processed foods containing high fructose corn syrup and GMO-corn fed beef.
So, when you eat GMO foods or when you eat animals that have consumed GMO foods, the toxic substances within that food sets-up camp in your body, and it doesn’t leave any time soon.
What are some illnesses associated with consuming GMO foods?
- digestive disorders
- kidney disease
- heart attacks
- thyroid disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- autoimmune diseases
3. GMO crops produced by Monstano are genetically modified to withstand the herbicidal spray called Roundup.
Roundup contains a chemical called glyphosate, which is a weed killer that can cause nutrient deficiencies and birth defects in humans. It is also linked to infertility.
So, now that you know the top 3 reasons to avoid GMO foods, I’m sure you are wondering:
How can I avoid GMO foods in the first place?
- Purchase organic foods
- Purchase foods labelled as non-GMO
- Use the non-GMO shopping guide
- Avoid consuming soy, corn, cottonseed oil, canola oil and sugar beets
If you would like more information on GMO foods, I would highly recommend watching the documentary: Genetic Roulette