They are all over the news, internet, and food labels, but do you know what GMO really means?
GMO: genetically modified organism
According to the World Health Organization this means “organisms (i.e. plants, animals or microorganisms) in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination. The technology is often called “modern biotechnology” or “gene technology”, sometimes also “recombinant DNA technology” or “genetic engineering”. It allows selected individual genes to be transferred from one organism into another, also between non related species”
These foods must go through an evaluation and assessment process before being sold for consumption. Although the foods you consume have been approved, there has been some concern about long term effects of eating these products. The details of how they work are too extensive to post in this blog post, however here are some links to access detailed information on GMOs. It is always important to see both sides to a topic like this one.
The most common foods that have been genetically modified:
- Beets, zucchini, tomatoes, papaya
- If the animal products you eat had consumed GMOs, you are in turn consuming GMOs
(The more processed and packaged foods you consume, the more likely it is you are consuming GMOs)
Choosing organic foods are a great way to avoid GMOs. Although it may be unrealistic to completely cut these products out of your diet, it is good to be aware of which ones are most common and limit your intake of those.
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