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Genetically Modified Food And Their Effects On Our Body

Genetically modified food has been the gift of modern technology and innovation. But what does it exactly mean? Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO are crops that have been engineered in such a way that they have more yields and resistant to herbicides. GMO helps keep the environment pesticide-free, and increase in yield means cheaper prices, too. So far, it sounds like a revolutionary technology that is doing a whole lot of good. The real picture, unfortunately, is quite different. Though there are a lot of people who will speak in the favor of GMOs, the truth is, artificially changing the natural process can never produce anything good. It does have a negative effect on our health.

Cancer

A research from 2012 to 2013 has shown that when a rat was fed GMO corn for a while, it developed fatal tumors. Though scientists are still working on this idea, and many people have reacted adversely to the reports, it cannot be completely ignored. In another test, rats were fed GMO potatoes, and it was found that the cells in their stomach linings had abnormal cell growth which can definitely be linked to cancerous growths.

Food Allergy

The list of the most common food allergens can easily be found on the labels of foods. Some of them are wheat, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, and soy. GMO is linked with these allergens. The protein in the food triggers the allergy. In the UK, it was found that soy allergy went up 50% when GM soy came out in the market. Moreover, scientists have found the GM soy contains some extra allergens that you might not find in natural soy.

Toxicity

There has been widespread research on the toxic elements found in GMO foods. Several countries have reported how several domestic animals died after eating plants and crops that were genetically modified. If animals reacted this way to GMO, imagine what they can do to humans. Tests have been carried out on human beings, too — particularly on pregnant and non-pregnant women. It was found that the toxicity affects the fetuses directly in pregnant women. This means it can highly affect the normal development of a fetus and may even cause health complications

Sterility

Scientists set up another experiment where mice were fed GMO corn, and it was found that they reproduced significantly less than before. Moreover, the weight of the newborns decreased as well. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has rightly said that GMO foods do affect our health.

Gluten Disorders

There is a clear connection between gluten disorder and GMO food. In fact, with the advent of GMO food, an alarming number of people worldwide affected with gluten disorder has increased. Scientists found out that if you keep GMO food out of your diet, then chances of recovering are increased.

Unnatural DNA Transfer

The GMO technique often used is a horizontal gene transfer. It has been found that this technique is against the natural method of gene transfer. In this process, genes are injected in a different process. The results are often unknown and unpredictable as well. It has also been proven that when we eat GMO food that has been modified in this way, the injected DNA can get into our bloodstream via the intestine walls. That, in fact, sounds very scary! Who knows what these can do to our bodies?

Birth Defects

We have discussed before how GMO food affects pregnant women and their fetuses. It is a small wonder then that GMO can actually affect newborns who may be born with defects resulting from these foods. GMO food is highly treated with herbicides, and one of the main ingredients of herbicide is Glyphosate. This element is known to be dangerous for human beings, leading many scientists to believe that it might be the reason for birth defects, sterility, and even cancer.

It is hard not to get a little scared reading all this. It is best to know which food is most affected by the genetic modification. Steering clear of that food might help avoid some of the most deadly diseases we can dream of. Corn, soy, sugar, artificial sweetener, canola oil, dairy, zucchini, and yellow squash are the usual culprits. It is best to go organic especially for sugar and dairy products – two things that are common in our kitchen. Going organic is not just great for your health, it is good for the local economy, too!

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