Are you eating the right foods to remain healthy?
Healthy foods can be treated as natural medicines for curing your ailments. Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Unfortunately, nowadays many natural crops are modified in order to improve yield. The foods from these crops are called Genetically Modified Foods.
What Are Genetically Modified Foods?
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a broad group of plants, animals and bacteria in which the DNA (genetic material) has been transformed. The use of gene technology in food production has become widespread due to the increased demand for improved crop yields. Genetic food manufacturers reason that with the drastically increasing population, GM foods are the best way to ensure a sufficient food supply.
Genetically modified foods were first introduced on the US market in the early nineties. The result is that, today more than 50% of the world’s genetically modified crops are planted in the US. According to a survey conducted by the International Food Information Council (IFIC), only 40% of people in the US are aware that some of the foods they are buying and eating are composed of genetically modified ingredients.
There is much more than a casual association between genetically modified foods and their negative impact on human health. Let’s discuss it in detail.
Negative Impact of Genetically Modified Foods on Human Health
There are several potential dangers that could result from the insertion of a foreign (genetically modified) gene into an organism. These include:
Genetically modified foods have never been properly tested for human consumption. Studies are mostly carried out by feeding these modified foods to animals, and the results have raised great alarm.
What Should You Do To Avoid GMOs?
Statistics indicate that approximately 70% of processed foods on US grocery shelves are composed of GM ingredients. Four of the most common crops that are genetically modified are soy, cotton, canola and corn, ingredients which are typically used in modern food manufacturing. Some baby foods prepared from canola oils are also likely to have genetically modified ingredients. So if you are primarily consuming processed foods, you are eating about 75% genetically modified foods.
You may be surprised to learn that most popular food brands use genetically modified organisms. Some manufacturers that claim to offer natural foods actually use genetically modified ingredients. The best way to avoid buying or consuming GMOs is to beware of the companies that use them. Some of the manufacturers that use genetically modified organisms in their food production are:
Nestle, Coco Cola, Kellogg’s, Craft, Quaker, General Mills, Mars, Unilever, Pepsico, Heinz, Peter Pan, and Hansen.
One of the greatest threats facing mankind today is the use of genetically modified ingredients in food products. If you’re serious about keeping you and your family safe from the life-threatening diseases associated with these products, you should think twice before buying GM foods.