What Are GMOs?
Genetically-modified organisms are materials (usually of plant origin) that have been altered to ward off pests and disease. While this sounds beneficial in theory, the health effects of GMOs remain unclear in the majority of the
population. Some animal models, however, have shown disastrous effects from feeding GMO foods, with soybeans, corn, and wheat being the biggest culprits. Two of the health effects that have been revealed in clinical studies include:
- Immune System Health
- Reproductive Issues
For years, developers of modified crops have claimed that the pesticides in plants were harmless to the human body. It was said that pesticides were broken down into inert compounds as soon as they entered the stomach. With no large-scale, long-term studies being available to back up these assertions, very little can be said to fully guarantee their safety in the human food supply.
Findings presented by the University of Sherbrooke Hospital Centre in Quebec revealed concerns over the long-term risks of consuming GMO grains, like wheat and corn. The study involved a small population of expectant mothers and their unborn children as well as non-pregnant women. Its aim was to test the amount of residual
pesticides that could be found in the mothers’ blood. Of the 69 women who participated in the study, the majority of mothers showed measurable amounts of pesticides in their bloodstreams. Even 80% of their fetal offspring showed
noticeable serum levels of genetically-engineered pesticides.
Gut Damage from GMO Foods
Gastrointestinal disorders have been rising within the past 50 years, with gluten, processed foods, and GMOs being the primary culprits driving this increase. Irritable bowel syndrome, Celiac disease, and chronic constipation are
a few of the many intestinal disorders that are commonplace today. Glyphosate, an herbicide used in GM crops, has been shown to disturb intestinal microflora balance and promote the growth of harmful bacterial strains. This may interfere with the immune system, increase infection rates, and also cause issues with mood and behavior.
Digestive enzymes may also be reduced following consumption of GMO foods, leading to impaired digestion.
How to Avoid GMO Foods
The only way to avoid GMO foods is to choose organic whenever possible. By purchasing organic, you are voting with your pocketbook and creating a demand for more natural, non-GMO, non-pesticide foods. Don’t be fooled by the all-natural label; these foods may contain all-natural ingredients, but they could be genetically modified. Only the USDA’s organic certification label guarantees the absence of genetically-engineered ingredients.