There is a lot of confusion out there about GMO (genetically modified organism) food. People have been genetically modifying crops for thousands of years to produce better taste, disease resistance, color, etc. These steps have been beneficial for agriculture and the consumer. Hybrids have given us several improvements and in some cases more abundance and could actually reproduce. However, in recent years genetic engineering (GMO) has taken place where careful selection and cultivation is used to cross the genetic materials of two different, but related plants to produce new plants that can’t be reproduced by the two plants in nature. Then, through molecular biology techniques, GMO technology has combined the DNA of species that would never breed in nature, they are called genetically modified, transgenic or genetically engineered. GMO crops have been engineered genetically with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to produce their own pesticide. When the bugs bite the plant, the bacteria splits their stomachs open and they die. This becomes our problem, because the gene inserted into the GMO foods transfers into the DNA of bacteria living in our intestines and continues to function. We could be producing our own pesticides in our guts! This opens the door for many health problems, when our gut flora is destroyed. To compound the problem, the bugs have become resistant to Bt, so the crops still have to be sprayed with pesticides. This whole scenario has opened us up to a plethora of new health issues, such as new allergies, new diseases, and new nutritional problems. We really don’t know the extent of the damage caused by GMO foods, we are the guinea pigs. Buying organic food is more important now, than ever.
A careful look at product labels will offer clues about genetically modified ingredients. Here is a quick reference chart that is useful for shopping. You can also pick up a pocket shopping guide at Georgia’s Naturals, located at 3010 Williams Dr., Suite 105, Georgetown, TX.
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As with any ingredient or food that is consumed too often, health issues can develop and sensitivities or allergies can emerge. We have to be aware and listen to our bodies and if these sensitivities develop, an elimination diet may be useful to figure out which ingredient or food is the offender. The symptoms typically disappear when the food or ingredient is eliminated from the diet. We may not even realize how much of a substance we are ingesting, until we start reading the labels.
Dr. Mercola explains, “We have had reports of allergies to canola, and internet articles describe a variety of symptoms — tremors, shaking, palsy, lack of coordination, slurred speech, memory problems, blurred vision, problems with urination, numbness and tingling in the extremities, and heart arrhythmias — that cleared up on discontinuance of canola. None of this has been reported in the medical journals, however.”
For more information about canola oil and why it is not the best choice, check out this article:
Be careful about reading labels and learn what you can about GMO foods. Know where your food comes from, grow your own food, buy local. Listen to your body, you will hear more than anyone else, if you listen. You have the power to do something about it.