First off, GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. Does that clear things up? Probably not. Here is a definition of GMOs from gmoinside.org
: "Genetic modification, or genetic engineering, is the process of manipulating an organism’s DNA to display specific traits . Gene splicing introduces new genetic material into an organism’s DNA, resulting in a genetically modified organism (GMO).Are you wondering, "what does this have to do with me?"
According to gmoinside.org
, "More and more foods are being genetically engineered or contain genetically engineered ingredients. Here are eight of the most common and commercially available GMO crops to look out for. If a product contains these ingredients and is not labeled as USDA-certified organic or Non-GMO Project Verified, it is likely genetically modified:
Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash
Note: Dairy, meat, and other animal products are at high risk of being sourced from livestock raised on genetically modified feed. The majority of animal feed is made up of genetically modified soy, corn, alfalfa, and cottonseed."
There is still some controversy out there among health industry professionals about GMOs and the level of damage they cause us, if any. However, as more and more research is done in this area, the effects are becoming difficult to ignore.
According to the author of Seeds of Deception, Jeffery Smith, reports have shown that simply removing all GMOs from the diets of livestock has shown to improve a myriad of conditions in the animals such as improved gastrointestinal issues, reduced diarrhea, reduction in necessary medications, and in illnesses such as colds and flus.
These improvements have been seen in more than just livestock; similar reports have been shown in household pets as well and even in humans. Removing GMOs from the human diet has shown similar and even additional benefits such as improved gastrointestinal disorders, immune function (asthma and allergies), headaches, skin disorders, weight problems, and even in behavioral issues.You might ask, "if GMOs aren't required to be labeled (yet), what can I do to protect myself and my family?"
Here are a few suggestions to get started:
1. Buy Organic when possible
2. Reduce or remove processed foods from your diet
3. Check out the iPhone app, 'Shop No GMO'
4. Check out the website, nongmoshoppingguide.com
for more choices
About 9 years ago was the first time I experimented with removing processed food from my diet; this step alone can be life-changing. The amount of chemicals, preservatives, and sugars in processed foods can be extremely damaging, even if you're not concerned about the effects of GMOs. I highly recommend experimenting with each and all of these steps to see how you feel when you start cleaning up your diet. I'd love to hear your experience with removing GMOs or with any of the steps above!
As with any dietary information you may read about, be skeptical and do your own research looking at all angles and figure out what works best for you.