Latest Research Warns GMO Foods Can Steal Your Health
The ’90s gave us many shocking things of which GMO is one of them. However even after decades still a lot of confusion is pervading around this food, that what exactly these foods do to our bodies and the planet.
It is estimated that 70 – 80 % of the foods that Americans eat contain ingredients that have been genetically modified, according to the 2013 statement by the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Still, consumer awareness about GMOs is very least. In a 2013 study by Rutgers University’s School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, only 26% of people believed that they had ever had any food containing genetically modified ingredients.
According to a new peer-reviewed article published in the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine reducing or removing GMO foods from your diet can offer serious improvements in energy levels, digestive issues, weight, food allergies or sensitivities, anxiety and depression, and other chronic health conditions. The article is written by Jeffrey M. Smith, the author, and filmmaker behind Genetic Roulette-The Gamble of Our Lives and Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating, analyse existing research and also presented a new survey of 3,256 samples(people) who switched to a non-GMO diet.
What This Particular Research Shows
Smith’s article sheds light on the possible effects of GMO foods since till to date there have been no human clinical trials related to GMO consumption.
“I wasn’t expecting it to be dramatic or even significant in terms of what people would notice when they stopped eating GMOs,” told Smith. But, the survey cited in this article—conducted by the “Institute for Responsible Technology” (IRT, an organization that Smith founded and educated people on GMO products)—supports the anecdotal evidence. It was completed by 3,256 sample individuals on the IRT mailing list. Individuals completed a short questionnaire about which ( or if any) conditions or symptoms they have seen improvement after switching to a non-GMO diet.
Smith discovered that a large percentage of individuals experienced improvements in these following symptoms or conditions:
- Digestive problems 85.2%
- Fatigue 60.4%
- Overweight or obesity 54.6%
- Clouding of consciousness (brain fog) 51.7%
- Mood problems/anxiety/depression 51.1%
- Food allergies or sensitivities 50.2%
- Memory and concentration 48.1%
- Joint pain 47.5%
- Seasonal allergies 46.6%
- Gluten sensitivities 42.2%
- Insomnia 33.2%
What Could Be Bad About GMOs?
Smith’s study outlines a few theories which suggest why GMOs may influence our health issues—however, there is still a lot of research needed, and there is a lot that we still don’t know.
- The process of genetic modification ( making changes to the plant’s DNA) itself can create or increase, toxins, allergens, and anti-nutrients. For instance, genetically modified soybeans were found to have as much as seven times the level of a natural soy allergen, and double the normal amount of soy lectin, which can potentially block nutrient absorption, according to the Smith’s article.
- One of the main aims of genetically modifying plants is to allow the crops to survive the exposure to herbicides that kill surrounding weeds. The herbicide is classified by the World Health Organization as a “probably carcinogenic,” according to the Reuters. (Roundup gets sprayed on non-GMO plants too, which is one of the main reason you really should consider buying organic.)
- Bt toxin is insecticides that are produced within most genetically engineered corn varieties grown in the U.S. to destroy the insects so that they don’t ruin crops. According to the Smith’s research, the toxin can increase the allergenic and carcinogenic compounds in the corn.
But these are just one study, and there is still a lot of conflicting literature on the topic. For instance, a research review published in the Critical Reviews in Biotechnology looked at 1783 original reviews, research papers, relevant opinions and reports published between 2002 to 2012 and didn’t find any proof that supports the idea that genetically modified foods pose any harm to humans and animals. That’s why one article published in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe (which was supported by 300 independent researchers) makes the point that there is no scientific consensus on GMO safety.
But for now, just worry about the simple and specific things that can directly impact your health: getting enough sleep, stay hydrated, stay active, and eat your vegetables.
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