GMO, its a huge issue. But what is it.
Its the result of a laboratory process that inserts genes from one species into the genes of another to obtain a desired trait or characteristic.
Jeffrey M. Smith, author of “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives” and founding executive director of The Institute for Responsible Technology, a leading source of GMO-health-risk information, says several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified food, including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.
In fact, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine has asked physicians to advise all patients to avoid genetically modified foods altogether.
Ready to go GMO free? Here are 10 ways to shop smarter:
1. Go organic. The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit GMOs, so shopping organic is a great way to avoid them. “Plus, organic foods have (fewer) or no pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, and have a higher vitamin and mineral content as well,” says health and wellness expert Kathy Gruver.
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2. Load up on fruits and veggies. Most fresh produce is non-GMO, says Smith, but zucchini, yellow summer squash, edamame, sweet corn and papaya from Hawaii or China are considered high risk and are best avoided. Only buy those high-risk fruits and vegetables if they are labeled “organic” or “non-GMO”.
3. Look for the non-GMO-verified seal. Since GMOs require no labeling, this seal is one of the best ways to tell when foods are free of genetic modification. “Most companies won’t tell us what foods do have GMOs, so these seals help you seek out foods that don’t have them,”.
4. Beware of additives. The five most common GMOs — corn, canola, soy, cotton and sugar beets — often end up as additives (in the form of corn syrup, oil, sugar, flavoring agents or thickeners) in packaged foods, says Gruver, so check ingredient labels carefully.
5. Choose wild-caught seafood. Some farm-raised fish eat GMO feed.
6. Just say no to at-risk ingredients. Skip soybeans, canola, cottonseed, corn and sugar from sugar beets, which are at highest risk of being genetically modified.
7. Call ahead before eating out. The next time you plan a nice dinner out, beware of “invisible ingredients” like soy sauce, cooking oil and salad dressing, which might contain genetically modified ingredients, says Smith. But don’t be afraid to make special requests. “You could call in advance to ask if the chef can cook your fish in olive oil versus canola oil, for instance” .
8. Focus on fiber. Most grains, seeds, nuts and beans are non-GMO.
9. Avoid aspartame. An ingredient in diet sodas and low-calorie “sweets,” aspartame is indeed genetically modified. And that’s anything but sweet. “This synthetic sweetener contains a genetically engineered organism” .
Its that easy although alot to grasp at times. If your confused, take it slow and keep it healthy.