What is GMO food doing to us?

Genetically modified food is a hot topic right now, especially with Prop 37 being voted on next week. It turns out that we all need to be aware of what foods are genetically modified and should make an effort to remove them from our diet. This article from the organic consumers association goes into further detail, in particular soy beans. I started seeing a naturopathic doctor about five years ago to put an end to my stomach pain. She told me to avoid eating anything with soy, even though I am not allergic, unless it is edamame beans, and still eat those sparingly. The reason she told me this is because soy has become so genetically modified that it is dangerous to eat. A quote from the article above from Ohio-based allergy specialist John Boyles, MD, says, “I used to  test for soy allergies all the time, but now that soy is genetically engineered,  it is so dangerous that I tell people never to eat it-unless it says  organic.” The article also explains that America has kind of become a guinea pig for the testing of these genetically modified foods. This is really upsetting to me because it has negatively affected my health.

I have a vivid memory of talking about my gluten intolerance (caused by genetically modified wheat) with my not-so-health-consicous best friend. She said “people have been eating gluten for thousands of years and it hasn’t caused any problems.” To which I responded, “gluten is only about 100 years old, and it has been causing problems since it was added into our food supply.” It saddens me that Americans are suffering from our food supply, which to an extent is out of our control.

My mom is also gluten intolerant and has worse reactions to eating it than I do. She has travelled to Italy twice now, where she ate as much bread and pasta as she desired and had no reaction. Why is this? Because there is no gluten in their wheat. It is not genetically modified. Europeans do not even really know what food allergies are. When I was there they looked at my like I was crazy when I required specific meals.

Next time you are at the grocery store, buy organic if you can. I know it can be expensive, but on occasion the organic version is not too much more. Also try to avoid foods like soy and corn which are highly GMO.

Here is a list of the dirty dozen (always buy organic as the pesticides really sink in) and the clean 15 (okay to buy not organic).

 

Check out this video about GMO foods to further educate yourself. Next time you go to the grocery store try to look for foods that are not genetically modified.

 

 

 

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November 2, 2012. Uncategorized.

2 Comments

  1. Mi Mai replied:

    It is without a doubt that when we meddle with nature, that there will be consequences that arise from our actions. I have never really noticed what I was consuming until I started being more aware of all the issues relating to GMO. It’s great that organic foods have risen in popularity, especially since genetically modified foods have been dominating the shelves. Companies want to drive down costs of food to dominate the market but the cost of attaining quantity over quality has resulted in long term health effects and other socio-economic implications. Innovation was meant to move us forward, but when technology is misused, it moves us back.

  2. alexcasini replied:

    I can completely relate to this article because I just did a persuasive speech in one of my classes about Prop 37. GMO’s are very dangerous to society, except what I learned Prop 37 does not help with this very much, the Prop has loopholes and does not make much sense, as in other countries can claim no GMOs but there still are – US won’t test it. Also, it will increase cost of food and taxes. I love your idea and promoting to eat healthier, especially eating organically! Great blog topic, definitely making a change!

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