The Tale of GMOs is True, But There's More to the Story on Health and Nutrition

Photo by Cydnie Bureau @cydniebureau

Photo by Cydnie Bureau @cydniebureau

 The tale has it that eating GMOs is bound to influence your health negatively. For those unaware (which I find to be unlikely given our media-rich society, but I’ll say it anyway), GMO stands for genetically modified organisms.

Genetically speaking, this means the food’s DNA has been altered and human-manipulated to derive a certain substance or outcome. The result? Food on our shelves and in the aisles of our superstores!

This leaves us with consumption options that are unnatural, ridden with additives and artificial genes. It shouldn’t take the rocket scientists in you to see that this is by no means a desirable path to nourishing yourself or cultivating a long, sustained life.

Are these food items bad for our health? Quite possibly. I mean, in the context of nutrition I would say yes. However, I believe there is something bigger we should be looking at here.

When it comes to GMOs, there are certain foods that are more heavily altered than others. Most of the studies and worries surrounding GMOs as being harmful to have to do with particular crops.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found “no substantial evidence of a difference in the risks to human health between current commercially available genetically engineered crops,” and no conclusive casual evidence environmental problems tied to genetically modified crops”

Their exhaustive study looked at the characteristics of crops most widely used commercially. The crops in question are soy, cotton, and corn. This means that foods that contain these ingredients are indeed harmful for large consumption.

What I wish to draw your attention to is being actively in search of quality food, as opposed to being food averse.  Instead of being fearful that GMOs will harm your health, find foods that do not contain these ingredients.

While GMOs may be harmful, the importance as it pertains to health and nutrition should be on eating whole foods and organic crops, while being conscious of avoiding food items that contain heavily altered ingredients.

The question of many is whether eating GE crops will negatively impact human health, ultimately leading to morbidity or severe health complications such as diabetes, cancer, allergies, etc.

Simply avoiding processed foods and seeking out local farmers and purchasing crops you know are heavily altered will ensure you remain healthy.  

It is more important to eat a diet rich in nutrients as opposed to just not eating GMOs. If you focus on nutrition and your health this way, you are doing yourself a disfavor. Many food items that are labeled NON-GMO, are still processed and contain large amounts of sugar and other ingredients that can still cause serious conditions and diseases.

Simple sugars are more directly linked to causing cancer than GMOs are. Thus, filling your fridges with real fruits, vegetables and grains is the manner in which we see health improvements and sustainability.

To conclude, I urge you to eat what is natural, source your crops locally, avoid crops and food containing heavily altered ingredients, and focus on filling your plate with organic, plant-full nourishment.