There’s a lot of talk these days about GMOs and how they’re bad for people. But, what are GMOs exactly, and are they really as bad as people say? That all depends on who you ask, but many studies do show that regularly consuming GMOs, which can be found in many unnatural foods and drinks, can lead to adverse effects in humans. GMOs are foods made from genetically modified plants and animals, and it appears that, in ways researchers are still discovering, they can be dangerous.
Pesticides and Pregnancy Don’t Mix!
A recent Canadian study examined women who had consumed GMOs in their food. What the study found, shockingly, was that in women who consumed GMOs, pesticides were found in their blood. This extended to pregnant women, for whom ingesting pesticides is even more dangerous, as these unregulated and largely unstudied pesticides could harm the unborn fetus. Pregnant or not, however, most people do not want to have pesticides in their blood, which is enough reason for many to steer clear of GMOs.
GMOs practically need a warning label because of all the unhealthy, sometimes long-term and/or irreversible problems they have been associated with. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has stated that consumption of GMOs has been associated with:
- Organ damage
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Immune system disorders
- Accelerated aging
If that sounds scary to you, well…it really should. There are also theories, supported by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, that consuming genetically modified food can lead to genetically modified materials getting inside of us and remaining there, potentially doing all kinds of damage that hasn’t even been explored yet.
Another major issue with genetically modified foods is the fact that plants, before they’re even modified, typically produce small amounts of substances that, in larger quantities, could be toxic to humans. Researchers are concerned that modifying plants in unknown and largely unstudied ways could lead to increased toxin production, which could easily take a plant from harmless to harmful or, if ingested often enough, even fatal. While this theory hasn’t been proven yet, it’s enough to make some people say no to GMOs completely.
In recent years, gluten sensitivity has become a problem that more people are aware of. In fact, gluten intolerance and related diseases, such as Celiac disease, affects around 18 million Americans. A study by the Institute for Responsible Technology has found that consuming genetically modified foods regularly may make people more susceptible to Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity or intolerance by increasing the likelihood of developing the following related symptoms and conditions:
- Increased permeability of the intestines
- Intestinal wall damage
- Unbalanced gut bacteria
- Digestive problems
- Immune system responses
The bottom line is that when people eat genetically modified foods, they are eating something that they really don’t know much about, something that could be harming them in ways they aren’t even aware of yet and may not be aware of for years to come, after it’s too late to do anything. It’s best not to take these kinds of chances with your health and to instead eat an all-natural diet that you can trust; your body will thank you!