Genetically Modified (GM) Foods

Genetically modified foods are also known as GM and GMO foods.  All over the world, there is a debate going on about GM foods. Experts are divided about their effect on human beings and animals. But there is a strong concurrence that such foods are not beneficial at all and that they are actually inimical to foods. There are some experiments done regarding genetically modified foods and they had proved to have a long-term effect on human health. In fact, many experiments related to animals revealed that severe health problems occurred due to the consuming of genetically modified foods.

About genetically modified foods

The main goal of GM foods started with the intention to fulfill the feeding requirements of the huge population in poor nations to prevent against lack of foods. We can get more than sufficient foods from GM foods. The expected advantage of GM foods is that it can generate adequate amounts of foods and decrease the requirement of extra herbicides and pesticides. These GM plants can survive by enduring severe changes in climate conditions. On the other hand, it is found that because of GM plants there are severe damages to animals, people, and environment rather than the advantages.  Externally GMO diets are similar to non-GMO diets and contain similar nutrients. On the other hand, GMO diets DNA are distinctively comparing to non-GMO.

Foods are usually genetically modified while inserting the genes of viruses, bacteria, animals, insects and even human beings into plants DNA to change the creatures’ characteristics. This process usually is done in crops to generate herbicides resistant plants to wipe out weeds and to enhance plants to generate toxins chemicals to destroy insects which are unsafe for crops. Bacillus thuringiensis toxin can be defined as soil bacteria. It is being utilized as a pesticide to kill harmful bacteria for several years. If insects crunch into the plant cells the toxic chemicals go into the insect and breaks its stomach and destroy insects.

GM plants consist such kind of characteristic to kill insects and to protect itself from insects. On the other hand, this occurs for longer periods, insects will get resistance to these kinds of poisons and would be required more powerful herbicides and strong chemicals to protect crops from insects. If insects get strong resistance against GM foods, we cannot generate more strong pesticides to save crops. In the country of US, the more popular genetically modified crops are 91 percent soya beans, 88 percent cotton and 85 percent corn. Sadly FDA is not needed the diet labels which represents GM foods. It is amazing to know that several processed diets which we consume are genetically modified foods such as soups, condiments, sodas, and crackers.

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Here mentioned some GMO foods, those are canola, cotton, sugar beets, yellow squash, zucchini, soy, corn, alfalfa, Hawaiian papaya. Some genetically modified animal foods are generated by inserting rBGH. Enzymes, artificial sweetener aspartame, foods additives, flavorings consist of GM. It is better to eliminate such kind of GM foods from the regular diet but it is hard to eliminate because the most percentage of diets consists of GM ingredients which are derived from corn.

Some of these ingredients are mentioned below.

  • Citric Acid
  • Cornmeal
  • Aspartame
  • Caramel
  • Colorimetry
  • Cellulose
  • Corn oil
  • Fructose or glucose
  • Dextrose
  • Dyes
  • Cornstarch
  • Food starch or modified foods starch
  • Sorbitol
  • Vanilla extract
  • Xantham Gum
  • Dextrin or maltodextrin
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Mono- and triglycerides
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)

Some soya bean ingredients also derived from GMO soy. Those are lecithin, soy isolate, soy flour, soy protein, isoflavone. So it is better to avoid GM soya beans.

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