Here is a scary fact – the effect of genetically modified foods on the human body has never been scientifically assessed – but 80 percent of our packed food contains DNA-manipulated ingredients.
To make the matters even worse, genetically modified food is not labeled as such, which complicates your efforts to avoid it. The request for the labeling of such foods is defeated with the help of giant food manufacturers.
Scientists genetically modified crops in order to improve the resistance of plants to pests, increase yields and reduce the ripening time. The problem is that we do not know how these foods affect our health, because there are no published studies on the impact of such foods on the human body and health.
“The tests haven’t been not done, so we now have become guinea pigs. Anyone who says: “We know that the food is perfectly safe” –either is unbelievably stupid or deliberately lying, “says Canadian geneticist David Suzuki.
Jason Calton, a nutritionist who has studied at Harvard and Yale, with his wife Mira, also a nutritionist, wrote the book “Rich food, poor food” in which they highlight the potential dangers of GMO products.
Their advice is to stick to organic, fresh foods or those that are grown locally, and to avoid GMO products. Remember that industrially obtained milk, meat, and fish are often derived from animals fed with GMO corn, alfalfa or soybeans.
Although GMO products are not labeled, Calton says that there is a trick that can help you identify the GMO fruits and vegetables. Look for the number on the product label, which is called the PLU (Product Number Lookup). If the PLU four-digit number is starting with 3 or 4, it means that the product is not GMOs but it is producedon a farm that uses chemicals and pesticides.
If the number on the label has five digits beginning with a 9, it means that the product is organic, grown without chemicals, pesticides or genetic modification.
“You can buy these products with clear conscience.” says Calton.
But the product that contain a five-digit number starting with 8 are GMO crops.
“They are unnaturally grown with the use of genetic modification”.
Due to the fact that the GMO products are widespread and common and are not labeled, it is almost impossible to avoid them completely. However, this fruit and vegetables is rarely genetically modified: onion, pineapple, avocado, peas, asparagus, mango, eggplant, kiwi, cantaloupe, cabbage, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, watermelon and mushrooms.
The following products have a far greater chance of being genetically modified apples, celery, peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, blueberries, potatoes, green beans, kale, oranges, corn, zucchini, cherry, and hot peppers.
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