The Worst GMO Foods
What are the worst GMO foods? You might have heard about Genetically modified foods (GMO foods). These are things we eat that have been shown to cause harm to humans, animals, and the environment, and despite growing opposition, more and more natural products continue to be genetically altered. Steering away of these foods completely may be difficult, but, by buying fresh products you can avoid getting these foods from your large chain grocer. Many of the foods found in Walmart or large chains are purchased using GMOs because they are cheaper to produce and larger than the home grown variety. Do you really believe that strawberries naturally grow to be the size of your fist? Do you ever remember seeing a potato the size of a softball? Of course not! These are modified foods using chemicals to boost their appeal. You should always look to local farmers and certified USDA organic foods when purchasing these products. It can be more expensive in the short run, but isn’t the risk of cancer and other disease worth that extra cost? Here are five foods to avoid.
There is nothing more tasty in the summer than an ear of corn on the cob. It is a staple around my home to purchase several ears of this vegetable from our local farmer’s markets and roadside stands throughout the summer. Unfortunately, it is also one of the largest uses of GMO in the world. Everything from corn syrup to cattle feed is connected to corn. What is worse, nearly half of all corn consumed in the United States is tied to a company named Monsanto which has a patent on the vegetable. Monsanto’s GMO corn has been tied to numerous health issues, including weight gain and organ disruption. If you want to read some ways of cooking corn on the cob, read myFiveBest’s article: Five Ways To Cook Corn On The Cob
As we all know, sugar is in everything. How do you keep away from this commodity? One of the main sources of sugar comes from the sugar beet. Monsanto, again, is the company that grows most of the sugar beets in America and they genetically modify them. According to NaturalNews, genetically-modified sugar beets were introduced to the U.S. market in 2009. Monsanto has worked to make the sugar beets resistant to herbicides. Monsanto has even had USDA and court-related issues with the planting of it’s sugar beets and had been ordered to remove seeds from the soil due to illegal approval.
Personally, I don’t eat oil in my foods, but canola oil is one of the most widely used oils in our foods today. Canola oil literally means “oil from Canada”, but it is made with rapeseed. It is one of the most chemically altered foods in the U.S. diet, using a chemically altered version of rapeseed, called Rapeseed 00 or LEAR (low erucic acid rapeseed). Since 2005, 85% of all U.S. rapeseed is genetically modified to resist herbicides.
In a previous article, I wrote about the dangers of cheese, but the use of growth hormones in cows in the United States goes unchecked. If you don’t think this is dangerous, you may want to ask yourself why Monsanto’s genetically engineered growth hormone, rBGH, is banned in 27 different countries. Despite public outcry and the warnings of international health professionals, rBGH is the largest selling dairy animal drug in America. In fact, the U.S. is the only developed nation that allows humans to consume milk from cows given artificial growth hormone. Are U.S. government officials truly convinced that rBGH is safe for human consumption, or does it have more to do with the fact that key political figures who were instrumental in the approval of rBGH were actually affiliated with Monsanto.
This one may be a surprise to you, but papaya is a very common GMO food product. Most papaya comes from the state of Hawaii. They started selling these products in the United States since 1990. While the U.S. and Canada import the product, but it is been banned from all of Europe. Currently, 80% of all papaya grown in Hawaii is genetically modified.
In addition to the foods listed, other GMO foods to avoid are those that contain: Soy products (buy milk that is non-GMO), Aspartame, Cotton oil, zucchini and squash. Checking online will help you to find brands that you can enjoy without the fear of these cancer-causing and other disease inducing chemicals.