GMO Diets = BAD! (?)

I stumbled across this article today from ScienceNordic and thought it was interesting. It’s a study that is being done on rats and their diets. The researcher has been feeding the rats GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods and the results are….fatter rats.

So, I know we aren’t rats, but if it makes the rats fatter, what is it doing to our waist lines?

(Taken from ScienceNordic article):

“As part of the project, a group of rats were fed corn which had been genetically modified for pest resistance. Over a period of 90 days they became slightly fatter than the control group of rats fed non-GM corn. The same effect occurred where rats were fed fish which, in turn, had eaten GM corn.

“If the same effect applies to humans, how would it impact on people eating this type of corn over a number of years, or even eating meat from animals feeding on this corn?”, he asks.

“A frequent claim has been that new genes introduced in GM food are harmless since all genes are broken up in the intestines. But our findings show that genes can be transferred through the intestinal wall into the blood; they have been found in blood, muscle tissue and liver in sufficiently large segments to be identified,” Krogdahl explains.

“The biological impact of this gene transfer is unknown.”

What products are GMO?

It would be virtually impossible for me to list everything in the grocery store that was GMO. Unfortunately, it is everywhere and it is not labeled. Several other countries require labeling of the GMO products. The US does not require it and laws are trying to be passed.

I did find a helpful website that lists products by type: nongmoproject.org

Back in July, I had a post on Soy…which is GMO….

Would love to hear your thoughts on the subject of GMO products! Good or bad? I mean, playing devils advocate, if our crops all died from pests (GMO products help protect the produce from pests), we would starve, right?

Kelly

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