2013- A New Year!Posted: January 1, 2013
Every time a new year comes around, many people resolve to be healthier, and I am one of those people. I always see the beginning of a year as a great time to detox and clean out all of the toxins and junk from the previous year. So, if you would like to learn more about health and wellness, I will be posting throughout the months to come on different topics to help you eat cleaner and live healthier. I’m also learning along the way, so please feel free to share any advice or resources you have!
Check out these posts from the previous year:
I never used think about what I ate. Then, I kind of thought about it in a “counting calories” sort of way. Then, I really started to care about what I ate and the quality of food I was eating. And now, I have a baby and I really really care about what he eats! So this is where GMOs come in… because my son is a food eater now!
I recently learned that just because something is labeled as “organic” or “all natural” doesn’t mean you are feeding your body (or your child’s body) good food. It could be just as much junk as the regular non-organic junk. And most likely, if you are buying something that comes in a package, it has GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). In fact, 80% of all food in North America contains GMOs.
What are GMOs?
GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. There is a growing body of evidence connecting GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.
The most common Genetically Modified Organisms are soy, cotton, canola, corn, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, alfalfa, and squash (zucchini and yellow).
GMOs may be hidden in common processed food ingredients such as: Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.
What’s the big deal about GMOs?
Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In nearly 50 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. Not only are they not safe for our health, but GMOs are horrible for the environment!
As a parent, you want to give your kid the best, and I truly think most parents are doing the very best that they know to do. I also know that most people aren’t educated about health. The truth is, it’s hard to eat a healthy clean diet in our country. It’s expensive and it’s less convenient than the Standard American Diet. But, taking one small step toward a healthier cleaner diet can make a big difference. Maybe start buying less packaged foods and preparing snacks and meals instead. Maybe start buying organic produce (Use this to help). Or, maybe start shopping at a local farmer’s market or join a Co-Op to supporting local farmers (Find One Here).
Want to know if other products you are buying are made with GMOs or not? Go Here