September 26, 2014

Are GMO Foods, Safe?

This article, by Chris Kresser M.S., L.Ac, does a nice job of pulling together the research regarding the safety of GMO foods.

I’m a huge fan of his work, because he always cites his references. He does a great job thoroughly researching his topics, and uses an unbiased view. Research on any topic, especially health related, can be so frustrating and difficult. You can pretty much find a “study” to support any hypothesis, but knowing how to interpret the studies, and detect flaw or bias, is another story. It takes a ton of time, statistical understanding, and digging for more information, to pull out a decent study.

This quote from Chris Kresser about GMO foods, really hit home for me-

 It’s unnerving that there is so much controversy over the safety of a food product that is present in 60 to 70 percent of processed foods found in grocery stores.
When working with patients and clients, I often don’t get to this topic for awhile, because most people are focusing on switching over from a processed food dependency, to a whole foods based diet. I like to take one priority at a time.
First real food, then better quality food. The good news is, when you switch to less processed foods, you automatically reduce exposure to  much of the questionably safe, GMO foods like corn, soy and cottonseed. Next time you pick up a processed food, take a look the ingredients label. Chances are, there is some type of soy, corn, cottonseed oil, or derivative of those ingredients.

Personally, my take away is, it’s worth trying to avoid the top GMO ingredients listed above (corn, soy and cotton). You can easily do this by looking for organic options for those particular foods and relying on less processed foods. Check your ingredients and do what you can, to reduce your exposure.

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