How to recognize GMO foods?
More and more we talk about the impact of genetically modified (GMO) foods on human health.
Although science has not yet proved anything specific, for many, the word itself genetically modified draws fear.
First of all, a little explanation if you do not know what the term itself means. GMOs are genetically modified organisms (plants, animals, microorganisms) that have preplanned genes from other organisms. GMO food is resistant to pests, herbicides, viruses and usually has a better taste and grows faster in terms of organic products.
When it comes to the harmful effects on human health, it has now been proven that GMO foods can allergic reactions. For example, if you are allergic to peanuts, and your GMO food carries the genes from this plant, a reaction occurs in the body.
Because of this, but if you simply do not want to eat anything artificial, pay attention to the following three things – after them GMO foods stand out from the rest.
- The mark of the declaration
Organic products are specifically assigned. Look for products labeled 100% organic. Organic or made from organic ingredients. Only they guarantee that there is no trace of genetically modified compounds in the product.
Note the GMO-free, Non-GMO or Made Without genetically modified ingredients declaration. These products may actually contain GMOs, but not more than 0,9%.
- Pay attention to the look of the product
GMO food looks perfect. It has the correct shape, all fruits and vegetables are of the same size, and the shelf life is significantly longer compared to other foods, because they have been added genes that provide resistance to adverse external influences. For example, the bacillus gene, Bacilius thuringiensis, which is added to GMO foods, produces a toxin that refuses pests. Therefore, if you notice that insects touch the fruit, this means that it is probably of organic origin.
- In these groceries it dominates
It is believed that 78% of soy, 33% of maize, 64% of cotton and 24% of olive beet are genetically modified in the world. In addition to these groceries, some producers also add genes in meat preparations, dairy products, semi-prepared and ready-to-eat dishes, a mixture of flour, instant meals, sweet drinks, syrups …