Genetically Modified Food

What Are Genetically Modified Ingredients?

Most of the foods on the market today, were once an inconvenience to the companies who sold them. They were not making top dollar and the companies needed more money with the least amount of expense. Today they’re no longer an inconvenience simply because those very same companies have begun modifying foods to make more money.

Genetically modified foods and ingredients didn’t happen overnight, however. Scientists have been modifying foods for almost two decades. They began with corn, soybean and canola, turning them into things like cooking oils and then changed the DNA structure of tomatoes. By using the tomato’s DNA, scientists were able to alter its cells so that it had a longer shelf life. They then sold the tomatoes to the public without any labels to warn us about their genetic testing.

The tomatoes were turned into paste and tested in Europe, this time with labels to see how Europeans would react. At first they accepted the DNA structured tomato paste, until a European scientist warned people that genetically modifying foods could cause disease and other health problems. The warning worked and many people, including fast food places, decided not to buy genetic enhanced ingredients.

The warning was these foods could cause allergic reactions, resistance to antibiotics, mutation to our own genes, and a loss of nutrition.  But there was also a fear of endangering the environment since DNA that is enhanced from plants and animals cannot be cleaned up. This is a fear far worse than a chemical spill.

Yet even with this knowledge scientists continued to experiment. Soon they were experimenting on cows and peoples’ fears became worse after several outbreaks of Mad Cow Disease. This did not stop the testing of genetic foods, however.

Instead, efforts are continuing and scientists are now introducing more and more genetically modified foods everyday without our knowledge.

More recent foods that have been enhanced are diary products with rbGH and some vegetarian products such as soy burgers. Other foods include tortilla chips, powdered drink mixes, powder baby formulas and muffin mixes.

Because labeling is not necessary in the government’s eyes, there is no way of knowing which foods have been enhanced. So there is no way of knowing what products could be putting our lives at risk.

There are ways we can avoid products that have been altered. Some companies that have chosen not to buy these ingredients will have a label that says GMO (genetically modified organisms) free. Organic foods are another safe choice since the USDA generally will not allow experiments to be done on these foods. Soy is an exception of this regulation however and should be avoided. The best way to steer clear of DNA altered foods is by eating fresh and buying from your local farmers. Keep in mind though; even fresh and locally grown foods may not be GMO free. Stay safe and natural! Your body deserves it.

There are NO genetically modified foods or ingredients in SeaAloe. None.

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