It is more and more possible to buy and eat products that are filled with GMOs without even realising it, a recent article from the Palm Beach Post states.
GMOs are genetically modified organisms. For more plump produce and faster results, animals and plants sometimes have their DNA altered with genes from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals, according to the Non-GMO Project.
Discussions surrounding GMOs are controversial and often heated because there are growing concerns about if they have a negative impact on human health. The article states that numerous studies have indicated laboratory animals fed GMOs have a higher risk of getting cancer.
Pamela Higgins, a licensed health coach, states consuming GMOs can also result in weakened immunity, more allergies, infertility and a whole host of other health problems, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Since first appearing in the 1970s and 80s, they are now used widely throughout the developed nations of the world, including Australia.
Dean Pagni, owner of Fit Food Express, states that these GMOs are found in more than 80 per cent of processed foods. They can even be found in foods you might not expect, such as dried fruit. The oil used to keep dried fruit moist could have been produced with GMOs, which exposes consumers to genetically modified ingredients without even realising it.
Items that contain high fructose corn syrup are particularly high risk cases, states Alina Zhukovskaya, a health coach and organic chef in South Florida. Other foods you should be on the lookout for include meats such as beef, pork and chicken; carbohydrates like potatoes, rice and wheat; vegetables, particularly tomatoes and corn; and even eggs.
One way you can avoid GMOs is to buy organic. Choosing products from organic meat suppliers will ensure you are getting your beef and lamb completely free from any unnatural additives, including GMOs.