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What is a GMO and what it dangerous?

08/10/2015

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Most of us have heard about the danger of GMOs. However, few people seriously thought that the danger touches him. In fact, over everyone who comes to the grocery and takes off the food from the shelf is threatened with consumption of dangerous products containing GMOs. The impact of GMOs on the human body has not yet been studied.

To understand  the danger it is important to know how to decipher the GMO. GMO is a genetically modified organism whose genotype has been created artificially by genetic engineering. This definition is acceptable to animals, plants, and microorganisms. Genetic modification is carried out in research laboratories for commercial and scientific purposes.

GMO products contain the DNA of other organisms. For example, wheat "crossed" with scorpion. Such type of a plant is resistant to drought. Tomatoes with the genes of plaice are not afraid of frost. The strawberries is "added" the genes of bacteria. This berry will be stored for much longer. Thus, the addition of specific GMO significantly improves the quality of the source organism.

To prove the dangers of eating foods with GMOs researchers conducted a series of experiments. Laboratory rats fed exclusively soy genetically modified organisms. The adults began to ache. Moreover, their posterity also suffered; more than half of the rats were killed and nearly 40% were born with underdeveloped loss of reproductive functions.

However, until now scientists around the world debate on the subject whether GMOs are dangerous to the human body or such organisms still provide invaluable help to increase crop yields and improve the palatability of foods. No consensus. Opponents of GMOs argue that genetically modified food could cause allergies, various malignancies, and toxic damage to liver and kidney.

 

Black list of GMO products

 

There is a list of products which are easy to be implemented with GMOs. Excellent yield for "crossing" is following products:

Soy. She is used in sausages, lecithin, tofu, milk powder, and soy sauce.

Corn. It can be found on store shelves in raw and canned form, composed of corn flour, bread, biscuits, and crackers.

Potatoes. Besides the raw vegetable, GMO is preserved in farina. That, in turn, is used in meat products, fruit puree, tomato paste, and confectionery.

Fig. It is used in food on their own, in the form of cereals and rice flour, breakfast cereals, baked goods.

Beet. It is the main source of sugar in the world.

Also, a lot of GMO is contained in the tomatoes, onions, chicory, and papaya. If you are ready to talk about food, the most GMOs found in sausages, meat semi-finished products, ice cream, chips, sauces, instant food.

However, there are products that are almost impossible to connect with genetically modified organisms. This, for example, is buckwheat. It can take in food safely.

What products do not contain GMOs is difficult to answer unequivocally. It depends on the manufacturer and its integrity. Although most packages is checked "no GMO", there is no guarantees that it is true. Because modern examination proves that even in such labeled products occurs genetically engineered organisms.

 

How to identify GMOs in products

 

It should be noted that determination of the presence of GMOs in the product "by eye" is quite difficult. You can not feel the GMOs by taste or smell. However, there are some signs that you should pay attention when buying a product.

1. If the vegetable or fruit has the perfect shape and no flaws; most likely it contains GMOs.

2. Read the composition of products. If you find a part of aspartame, modified starch, vegetable protein, then most likely the product contains GMO.

3. Buying bakery products, try to avoid those that contain "additives for improving flour", "substance for impregnation of the dough." It is GMO.

4. Lecithin, vegetable fat in chocolate also should alert. These substances are often "flavored" GMOs.

If the study of the appearance or composition of the product have crept even the slightest doubt, better to postpone the product and pick up analogue.

In conclusion, it can be noted that the only long-term studies will be able to determine the effect of transgenic technology on the human body. Such studies could not be done, since GMOs - a relatively new phenomenon. Therefore, it is too early to speak clearly on the subject of whether the products are capable of genetically engineered to cause serious diseases and mutations of human genes.

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