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Pros And Cons Of GMOs : What Diabetics Need To Know

Healthy Living With Type 1 Diabetes Pros And Cons Of GMOs : What Diabetics Need To KnowGMOs have been all over the news lately, the good, the bad and the ugly. But are GMOs really that unsafe for you? Lets take a look! GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” also know as plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

Types Of Genetically Modified Food:

GMOs exist with certain crops such as alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, papaya, rice, soybean, sugar beet, summer squash, and tobacco. Currently, 95% of U.S. soybean and 85% of U.S. corn is genetically modified. The two most common traits genetically engineered into plants are herbicide tolerance (glyphosate or glufosinate ammonium herbicide) and insect resistance (i.e. to insects such as European corn borer, corn root-worm black cutworm and fall armyworm), although work on developing other traits such as drought tolerance have received equivalent emphasis in recent years.

GMOs Effects On The Body:

Sufficient long-term studies have not been conducted to prove how GMOs in food affect human beings. However, GMOs present a danger for people who have allergies. Because GMOs are not always labeled, a person who is highly allergic to peanuts, for example, could accidentally and unknowingly eat a peanut gene hidden in another food, which could be enough to cause a reaction. There have also been cases when people had severe reactions to specific types of GMOs found in rice and soy beans.

Decrease Nutritional Value:

GMOs – fruits and vegetables are designed for optimal superficial traits of the produce. The danger, however, is that the emphasis in this process is not directed at freshness or nutritional content of the fruit. For this reason, it is easy for consumers to be deceived by fresh-looking genetically modified produce which in reality has been on the shelf for days and has lost much of its original flavor and nutritional value.

GMOs & The Environment:

What about the environment? Another danger of using GMOs in agriculture is that it is impossible to contain them in one place, and once they are introduced into the local flora they have the chance to out compete them and choke out many local plant varieties. Considering that we know little about the uses and applications of many botanicals around us, this is a potential ecological disaster. Along the same lines, Healthy Living With Type 1 Diabetes Pros And Cons Of GMOs : What Diabetics Need To Knowany GMOs that are released or any virus or bacteria results from their use will be impossible to recall or combat.

The best way to avoid GMOs is to choose organic. By law, organic products must be made and produced without the use of genetic engineering. That is why at every phase in the production process, organic processors and producers are required to take steps to make sure that you and your family are getting all the benefits you need and want and none of the things you don’t—including GMOs. That means not planting or treating land on which organic food and fiber is grown with prohibited substances (including GMOs); creating buffer zones to prevent contact between organic and non-organic crops; cleaning machinery to prevent contact between organic and non-organic items and minimize the risk of contamination; and storing organic and non-organic ingredients separately to ensure that the organic products have as little risk as possible of containing GMOs. In short, junk GMOs!

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Chris - The Organic Diabetic

As a type 1 diabetic, I made the switch to an organic lifestyle several years ago after being diagnosed with Diabetes in 2006. Living with diabetes is hard enough, why make it more difficult by consuming products with chemicals, toxins and other harmful, unhealthy ingredients. To me, the choice was easy and just made sense. We hope you enjoy our blog! Feel free to look around and check out all of our products by clicking through the tabs above! Thanks for stopping by and also please be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter by liking our pages below! You never know what freebies we will be giving away!! Don't forget to check out the website as well at www.theorganicdiabetic.org

6 thoughts on “Pros And Cons Of GMOs : What Diabetics Need To Know

  • jennifer

    I unknowingly ate GMO’s for 10 years. I thought I had a stomach disorder, like IBD. It caused inflammation and damage, and it got progressively worse the longer I ate this stuff. I didn’t know about it until about a year or two ago – after I had started eating organics. The organics didn’t make me sick. I wasn’t running to the bathroom everytime I ate anything, and not living in constant pain. So I started to eat organic as much as possible, and started to heal from the damage that they caused. I thought it was a reaction to the chemical pesticides and whatever else they spray on non organic foods. Then I heard about GMO’s about a year or two ago. I saw where someone did an autopsy on some pigs who had been fed GMO feed and died prematurely. Their stomachs were inflamed and basically destroyed. There was a report on the symptoms the farmer reported that the pigs had – sounded almost exactly like my symptoms when I ate GMO’s. So, is a blind 10 year ‘study’ long enough for anyone?

    • Wow, amazing story Jennifer, thank you so much for sharing. I made the switch several years ago to an organic lifestyle when I found out I was a type 1 diabetic. Needless to say it was an easy transition after finding out about all the chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics etc that they are spraying on food and feeding the animals…its just disgusting and I feel as though we were the test group. I feel great now and honestly I think it helps my blood sugars. I still have my ups and downs but overall I’m much more stable and feel amazing. Also, if you think just going Organic with your food, you should check out the chemicals and toxins that are in your skincare products, soaps, shampoos, hand creams and everything else!!!! That’s just scary :/


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