3 Easy Methods to Make Difference Between Organic Foods And GMO
There have been many heated debates over the effects that genetically modified food has on our health. USA, China, and Canada all grow modified soybeans, potatoes and corn.
Hungary, Greece, and Austria, on the other hand, have officially declared themselves to be free of any GMOs.
And while there is still no solid proof over how harmful genetically-modified foods can be, if you wish to avoid them in favor of going all-organic, we’d like to provide you with some tips on how to differentiate organic food from the GMO kind.
WHAT DOES ‘GMO’ STAND FOR AGAIN?
It stands for ‘genetically modified organisms’. Now, this could be referring to microorganisms, plants or animals, which means they have transplanted genes from some other organisms.
The plus side of genetically-modified foods is that they are made resistant to all types of fungi, herbicides, viruses, and pests. They also grow faster and taste better than organic foods.
And although numerous scientific organizations and international research institutions have done more than their fair share of testing, the possible side effects of GM foods have yet to be proven.
However, one negative side is that they can cause an allergic reaction in some individuals.
Take one example: you happen to be allergic to say, hazelnuts, and end up eating a product which just so happens to contain hazelnut genes, without being aware of this.
That’s why, to avoid any unwanted allergic reactions, it’s always best to carefully read through the label on each product.
And now, let us offer you three ways of identifying the GM from the organic, shall we?
1. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE LABEL
In case you haven’t noticed up until now, organic products are marked in a particular way. Keep an eye out for labels which guarantee that the product is GMO-free, such as “Made with organic ingredients” and “100% organic”.
Also for products which contain a little GMO, a mere 0,9%, look for ”Non-GMO” and ”GMO-free”.
2. THE KEY IS IN THE APPEARANCE
Remember, GMO foods look perfect. They have the same size, the right shape and can survive longer on the shelves. This because of the toxins in them which kill any pests. The organic products are those with clear insect marks.
3. KEEP THIS LIST IN MIND
The world’s most transgenic ingredients, such as rapeseed, corn, soybeans, and cotton are mostly added to the following foods:
- dairy and cheese products
- bread and confectionery
- cottonseed and peanut butter
- chocolate syrup
- sweet drinks
- flour mixtures and semi-finished products
- instant porridge and most breakfast cereals
There you have it, dear readers. This should help you with picking out the organic from the GMO.