GMOs Contributing to Obesity?

There is a huge controversy surrounding GMO foods.  There is concern among GMO critics that these foods are making us obese as the main byproducts of GMOs are fats and sugars mainly high fructose corn syrup.  GMOs are present in many take out meals and processed foods.  The big three GMO foods are corn, soybeans, and canola.  There are other foods like wheat, papaya, sugar beets, and squash to name a few which have also been genetically modified.

Researchers in Norway ran an experiment where they fed GMO foods to one group of rats while the other group ate non-GMO foods.  The rats eating the GMOs were heavier at the end of the study than their counterparts.  The Norwegians also ran a study where they gave GMO fed fish to a group of rats to see what the effects would be.  Interestingly, the results were the same even though the heavier rats did not directly eat the GMO food.  One can make the case that humans are not rats, but the study raises the question of what GMO fed organisms are doing to us when we eat them.

The Academies of Sciences, however, rendered an opinion in 2016 in San Francisco that GMO foods did not contribute to obesity, illness or decreased immunity.

We do know that GMO foods have a higher concentration of pesticides compared to non-GMO foods.

For now, the controversy involving GMOs continues.  I would recommend buying organic until the issue is put to rest.

Wishing you continued success with your weight loss and maintenance, Pablo.

2 Comments Add yours
  1. I take it GMO means “genetically modified”?
    Interesting post. Here in New Zealand we are quite against GMO foods and boast that a lot of our foods are organic.
    Thank you for this post.
    Mark

    1. Hello Mark. Thank you for visiting my site and for your input. Yes, GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. I think New Zealand has a wise policy. Unfortunately, we are sometimes attracted to technological improvements which seem better and less expensive than what we have at that time, but this turns out not to be the case in the long run. And I am concerned that this has happened in the US with GMO.

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