GMOs are everywhere these days. The crops are the result of a genetic engineering lab process that sees non-plant genes, which are usually derived from viruses or bacteria, being artificially inserted into plant DNA to provide greater pest and herbicide resistance. Crops like corn, soy, cotton, sugar beets, canola and alfalfa are often GMO, and you can also be exposed by consuming milk, eggs, or meat that come from animals who ate GM feed.
In a peer-reviewed article that appeared in the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, a survey of several thousand people revealed what a big impact dramatically reducing or eliminating GMO food can have on health.
In the study, which was organized by the Institute for Responsible Technology, more than 3000 Americans’ eating habits and health were examined. Some of the respondents switched it to an organic diet during the study, and others dramatically reduced the amount of refined sugars, junk food and processed foods they ate. Almost everyone noted better health after making such changes.
One of the biggest areas of improvement was digestive symptoms, with 82.5 percent of respondents saying that after going GMO-free, their digestive symptoms were anywhere from mildly improved to fully recovered. Specifically, 16.6 percent said their symptoms were completely resolved and 22 percent reported they were “nearly gone.”
There are several reasons that GMO foods could have been causing digestive problems. Read more…