Non-GMO – How Sweet It Is
By Joe Martinez, RPh, PDE, CMS
Contributor: Emily Simmons
GMO vs non-GMO – what is it and what does it mean to you?
Let’s understand some of the facts first and then we can get deeper into the controversy and have some fun.
What’s a GMO food? GMO stands for ‘genetically modified organisms’. GMO food is where technology has been used to enhance the food in some way. This may be for various reasons such as preventing certain diseases or to increase the availability or yield of the product. For example, creating seedless grapes or growing vegetables that are no longer vulnerable to specific plant diseases or even lack of water.
So how does that work?
Genetic engineers or scientists combine desired genes from the DNA of an organism that will boost beneficial properties, with those of a plant. The planned end result is a plant (or hybrid) with new traits that can withstand or express the desired conditions or traits.
Another good example of where scientists have used this technique is genetically modified corn. We know that more than 93 percent of corn in the United States is genetically modified. In a certain type of corn, genes are transferred from bacterium into the DNA of this corn. These genes are supposed to help the corn self-produce its own pesticide to ward off unwanted bugs. This then helps to increase the amount of corn available for harvest.
While this is especially good around Thanksgiving time, according to The Organic and Non-GMO report, GMOs run an increasing risk to the environment and our health.
Looking down the aisle of your grocery the next time you’re there, upwards of 70 percent of processed foods are produced using genetically modified foods. So it’s not just the produce section.
Inquiring minds want to know and label requirements are under way for companies to make the consumer aware that the product has been produced using genetic engineering. Unfortunately this notification does not have to be in the text but can be disclosed using more obscure methods that are inconvenient for the consumer.
Non-GMO food is food that is not genetically modified by intentional human design, but by nature. Here’s where things may get ‘murky’ for some people. Part of the great debate is whether nature would get to the same point by ‘natural selection’, or if alternative hybrid species would evolve that are even better – and the discussion goes on.
Many people say the benefits of GMO do not outway the drawbacks and are purposely seeking out non-GMO products.
Some options are:
– Buy organic
– Buy locally grown food
– Look for Non-GMO verified products
– Grow your own food (not so easy)
No matter what side of the fence you’re on, it’s always best to “Read your labels!!!”
At Healthy Meals Supreme, whenever possible, we use only non-GMO ingredients in our meals as well as in our desserts. It’s all about getting back to basics, eating healthy, and enjoying the experience.
In fact, non-GMO chocolate fudge protein brownies and non-GMO chocolate chip blondies are the latest addition to our line of healthy treats.
Enjoy these as a healthy snack or as a sweet conclusion to an already healthy meal – you’ll be glad you did.
Here are some suggestions for tasty, non-GMO Healthy Meals Supreme meals to preface your outrageously delicious brownies, which also happen to be lower carb and packed with really good stuff!
And by the way, we’re getting ready to launch our Ketogenic meal plan using grass-fed beef and other premium and non-GMO ingredients – send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information.
* Always check with your doctor or healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine