3. Genetically modified produce
The Food and Chemical Toxicology journal published a study in November 2012 linking a strict diet of genetically modified corn with the development of tumors in rats. A related study associates a diet of GM potatoes with higher chances of cancer in rats. Dr. Judy Carman spearheaded a study which appeared in the journal Organic Systems and found that pigs fed with genetically modified animal feeds had a 32 percent higher risk for severe stomach cancer compared to pigs which were fed non-GMO feeds.
The findings of studies which link the consumption of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and cancer are significant, as you probably include GM ingredients in your diet each day without realizing it. For example, even if you avoid obvious GMO sources such as non-organic soya beans, corn, and canola oil, these food items make their way into all kinds of processed foods like the cereals you eat for breakfast or the fresh milk you pair with them.
The best ways to minimize your GMO intake is to avoid processed foods as much as possible and to choose organic foods as much as you can. While organic products are more expensive, with the risks that GM crops bring, you can’t really put a price on your health and safety. Opt for certified non-GM and GMO-free produce. Don’t buy anything that contains corn syrup and soy lecithin as ingredients. Find out which fruits and vegetables tend to be genetically modified so you can avoid them.