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What are genetically modified foods?

What are genetically modified foods?

Lab inserted genes: Scientists insert extra genes, often to make plants resistant so farmers can use more pesticides. The most common gm crops are soy, corn & cotton(seed), which are ingredients in many processed foods. Canola & papaya are often gm too. Gm foods and ingredients are not required to be labelled in us, but certified organic foods are not allowed to make use of genetic modification or gm ingredients. ...Read more

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Are genetically modified foods (gmos) bad for your health?

Are genetically modified foods (gmos) bad for your health?

Probably REALLY BAD : The reason i hedge a bit is that there have been absolutely no studies done showing gmo foods are safe (or harmful) for humans. However, many animal studies have found disturbing evidence of significant harm to health & there is no reason to think humans would not suffer the same adverse consequences!see http://drrandybaker.Com/2013/04/22/organic-food-diet/ for a detailed discussion & useful links. ...Read more

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Any research on the effect of eating genetically modified meats and vegetables ?

No problems: No problems have been discovered so far. We've been eating genetically modified foods for many, many decades. It's not a new concept. ...Read more

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Can the fda approve genetically modified foods (gmo) for human consumption?

Can the fda approve genetically modified foods (gmo) for human consumption?

YES but...: GMO foods are approved by the FDA before being sold for human consumption. See http://www.fda.gov/food/foodscienceresearch/biotechnology/ucm346030.htm However, I feel the FDA has been derelict in its duty to protect consumers by ignoring evidence that GMO foods may be harmful. Many high-ranking FDA officials have worked for Monsanto- see http://tinyurl.com/ao96zvp and http://tinyurl.com/pkh43g3 ...Read more

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Please help! what is the effect of genetically engineered (modified) food on human health?

Please help! what is the effect of genetically engineered (modified) food on human health?

None: The poison is in the behavior of the corporations and the protesters, not the technology, which has increased food yields and should belong to humankind, not jealously guarded by mean-minded profiteers. Despite the inflammatory rhetoric and claims, the scientific community -- the most cutthroat of truth-seekers -- has found no health dangers despite 30 years of close study. Don't be afraid. ...Read more

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How accurate are the nutrition facts panels on packaged foods?

How accurate are the nutrition facts panels on packaged foods?

Accurate: They are accurate but you have to know what the government allows. For example, gluten free, means it has less gluten in parts that the government decides is gluten free. It isnt 100% gluten free or devoid of gluten. The salt content, protein, carb and fat contents are accurate. ...Read more

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What are the health-related dangers of genetically engineered food?

What are the health-related dangers of genetically engineered food?

None known: A sensitive societal issue, but the large majority of physicians, nutritionists and geneticists agree there are no health dangers at all. Some "experts" disagree, but this is a true scientific consensus. And those worried about adverse effects often disagreement on the problems they might cause. They are extremely valuable globally, major help in improved nutrition and disease prevention. ...Read more

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Are genetically modified foods safe for kids?

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Are genetically modified foods safe for kids?

Depends: The safety of genetically modified food depends upon the proteins or other substances produced by the transferred genetic material. Transferred genetic material itself is generally not of concern. Concerns are raised when the modified food contain substances significantly different in quality and quantity than counterpart substances in natural food. ...Read more

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How to determine when food is genetically modified?

How to determine when food is genetically modified?

You don't.: However, food labelled as organic is supposed to not have been genetically modified. Plant products most likely to be gm include corn, soy, canola oil, papaya and tomatoes. You will find these in many processed foods. No one knows yet what effect eating gm foods will have on human health long term. ...Read more

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What has junk food advertising done to childhood obesity?

What has junk food advertising done to childhood obesity?

Definite increase: There is a strong connection between junk food advertisements and eating habits. Fast food and especially soft drink commercials are also very strong culprits contributing to childhood obesity. Data showed that the beverage industry spent more than $3 billion/yr marketing to kids. One of three kids are currently at risk for obesity. Regulations are being developed to curb this practice. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the health benefits/risks of genetically modified foods?

I was wondering what are the health benefits/risks of genetically modified foods?

I know of none: When the benefits and safety of biotechnology in medicine became undeniable, the scaremongers switched overnight to attacking agriculture. If any of the terrible "scare" stuff was true, after thirty years a few of the research piranhas at the NIH would have made their names by demonstrating it. A few folks here have concerns about GMO food; I'd advise you to focus instead on life's known dangers. ...Read more

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What do docs think? Should genetically modified foods (gm foods) be allowed to sell in the general market?

What do docs think? Should genetically modified foods (gm foods) be allowed to sell in the general market?

Yes: Genetic modification has been around since the first understanding of genetic influences were used to hybrid roses/other plants. It has produced plants with better productivity & more resistant to disease. The fear mongering spread by purists that declare this dangerous to humans is inflated hype. I consider it equal to the general lies we were sold about eggs/ butter/ & similar products. ...Read more

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Are pickles on the Atkins diet list of unlimited foods to eat?

Are pickles on the Atkins diet list of unlimited foods to eat?

Check web-site: I don't have info on the atkins diet, since i don't find it of any use. Check w/a registered dietitian and get support from weight watchers or other quality programs. Eat less and exercise more. It's the only way. ...Read more

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With publicity on the mediterranean diet, are doctors getting average americans to eat 2-3 tbsp of olive oil daily, and into what foods is it added?

With publicity on the mediterranean diet, are doctors getting average americans to eat 2-3 tbsp of olive oil daily, and into what foods is it added?

Depends: Cannot speak for other doctors, but i routinely tell my patients to add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to their food, to pour it over after cooking. ...Read more

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What are some facts about the bodily impacts of healthy food and unhealthy food?

What are some facts about the bodily impacts of healthy food and unhealthy food?

Actually variable: In the short run, often caloric intake independent of food "quality" dominates. As many short term unhealthy diets(google 30 day twinkie diet), if calorically restricted can improve health metrics like blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. But in the long run unhealthy food can lead to inflammation, poor cholesterol panels, micronutrient deficiencies and many other life threatening issues ...Read more

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How can you analyze nutritional values in food recipes?

How can you analyze nutritional values in food recipes?

Recipe: There are several software programs and/or websites that can do the work of analysis for you. ...Read more

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