Genetically modified food-GMO derived from plants and animals which have inserted genes of other plants and animals in order to change some of their properties.
Some experts convince public that genetically modified food is completely safe to eat, but studies show that GMOs cause horrible diseases in animals which point that on long term will do the same on people. Here Learn More About What Is GMO Food
One study found that in guinea pigs, which were used for tests and ate GMO tomatoes eventually develop stomach ulcers. Long-term studies in humans have yet not been conducted, but, it’s reasonably suspected that genetic engineering of food can leave long-term consequences, not just to ourselves but also to our kids in future.
Since 1996, when it was first served meal made from GM food, the number of Americans suffering from one or more chronic diseases jumped as much as 10 percent. Food allergies are more common and they are more and more children with autism, people with problematic digestive system.
GMO food is certain countries in Europe, such as Austria, Germany, France, Luxembourg and Hungary is prohibited.
In United States there is something called PLU CODE. This stickers, with numbers, show us what kind of fruit or vegetable we are buying. Here Learn More About What Stickers On Food Mean
Almost 80 percent of processed food in U.S is genetically modified.
Let’s back to our topic. Tomato was the first commercially available genetically modified food. First GM corp was transgenic tomato (Flavr Savr) which had a “deactivated” gene. This meant that the tomato plant was no longer able to produce polygalacturonase, an enzyme involved in fruit softening. Today, tomatoes are being genetically modified to produce a peptide that mimics the actions of HDL cholesterol that biotechnology groups are promoting to supposedly reduce heart disease. Although, long-term problems from eating this kind of foods is still unknown, like we said before, many studies on animals shows the opposite, which means that probably this food can harm our health also.
Unless you buy your vegetables from trusted Organic store here we present how to recognize it.
First step is to take a closer look to the PLU CODE what we mention it earlier. Genetically modified vegetables, fruits also, have five digits number starting with number 8. If you see this code or this number, avoid this product and shop in another store.
Second, if you already have tomatoes in your home and they are without stickers and you can’t recognize them by taste, here is how to easily spot GM tomato.
From outside they may look same, but when you cut tomato in half, natural grown tomato has fresh red color and the GM will have lighter red color. Also, you can easily see longer stem spreading trough core of tomato inside GM one, while in natural or organic tomato there is small stem scar only and this can be your main indicator.
So, learn the codes on GMO food and pay attention next time when you buy your groceries. Don’t forget, avoid five digits plu code with number 8.