There are generally two types of GMO corn, those that are herbicide-resistant and those that inherently contain pesticide. The latter is popularly known as Bt corn because it contains a transgene that enables it to produce Bacillus thuringiensis toxin. This is a substance secreted by the said bacteria that can effectively kill pests such as the corn borer.
The stated reasons for genetically altering corn and other cash crops are agronomic. GMO corn can supposedly better withstand environmental stress like pests and thus lower costs for farmers and increase their productivity. These modifications have nothing to do with improving the nutritional quality of corn.
“You are what you eat” is more than just a saying. If the simple improper preparation or cooking of a particular food can already impact your health, what more could genetically modifying that food do to your body?
Continue reading and find out the negative effects of GMO corn (and be sure to also check out recommended soak times for beans, grains, legumes, nuts and rice).
GMO Corn Risks:
So far the research attempting to demonstrate the negative effects of genetically modified corn are animal studies. Here are the summaries of some of them and their findings:
- Rats fed GMO corn varieties for 90 days showed altered functions in the kidneys and liver – the two organs used by mammals to detoxify food. Other negative effects were also seen on the heart, blood cells, spleen and adrenal glands.
- In long-term reproductive study, rats were consistently fed GMO corn and over time the animals became increasingly infertile. They were having less offspring and these were of significantly lower weight. Additionally the test animals’ genes that control protein synthesis, cholesterol synthesis, insulin regulation, and cell communication were not functioning normally.
- Both male and female rats fed with a genetically modified herbicide-resistant corn variety (NK 603) for two years developed mammary gland tumors. The negative effect was attributed to the transgene that gave the corn variety its herbicide-resistant trait as well as the presence of herbicide residue.
These studies do not absolutely prove the human health risks of GMO corn. But that’s not to say that this type of food is safe for consumption. The problem with any genetically modified food is that the effects on human health are as yet unpredictable. No matter which side of the issue they may stand however, scientists generally agree that it will possibly take decades before any certainty is reached.
But genetically modified corn and all of its consequent products are now commercially available. It got approved based on studies that simply followed the minimum duration of 90 days that’s required by current US food safety standards. It’s not so easy to tell which packaged corn-based product on the grocery shelf is made from GMO. The regulations don’t require it to be explicitly stated on the labels either.
The debate on GMO corn safety is still ongoing and it gets more controversial every time new research about it is published. There are no claims that genetically modified corn is more nutritious than regular corn. Between those two types and organically produced corn, it’s the latter that is apparently safest as it is not chemically nor genetically tampered. Someone really concerned about health and well being shouldn’t find it too difficult to choose what type of corn could be eaten and what should be avoided.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the negative effects of roasted seeds and nuts and why you should avoid them to succeed in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the grains and legumes on Superhuman Food Pyramid:
• GMO Corn
• Soy Nuts
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