Even though I ultimately prefer to grow my own food and do most of my shopping at farmer’s markets or local farms and co-ops, I must admit I do end up in the grocery store quite a bit.
And when I do, I make sure to look for one category of ingredient to avoid at all costs: GMO ingredients, of course.
Since making the switch, I can honestly say my own personal health has improved leaps and bounds. Avoiding genetically modified foods (anything non-organic with corn, soy, canola, cottonseed or sugar beets, animals fed GMOs; which is most of them unfortunately, and other lesser eaten foods like crookneck squash, Hawaiian Papaya and more) is probably the most surefire way to safeguard your health today.
That’s not only because of the many health risks posed by GMOs, but also because avoiding foods with GMO ingredients means you’re highly likely to avoid foods with preservatives, additives, dyes and other chemicals.
GMO food ingredients on their own have been linked to everything from allergies to cancer and organ damage in animals both on the farm and in the lab. But yet another surprisingly less-known side effect of GMO food appears to be weight gain, as confirmed by one long-term study.
Long-term Study: GMOs Cause Weight Gain
According to Norwegian scientists, there is a positive link between genetically modified corn and obesity.
Results from studies carried out over a ten-year period showed that animals fed a diet of genetically modified corn (which comprises 80-90 percent of the current U.S. crop and is banned in several other nations) got fatter quicker and retained the weight compared to those on a non-GMO diet.
The animals studied included rats, mice, pigs and salmon, who all showed the same results.
Researchers from the nations of Austria, Hungary, Ireland, Turkey and Australia participated in the study, which is still not widely known in the United States despite its important conclusions due to media blackouts.
In a perfect world such a study would launch more investigations on a wider scale with even more controlled variables, but instead, Americans have been kept in the dark and continue to consume GMOs without regard for the many likely side effects.
Some of these were also demonstrated in the study, including inflamed intestines, digestive system damage and significant changes in the animals’ major organs.
“The ones who had fed on GM corn were slightly larger, they ate slightly more, their intestines had a different micro-structure, they were less able to digest proteins, and there were some changes to their immune system,” said professor Ashild Krogdahl, who led the study, conducted at the Norwegian Veterinary College.
The inability to digest protein is often a precursor to major diseases as well.
You can read more about the GMO fat gain study from The Cornucopia Institute’s website here.
My Own Personal Experience with GMOs and Weight Gain
Since learning about and cutting GMOs almost entirely out of my diet, my metabolism has improved far beyond what it’s been at any point during my life. I’ve lost over 30 pounds since making the switch to a mostly non-GMO diet and have actually used GMOs as a compass for determining which foods are made from quality ingredients and which ones aren’t.
Contributing to the movement for GMO Freedom by voting with my wallet is also a nice added bonus.
And while it can be inconvenient to avoid GMOs due to their pervasiveness in our food supply, it’s well worth the extra effort in so many ways.
Please share this information with anyone you know who is struggling with weight problems, and don’t forget you can send them to www.nongmoshoppingguide.com so they can avoid GMOs as well.