March 19, 2012
When was the last time you looked at an ingredients label? Do you ever find yourself wondering what’s really in your food? Today’s food labels are flooded with engineered ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and mono sodium glutamate, making it difficult for consumers to know what their food is really made of. And what about the foods that don’t come with an ingredients label; how do we know anything about them?
Since there are currently no requirements for labeling GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods in this country, most of us don’t realize that we are consuming them on a daily basis. My fear about GMOs is that we will not see the extreme effects until much later in the future and the damage will already be done. A recent republished article in The Huffington Post reported the findings from a study discussing why we should be cautious of genetically engineered foods. The study highlights the potential effects that GMOs have on our entire bodies including our vital organ systems, and showed that genetically modified ingredients caused decreased organ activity in rats. The conclusions were that further research needs to be done to understand how this will affect the population.
The top genetically modified crops consumed in America are soy, corn, canola and beets (for sugar), and the health consequences of GMOs to future generations are currently unknown. Most industrialized countries have banned GMOs but the depressed economy and rising costs of food have Americans choosing less expensive processed foods over options with real nutritional value. Every day consumers are faced with the decision of price vs. quality. Instead, health-conscious consumers should base their decisions upon long-term health effects.
My choice about food is simple, if I don’t have to eat foods created in a lab, I won’t. Crops should be susceptible to failure and the value of your health should be held higher than the price of food. I would love to hear from our readers about why you choose non-GMO. Please feel free to send your comments to Valerie@marysgonecrackers.com.
Mary’s Gone Crackers is fully committed to using only certified organic and non-GMO ingredients and always will be.
Yours in health,
Valerie Douglass, DTR
Mary’s Gone Crackers