Genetically modified foods are foods extracted from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) – plants or animals. Genetically modified organisms are created by methods of genetic engineering – a science that allows the introduction of a DNA fragment from any other organism into the genome of a microorganism, an animal or a plant in order to give it certain properties.
Of genetically modified products, soybean is the most widely spread in Russia. It is often added to sausage, sausages, sour cream, milk, other dairy products, sweets, confectionery, infant formulas and even bread. Any soy contains phytoestrogen (a female sex hormone of plant origin), which negatively affects the reproductive function and the human brain. Even an ordinary soy adult person is not recommended to eat more than 30 grams a day, and children and it is not recommended at all.
In cheap meat-processing products, the content of genetically modified soybeans can reach 70 – 90%. Also, there is a chance to meet her in chicken and unprocessed meat, especially in frozen, before freezing, solutions containing syrup soy, which increase the weight of the product, are often added using syringes. 40% of all meat in Russia comes from abroad, and this, as a rule, is meat of livestock, which is fattened by GM-soy, and it means that it also contains GMOs.
Of other genetically modified products, tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, carrots and eggplants are also on the market. As a rule, they are distinguished by an ideal presentation, the ability to store for a long time and a strange taste; for example, hm-strawberry is not as sweet as natural. GM-potatoes, on the other hand, can not be stored for a long time and after 3 to 4 months of storage rot. Therefore, it is used in the production of chips and starch, which is added to many products.
There are also such genetically modified foods as zucchini and squash. There is an ug-sugar beet and sugar made from it. There are also imported gm-onions (onion, shallots, leeks) and imported gm-rice.
Many varieties of dried fruits, including raisins and dates, can be covered with soybean oil. Give preference to dried fruits, which do not contain the presence of vegetable oil.
Honey may contain gm-oil rape. If the label says “imported honey” or “production of several countries”, then it is better not to buy honey.
Recommendations on how to reduce the consumption of genetically modified foods
To minimize its use need to follow the following tips.
Avoid meat-processing products: sausages, sausages, sausages, etc. It is better to eat whole meat of herbivorous animals, preferring beef or mutton of domestic production – it is easy to distinguish by the brighter color of meat and smaller fibers.
Home eggs and chicken are more useful (the difference between a home chicken is hard meat, a hard bone, which can only be broken with a hammer).
Often the producers of sour cream replace animal protein with soy. To determine the fake, you need to dissolve a teaspoon of sour cream in a glass of boiling water: a fake will precipitate, and the present will completely dissolve.
It is necessary to eat seasonal vegetative products and it is better domestic. Buy these seasonal products is better not in supermarkets (where they can be imported), but in the markets and the villagers. And it is even better to grow on a personal or country plot.
Do not buy food out of season. If you buy, for example, strawberries or tomatoes in the winter, the likelihood that they will be genetically modified is very large.
The fewer stages of industrial processing the product has gone through, the more likely it is that it does not contain GMOs. Give preference to whole, non-processed products.
Do not eat ready-made breakfasts. GMOs can be contained in them in the form of corn flakes, as well as in the form of additives and vitamins obtained with their use.
Do not eat fast food, almost always there can be products with GMOs and other harmful substances.
Genetically modified products, as a rule, have a long shelf life.
Read the labels on the products, avoid soy-based ingredients such as soy flour, tofu cheese, soybean oil. Buy products that say “100% organic”.
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