Do you avoid Genetically Modified ingredients?

Just a brief little note that may be of interest -

"A Danish farmer has gained huge public recognition for publishing his simple method for ridding his pigs of illness- removing genetically modified (GM) ingredients from their diet."

I've never been bewitched by those who continually praise genetically modified foodstuffs. I have always hoped, that they have at least committed themselves to make certain that it has been tested sufficiently before it was introduced into the general commercial food market. Perhaps they have been in too much of a rush to make absolutely sure it is safe!!

GM Soy Linked to Illnesses in Farm Pigs:

i-sis.org.uk/GM_Soy_Linked_...

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  • Hi Lynxcat, I wonder about coeliac unwittingly eating GM food as soy and corn were 2 of the first to be available commercially and have been around since 1994 so how do we know for sure about the soy and corn we eat.

    According to this in the US around 70% of foods contain GM food and in the EU it's around 5% This was in the Guardian last month:

    guardian.co.uk/commentisfre...

    In answer to your question my choice is to avoid GM foods if labelled as such.

  • Hi Jerry, According to quite a few sites there appears to be quite a few adverse health risks regarding eating soya and having coeliac disease. Suggestions are being made that it has the ability to cause someone with coeliac disease to develop further autoimmune disorders. Have you read or found anything regarding this?

    Here is just one site's interpretation with actual references by people who have included it in their diets over a period of time and what it has allegedly done to their overall health situation :

    optimumchoices.com/Soy.htm

    The Little Known Soy-Gluten Connection:

    westonaprice.org/soy-alert/...

    The following has probably been read by many here - perhaps 'sledge hammer to walnut' to try and get the point across but may be worth a re-read ..

    scdlifestyle.com/2012/04/th...

    I too avoid GM foods .. and I must admit although I have tried various soy products including the frozen beans available in supermarkets - I haven't had soy for quite a while now. After reading some of the above I probably won't be eating any very soon, either!!

  • Soy can be a problem with some coeliacs, but usually as I understand it, it is because soy is used as a replacement for wheat flour in many GF foods. One of the key factors with any food-related condition is the amount that you consume as a percentage of your diet.

    e.g. in Japan, Soy allergies/intolerances are huge, whereas milk is less of an issue (as soy forms such a key part of their diet); similarly in the US, corn is more of a problem than wheat (as it is used so heavily).

    So would not necessarily remove soy as it is a good source of protein, but like all things its best in moderation unless, of course you are getting reactions to it.

    Firms like Alpro tend to make their soya milk from non GM sources, so there are suppliers who can support demand.

  • Hi Lynxcat, I've read that soy can cause hypothyroidism and other studies show that soy only affects those low in iodine. I know that soy contains phytic acid and this is an anti nutrient, which means that it prevents the absorption of nutrients, this is mother natures way of protecting plants from predators.

    eatingwell.com/nutrition_he...

  • Ideally, I would eat local, organic, heirloom fruit and vegetables. That is always my goal. I don't eat wheat, soy or corn. However, Monsanto (the leader in GMO producing seeds), is everywhere. It isn't always possible to even know the source of grains and produce we eat. We can only read the label (if there is one) and do our best to feed our bodies, with the highest quality food possible, in order to nurture them as best we can.

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