Most Common Genetically Modified Foods

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Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) including food and food products are not easy to differentiate and are almost present everywhere.

So much so that you might be putting in a GMO right into your cart at the grocery store and still not know it. While it is still not clear whether eating these foods is healthy or not, here is a list of most common genetically modified foods to take the worry out of your plate.

Soy

Soy is one of the most common genetically modified foods. Almost 90 percent of the crop grown in the US is modified genetically to increase its resistance to the herbicide called Round Up so that the farmers may increase the use of this herbicide to kill more weeds. However, this is turning soy into a more genetically modified food that is full of chemicals.

Corn

More than 93 percent of the corn grown in the US is engineered genetically. About half of the farmers in the United States that are growing corn and selling it to Monsanto are dependent on growing genetically modified corn. Most of this corn will be used for human consumption and eating this kind of corn is linked to various health problems including organ disruption and weight gain.

Milk

About a fifth of the diary producing cows in the United States are given the recombinant bovine growth hormone or rBGH to increase the quantity of milk production. The growth hormones also make the cows grow faster. However, consuming milk produced from these cows is known to cause negative effects on humans. The hormone is banned in the EU, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Aspartame

This is an artificial sweetener manufactured by genetically modified bacteria and is commonly used in packaged foods. Equal and NutraSweet are the common brand names of Aspartame and is used by many people, especially diabetics. However, there are a few questions concerned about its use and its possible link to some cancers.

Sugar Beets

Farmers growing sugar beets in the United States decided to go all in on GMOs after they came to know that the genetically modified version was more resistant to the weed killer Round Up and this enabled them to get rid of the weed and increased their produce. However, sugar beets have been banned in 2010 and officially deregulated since 2012.