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Why Do GMO's Increase Obesity Risk?

Feb 26, 2013

There's been a lot of buzz in the food and nutrition world lately about GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. GMOs are essentially foods from crops that have been genetically altered to withstand chemicals, pests, etc in order to live longer to increase production (and, thus, profit for the grower). Some of the biggest GMO crops in the U.S. are corn and soy.

New research has shown a link between GMO corn and obesity. Rats that were fed GMO corn for 3 months grew slightly bigger. These rats also ate more than a group that was fed non-GMO corn.

Here's one theory: the gut may detect components of these GMO products. As a result, the digestive tract has to work harder. The body may try to compensate for the increased work by boosting appetite and food intake.

Currently, the U.S. government does not require food manufacturers to label GMO foods. If you're like me, you wouldn't want to ingest any GMO foods--obesity risk aside. One more reason to go organic whenever possible!

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