Genetically Modified Food and Weight As humans become more over weight, we face a lot of difficulties with health concerns that shortens our lives. But why are humans suddenly over eating and becoming overweight? Genetically modified foods are foods that have only been around for the last couple of decades, and they have been altered so they thrive in their environment. Typically, modifications are used to withstand pesticides, withstand cold, and to grow faster and bigger. Genetically modified foods are causing humans to over eat because they are not filled with the same nutrients, our bodies can't digest the food the same, and it causes humans to grow bigger, faster. Genetically modified food may look like its original counterpart but there are some major differences. The amount of nutrients the new genetically modified food has is one of those differences and it affects our bodies. Genetically modified food can have as much nutrients as its original, but due to unintentional alteration they often fall short. In Dr. John B. Fagan's article, he explains how with genetically modified food you can get unintended effects by using a peanut and a tomato as an example. In his example he states that if you take one gene from the peanut and put it in the tomato you can have unintended affect of a person that is allergic to peanuts becoming allergic to that tomato. He continues by stating current genetically engineered procedures and developing procedures can also have unintentional alteration, that as of current regulations could potentially not be tested for. Genetic engineering places new genes which create new proteins and can change the cellular metabolism. With the alteration in metabolism the food could fail to make some important vitamins and minerals.(Fagan). Since genetically modified food have some unintentional alterations, these unintended alterations could effect humans in a way that changes their metabolism that would require them to over eat. These unintended alteration could also change the nutritional value making the person malnourished. If people are malnourished their bodies will be craving the nutrients it needs in order to function and they will have to eat more to get those nutrients. The article “Compositional differences in soybeans on the market: Glyphosate accumulates in Roundup Ready GM soybeans” did a study on Iowa soybeans and the article concluded “The organic soybeans had significantly higher levels of total protein and lower levels of linoleic acid LA (18:2n6) and palmitic acid PA (16:0).” (T. Bøhn, M. Cuhra, T. Traavik, M. Sanden, J. Fagan, R. Primicerio , section 4.3). Lower levels of protein in genetically modified foods cause less nutrients for build and repairing tissues. Linoleic acid and palmitic acid are both fatty acids that are good for our bodies in small amount, excess of these acids have been linked to health issues including cardiovascular diseases. This article proves John Fagan's theory that nutritional values could be weakened with genetically modified food. The absence of all of the nutrition in genetically modified food has to be filled from some where, and so our bodies only have one choice, to indulge in food to get what it needs. Nutrition is the building blocks of our bodies and without it our bodies won't function. That's why people overeat because genetically modified food does not have all the nutrition organic food has. Our bodies go through many steps to digest our food, but with genetically modified food our bodies struggle to digest it. Our bodies need to digest our food to get the nutrition out of it and if our bodies our only digesting a portion of the food then our bodies will want more food to digest and get the nutrients it needs. Professor Åshild Krogdahl of the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science conducted some experiments, one experiment she fed 2 group of rats corn, one group genetically modified corn, and the other regular corn. In one of her other…
Genetically-modified foods (GM foods) have made a big splash in the news lately. European environmental organizations and public interest groups have been actively protesting against GM foods for months, and recent controversial studies about the effects of genetically-modified corn pollen on monarch butterfly caterpillars1, 2 have brought the issue of genetic engineering to the forefront of the public consciousness in the U.S. In response to the upswelling of public concern, the U.S. Food and…
Genetically modified foods are often brought to topics of discussion throughout our present day society. These foods are resultants of genetic modified organisms (GMOs) which encounter a specific change introduced in their DNA by genetic engineering techniques. About sixty to seventy percent of the food in our market today is genetically modified, and one of the most popular items being-corn. There are so many…
Alta Vista High School
Genetically Modified Foods
April 6 2015
Many of us fear the unknown, just as many believe Genetically modified food isn’t
“organic”. Instead of fearing what we don’t know we should all look into variety of information.
Many won’t believe that there are any benefits to GM food, many even question if its safe to eat,
we want to learn about the harmful chemicals in our food contains and the negative side effects it…
Running head: Genetically Engineered Foods
Genetically Engineered Foods: What are Their Purpose and How Does it Affect the World?
Stanly Community College Online
What exactly are genetically engineered foods? They are foods that have had their genes spliced, and added by scientists, for more favorable benefits. It can be an expensive process to grow crops with modified seeds. Most third-world countries rely on modified foods because they are not able to…
current level of progress if it were not for technology. The Internet
and smart phones, for instance, have led to dramatic changes in the ways people
communicate with one another. Similarly, genetically modified foods have made it
easier for countries to feed their population and raise their citizens’ nutrition standard.
As the improvement of the Wi-Fi capabilities and smart phone networks,
geographical distance is no longer an obstacle in terms of communication. For
instance, at present we can…
Benefits of Genetically Modified Food
The use of Genetically modified foods has been a controversial topic since first being introduced in the early 1990’s. How foods are genetically modified and which foods are genetically modified have been the start to many debates. Genetically modified foods or GM Foods are foods derived from genetically modified organisms or GMO’s. GMO’s are organisms that have had specific changes introduced into their DNA through genetic engineering techniques. Despite…
Genetically Modified Organisms
Genetically Modified Organisms are designer foods that are commonly used for crop and human consumption using a made up genetic alter of DNA and genes. GMO’s have been commonly used within the food industry and have become a health issue in our world. When the DNA and genes are changed they are inserted to make the product grow quicker or bigger not using the natural cycle of growth. About 60% of foods prepacked in a normal grocery store contain genetically modified…
FILA 120 8:00
Genetically Modified Food
Throughout society humans have been evolving with one common goal in mind which is to make things easier. Easier may not always be better, and sometimes it is better to keep some things the way they are and focus on quality not quantity. A severe controversy in today’s world is the manufacture and marketing of genetically modified foods. This is a special kind of food where the producer injects chemicals to benefit the…
What are GMO’s? GMO’s are Genetically Modified Organisms; they are any food product that has been altered at the gene level.
“Genetically modified foods are also frequently described as “genetically engineered” or “genetically manipulated” (What). GMO mainly consist with farmers and their crops. For centuries farmers have been trying to make our food better by crossbreeding crops to make them taste better, healthier and heartier. We are allowing scientist to put different kinds of genetic…
Genetically Modified Foods
GENERAL GOAL: I want to inform my audience.
SPECIFIC SPEECH GOAL: I would like to increase the audience’s knowledge of genetically modified foods, their history, and the controversy that it involves.
THESIS STATEMENT: I want to inform my audience by explaining exactly what genetically modified foods are, as well as, there intended purpose, history, advantages, disadvantages and controversy surrounding them.
I. Before you eat a meal or snack do you…