Food And Processed Foods: Pros And Cons?

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I woke up this morning and thought “I’m hungry”. I headed downstairs and looked in the cabinet for something to eat. Not finding anything I wanted, I turned to the freezer and grabbed toaster strudel. Sounds good, right? It tasted good too. Processed foods have become commonplace in our diets today, and may be contributing to our shortened life spans and declining health, so I started looking at the label. Only to discover that while my decision to eat was simple, the list of ingredients for what I chose to eat was not. It contained numerous ingredients which, through research, I have learned are GMOs.

You are probably asking what a GMO is. According to the USDA, Genetic Engineering describes the “high-tech” methods used in recent decades
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Whereas, a GMO is an organism produced through those means, or through long term selective breeding methods. In simpler terms, GMOs are foods that have been genetically modified to be better from the food industry’s point of view. GMOs are created by going into the organisms DNA and changing its genetic make up. GMOs have been around since 1980.There are many factual pros and cons of GMOs. Some of the pros are bigger yields to create more efficient use of land, and the foods can have a longer shelf life for easier shipping. GM foods also create an essential sustainable way to feed the world. Another pro is that some GMO foods have been modified to make them more resistant to insect pests. The University of California reports that a (Toxic Bacterium) can be added to a crops genetics to make them insect resistant, and safe for human use at the same time. This can reduce the amount of pesticide chemicals used on the plants, thus potentially reducing exposure to …show more content…
but throughout the world, and is highest in North America and Europe. This is causing an enormous increase in obesity. Fats and increased meal sizes along with more and more carbs being added to our diets cause obesity. They cause obesity because we have a gene that allows us to “feast and starve”. We used to not have access to food at all times so we would kill an animal eat as much of it as we could which would then be stored as fat which we used when we didn 't have access to food. But we have access to food all the time now which means that we don’t need that gene any more but it doesn 't realize that so it stays with us. We need to exercise more because we eat more so that we dont become fat.

So, that poses the question: Do we turn to “organic” foods? Organic foods are foods that may, or may not, be processed. These foods have no chemical pesticides used on them. They may, however, have pesticides derived from natural things used on them. Operations that grow, handle, or process organic products (and want to call their products organic) must be certifiedorganic. However, for the most part, there are no laws on the labeling of “organic foods”. So, it appears these foods are much healthier for us than processed and GM

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