Soybean Foods: The Consequences Of Genetically Modified Organisms

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Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, refer to crop plants or animals that have been altered through artificial selection. This is done through planting the specific desirable traits of one organism into the DNA of another organism with; otherwise, undesirable traits. The gene inserted into the new organism grants that very organism the ability to possess the same traits as the “parent” organism. Characteristics usually sought after restrain to better nutritional value, gained through the addition of vitamins and minerals, and herbicide resistance. On the other hand, what is sought after and what actually occurs is far from the same. Genetic modification brings forth unexpected consequences and should not be produced. The downside includes the development of new allergens, horizontal gene transfer, and certain effects on the animals living in the environment around. The consumption of genetically modified organisms is widespread among Americans. Even though this is the …show more content…
Soybeans are used for the production of soybean oil. Soybean oil is the most commonly used oil because it is a cheaper and healthier alternative to other oils. The utilization of soybean oil is found in foods, including, but not limited to, condiments, baked goods, potato chips, and bread. The negative aspect to GM soybean oil is that the genetic modification increases the fatty acid content for increased quality. Energy originates from fatty acids; with omega-3 being an essential fatty acid. GM soybeans contain a high level of omega-6 fatty acids, which are favorable in small amounts. The combined intake of omega-6 has become greater than what humans were originally used to and has displaced omega-3 as the dominant fatty acid. Whereas, omega-3 may promote better heart health and decrease the chance of cancer, omega-6 will cause cardiovascular disease, cancer, asthma, or obesity if its level is

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