Your Gut Health & GMOs: New Study Reveals the Surprising Truth of How GMO Foods Affect Your Microbiome
Discover the Truth About How GMOs Could Affect Your Gut Health
These days, it seems that no matter where you look, there’s a “Produced with Genetic Engineering” sticker on your foods.
For the longest time, the sticker wasn’t even required to be on the packaging of your favorite foods. You just had to guess and try to make the best decisions for yourself.
Now, with new labeling laws in place, you can determine at a glance which food products are made with GMOs (genetically modified organisms).
While these labels are great for empowering you, what do they really mean? Sure, you can now see that these foods have GMOs in them…but is there any danger in consuming them?
The jury is still out on that one. However, as it stands, the general position on GMOs is that they are considered safe (until proven otherwise).
But here’s the real pressing question – will GMOs make you fat? To answer that question, we need to see how GMO foods affect your gut… where all of your food is processed.
GMOs & Your Gut Microbiome
Before you can really dive deep into the mechanics of the gut microbiome, it’s important to understand first what exactly it is.SPECIAL: What’s REALLY Causing Your Weight Gain, High Blood Pressure & Constant Fatigue (If You’re Over 30 You Need to See This)…
Your gut is a jungle of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and all kinds of microorganisms. This collection of microscopic organisms is officially known as the “gut microbiome”.
When your gut flora is healthy, then it can, in turn, lead to a healthier version of you. When they aren’t? You’re at risk of a long list of health complications, including IBS, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Research has shown that there are many things that can upset your digestive balance, too.
Not sleeping well at night? Boom: you now have poor gut health. Took a round of antibiotics for a nasty sinus infection? There goes your gut flora.
What about your diet? Can that affect your digestive health and microbiome?
Studies say yes, it can. A high-carbohydrate diet has been shown to be harmful to your stomach’s ecosystem. Foods high in probiotics (such as yogurt, kombucha, and kimchi), on the other hand, can help improve it.
But what about GMOs? Do they have any influence on your gut flora?
Fortunately, no. A new study found no change in the microbiome due to GMOs.
But does that mean that GMO foods are healthy to eat?
Good Foods vs. Bad Foods
Some foods are surrounded by a “health halo”. This means that because we think these foods are good for us, we’re more likely to overindulge on them.
There are a lot of buzzwords that can be placed on a food label. These catchy-sounding words can, in turn, make it seem like something sounds like it’s good for us.
Organic. Gluten-free. All-natural. Local.
These all sound like good things, right?BRAND NEW: These Delicious Desserts Can Help You Burn Fat & Lose Weight
Sure, these words can mean lots of great things. But that doesn’t automatically mean that these foods are nutritious or healthy.
What does that mean for GMOs? If a package says “GMO Free” – or even if it says “Made with Genetic Engineering” – does that actually mean anything?
Sure. It means it either does or does not have GMOs in it.
It’s that simple.
Just because GMOs don’t influence your gut health doesn’t mean they’re necessarily good for you. In other words, the absence of harm doesn’t mean presence of health.
Heck, a bag of chips can be organic, all-natural, and non-GMO, but that doesn’t mean you should eat the entire bag in one sitting.
Those apple slices on your plate, though, may have been grown with genetic engineering.
Are we really going to say that a GMO apple is actually worse for you than a non-GMO bag of junk food? Probably not.
What’s Makes A Diet Healthy, Anyway?
Research has made it abundantly clear that a healthy diet can help you manage your weight.
It sounds all fine and grand on paper, but what exactly counts as a healthy diet?
A healthy diet is different for every person. While a runner may benefit from a lower-fat, higher-carbohydrate diet, this very same diet could actually be very dangerous for someone with diabetes.
With all of this seemingly conflicting information out there, how can we know for sure that we’re eating healthy?
Honestly? Instead of carefully scrutinizing food labels to see if something is organic, gluten-free, or non-GMO, you should probably be ignoring food labels.
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That’s not to say that a food label doesn’t give you valuable information about a food. Instead, the presence of a label can hint at how healthy a food is.
In fact, the healthiest foods out there don’t have labels on them.
Whole grains. Fruits. Vegetables. Food in its original form, as it was meant to be, without heavy processing.
What Does That Mean for GMOs & Your Diet?
All of this talk about GMOs being good for you, or bad for you, is just skirting the real point.
Yes and no.
While GMOs on their own may not cause you to gain weight, they may not help you to lose weight, either.
Did you know that tofu is often a GMO food?
It’s true. Soy is actually one of the more commonly genetically engineered foods. Yet, nobody is going to argue that a stir fry with organic tofu is going to make you gain weight.
Is a grass-fed cheeseburger with organic fries really the better option for you? I can’t say I’m convinced.
GMOs are often found in heavily processed foods. Yes, some plants are GMO. More often than not, though, that box of cereal or that bag of candy on the shelf is filled to the brim with GMO sugar.
So the point isn’t so much that GMO foods could make you gain weight. Rather, the types of foods that are made with GMOs tend to be high-calorie, low-nutrient franken-foods.
Of course, moderation is always key.TRENDING: Women Who Eat These 3 Cheeses Are Losing Pounds of Stubborn Belly Fat (Research Proven)
Strive for a mostly healthy diet, but save a little room for those foods you truly love. A scoop of real-deal ice cream after dinner isn’t going to make you overweight, especially if the rest of your diet is full of the good stuff.
Are GMO foods the enemy?
Eh. Maybe not so much.
But are they your friend?
It’s hard to say. Would you want to be friends with someone who didn’t bully you, but also didn’t stop the bullies from ganging up on you?
That’s GMOs. Not your BFFs, but also not your sworn nemesis.
The bottom line is that a healthy diet has a little bit of wiggle room. If you want a little bit of GMO action in your diet, it won’t be the end of the world.
Just don’t always eat these things. Add a little bit of fun to your diet here and there (and yes, a healthy diet should be somewhat enjoyable!), but try to fill up on whole foods primarily.
In the long run, you’ll both look and feel better. Happiness and health are cornerstones of a balanced life.
If it takes a GMO or two to get you there, then so be it.
How to Turn Your Gut Into a Fat-Burning Machine (With or Without GMOs)
Even if GMO foods are kinda just “eh” for your gut…
Is “eh” good enough for your health and well-being?
You’d probably want to know about that, right?
Well… in the interest of science, there are exactly 4 strains of gut bacteria that have been proven to help people burn fat… lose weight… and keep it off.
And there’s one doctor (who has a weight loss practice in Florida) who isolated these from mountains of scientific papers… and started feeding them to his clients at his clinic.
You won’t believe what happened to them…