What are GMOs?
By now, you’ve likely become well-acquainted with GMO-labelled food. But what, exactly, does this label mean?
A GMO (or, genetically modified organism) is an animal, plant, or other type of organism whose genetic makeup has been altered in some way.
What is the difference between genetically modified food, non-GMO food, and organic food?
Initially discerning the difference between foods that have been genetically modified, versus organic-labelled food, versus non-GMO food, is enough to make any consumer’s head spin! However, it’s not so complex – here are the main differences between these three types of food:
Organic food is food that has been farmed and manufactured per the guidelines put forth by the Department of Agriculture. Organic food is typically pesticide-free, GMO-free, and sustainably farmed.
Non-GMO food, or non-genetically modified food, has not been altered or engineered in any way. Non-GMO food doesn’t necessarily adhere to the same guidelines that organic food does.
GMO food has been genetically modified in some form, usually in a laboratory.
What are the benefits of eating non-GMO or organic food?
As you may have guessed, there are several benefits that come from eating non-GMO and organic foods! Here are just some of the ways that eating naturally-produced foods can contribute to a healthier way of being:
Non-GMO and organic food can help keep a consumer’s allergies at bay. The fact is, with organic and non-GMO foods, your chances for developing certain allergies significantly decrease.
A consumer’s immune systems will thank them. Eating organic, non-GMO foods is a great way to inject certain nutrients back into your body that work to strengthen your immune system.
Eating non-GMO and organic foods improves a consumer’s fitness and overall health. Food items that have been genetically modified contain fewer nutrients, antioxidants, and other important substances that contribute to our overall health and fitness.