What is the number one crop in America? You guessed it; Corn. Corn is found in everything from breakfast cereals and salad dressing to cookies, chips and fried foods. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, or in this case, the corn stock. It is also hiding in cosmetics, adhesives, wax paper, hand soap, Windex, toothpaste and diapers.
Ever more, it’s used as the food to feed our food. That’s right, the pigs, chickens and cows all eat corn too. And as an effort to trim our dependence on oil, we can now drive our car with ethanol made from corn! It’s a very versatile crop to say the least.
This highly processed corn is not to be confused with the sweet corn we enjoy at barbeques in the summer. Most of the American corn crop is “field corn,” a starchy grain highly valued for its versatility and is an inedible commodity corn, not ever meant to be food until being highly processed. But once processed, it’s in everything. And here’s the real kicker; 90 percent of corn grown in the United States is genetically modified. So all of that corn you’re unintentionally eating and using contains the harmful genetically modified organisms you’re simultaneously trying to avoid.
In a study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, analyzing the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers found that agricultural giant Monsanto's GM corn is linked to organ damage in rats mainly in the in kidney and liver function, the two major diet detoxification organs. They are also the main organs that react to a chemical food poisoning. Lucky us.
According to naturalsociety.com, it could also be the reason you keep seeing the number on the scale go up. A study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences shows that GMO corn and other GM food is indeed contributing to the obesity epidemic and causing organ disruption. The study found that GMO corn fed to mice led to an increase in overall body weight of about 3.7 percent, while also increasing the weight of the liver by up to 11 percent.*
So how do you avoid GMO corn when it’s in just about everything? Whole Foods Market has some great tips on how to shop if you’re avoiding GMOs such as:
-Buy organic. The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit the use of GMOs.
-Look for a seal of approval. Choose products that have been verified non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project.
Make sure you’re reading the ingredient list too!
Sure it can be hard to kick the husk, but by decreasing your consumption of corn and GMOs you increase the quality of your health.