In recent years, a growing number of Americans have become more passionate about the type of foods they eat, avoiding foods with GMOs as much as possible or even at all cost.
GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms” are plants or animals with DNA that has been tweaked by genetic engineering. GMO foods were originally created to help reduce the chance of crops failing, helping plants grow with enhanced nutrition and resistance to diseases. It also has allowed for a more efficient use of land and kept food prices from rising exorbitantly. The issue in the limelight with GMO foods is whether or not it has a negative impact on our agriculture and health in the long run. Since the safety of eating GMO foods has not been verified, more Americans opt for non-GMO foods, because not only may non-GMO foods be safer, they are also tastier and more nutritious.
Researchers believe that when non-GMO fruits and vegetables are grown in natural conditions with greater stress, they develop higher nutritional content, which has been found in the following foods:
- Organic strawberries taste better and are more nutritious. They even have a higher amount of vitamin C and antioxidant activity compared to conventionally grown strawberries.
- Non-GMO soy has been found to have 12-14% more amounts of cancer-fighting isoflavones (phytoestrogens).
- Canola (rapeseed) has a higher amount of vitamin A and E and fat composition compared to genetically modified canola.
- Organic tomatoes are sweeter and have higher vitamin C levels and antioxidant compounds, such as lycopene.
For more information on non-GMO foods, visit nongmoproject.org.