QCan the body tell the difference between gmo and non gmo foods?

Can the body tell the difference between gmo and non gmo foods?

AExpert Answer

The way the body digests and utilizes food is the same regardless of how the food was originally produced. GMO technology allows for the insertion of a specific gene (a small piece of DNA) into a plant seed, which then becomes part of the entire pool of DNA in that plant. The inserted gene looks the same as the rest of the DNA, and when we eat the plant, our body breaks down all of the DNA in the same way. The products produced by the DNA are proteins (DNA is a code that tells the plant how to link amino acids together to generate proteins), which are also digested by the enzymes present in our stomach and intestines. So, overall, GMO foods have the same nutritional value as non-GMO foods and there is no difference in how our bodies digest or utilize these foods.

 

Posted on March 9, 2018
Hello, and thank you for your question! Scientists commonly use genetically engineering (GE) to add and subtract genes from ALL sorts of plants, from common weeds to potatoes from the Andes. Most GE is performed only to learn how plants work. While it’s relatively simple to change a plant’s genetics, it’s difficult and expensive to actually improve a plant’s genetics. Thus, only the most “important” crops are targets for GE. Smaller improvements are... Read More
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Posted on March 8, 2018
Hello, and thank you for your question! Scientists commonly use genetically engineering (GE) to add and subtract genes from ALL sorts of plants, from common weeds to potatoes from the Andes. Most GE is performed only to learn how plants work. While it’s relatively simple to change a plant’s genetics, it’s difficult and expensive to actually improve a plant’s genetics. Thus, only the most “important” crops are targets for GE. Smaller improvements are... Read More
Posted on March 9, 2018
Anyone who has traveled through the Southeast and seen kudzu vines along the highway knows that plants can evolve into a negative outcome. There is a similar concern that a GMO can produce negative outcomes in the environment.  Therefore, prior to approving their commercial planting, GMOs must be tested in contained field trials to ensure that they do not behave in ways that could cause problems. To prevent negative outcomes, GMOs must not have the ability to cross with wild... Read More