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Submitted by: Eileen McGinley


Expert response from Community Manager

Moderator for

Friday, 28/12/2018 18:59

Not all corn oil is GMO because not all corn is GMO. With that being said, because oil contains no proteins, GMO and non-GMO sourced oils are indistinguishable and neither would contain any GM material.

Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, LD, FADA, wrote a response detailing if there is a way to tell whether or not oils come from GM corn.

As oils are processed from the seed the DNA, the genetics of the seed, are destroyed by the heat of the processing so that chemically you cannot detect the genetic engineering.
“I do know that many people believe that genetic engineering results in a different product but in fact, because the process occurs at the seed level the oil from the seed is identical to Non GMO oils.”

There is no nutritional difference between GMOs and their non-GMO counterpart, unless the nutritional content of the GM crops has been intentionally modified, like high oleic soybeans, or biofortified crops, such as Golden Rice.

In the spring of 2016, The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) issued a report confirming the safety of GMOs and also their compositional and nutritional equivalency with non-GMO foods.  The NAS confirms, “Statistically significant differences in nutrient and chemical composition have been found between GE (genetically engineered) and non-GE plants by using traditional methods of compositional analysis, but the difference have been considered to fall within the range of naturally occurring variation found in currently available non-GE crops.” Click here to read the full report.