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Connie Diekman


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Connie Diekman, M.Ed, RD, LD, FADA is a Nutrition Communications Consultant and Director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; Former President of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Diekman is a former media spokesperson for the Academy and was the voice of the “Eating Right” minute which aired daily on WBBM radio in Chicago.

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Q: What are the effects of GMOs on the human body? Has GMO foods led to an increase in the development of allergies among certain groups of people?

Answered By Connie Diekman - Aug 15, 2013

A: This is a great question. First, the Food and Drug Administration has set forth guidelines related to the use of GMOs, and in those documents they reference the science that indicates food developed through biotechnology are digested in the same manner as other foods and therefore provide the same nutrition, or in some cases more nutrition (if the goal of the biotechnology was to enhance nutrient content). The science also indicates that these foods are safe for consumption and that they are not contributors to increased allergies. With regard to your question about allergens, the guidel [...]

Health & Safety How GMOs Are Made


Q: Are GMO's known to cause any stomach issues?

Answered By Connie Diekman - Aug 16, 2013

A: Current scientific evidence does not show any connection between GMO’s and stomach or any other health issues. A variety of organizations, ranging from the International Food Information Council to the Institute of Food Technologist, have all reported that the body of evidence supports not only the safety of but also the benefits of using biotechnology to enhance the quality of food. [...]

GMOs Globally How GMOs Are Made Modern Agriculture


Q: How do you detect GMO foods in the Supermarket

Answered By Connie Diekman - May 08, 2015

A: Currently there are only eight GM crops commercially available in the U.S. – corn, soybeans, alfalfa, canola, papaya, yellow squash, cotton and sugar beets; alfalfa is not for human consumption, but used as animal feed. When we look at the other crops, the scientific evidence shows not only are food products from GM crops safe, but they are also nutritionally equivalent to non-GM foods. Since the nutritional makeup of the food is the same as the traditional food, the FDA does not require labeling of GMO foods. Currently food companies can voluntarily label foods as non-GMO, and the FDA [...]

GMO Basics


Q: If GMOs are healthy and good to eat... why does the United States register as one of the most overweight countries in the world? You think it would flip if we were actually making something good to eat...

Answered By Connie Diekman - Jun 19, 2015

A: The incidence of overweight and obesity in the United States is due to a multitude of factors, but information from the USDA Economic Research Service gives us some insight:   “In 1970, Americans consumed an estimated 2,109 calories per person per day; whereas in 2010, they consumed an estimated 2,568 calories (after adjusting for plate waste, spoilage, and other food losses). Of this 459-calorie increase,  grains (mainly refined grains) accounted for 180 calories; added fats & oils, 225 calories; added sugar & sweeteners, 21 calories; dairy fats, 19 calories; fruits and veg [...]

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