Are GMOs causing an increase in allergies?

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Lisa Katic, RD, explains that “No commercially available crops contain allergens that have been created by genetically 5 engineering a seed/plant. And the rigorous testing process ensures that will never happen.”

 

Lisa goes on to say, “food allergies are mainly caused by eight foods (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shell fish) and account for about 90 percent of reported food allergies in the United States. It is important to note that only one of the eight major allergens listed above is a potential product of biotechnology, and that is soy. Of the remaining seven allergens listed, none is commercially available in genetically modified varieties.”

 

GMOs do not introduce any new allergens. If a person is allergic to a non-GM plant, for example soy, he or she will also be allergic to the plant’s GMO counterpart on the market today.