New Problems Discovered with GMO Soy
As if there weren’t enough reasons to avoid genetically modified soy and soy products, a new study has now revealed that the genetic modification of the soybean produces excess formaldehyde and disrupts natural plant metabolism. In the GMO soybean, formaldehyde dramatically accumulates and glutathione is depleted.
Formaldehyde is a known class 1 carcinogen. In other words, it’s likely to cause cancer. Soy is one of the most widely grown crops in the U.S. and is consumed by millions, including infants. This is a particularly disturbing fact since we know that 90% of the soy grown in this country has been genetically modified.
Glutathione is a potent natural antioxidant which assists the body in its detoxifying processes. The study indicates that the amount of glutathione was significantly reduced in the genetically modified soybeans, therefore increasing our exposure to carcinogens and reducing our intake of the substances that help our body to fight disease and the toxins that cause disease.
Generally speaking, the process of creating a GM crop produces massive collateral damage in the plant’s DNA. Native genes can be mutated, deleted, permanently turned on or off, and hundreds may change their levels of protein expression. This can increase existing allergens, or produce new, unknown allergens. Both appear to have happened in GM soy.
Health Dangers of GM Soy and Corn
Both genetically modified soy and corn, two of the most prevalent GM foods in the US food supply, have been linked to potentially serious health effects. These include:
- Liver Problems
- Digestive Impairment
- Reproductive problems, including sterility, changes in reproductive hormones, such as excessive production of estrogen, progesterone, follicle stimulating hormone, and luteinizing hormone
- Damage to pituitary gland
- Loss of libido and erectile dysfunction in men
- Adverse immune system responses, including an increase in allergies
- Excessive cell growth, a condition that may lead to cancer
Do we really need any more evidence of how detrimental genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) are to our health?