Basics of Avoiding Mutant Foods

By: Allana Mortell

Imagine yourself in a supermarket on a Saturday afternoon, strolling with your cart, aisle by aisle. First, you swivel your way towards the cereal, picking up your favorite healthy breakfast starter, along with that sugary stuff the little ones asked for. Not exactly the most balanced breakfast, but nevertheless, those sugar-filled morsels sure can be addictive. Though it is widely known that those little puffs of cereal masquerading in a sugar coating are probably one of the worst things you could be eat, you may or may not, be surprised to learn that 70% of all processed foods in supermarkets these days now contain genetically modified ingredients.

Genetically modified organisms or GMO's, are organisms whose genetic material has been altered thanks to genetic engineering techniques. Many countries, including Japan, Australia and the European Union ban all sorts of GMO's, yet the United States does not, which has created problems in terms of exporting particular products. Metroland reported that, "estimates place the presence of GMOs at 70 to 80 percent in packaged foods in America and Canada, as commercially grown canola, soy, corn and cotton are already using genetically modified seeds."

The upside of this unfortunate estimation is that many efforts, including legislation on banning particular GMO's have been put in place. However, there is something else we as a society should be concerned about and that would be the idea and terrifying revelation of mutant foods.

Mutant foods are, in the simplest terms, foods you should be avoiding yet can't seem to escape thanks to genetic modification and over-chemical production. Thirty or forty years ago, food was different. Meals were much more simple, food was basic in a common context. However, the pace of life has quickened, the emergence of fast-food has taken over America and a new era of processed food, hydrogenated oils, food coloring, you name it, is popping up everywhere, even in foods you never would have thought.

Though it is difficult to pinpoint every single food item you should or shouldn't be avoiding, there are a few basics that should be brought to your attention. Marshmallows, jello, and hot dogs are all staples of American society, but regardless, all contain chemical additives, modified syrups, gelatin or generally unrefined ingredients you shouldn't be ingesting. In reality, the best thing you can do for you and your family is read the labels and take that extra time to scan over the nutritional information that is sometimes hidden so well on the back of those favorite cereals of yours.

There's a reason why those sugary, sweet or even salty treats taste as good as they do - chemical production makes them tastes one way, the "better" way and a simple check of ingredient list may in the future, make all the difference in the world. If you don't know what an ingredient means, blue 2 or red 1, hydrogenated oils, transfat, etc - you're much better off throwing it back on the shelf where it belongs.

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