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Genetically modified foods: culprits for gastrointestinal disorders?

Genetically modified foods

Genetically modified foods causes disorders?
Food allergies, antibiotic resistance in the gut

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The probability for introduction of allergens is the third main concern. Food allergies, which are very rampant in the population, are only attributed to the presence of one or two specific proteins contained in the food. In other words, it only takes one or two proteins to initiate a cascade of events that may be detrimental to one's health! In response to this, the developers of GMOs are challenged to carefully evaluate the allergenic potential of every new product prior to commercialization. In its evaluation, the crop itself, the source of the gene to be inserted, and the gene and protein sequence itself, has to be evaluated one by one in order to ensure safety.

The fourth, and most probably the main concern, is regarding the capacity of genetically modified foods to induce antibiotic resistance among bacteria in the gut. Since DNA integration can most probably involve errors, not all in the target genetic sequence to be inserted are actually “inserted” into the organism. Sometimes, the vectors used for the transfer of DNA fragments might actually express the genes. A few studies have claimed that bacteria in the gut utilized DNA sequences present in GMOs, making them resistant to antibiotics and therefore, harder to eradicate. This certainly sounded an alarm. As a result, this may be the reason behind the inability of antibiotics to effectively deal with pathogens in the gastrointestinal tract, indirectly causing a myriad of conditions and disorders that demand a higher level of treatment.

So how to we deal with these? These issues will perhaps persist for the next decades without solutions, for eating anything artificial will always have its risks. But then, we should not be distracted by becoming excessively alarmed by these improvements. Though the market is teeming around with genetically modified foods, the easiest solution is to go back to eating organic foods and try our best to find them. We could also resort to growing a few plants or crops at our backyard – all by ourselves. All these, and living a healthy lifestyle, will help keep the doctor away!

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