Better Body Clinical Nutrition


Foods to Avoid Series, #2

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 1:32 PM

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You know how the Hulk had a genetic mutation that made him turn crazy (and green)? Maybe that’s not so far-fetched! Corn seed is genetically modified to withstand bugs and disease. This is great for industry, but it’s potentially not so great for our insides. Your genes are the fuse box of your body. If you flip the wrong switch, you may have a disease turn on. Genetic modification may mess with our wiring, and nobody knows what could happen. These altered foods save manufacturers money because they are cheap, so they don’t want to look at the potential risks. We must protect ourselves, so read labels.
An important point to make is that sugar and corn sugar (also called “corn syrup”) are not the same thing. Fructose coming from corn is metabolized differently than regular sugar and triggers the buildup of triglycerides (which is fat in the blood). High triglycerides can lead to heart disease, which, according to the American Heart Association, kills one of us every minute in the United States. On top of that, high-fructose corn syrup apparently doesn’t trigger hormones that should tell the body it is full. So, we just keep eating and eating and eating….
What’s also alarming, is that corn syrup and cornstarch, unless they are labeled as organic, are from genetically modified corn and are present in virtually all processed foods. These ingredients are in the dairy case, baked goods, the frozen foods section, canned and boxed foods. 
You know what’s coming, don’t you? Yep, get rid of it, especially if you are trying to handle a health issue. Once your body is on a maintenance program, and functioning at its optimum level, a few indiscretions will be tolerable, but it does not take much when a body is off balance to create a bad effect. Plus, regular consumption of corn products that are genetically modified irritates the intestinal wall and eventually creates digestion issues.