|I know this is a chipmunk, but close enough!|
2. There is absolutely no evidence that genetically modified foods harm anybody or anything. Gullible Americans are thinking that they MUST be bad because the packaging has changed from saying, “NO FRUCTOSE” to “NO GMO”.
I saw a piece of facebook propaganda showing the gruesome stomachs of “Pigs fed GMO grain”. What’s wrong with this picture? They did look gruesome. But then again, what does a pig fed nothing but kitchen scraps look like? What does the dead stomach of a pig look like if it’s fed nothing but organically grown grain? I’m betting they’d look equally gruesome.
Here’s why I conclude this. Who do you think is most threatened by the use of grains, fruits and vegetables that need no pesticide, no fungicide, but grow generous, healthy crops all on their own? Your first impulse is to say the pesticide manufacturer. That’s exactly WRONG. GMO seed will destroy the Health Food industry. Think about it! If all food is organically grown with no pesticide or need for other spraying, the health-food industry would be out of business! But they have a lot of money and they have powerful lobbyists and they won’t give up without a fight. They demonize the companies that have developed these seeds that can be grown organically a very low cost. The horrible truth is that GMO foods also qualify as organically grown if no pesticide or fungicide is needed. They are probably more pure than things grown intentionally “organic” because even organic farmers use some pesticides.
GMO seed does not contain a natural pesticide. They have removed the gene that signals grasshoppers or aphids or whatever pests might infest a crop so that they don’t recognize the plant and pass it by. But that missing gene is not absorbed in the human digestive process. Your body cannot detect a difference even on the molecular level. Add to that the fact that we’ve been eating genetically modified food from the day we were weaned. All plants’ genetics’ modify naturally from plant to plant or even fruit to fruit.
3. Taking vitamins is an antidote for a poor diet.
Americans have the most expensive urine in the world. While it’s true that sometimes it’s difficult to eat enough food to get plenty of every necessary nutrient, a healthful, well-balanced diet should give you every thing you need. If you take a supplement, most of it is stored in your fat cells or washed out in your urine. Vitamin poisoning occurs when so much of a certain vitamin is stored in your cells that you develop symptoms (sometimes severe). Interestingly, in some cases the vitamin poisoning’s symptoms are the same as deficiency symptoms.
Here’s why: Most foods either contain the vitamins or minerals necessary to absorb their own nutrients, or are usually paired with food that do. We often eat potatoes with red meat because it just so happens that the vitamins in potatoes are necessary for the absorption of the iron in the meat. (There’s a reason to order fries with a hamburger!) The riboflavin, (a B vitamin) is contained in the meat itself and is necessary for absorption of the nutrients in the meat. This natural pairing is why it is so difficult for a vegetarian to absorb all the needed nutrients without taking artificial supplements. Riboflavin is only found in animal sources.
The American pyramid or the “My plate” recommendations really are the best way to ensure a healthful diet. You LDS should note that it parallels the Word of Wisdom with a grain-based but all inclusive diet. Without exception (prepare to read an anecdotal example of true premises not really leading to logical proof) “my friends who are prone to follow fad diets and extreme eating regimens are the least healthy people I know.” (The premises are true, but they don’t necessarily lead to a true implication that fad dieters are the least healthy people.) (Which doesn’t stop me from believing it.)
The Lord created this wonderful world, filled with plants and animals and air and water that give us everything we need to be healthy. I recommend that when someone urges a product or extreme behavior that departs from accepted science, or implies that you must have some exotic ingredient to be healthy, examine what the sponsors of the product or behavior (advertisers) have to gain. Follow the money and you’ll find the hole in the science. All things in moderation (except faith.) (Abundance of faith is a GOOD thing.) But apply the rules of logic to your health and filter each new claim by “what does this company or industry have to gain by my following their advice” and you’ll likely be a wiser and healthier person.