Experts Debate: Should You Eat GMO Foods?

Cassie Shortsleeve
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Experts Debate: Should You Eat GMO Foods?

Just like ‘organic’ or ‘all-natural,’ ‘GMO’ (genetically modified organisms) is one of those health buzzwords you’ve likely heard a lot of conflicting information about. In reality, “when the DNA of a plant or animal is altered to introduce or modify genetic traits, you have a Genetically Modified (GM) food, also known as Genetically Engineered (GE) food,” explains Ryan D. Andrews, RD, author of “A Guide to Plant-Based Eating.” Ever since GE crops were introduced in the 1990s — the most common being soybeans and corn — pesticide application has risen exponentially, he says.

As a result, you might wonder whether these foods have a place in a healthy, well-balanced diet. Here, dietitians take sides.

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Cassie Shortsleeve
Cassie Shortsleeve

Cassie Shortsleeve is a Boston-based freelance writer and editor. She has worked on staff at both Shape and Men’s Health and contributes regularly to a slew of national print and digital publications such as Women’s Health, Condé Nast Traveler, and Furthermore for Equinox. With a degree in English and creative writing from the College of the Holy Cross, she has a passion for reporting on all things health, lifestyle, and travel.

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