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What is GMO Is palm oil GMO free

Palm oil plays a vital role in human health due to its chemical composition and health benefits. But there is one frequently asked question about Palm oil, which is: Is Palm oil GMO-free?

The good news for users is that Palm oil is non-GMO and naturally free from trans-fat. This property makes it a more favorable oil for cooking instead of other unhealthy oils that have some GMO content in their composition. So, it is always a better choice to buy a product containing palm oil than unhealthy GMO-filled trans-fat.                                                                                         

COMPOSITION OF GMOs                                                                                                                           

GMOs come into existence through genetic engineering, the technique of inserting the gene of one species into the DNA of another species. By this technique, scientists can produce the organism with the desired trait. When these modified organisms are used for making food, we name them genetically modified food GMF.    

How to Identify genetically modified oils in the market?

According to industry standards, if the food label does not explicitly identify the oil as a non-GMO, they, by default, are genetically modified oils. Though you get non-varieties of GMO oils as well, they are much less common. 

 GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD (GMF):                                                                                                    

GM foods grow faster than the food that is grown naturally. Undoubtedly, this increased productivity fulfills the demands of food. These foods also can withstand unfavorable conditions, which include climatic change and frequent droughts. Unlike naturally grown traditional food, GM foods can produce in any season.                                           

EFFECTS OF GMOs ON HUMAN HEALTH:                                                                                                

No doubt GMO foods are nutritious, but they implicate a drastic impact on human health, due to which its intake must be lowered. But luckily, palm oil does not contain any content of GMO. The adverse effects of GM foods are as following:                                                                                             

1-GMO TOXICITY:                                                                                                                                            

The process of making genetically modified organisms produced a high level of toxicity in GM foods. This addition of toxicity generated by genetic modification techniques shows adverse effects on some organs, including the liver, kidney, and spleen.                                                           

2-ALLERGIC REACTIONS:                                                                                                                     

Genetically modified organisms and their food may cause allergic reactions in the human body and make the body resistant to antibiotics.                                                               

3-GMO MUTATIONS:                                                                                                                                 

GMOs affect the concerned species, but it also leaves some impact on the organisms that consume them. It may also mark some consequences related to mutation as it uses the genetic material of two different species.                                                                                                

4-IMMUNOSUPPRESSION:                                                                                                                            

Genetically modified organisms suppress the ability of the body’s immune system to fight against infections. This immunosuppression in results causes severe complications like transplant rejection.                                                                                                                                     

PALM OIL IS NON-GMO:                                                                                                                                 

Palm oil comes from the fruit of naturally occurring oil palm tree, making its composition 100 % GMO-free and increasing its worth in food manufacturing. Genetically modified food is also costly, along with other side effects. Its effect on human health and the environment cannot be reversed.                                                                                                                  

CONCLUSION:                                                                                                                                           

Palm oil removes all such hazards described above because palm oil is non-GMO and nutritious in taste. The non-GMO property makes palm oil an appropriate edible cooking oil without any adverse health risks. 

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