Weight Loss Diets and GMOs
Most weight loss diets in Fayetteville and DeWitt will transition you away from highly processed junk foods and encourage you to include more fresh produce and lean meats in your diet. During the course of your medical weight management program you might follow a full meal replacement program that consists of the OPTIFAST products, but after this diet plan you will be encouraged to adopt more fresh, healthy foods into your diet so you can maintain your weight loss.
As you continue in your new healthy lifestyle you are bound to learn new things about fruits, vegetables and other fresh foods that you didn’t know before. You are likely to learn new cooking methods, discover flavors that you enjoy and even learn a thing or two about how foods are processed and where what you are eating is coming from.
Chances are as you adopt your new healthy diet you will hear the term “GMO.” GMO stands for genetically modified organism and can refer to just about anything. GMOs entered the scene close to 20 years ago and are now everywhere, altering the very fruits, vegetables and other items we eat in an effort to be healthy.
Genetically modified organisms have altered DNA to make them stronger than organic varieties. This has come with some benefits, including larger fruits and vegetables and increased production due to a stronger capability to withstand diseases and pests that often destroy organic crops.
GMOs are a controversial topic in health communities, and so there are a lot of mixed messages about them out there. There are no known long-term side effects of consuming GMOs. However, GMOs have only been around for two decades and have not undergone the scrutiny that many pesticides and other chemicals have, so we may not yet realize the effect that modified produce may have on our health.
Most experts agree that the biggest problem with GMOs is that they are everywhere and are not obviously marked. Critics have expressed concerns that include increased antibiotic resistance and exposure to food allergens and pesticides. The only way to be sure you are avoiding GMOs is to purchase organic, which is often more expensive and can limit your shopping options.
As you adjust to your new healthier diet plan you may wish to investigate the discussion on GMOs and decide for yourself if they are the right choice for your diet. For more tips on adjusting to a healthy weight loss diet, talk with Dr. Scinta.