If you’re anything like me, even if you eat a clean diet, you have probably gone years without looking into great depth the true origin of the foods you are eating. For me, it was as simple as “Does this food fit my macronutrient and calorie goals for the day” and “Does it taste good?” I’ve started to pay more attention to the actual “health” aspect of living a healthy, fit lifestyle though recently, and I strongly urge you to as well. Even if you are ripped to shreds and have 210+ pounds of lean muscle on your physique you can easily still be very unhealthy, despite looking like the epitome of health. Educating yourself about what you are putting in your body is vital when your longevity and overall level of health are concerned moving forward. What Are GMOs? GMO is an acronym for “Genetically Modified Organism.” It is the end result of a process in a lab where genes from the DNA of one species are artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. Ultimately, leaving you with a “transgenic” organism. In layman’s terms, it is fusing the genes of two different organisms together. Staying up to date on food ingredients can be tough for the regular consumer, as they are ever changing and we simply don’t have the time to delve deep into the nutritional labels of every single little thing we eat. To put it in perspective for you, in the United States, GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food that we buy and consume. Are GMOs Bad For You? The mediums scientists are using to transfer genes of modified DNA from one organism to another are unpredictable to say the least, as it is a relatively new procedure. There is a raging debate between if GMOs are really bad for you or not, and the truth is, we do not know. There is evidence to support both cases, but there simply isn't enough for either side to definitively be “correct.” Some organizations like “Say No To GMOs,” “Non GMO Project,” and “GMO Awareness” assert that GMOs can be responsible for differences in food’s nutritional values, and may even be toxic or exert allergic effects in some individuals. Many developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe in any capacity, and in more than 60 countries around the world there are high levels of restrictions and bans on the production, distribution, and sale of GMOs. In the United States, the government has approved GMOs and has gone as far as to allow food and supplement companies to blatantly avoid being required to label their products with GMOs in them. Essentially, your entire lunch could have been riddled with GMOs but you will never know it because it probably wasn’t on the label. I’m no scientist so I can’t say for certain whether or not GMOs will actually produce long-term damage (or any at all), but when someone wants to avoid telling you an important ingredient in something they are selling you that seems a bit shady to me, and insinuates that they could indeed be harmful.