Everyone in the U.S., Canada, and most of Europe has eaten foods produced from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), whether they realize it or not, and this is not helping us win the war on gout especially when it comes to understanding what to eat for gout.

What Are GMO Foods?

The genetic modification of food is the process of altering DNA to create new traits in plants and animals. The two most common GMO modifications are:

1.    Bt — A toxic bacteria called Bt (bacillus thuringiensis) is spliced into the DNA of the seeds of many plants to act as a built-in insecticide. When an insect bites into a Bt plant, its stomach ruptures and it dies.

2.    Roundup Ready® — The seeds of many crop plants have been genetically altered so the herbicide glyphosate (Monsanto’s brand name: Roundup) can be applied in large doses to kill weeds without killing the crop.

Gout Risks of GMOs

Science is revealing a wide variety of GMO health risks, but the ones that impact gout the most are:

  • Inflammation — GMO food consumption increases levels of interleukin cytokines associated with arthritis and inflammation, which contributes to the frequency and level of pain associated with gout attacks.
  • Digestive Disorders — Bt bacteria can bind to the intestinal walls of mammals, and transfer from Bt foods to our intestinal bacteria. This can affect digestive health, which is paramount in fighting gout, given purine-related digestion issues.
  • Kidney Toxicity — New studies have found that GMO crops are toxic to the liver and kidneys. The kidneys regulate body pH and eliminate uric acid, both important functions to manage gout effectively.

Safety of GMOs

The FDA has recommended that GMO manufacturers, like Monsanto, conduct testing to prove the safety of GMOs. However, the FDA has not mandated these studies, and not a single clinical trial on GMO safety has been published.

We are the lab rats in this worldwide experiment, and our survival odds are in question!

How to Avoid GMOs

  1. Eat mostly foods you prepare yourself, using 100% certified organic ingredients.
  2. When buying produce and packaged foods, look for two labels — USDA Organic and NON-GMO Verified.
  3. If you are presented with a choice to vote on the mandatory labeling of GMO foods, vote “yes,” so that we as consumers can know more about the safety of foods we purchase!

  Bottom Line: There is no room for GMOs in an effective natural gout treatment plan!