The research is just a'flowin' in. But basically most of it says: GMOs= bad. Organic= good. But with the price of produce as high as it is now, it's difficult to rationalize buying organic when you don't see any immediate side effects to eating that burrito-sized strawberry. Non-GMO treated foods are called organic, as they don't use antibiotics, pesticides, or any chemicals in their compost. But again, they are rather expensive. So in an effort to save some cash, what can you do? Well, we have the inside scoop on the connection between probiotics and organic foods.
What is a GMO?
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, which have a pretty bad reputation. According to research, these modified organisms are typically treated with antibiotics to make them bigger. These antibiotics are also used to treat diseases in animals that will be "turned into" food, if you catch my drift. They are added to the animals' food, so even if they're not sick, it's likely the animals come in contact with antibiotics daily. Unfortunately, antibiotics in food that we eat are linked to causing grande problems, such as antibiotic resistance in consumers. YIKES. That is a grande problem.
Probiotics and Organic Foods
Fortunately, there are alternatives, such as the organic way of giving organisms (produce and meat) a supplemental, all-natural food additive. The most popular supplement on the market seems to be probiotic food additives for produce and animals. These supplements are all natural and support not only growth but also overall health of the organism. All-natural + supporting farms and organism health = a win! Right?
Well, wrong. Unfortunately, there is a lot of shade being thrown around probiotics as the false arguments "GMOs are fine" and "antibiotics are cheaper" still circulate. So it's hard to get everyone on board. With that in mind, how can you protect your family and still save money? Using probiotics, of course!
Probiotics and Conventional Foods
Although buying organic is rather safer, some foods are actually pretty safe to buy inorganic (check out our recent blog, here!). However, some foods such as berries, carrots, or really anything you don't have to peel, are still rather full of pesticides, antibiotics, and other chemicals. If buying organic is just not in your budget, try soaking your produce in liquid probiotics! Soaking for 15 minutes in water with 1 tablespoon of SCD Essential Probiotics can help rid the food of bacteria that can be harmful. For detailed instructions on how to do this, check out our previous blog about probiotics and organic foods!
All in all, it's about doing what is best for you and your family. Good luck, and remember: stay healthy!