March is marked each year as National Nutrition Month as a way to remind people that with all the fad diets, all the trends, all the quick-fix approaches to health, basic knowledge and awareness of nutrition is key to a healthy lifestyle. The month's theme, which is picked by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, for this year is Eat Right, Bite by Bite. Every year, the goal of the month is to tout the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
And we at GMO Answers are certainly big fans of making informed food choices. One of the big misconceptions that we hear about GMOs is that somehow GMOs are less nutritious than other types of foods, including conventionally-grown.
The reality is that GMO crops are thoroughly tested for years to ensure they have the same composition as their conventional counterpart and have the equivalent nutritional value. (Oh, and just in case you heard anything negative about GMO corn, that study was retracted and the details of why are listed here.)
One except to this rule would be the case where there is added nutritional value, such as high-oleic soybeans that make soybean oil heart-healthy, or biofortified crops, such as Golden Rice (which is still not available to those who need it most), which has added Vitamin A to help in the fight against childhood blindness.
The Talking Biotech podcast recently had an excellent episode discussing how genetic engineering can help create healthy oils for cooking and eating.
To learn more about GMOs and nutrition, and to celebrate National Nutrition Month, we've created a new 60-second video for you to share on social media.
To learn more about this topic, please visit the GMOs and Nutrition page on the GMO Answers website. We have a number of registered dietitians who volunteer as experts for our program, and they have answered questions, created videos, written blog posts, and penned editorials about the safety of GMOs and the nutritional equivalence of GMOs.