According to industry claims, the DNA from GMOs (genetically modified organisms) is broken down in your digestive tract and rendered innocuous. However, it is now known that this is false.
A recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE discovered that large, meal-derived DNA fragments from GMOs are able to transfer their genes directly into the human bloodstream.
In addition, a combined analysis of four other independent studies that included more than 1,000 human samples and a team of researchers from universities in Hungary, Denmark, and the US looked at the assimilation process of GMOs as they are consumed around the world.
After looking at all the data, the team realized that the DNA from GMOs, including derivatives of GM crops such as high-fructose corn syrup from GM corn and soy protein from GM soybeans, is not completely broken down by the body during digestion.
What would normally be broken down into smaller compounds like amino acids and nucleic acids was actually found to remain whole. In addition, the larger DNA fragments we discovered to pass directly into the circulatory system, sometimes even at higher levels than actual human DNA.
“[B]ased on the analysis of over 1000 human samples from four independent studies, we report evidence that meal-derived DNA fragments which are large enough to carry complete genes can avoid degradation and through an unknown mechanism enter the human circulation system,” explained the authors in their study abstract.
This shocking discovery flies in the face of claims made by the GMO industry that GMOs are no different from non-GMOs as far as the body is concerned.
Based on this study of how genes are transferred from the digestive tract into the bloodstream, we now know that the genes of GMOs pass directly into the bloodstream whole.
The presence of these genes is associated with inflammatory conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, adenoma, and colorectal cancer.
In addition, the presence of these genes in the small intestine were found to affect the balance of intestinal bacteria, which are responsible for protecting the gut from invaders and helping the body absorb nutrients.