This post goes out  to my sister, Komal. Here’s your answer:                                                             At times we see crazy colored vegetables and some never seen before kind of vegetables and fruits in supermarket and we wonder what it is! Well those are hybrid varieties of fruits and vegetables. Hybrids are not GMO! They are safe to consume.                  

Checkout the newest 2015 hybrids that NPR shared with us:                         http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/12/11/369675821/kalettes-broccoflower-and-other-eye-popping-vegetables-for-2015

How is a hybrid variety created?

A hybrid variety of a vegetable or fruit is created by cross pollination of two different varieties of a plant  aiming to produce an offspring  that contains the best traits of each of the parents. Cross pollination is a natural process that occurs within members of the same plant species.                                                                                                                                               Hybrids are simply the product of cross breeding two similarly related species, a process that dates back to the early days of agriculture.                                                                         Examples of common hybrid vegetables you might have seen are broccoflower (combination of broccoli and cauliflower), kalettes (brussel sprouts crossed with kale)

How are seedless fruits created?

seedless fruits

Seedless watermelons, grapes, bananas and oranges are not GMOs.

Fruit cultivators or farmers may create seedless fruit by cross breeding normal fruit trees with fruit trees that contain extra chromosomes, which result in infertile offspring producing seedless fruits.                                                                                                                     Seedless fruits are created from plants that are either not fertilized by pollination or have been pollinated but do not develop mature seeds.                                                                                  A common hybrid fruit you might have come across would be a grapefruit  ( combination of pomelo and mandarin)

Are Hybrid And Seedless Fruits Less Nutritious?

Hybrid fruits are generally bred for flavor, color and convenience. They are just as nutritious as traditional fruits.                                                                                                     Farmers simply breed two parent fruit trees through cross-pollination to create a hybrid fruit tree that produces fruits that have the most desired characteristics of its parents. Most modern fruits and vegetables that you consume – including kale, carrots, broccoli, apples, bananas are essentially hybrids that exists due to hybridization and breeding

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), in contrast are the result of combining DNA molecules from different sources in order to alter the genes of an organism through bio-engineering. Usually, DNA for a genetically modified organism does not come from closely related species. Bio-engineering is a strictly human driven process and cannot occur naturally or without human intervention.

To best shield your family from GMO, make sure you buy only organic corn, hawaiian papaya, zucchini, yellow summer squash and edamame when possible and do not use canola oil!                                                                                                                                                            If you want to learn more about GMO visit my post: https://familyhealthsos.org/2015/05/11/gmo101/

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