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Are genetically modified foods bad for overall kidney health?

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Studies suggest that genetically modified foods may be harmful to kidney health. GM foods may also affect reproduction and may be toxic to the liver and pancreas, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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Are genetically modified foods bad for overall kidney health?
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Potential benefits of GM foods include increased nutrition and taste, decreased use of pesticides, increased food supply with a longer shelf-life, reduced cost, crops that are more resistant to disease and drought, and foods that could be used as vaccines and other medications. However, potential risks include unexpected and harmful genetic changes, selective resistance of plants to pests, and interbreeding with natural organisms, which could lead to extinction of the original organisms, states the NIH.

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