Viewpoint: Trying to make smart food choices? Ignore what celebrities say about GMOs

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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is known to promote questionable ideas about food safety and nutrition. Image Credit: Rex

Studies have confirmed that people are more likely to believe celebrities and politicians over scientists when it comes to medical advice.

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As GMO Answers has explored, when you have a …. large following, people listen. [But] health and nutrition advice from celebrities is not always scientifically sound. This serves to further confuse consumers who are already bombarded by a flood of misinformation about their food, particularly when it contains GMOs.

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) issued a comprehensive report concluding that genetically modified crops are not only safe to eat, but have the same nutrition and composition as non-genetically modified crops, and have no links to new allergies, cancer, celiac or other diseases.

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Yet, many celebrities, including Kelly ClarksonGwyneth Paltrow, and more, irresponsibly use their platforms to make false statements about the safety and nutritional value of GMOs  ….

While it can be tempting to trust the people we see most often in the limelight, providing accurate, evidence-based information about the health and safety of our food is the job of scientists ….

Read full, original article: No seriously — trust the experts

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