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Human beings are always attracted towards the Nature`s rainbow. The colour in life plays vital role. People are more health conscious and would like to eat the fruits and vegetables which attracts, smell good and fresh with good aroma with attractive colours. Pink is always attracting and symbol of good health. Imagine if the pineapple comes in pink colour instead yellow, how one shall be reacting. The new GMO foods are giving the future like this. 

When eating the apple, the cut pieces always get brown colour in the plate when comes in contact with the outside atmosphere. The new GMO food had also overcome the problem of getting brown colour on the cut apple. 

The vegetable Potatoes are very common and can be used in all the preparation, if bruised then people are not using the same. The GMO foods had also evaded the bruised potatoes. See how? 

There is a new generation of GMO foods, designed with the consumer in mind. They can give health benefits, increased flavour or longer shelf-life. Let us list some of them: 

Non-browning apples - Some people dislike eating fruit with flesh that has become discoloured. This never happens to Arctic apples. 

Potatoes that don’t bruise - The Innate potato is less prone to bruising. When fried, it also produces less acrylamide, a substance suspected of causing cancer, than conventional spuds.

 

Pink pineapples - They are pink because they accumulate lycopene, the pigment that makes tomatoes red, instead of converting it into yellow beta-carotene as normal pineapples do. The US gave the green light for this variety to be eaten in December 2016, but it is yet to go on sale. The pink pineapples are also said to be sweeter. 

Bloodier oranges - Blood oranges are regarded as beneficial because they are rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins. Normal blood oranges only turn red if they experience cold nights while growing. The GM strain is full of anthocyanins regardless of the weather. The oranges are not yet on sale. 

Bananas with a boost - The matoke cooking banana is a staple in Uganda. The GM variety contains provitamin A. Being field tested in Uganda and could be on sale in 2021. 

Lower-saturated fat rapeseed oil - Conventional rapeseed oil contains 7 per cent saturated fats. A gene-edited variety will have half this amount. 

From health benefits to increased flavour and longer shelf-life, discover the new generation of GM foods designed with the consumer in mind. They are pink because they accumulate lycopene, the pigment that makes tomatoes red, instead of converting it into yellow beta-carotene as normal pineapples do. The US gave the green light for this variety to be eaten in December 2016, but it is yet to go on sale.

Lycopene is thought to have various health benefits. The pink pineapples are also said to be sweeter – and add a twist to a pina colada.

Some people dislike eating fruit with flesh that has become discoloured. This never happens to Arctic apples. They went on sale in the US in November 2017.

The Innate potato is less prone to bruising and consequent black spots. When fried, it also produces less acrylamide, a substance suspected of causing cancer, than conventional spuds do.

People with coeliac disease could soon have their cake and eat it. At least two groups worldwide are editing out the genes for the gluten proteins that damage the guts of people with this digestive disorder. One GM wheat is undergoing clinical trials in Spain.

People with coeliac disease could soon have their cake and eat it. At least two groups worldwide are editing out the genes for the gluten proteins that damage the guts of people with this digestive disorder. One GM wheat is undergoing clinical trials in Spain. 

This seed from the rape plant is rich in the beneficial omega-3 oil DHA. The plan is to market it first as fish feed and then for human consumption. Last year, 1200 hectares were grown and harvested in the US.

Gene-edited wheat yields white flour with three times as much dietary fibre as standard white flour. 

Blood oranges are regarded as beneficial because they are rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins. Normal blood oranges only turn red if they experience cold nights while growing. The GM strain is full of anthocyanins regardless of the weather. The oranges are not yet on sale. 

Rice designed to reduce vitamin A deficiency has been under development for decades, but has yet to reach market. It received a big boost earlier this year when Australia, New Zealand and Canada declared it safe for humans, meaning there would be no regulatory issues if those countries imported food containing small quantities of the rice.

PAUSE a moment the next time you are munching on French fries in a restaurant. How would you feel if someone told you those fries are healthier than normal thanks to the oil they were cooked in? Now, what if the reason they are better for you is because this oil comes from genetically modified plants?

GM foods have been around for decades, but there has been no reason for consumers to be keen on them. Virtually every GM crop on the market is designed to help the farmer who grows it rather than the person who eats it. Now that’s starting to change.

The next generation of GM foods comes with added health or flavour benefits. Some are already in the shops and on our plates, and others will be soon. On the menu are a coeliac-friendly wheat that contains only “good” gluten, potatoes that don’t produce harmful acrylamides when fried, rapeseed oil rich in beneficial omega-3, higher fibre white bread and more.

It is healthier cooking oils that are already being produced in the biggest quantities, though. Millions will soon be eating them, including people in Europe, where GM foods are widely shunned. But what is really extraordinary is that despite their benefits, no one plans to tell you about them.

The first ever GM food to go on sale, the Flavr Savr tomato – launched in 1994 – was designed to stay fresh for longer. This meant it could be picked after ripening and thus tasted better than normal supermarket tomatoes, which are picked green and ripened artificially at the expense of

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