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Are non-GMO protein powders healthier?

Non-GMO protein powders are marketed as a healthier option for individuals who are concerned about consuming genetically modified organisms (GMOs). However, the scientific evidence regarding the health benefits of non-GMO foods, including protein powders, is inconclusive.

While some studies suggest that GMOs may have negative effects on human health, including allergic reactions and toxicity, other studies suggest that they are safe to consume (1,2). Furthermore, the World Health Organization and other international organizations have stated that there is no evidence that GMOs are harmful to human health (3).

That being said, choosing a non-GMO protein powder may still have other potential benefits. For example, some non-GMO products are also organic, which means they are produced without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Organic foods have been found to have higher levels of certain nutrients, including antioxidants than conventionally grown foods (4).

It is important to note that the term "non-GMO" does not necessarily mean that a product is organic, and vice versa. Additionally, non-GMO products may be more expensive due to the increased cost of sourcing non-GMO ingredients.

Overall, while non-GMO protein powders may not necessarily be "healthier" than GMO-containing powders, they may be a preferred choice for individuals who are concerned about the potential risks associated with GMO consumption or who prioritize organic and non-synthetic food production.


  1. de Vendômois JS, Roullier F, Cellier D, Séralini GE. A comparison of the effects of three GM corn varieties on mammalian health. Int J Biol Sci. 2009;5(7):706-726. doi:10.7150/ijbs.5.706
  2. Domingo JL, Giné Bordonaba J. A literature review on the safety assessment of genetically modified plants. Environ Int. 2011;37(4):734-742. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2011.01.003
  3. World Health Organization. Frequently asked questions on genetically modified foods.
  4. Baranski M, Srednicka-Tober D, Volakakis N, et al. Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses. Br J Nutr. 2014;112(5):794-811. doi:10.1017/S0007114514001366
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