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Are Pastel Pink Pineapples Real?

14 August 2017 - 15:30

Aishath Sajuha

Travel enthusiast, amateur artist and blogger.

Will there be anything more perfectly millennial than a pastel pink pineapple?

It’s just a matter of time before these perfect pastel pink pineapples start appearing at your local supermarket. Del Monte’s beautiful mutant fruits have been approved by the U.S Food & Drug Administrations (FDA).

However, are these genetically modified (GMO) creations safe and healthy to consume?

Lycopene – which is the red pigment in tomatoes – have been added to pineapples through a process of genetic engineering by Del Monte’s scientists. It is a simple and seemingly harmful twist to the work of nature, which gives their pineapples a pale pink flesh and a fuchsia exterior. 

Whether or not these GMO foods are a danger to our health, it is the subject of much debate. While Americans and Canadians consume products that have been bioengineered in a wide scale, many of the other developed countries, such as those in E.U, have banned the sale of bioengineered products. 

The main reason for this is because of the lack of research, the Non-GMO Project states it as a “relatively new science” that “creates unstable combinations of viral, bacterial, animal and plant genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods”.

Although this is considered by many to be a huge breakthrough, others claim there is no way to know how these little alteration in the DNA would affect our overall health in the long term.

In most cases, Genetically Modified foods are introduced to the general public with no immediate adverse reactions, however, a few of these cases have been disastrous.

In the United states, the FDA is in charge of testing GMO foods before they make their way in to the market, and anything they approve, including pink pineapple, has been confirmed by the federal agency as comparably safe and nutritious to its natural equivalent, Although this is the case, at some cases, these measures have not been 100% foolproof. 

Well maybe it’s true, you are better of eating organic food to be on the safe side, but eating a pastel fruit salad every now and then shouldn’t do any harm right?

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