An apple a day…
is what people say. And honestly, the concept is spot on. Getting your daily dose of fruits and veggies is a surefire way to slam your body with some amazing nutrients and keep you out of the doctor’s office.
We include all sources of real food in our diet, from fruits and vegetables to organic meat, raw dairy, wild-caught seafood, whole grains prepared properly, and traditional fats in all their saturated glory!
Because we choose to avoid processed food and genetically modified foods, I’m often asked the question…
“Are hybrid fruits and vegetables good or bad?”
In a world where almost every food is deemed bad, of this I can assure you…
Hybrid fruits and vegetables are totes fine, my friend. Before you protest, let me explain what a hybridized fruit or vegetable is. Hybridization happens when two closely related plants are cross-pollinated. This happens every single minute of the day and has been happening for THOUSANDS of years. It’s the way nature works, girlfriend.
Ever heard of bees? I’m not sure if you’re familiar with these little guys, but they have one job and one job alone. To overdose on pollen. As bees move from plant to plant they cross-pollinate. The same thing happens with wind. Random hybridization happens again and again and can bring about new species of plants over time.
The fact that in today’s world it happens with a little more strategy and intent shouldn’t scare you. Man-made hybrid fruits and vegetables can be as simple as a farmer using a pollinator to create a new species of blackberry without pesky thorns, or producing an orange with less seeds.
I hate to break this to you, but you’re a hybrid…
It’s true. You are the result of many cross-pollinations, and obviously, you’re pretty amazing. ‘Nuff said. Next time you eat a tangelo, pomelo, or pluot and wonder if these hybrid fruits and vegetables are normal, just remember that most “normal” fruits and vegetables to us today are also hybrids.
And remember that many if not most “normal” fruits and vegetables we eat today are modern creations – the familiar yellow banana, boysenberries (a hybrid of raspberries and blackberries), grapefruit, Meyer lemons, and numerous apple varieties. We’ve been cross-pollinating plants for centuries.
-Mark’s Daily Apple (source)
Aren’t heirloom seeds best?
I love eating heirloom fruits and vegetables. I doubt they are legitimately ‘heirloom’ because, well, bees, but nevertheless, I love enjoying some older varieties of fruits and vegetables along with some new varieties that pop up. We grow heirloom carrots but eat pomelos for 3 months straight from January to March when our pomelo tree explodes with fruit.
I think it all comes down to preference. Some enjoy heirloom fruits because of the lower sugar content and earthy flavors, and some enjoy a newer variety.
What’s the difference between ‘hybrid’ and ‘GMO’?
Like we’ve talked about before, hybrid fruits and vegetables come from a process that happens naturally over time, and while it can be sped up by a determined farmer, it’s generally considered a natural practice.
GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are created by combining the DNA molecules from multiple species to create a sort of a ‘franken-food’. Some of the DNA is changed to be embedded with pesticides and herbicides. It’s one thing to spray a pesticide on a food, and completely another to put that pesticide directly into the DNA of the food.
Whatever your opinion on GMO food, you can know that hybridized fruits and vegetables don’t come close to the level of alteration that happens in GMOs.
I’ve heard that we should eat fruits or vegetables with seeds because they carry more ‘energy’ and have ‘fertility benefits’ and that seedless fruit causes cancer and turns people into zombies!
Honestly, if you want to believe that fruits and vegetables with seeds are better for you, I say, “Go for it!” For me and mine, we’ll continue to eat all forms of fruits or vegetables whether they’re hybrid or heirloom– and focus on eating as much as our little tummies can handle.
Bill Picersgill says
Fruit and vegtables have to have seeds in it Gen 1 : 29 . Also , they use a cancer causing drug to produce produce without seeds .
David Demoise says
Do you have proof either way; hybrids good or bad? Also, are you saying that hybrids exist only due to nature? You’re saying there are no man made hybrids?
Great questions! To start, hybrids are a result of both nature and manmade actions. They are not considered GMOs because they are not splicing and combining the DNA from 2+ very different species to create a new/changed species. As for the goodness or badness of a hybrid that is a choice for you to make. I believe these 2 articles from Mark Sisson do a good job of explaining things and may help you make the choice on hybrids: https://www.marksdailyapple.com/should-you-worry-about-gentically-modified-food/
I hope this helps. Thank you for reading and posting! -Bobbi (DaNelle’s Assistant)
No, she did not say that. Both nature and humans cross pollinate as indicated here: (“The fact that in today’s world it happens with a little more strategy and intent shouldn’t scare you. Man-made hybrid fruits and vegetables can be as simple as a farmer using a pollinator to create a new species of blackberry without pesky thorns, or producing an orange with less seeds.”
Sugar is a drug! Adding sugar to fruits and vegetables are just wrong, plain and simple! Diabetes is real and rapid! Pharmaceutical companies and affiliates are bringing home the cash at all of our expenses as we try to live healthy!
Yes you are right lot of young people are becoming diabetics and I am not referring to those who eat junk food, nor do they have history of diabetes. Diabetes is becoming the biggest cash cow now for all pharmaceuticals.
I think it’s weird but live while were young and try something new thats what I say
Why not try something new! it seems to have considerable health benefits so I do not understand peoples close mindedness. I know I will be consuming Hybrids!
you all make good points but through my research I found that hybrid fruits with their sugar and vanilla added it’s a bit much for me, If you read the actually writing on some of the boxes of fruit, (oh! excuse me we don’t get to see.that to often) it states sugar and or vanilla added. Yes, it taste good but at what price? make and the Hospitals have great pay days and Big pharma. stocks, goes up because everyone likes sugar diabetes! I mean sugar fruits, sorry.” Yes! take kids off our candy we will be happy to make them our newest invention of sugar laden hybrid fruits and so.. much more.”. Research takes time but its all there and worth it, The next time you walk through some of those wholesale stores read the boxes, some states have passed laws they have to label ingredients and others states don’t label all the ingredients. Remember their are other type of fruits such as if I am not mistaken look them up: cucumbers, bell pepper, avocados . Just some food for thought
Totally agree! The governemnt and pharmaceutical companies are making plenty of money off of these people who feel “fruit is fruit, to each their own, all fruit is healthy” etc. Guys plz do your research and I soooo reccomend Dr. Sebi’s information on food.
Dr Sebi is awesome me and mine went alkaline vegan 6 months ago. RIP Dr. Sebi
L. Anderson says
Yes,True,So true,These leaders of our country today should not do this to us anymore.I just wished i have known then what i know now!,This is mind blowing!!
Excuse me, are they infusing sugar in cucumbers, avocados and bell peppers too?
I did not know about added sugar and vanilla. Thanks!
You eat anything, with or without seeds. Your a writer, but not good in researching. Look at how many people die from those man made food. Slowly they confirm these foods are bad for you and lead to diseases. Do not sleep on this, but it is just FREEDOM OF PRESS.
DaNelle Wolford says
Thanks for your opinion, John!
Hi DaNelle, do you realize that Hybridized Fruits, Vegetables dont have “electricity” and they are toxic to human beings, nature does not join a yam and turnip to make a carrott as the holland and german people made the carrott back in 1850, i think you could do some more research and you will indeed find, hybrids carry no electric charge
The universe is perfect mother nature does not breed fruits or vegetables together that is very unnatural and man made
Tell it like it is Anthony. All fruit with seeds are better for you. They can keep their hybrid and Gmo’s. The herbs are for the healing of the nations. Natural all the way.
L. Anderson says
Amen for that my friend!
Johnnie M. says
Thanks for sharing. I’m on am on a journey to learn more of Dr. Sebi’s documentaries. I viewed a few recently. Please send your recommendations. I saw his wife has a clip warning impersonators trying to sell tampered products.
Thank you for the knowledge of the “GMO”
Although the point about the bees make sense, I strongly believe that speeding up the natural process of anything whether it be growing crop/”natural hybridization” to raising farm animals you deplete that in which is being grown. Also we are not nature who are we to say what can be cross pollinated, if nature does it then let nature do it on its own without our help, because I’m pretty sure nature doesn’t need it.
Yes we are patt of nature. I need bfactbeverything we use is found in the same nature we are found in lol
Lol dang small keys…. we are part of nature and everything we do is just another advance in nature. When we take two things and make a new thing thatbis a natural predess of evolution.
Yes, bees are doing what they were naturally meant to do. I don’t care for man made products!
L. Anderson says
Thast right!,Nature dont need man.I just wished the people of this world hadnt tampered with gods creation,At all,POINT BLANK!
I like what you said, James. Bees know what they’re doing instinctively. Man is making guesses. He doesn’t always get it right.
Stacy @Stacy Makes Cents says
I love your point about the bees! 🙂