Many people may not be aware of the hidden dangers in the food they are consuming day to day. Genetically engineered food refers to organisms that have been taken from one species, for example, an animal, bacteria, or virus, and then chemically inserted or forced into another unrelated organism. This in turn creates a completely new organism that we would never see existing within nature otherwise. Since there is so little we know about these new GMOS, this also means we know very little about the health risks associated with them as well. So why would anyone want to consume them? Are you willing to take that risk? As a consumer it is your right to know what you are eating and it is your right to choose for yourself.
A lot of this genetically engineered food may be hidden within the long list of ingredients that you find on food labels. You will need to take a little time to read over the labels on food if you want to avoid GM products. The foods that you want to avoid will have ingredients associated with corn, soy, canola, cotton, sugar beets, and papaya that is grown in Hawaii or China. These GMO crops are also being grown in countries such as U.S.A. and Canada. In addition to these GM crops, many artificial sweeteners are produced with organisms that are genetically modified. Aspartame can be found in sweeteners such as Equal and Nutrasweet. It is also used in many diet soft drinks and other juices. Aspartame can actually be found in thousands of products. If you really have a sweet tooth you are better off going for the products made with 100 percent cane sugar or natural fruit sugars. Below is a list to guide you so that you can be a smart shopper, protect yourself, and protect your family.
Oils/Fats/Shortening-“Vegetable oil” usually is GM, as are corn, soybean and canola oil. Your best bets are coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil.
Condiments/Prepared Foods- Look out for GM soy, corn and/or canola in these products unless labeled organic
Dairy/Eggs- Unless it’s labeled organic or rBST-free, all dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) more than likely has milk from cows injected with rBST, a GM hormone. It’s also likely that the cows and chickens were fed GM corn, soy and canola.
Meat- Unless meat is advertised as free range and grass fed, it is probably fed a diet that is all or high in GM grain like corn or soy.
Fresh Produce- Sweet corn is GM
Cereals- Most of these contain GM ingredients such as high-fructose corn syrup and other corn products, soy and proteins from milk. Just because something is labeled “natural” doesn’t make it good for you.
Cookies/Snacks/Chips- If they contain high-fructose corn syrup; soy, corn or canola oil; soy lecithin or other soy isolates; you will want to avoid these. Remember, most vegetable oil from the U.S. is more than likely GM too.
Ice Cream/Frozen Meals- Most of these contain high fructose corn syrup, whey protein from rBST milk, and GM beet sugar, or other soy additives.
* A more comprehensive and detailed list can be found at https://www.organicconsumers.org/ sites/…/non-gmo-shopping-guide.pdf
By: Lindsey Jenkins
source: Mather, Robin. (2012,October/November). Mother Earth News. Retrieved from http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/how-to-avoid-genetically-modified-food- zmgz12onzphe.aspx
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