Thursday, December 13, 2012

GMO Part 2: How To Stop Eating GMOs

How do we stop eating these hazardous, harmful genetically modified foods, or GMOs? Well, the first step is knowing what the major foods are that have been genetically modified. The 4 most commonly GM foods are:

1. Corn
2. Soybeans
3. Canola
4. Cottonseed

Most GM foods are products made from these 4 GE foods.They are mostly used in processed foods as the following ingredients:

    - Corn flour, corn meal, corn oil, cornstarch, gluten, and corn syrup (High Fructoce Corn Syrup!)
    - Sweeteners such as fructose, dextrose, and glucose
    - Modified food starch*

    - Soy flour, soy lecithin, soy protein, soy isolate, and isoflavone
    - Vegetable oil* and vegetable protein*

    - Canola oil (also called rapeseed oil)

    - Cottonseed oil

*May be derived from other sources.

So now we know what the most common offenders are. The First step is to avoid eating these foods.

The Second step is to eat organic food whenever possible. Look for the USDA Organic Seal.

The Third step is to look for foods that have been verified non-gmo by a third party such as the Non-GMO Verified Project.

The Fourth step is to download a GMO-free shopping guide.These guides have brands listed in each food category that are GMO-free, and possible GMO offenders. They also provide helpful tips and other guidelines for how to shop GMO-free. Some even have a super helpful app you can download on your phone and take with you to the grocery store. This saved my life when I first started trying to eat GMO-Free! Look up the True Food Network app, or others on the following sites.

GMO Brochure

As of now, no GE animals have been approved for human consumption, but many are eating GM crops, which means you're still getting GMOs' harmful effects in your meat and/or eggs. Coming up we will talk about what to look for when shopping for meat and eggs.

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