Avoiding GMOs

It is a common theme on this site and in practice that we stress the importance of feeding the body with the optimal fuel it needs and deserves.  One of the major stumbling blocks to this can be the consumption of the widespread GMO (genetically modified organism) or GE (genetically engineered) “foods.”

If you are still unfamiliar with or don’t understand what the big deal is, our best, natural fuel and medicine is being altered in a laboratory and then supplied to the masses.  This leaves us masses as the unknowing participants in a science experiment, with us being the Guinea pigs.

For a review on some of the hazards with human consumption of these foods click here: https://clarkechiropracticwellness.com/2013/12/04/whats-the-big-deal-with-gmos/

If you are looking to take a proactive step and limit your consumption of these “frankenfoods” laced with unwashable pesticides and herbicides, here are some tips to move you in the right direction:

Tip #1: Buy Organic

Certified organic products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients. Buy products labeled “100% organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic ingredients.” You can be doubly sure if the product also has a Non-GMO Project Verified Seal.

Tip #2: Look for “Non-GMO” Labels

Products that carry the Non-GMO Project Seal are independently verified to be in compliance with North America’s only third party standard for GMO avoidance, including testing of at-risk ingredients. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to providing consumers with clearly labeled and independently verified non-GMO choices. Look for dairy products labeled “No rBGH or rBST,” or “artificial hormone-free.”

Tip #3: Avoid At-Risk Ingredients

If it’s not labeled organic or verified non-GMO: Avoid products made with ingredients that might be derived from GMOs (see ingredient list below). The eight GM food crops are Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed, Sugar Beets, Hawaiian Papaya (most) and a small amount of Zucchini and Yellow Squash.

Sugar

If a non-organic product made in North American lists “sugar” as an ingredient (and NOT pure cane sugar), then it is almost certainly a combination of sugar from both sugar cane and GM sugar beets.

Dairy

Products may be from cows injected with GM bovine growth hormone. Look for labels stating No rBGH, rBST, or artificial hormones.

Hidden GM Ingredients

Processed foods often have hidden GM sources (unless they are organic or declared non-GMO). The following are ingredients that may be made from GMOs.

Aspartame, also called
NutraSweet®, Equal Spoonful®,
Canderel®, BeneVia®, E951 AminoSweet®
baking powder
canola oil (rapeseed)
caramel color
cellulose
citric acid
cobalamin (Vit. B12)
colorose
condensed milk
confectioners sugar
corn flour
corn gluten
corn masa
corn meal
corn oil
corn sugar
corn syrup
cornstarch
cyclodextrin
cystein
dextrin
dextrose
diacetyl
diglyceride
Equal
food starch
fructose (any form)
glucose
glutamate
glutamic acid
gluten
glycerides
glycerin
glycerol
glycerol monooleate
glycine
hemicellulose
high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
hydrogenated starch
hydrolyzed vegetable protein
inositol
inverse syrup
invert sugar
inversol
isoflavones
lactic acid
lecithin
leucine
lysine
malitol
malt
malt syrup
malt extract
maltodextrin
maltose
mannitol
methylcellulose
milk powder
milo starch
modified food starch
modified starch
mono and diglycerides
monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Nutrasweet
oleic acid
Phenylalanine
phytic acid
protein isolate
shoyu
sorbitol
soy flour
soy isolates
soy lecithin
soy milk
soy oil
soy protein
soy protein isolate
soy sauce
starch
stearic acid
sugar (unless cane)
tamari
tempeh
teriyaki marinade
textured vegetable protein
threonine
tocopherols (Vit E)
tofu
trehalose
triglyceride
vegetable fat
vegetable oil
Vitamin B12
Vitamin E
whey
whey powder
xanthan gum

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