How to avoid GM foods when grocery shopping

2 Jan

As many as 70 to 80 percent of the packaged foods in the supermarket contain GM  ingredients and even some non-packaged food could be dangerous. The best way for  consumers to protect themselves from genetically modified organisms, GMOs, is to  learn which products and types of foods most likely contain them, plus how to  identify safe foods.

GM corn is in everything

Corn is one of the biggest GM food products  that threatens consumers. A study published in the Food and Chemical  Toxicology journal found that rats fed GM corn developed large tumors.  Corn-based ingredients are prevalent in processed foods. Even items like vinegar  may be distilled from GM corn.
GM corn is a main ingredient in animal  feeds given to animals on factory farms. People who eat animal products from  factory farms are consuming what the animals ate.
How to avoid GM corn?  Avoid processed and packaged foods, conventional meat and dairy, and obvious  corn product. Around 12,000 products in the typical U.S. supermarket contain  corn. The best way to protect yourself is to buy organic foods labeled as  non-GMO. Ironically, organic corn on the cob might be safe while the white  vinegar and cookies in the next isle are not.

The other three main offenders

Besides corn, the three main ingredients  to watch out for are soy, canola and cotton. The USDA reports that 73 percent of  corn crops in the U.S. are genetically modified, as are 75 percent of canola  crops, 87 percent of cotton, and 91 percent of soy. Consumers can easily avoid  canola oil and make sure their tofu or soy products are labeled non-GMO, but  many foods have hidden  ingredients. For example, the artificial sweetener aspartame used in diet drinks  and some foods as a sugar alternative is made through a fermentation process  that includes corn and soy.
Cotton may not be an ingredient to worry  about when grocery  shopping, but it is still found in most homes in clothes, sheets and towels.  Some snacks like potato chips may also be fried in cottonseed oil. Cottonseed  oil is common in margarine and vegetable oils. Whether people wear it or eat it,  GM cotton is a problem.

Analyzing foods

Most dairy products and meats come from animals fed GM  corn, soy and canola. Consumers can look for organic labels or those that state  that the product is rBST-free. Cows in factory farms are injected with a GM  hormone called rBST. This gets into milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, and  all other dairy products.
Many cereals and condiments contain GM  ingredients. Organic cereals and condiments are the only ones likely to be  safe.
Olive oil is usually not genetically modified, but other oils will  contain soy, corn or canola.  Most packaged snacks, cookies, crackers and chips are genetically  modified.
Bread is also problematic because most contain soy and corn  ingredients. Generally, pasta, rice and beans are not genetically modified but  packaged dishes could have GM ingredients.
Fresh produce used to be safe,  but foods like sweet corn are already GM. Organic produce is safer.  Manufacturers are not allowed to label products as “100% organic” if they  contain GM ingredients, but they can be labeled “natural,” “cage-free,” or state  that they contain organic ingredients and still be GM.
Staying away from  all non-organic and packaged foods is the best way to keep GMOs out of the  body.
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About the author: Sarka-Jonae Miller is a  former personal trainer and massage therapist. Get more health and wellness tips  on Sarka’s blog,, or join her on Facebook,
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One Response to “How to avoid GM foods when grocery shopping”

  1. Eating For Energy January 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

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