On Average 70% to 80% Of Foods Contain GMOs
Most processed foods we consume today contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The debate rages about GMOs with the scientists on both sides making their points. But there is one thing we can all do and that is to vote with our pocketbooks. Why take a risk for ourselves and our children.
According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, 70-80 percent of the foods we eat contain GMO ingredients.
A tomato was the first approve GMO food plant. Today there are hundreds if not thousands. Corn and soy beans would top that list. But don't forget all the products made from these two crops – too many to count. Other common GMO food crops are sugar beets, potatoes, alfalfa, canola, papaya, apples and summer squash.
The Top 6 To Do's In Avoiding GMOs
- Choose organic. Avoid all processed foods containing corn or soy that lack the “USDA-Certified Organic” label.
- Avoid processed vegetable products. Vegetable oil, vegetable fat, and margarines are made with GMO soy, corn, cottonseed and/or canola oil. Instead, use organic sources of grape seed, hemp seed, olive, and virgin coconut oil.
- Steer clear of soybeans. Avoid soy flour, soy protein, soy isolates, soy isoflavones, soy lecithin, vegetable proteins, textured vegetable protein (TVP), tofu, tamari, tempeh, and soy-protein supplements.
- Be careful of corn-derived ingredients. Don’t purchase corn flour, cornstarch, corn syrup, cornmeal, corn gluten, corn masa, and high-fructose corn syrup. (HFCS). Make sure the popcorn you use is labeled “100 percent USDA-Certified Organic.”
- Choose sugar wisely. Don’t use products that list sugar, as an ingredient unless “pure cane sugar” is specified. Sugar is almost always a combination of sugar from sugar cane and GMO sugar beets.
- Look for PLU labels. PLU (price look up) labeling is optional, but the code designates how produce was grown. A four-digit label indicates it was conventionally grown. A five-digit number beginning with an 8 indicates it is a GMO, and a five digit number beginning with 9 indicates it is organic. But remember that PLU labeling is optional.
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