So, after my longwinded, whoops, I mean informative, GMO post last week, I promised a short list of ways to avoid GMO’s.
Therefore, without further adieu:
The most commonly modified foods are:
- Canola Oil
- Corn (Corn, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup)
- Zucchini & Summer Squash
- Papaya’s (mostly from Hawaii)
- Sugar Beets
As if those items weren’t enough, there are also GMO derived additives such as:
Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Natural or Artificial Flavors, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrin or Yeast Products.
After I read this list I was like- PHEW! I know I don’t eat a lot of these products.
Sugar Beets? I don’t even know what they look like. And Papaya? I don’t even know how to cut one… (I know, I could watch a you tube video…. But, honestly, I really don’t know what I am missing…so why bother)
I was wrong… again.
A product that simply lists ‘sugar’ as an ingredient is probably using sugar derived from sugar beets. (PS – it is believed that GMO sugar beet production is directly related to the decrease in the bee and butterfly population. No bueno.)
Soy & Canola Oil are two of the most widely used oils – from cookies to raisins to potato chips. They turn up just about everywhere, so it pays to read the labels.
Dang you- Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix!
Now, I am making an assumption - if an ingredient is listed on your food label, it is most likely a GMO. Why? Because they are the cheaper crop. (Many are even subsidized by the government). And what is always the bottom line? Money!
Besides, look at the numbers below – and that was as of 2010. The odds are likely to be GMO.
Image: Nature’s Path Organic Foods
Since labeling is not required, the best way to avoid GMOs is to go Organic. I know they can be tough to find, cost prohibitive or you are married to someone like my husband.
You can also look for the Non-GMO Project label which has been popping up.
They are a non-profit organization committed to providing non-GMO choices. I see these choices in the decently-stocked Organic/Natural section of my local Stop & Shop.
Last note – when buying fresh produce, you can check the fruits and vegetables PLU code.
- Ones that start with a 4 are conventionally grown with the use of pesticides.
- Ones that begin with an 8 are genetically modified
- Ones that begin with a 9 are organically grown.
As G I Joe used to say, “Knowing is Half the Battle”.
I didn’t think She-Ra’s battle cry of ‘By the Honor of Greyskull’ was appropriate. Unless, of course, Hordak is buying genetically modified zucchini.
(Hmmm… maybe this post was still too long….)