GMO Foods List: The Top Genetically Modified Foods You Should Avoid
If you have been following Proposition 37 recently, you already know that there is quite a bit of concern of GMO foods in our country. With 50 or so countries requiring labeling or restrictions on genetically modified foods, isn’t it curious as to why we don’t label our own? How come Russia, China, New Zealand, Taiwan, Chile, South Africa, Japan, Brazil, and many others, find these ingredients to be problematic, and possibly detrimental to public health?
What Are GMO Foods?
Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMO’s, are organisms that have had specific variables introduced into their DNA that have been unfamiliar to them. These variables may help reduce pests, or to create frost-free varieties of certain vegetables. Although these are noble intentions, one questions the consequences of tinkering with nature and creating new foods (or what many call “Frakenfoods”) into their food supply.
There is already some evidence (in fact, quite a bit of it) piling up on the health effects of these unnatural “foods”. Fertility issues are one of the problems associated with the consumption of GMOs, as well as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and even gluten-intolerance.
GMO Foods List
Here is the top GMO foods list featuring ingredients commonly found in processed foods, as well as many vegetable oils. If you must buy a food with these ingredients in it, purchase organic. This will ensure you aren’t feeding you or your family genetically modified organisms.
- Sugar Beets
- Some Dairy Products
- Some Fish
- Chocolate (especially milk chocolates)
As stated earlier, you can probably bet that when you purchase a food, and it isn’t organic, then you are probably purchasing something that has been genetically modified. Organic labeling requires that the food be free from GMO’s, as well as be free from other unnatural growing practices, such as pesticides, chemical fertilizers, etc.
Are All Non Organic Food Items GMO’s?
No, not all of them. Whole foods, like vegetables, fruits, and even nuts and seeds may or may not be genetically modified if they are not organic. Looking at the PLU code on your produce will quickly help you determine whether or not the veggie or fruit has been genetically modified. If there are only 4 numbers (after the # sign), then it is grown conventionally and not genetically modified.
If there are 5 numbers that start with the number 9 (like in #94301), then it is organic. If it starts with an 8 (like in #84301) then it is genetically modified. You won’t often see this in US grocery stores, which is currently a good thing, but it’s also wise to keep this tip in mind when shopping for groceries. Of course, you could grow some of your produce yourself, or support your local farmer by going to a local farmer’s market or farm.
What Do You Think About GMOs?
Are you against them? Are you for them? What’s your reasoning? I’d love to hear it!
For now, this is The Healthy Advocate.