How to Avoid GMOs

So what is all the fuss about GMOs? Should I avoid GMOs?

GMOs are foods that take genes from one organism and transplant it into another organism. For example, strawberries easily freeze so a gene from a bacteria that tolerates freezing was transplanted into strawberries so they will survive in cold weather. The result is called a genetically modified organism (GMO). GMOs can be engineered with genes from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals, or even humans.

Unlike most other industrialized nations, the U.S. does not require GMO labeling. It’s interesting to note that out of concern for public health and safety as well as farming conditions, the European Union restricts the use of GMO seeds and products. Some early studies show GMO food can damage offspring.

And since the GMO process is fairly new, no one is absolutely certain about the long term effects. Awareness about GMOs and how to avoid them is important for you and your loved ones.

Here are some tips for sourcing natural food and skipping the GMOs:

Buy Organic. Certified Organic products are not allowed to contain any GMOs. So when you purchase products labels 100% organic, no GMOs will be present.

Look for Non-GMO Labels. Companies may voluntarily label their products as Non-GMO or Made Without Genetically Modified Ingredients. Products that carry the Non-GMO Project seal have been third-party verified as complying with their high standards.

Be Aware of What is Usually GMO and Don’t Buy It. Very few fruits and vegetables for sale in the U.S. are genetically modified. Those to be aware of are non-organic strawberries, corn and corn products (cornstarch, corn syrup, and cornmeal), soy, zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, canola oil, papaya, and sugar beets (non-cane sugar).

No genetically modified fowl or beef have been approved for human consumption; however, the feed most of these animals have been raised on is likely GMO and non-organic. Organic beef, chicken, and eggs are your best bet for good health. Look for wild-caught fish to avoid those that are raised on GMO feed.

And then there are dairy products. Again, unless they are raised organically, you have no idea what the cows and chickens have been fed. Non-dairy coffee creamers that are not labeled organic usually contain GMO corn syrup.

Soy is another product that you should consider GMO unless it is labeled organic or Non-GMO. So be wary of tofu that is not labeled organic, any alternative meat products that are not labeled non-GMO, soy beverages that are not organic, etc.

Grains, Beans and Pasta. Other than corn, no GMO grains are currently in production. Grains and beans are generally considered to be safe.

Cereals and Breakfast Bars. They will most likely have GMO ingredients because they are often made with corn and soy products. Look for organic.
Baked Goods. Packaged baked goods generally are made with GMO corn syrup. Put them back!

Sodas. Give these terrible, nutritionless drinks up! They contain GMO corn syrup or aspartame for sweetness.

Frozen Foods. Many are highly processed and contain GMO products. Look for organic!

Condiments. Read the label! If they are not organic, chances are they will contain GMO corn syrup. Avoid, avoid, avoid!nack Foods. Look for organic and whole grain. Rd the labels!

Candy and Chocolate Products. Again, read the label. What is the sweetener? Is it organic? If it’s not, the sugar is probably GMO.

Fruit Juices. Make sure it’s 100% juice with no GMO corn syrup!

Other GMO products hidden in processed foods include canola oil, cottonseed oil, white sugar, and aspartame.

It’s not so hard to find non-GMO foods, especially if you do most of your shopping at retailers who share your philosophy of healthy eating. Markets such as Trader Joe’s and Sprouts have a lot of reasonably priced healthy options. You do need to get into the habit of reading the labels and making smart choices. You’ll be glad you did!

What makes Dr. Charlene Thorburn so different from other Chiropractors? In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is also a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.

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