Friday, December 16, 2011

The down and dirty with GMOs

Every time I turn around there is another warning against consuming Genetically Modified (GMO) Foods. Well, that warning is great, but what are GMO foods and where do I find them?

Genetically Modified Foods (GMO):
GMO foods are genetically engineered (plant altered DNA) to look and taste like the real thing, but there DNA has been altered to be pesticide resistant, virus resistant, weather resistant, and/or nutrient injected (add vitamins and minerals that usually are not in that product).GMO foods are being fed to the cows & chickens we eat everyday, which means that without even knowing it, you are eating GMO foods.


If you are eating the following foods/ingredients, you are most likely eating GMO foods:
1) Soy (95% of soy is GMO)
2) Corn (90% of corn is GMO)
3) Cottonseed oil
4) Alfalfa sprouts
5) Hawaii Papaya
6) Zucchini
7) Canola Oil (90%)
8) Rice
9) Crooked Neck Squash
10) Sugar from sugar beets
11) KASHI products (http://www.naturalnews.com/033838_breakfast_cereals_GMOs.html)
12) 365 Corn Flakes
13) Barbara's Puffins
14) Mom's Best Naturals

Known Side Effects:
  • Organ Disruption (liver, kidney, and heart damage)
  • Sterility
  • Allergies (esp food allergies)

Shopping Non-GMO Guide: 
http://mercola.fileburst.com/PDF/GMObrochure.pdf

Do You Know What You Are Eating??

While you are out grocery shopping do you take the time to look at the ingredients in everything you buy? If you don't, you probably should! There are so many choices out there, but only a few that should even be eaten. FDA has allowed way too many harmful ingredients to be added to our food and most Americans don't even realize it! Kind of scary, huh?

My rule of thumb? If you don't know what the ingredients are OR even how to pronounce them, then DON'T eat it!

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
Ingredients: enriched flour bleached, water, partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil, sugar, baking powder, and 2 percent or less of dextrose, vital wheat gluten, salt, datem, potassium chloride, xanthan gum, yellow 5, red 40 and other color additives.

Subway
 You think Subway is healthy? Look at what they put in your veggies! 

BANANA PEPPERS: Banana Peppers, water, distilled vinegar, salt, calcium chloride, sodium benzoate (preservative), sodium metabisulfite (preservative), yellow #5, natural flavors, polysorbate 80.

JALAPEƑO PEPPER SLICES: Jalapeno peppers, water, distilled vinegar, salt, natural flavorings, calcium chloride, sodium benzoate (preservative) natural flavors, polysorbate 80, FD &C Yellow #5.

PICKLES: Cucumbers, water, distilled vinegar, salt, calcium chloride, sodium benzoate as a preservative, natural flavors, Polysorbate 80 and Yellow #5.

Beware of the following ingredients EVEN at WHOLE FOODS and TRADER JOES: 
1) coloring and color additives (candy)
2) Modified food/corn starch (most frozen foods, stay away from anything that says "modified")
3) cultured dextrose (this is even found in your healthy hummus)
4) Hidden forms of MSG (veggie burgers, flavored chips & couscous) 
5) CORN (avoid anything that has corn listed in the ingredients unless it states it is ORGANIC, if you don't avoid this you are most likely eating GMO food)
6) Dog Treats: By-products (some had by products listed in the ingredients--make sure your dog is eating natural ingredients too)

CHEERIOS  
Everyone thinks that Cheerios are healthy right? I mean it lowers your cholesterol and it is made from Whole Grains...think again!
Ingredients: Modified corn starch, tripotassium phosphate, & wheat starch.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Ingredients: Milk Chocolate (Milk Chocolate contains Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate, Nonfat Milk, Milk Fat, Lactose, and Soya Lecithin and PGPR (as Emulsifiers), Peanuts, Sugar, Dextrose, Salt, and TBHQ and Citric Acid (to Preserve Freshness).
 
The list could go on and on, but these are just a few things that most people eat. Take a look through your pantry and see if you find any "unknown" ingredients lurking in your foods. I'll bet that more than half of your pantry would need to be thrown out.....