Wednesday, April 17, 2013

How to eliminate GMO's from your diet: What foods to avoid

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If you are trying to eliminate GMO's from your diet, there are a number of potential culprits that you should remove from your diet until you are sure that the source you are buying them from can provide you with GMO free items.

Foods and derivatives to avoid include:
  • Corn
  • Soybeans
  • Canola (Rapeseed)
  • Cotton 
  • Sugar
  • Sugar Beets
  • Dairy
  • Papayas
  • Zucchini
  • Pre-packaged food mixes
  • Commercially made baked goods
It is believed that up to 60% of the corn and corn derived products on the market are genetically modified. That is a truly staggering amount when you consider how many items contain ingredients from corn. Corn starch, corn oil, high fructose corn syrup-the list goes on and on. This also meat, as many animals are fed a diet that includes corn.

Finding sugar on this list may be surprising to many, but more and more of our sugar supply is coming from the processing of sugar beets, which are on of the top foods being genetically modified. Current food labeling regulations do not require companies to reveal the source of sugar, so it is better to play it safe than sorry.

Soybeans are another commonly modified food and their derivatives are also found in countless food items. Soy should be listed as an allergen precaution, but some of its derivatives do not have to be accounted for, including soy oil. Ingredients and items to look out for include:

  • Edamame
  • Kinnoko flour
  • Kyodofu
  • Miso
  • Natto
  • Okara
  • Soya
  • Soya Flour
  • Supro
  • Tamari
  • Tempeh
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • Tofu
  • Yakidofu
  • Yuba (bean curd) 
  • Artificial flavoring 
  • Asian foods
  • Hydrolyzed plant protein
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) 
  • Natural flavoring 
  • Vegetable broth 
  • Vegetable gum
  • Vegetable starch

You have to be vigilant about the oils you use when cooking or eating out. Many of the oils on the market are blends and most likely contain canola or cottonseed oil. Some nay include corn oil. The only truly safe oil option is 100% extra virgin olive oil. Anything labeled without the 100% is probably blended with canola.

All of the other items on this list are commonly modified foods or contain them in one form or another. Unless a label contains the following phrases, seek out better options.

  • 100% Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • GMO-free
  • 100% grass fed
  • 100% pasture fed
  • Grass finished
  • Pasture finished

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