Consumers are beginning to understand the dangers of eating genetically modified foods. So millions are wondering ”how can I avoid genetically modified foods at the grocery stores?” Excellent question since a huge percentage of the foods available are grown from GM seeds or processed with GM ingredients. Consumers are at quite a disadvantage when attempting to identify and eliminate these harmful foods from their diet.
How Can I Avoid Genetically Modified Foods?
The best way for consumers to protect themselves from genetically modified organisms, GMOs, is to learn which products and types of foods most likely contain them, plus how to identify safe foods.
GM corn is in everything
Corn is one of the biggest GM food products that threatens consumers. A study published in the Food and Chemical Toxicology journal found that rats fed GM corn developed large tumors. Corn-based ingredients are prevalent in processed foods. Even items like vinegar may be distilled from GM corn.
GM corn is a main ingredient in animal feeds given to animals on factory farms. People who eat animal products from factory farms are consuming what the animals ate.
How to avoid GM corn? Avoid processed and packaged foods, conventional meat and dairy, and obvious corn product. Around 12,000 products in the typical U.S. supermarket contain corn. The best way to protect yourself is to buy organic foods labeled as non-GMO. Ironically, organic corn on the cob might be safe while the white vinegar and cookies in the next isle are not.
I think the time is near that we will see mandatory labeling for GM foods because in general, consumers are much more educated and concerned about this issue. There are studies linking GMO’s to tumors and other serious health issues. Because of this consumers are consistently demanding to know how they can avoid genetically modified foods.
If you are like me perhaps you really don’t like changing your diet. I’ve worked hard these past few years to improve my eating habits but changing all this at once seems overwhelming. This seems like it would have to be a one step at a time kind of change for me, gradually decreasing the items that are most harmful and then adding new things one at a time.
How would you approach these dietary changes? Do you think it’s important to label foods that are genetically modified?
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