Wednesday, April 29, 2009

How To Avoid Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Monday, April 29, 2009

By using Organic Corn, Soy, Canola and Sugar we can reduce our contact with genetically engineered ingredients.

Now that it’s possible to identify genetically modified produce, how do we avoid GE (genetically engineered) ingredients in products we find on the store shelves? With Canada and the United States being two of the biggest producers of GMO crops, Greenpeace estimates that as many as 70% of processed foods on store shelves may contain GE ingredients. According to Jeffery Smith, author of Seeds of Deception, no rules exist in North America for labeling genetically modified contents in foods. These ingredients have far-reaching consequences for our health and the environment.

Fortunately, there are a few main ingredients you can avoid in order to reduce your chances of consuming GMOs. By avoiding foods containing non-organic corn, soy, canola, and soon sugar, including all of their by-products such as non-organic corn oil, corn syrup, canola oil, soy sauce and tofu. Another way to reduce contact with these products is to limit the amount of meat in your diet. Many animals are already being fed corn and soy crops that contain genetically modified ingredients.

It appears that the best way to reduce the chances of ingesting GMOs is to prepare as much of your own food as possible using healthy oils (such as olive oil and organic flax seed oil), purchasing organic products when available, and reducing the amount of meat in your diet. The good news is that as awareness of this situation grows and the demand for natural food grows with it positive changes can continue to be made in this area.

The True Food Now Network's PDF pocket guide to avoiding GMOs at the supermarket.

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