Use this guide to learn how to avoid foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
Non-GMO Shopping Tips
WHAT IS A GMO?
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are made by forcing genes from one species, such as bacteria, viruses, animals or humans, into the DNA of a food crop or animal to produce a new trait.
WHY SHOULD I AVOID GMOs?
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine reported that " Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food," including infertility, immune issues, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation and changes in major organs & the gastrointestinal system. Many physicians advise ALL patients to choose healthier non-GMO foods.
TIPS TO AVOID GMOs
TIP #1: Buy Organic
Certified organic products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients. Buy products labeled "100% organic", "organic", or "made with organic ingredients". You can be doubly sure if the product also has a Non-GMO Project Verified Seal.
TIP #2: Look for Non-GMO Project Seals
Products that carry the Non-GMO Project Seal are independently verified to be in compliance with North America's only third party standard for GMO avoidance, including testing of at-risk ingredients. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to providing customers with clearly labeled and independently verified non-GMO choices.
TIP #3: Avoid At-Risk Ingredients
If it's not labeled organic or verified non-GMO:
Avoid products made with ingredients that might be derived from GMOs (see list). The eight GM food crops are Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed, Sugar Beets, Hawaiian Papaya (most) and a small amount of Zucchini and Yellow Squash.
Sugar: If a non-organic product made in North America lists "sugar" as an ingredient (and NOT pure cane sugar), then it is almost certainly a combination of sugar from both sugar cane and GM sugar beets.
Dairy: Products may be from cows injected with GM bovine growth hormone. Look for labels stating NO rBGH, rBST, or artificial hormones.
INVISIBLE GM INGREDIENTS
Processed foods often have hidden GM sources (unless they are organic or labeled non-GMO). The following ingredients may be made from GM crops of GM micro-organisms.