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Avoiding GMOs: What You Need To Know

In today’s blog post, we are visiting the issue of GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). Whether you’re aiming to eat healthier or not, you might be surprised what foods are filled with these GMOs and what the problems could be if you don’t avoid them. Today we will briefly address what GMO’s are, what you need to know about them, and what foods you should avoid.

What Is a GMO?

A GMO is a genetically modified organism. When referenced to foods, it means that the food has been changed somehow. Normally this is for preservation, pest control, taste, or convenience purposes. It’s a newer idea, in the sense that 20 years ago, there were no genetically modified crops planted in the United States.

Why Are GMO’s Bad For Me?

Research is still being conducted about what exactly GMOs can do to you, but enough evidence has already shown they are not good for your health. Sometimes the added proteins are actually harmful to our bodies and can cause allergic reactions. Scientists also think that GMOs can contribute to immune system problems or harm the digestive system. Other studies have even shown they may lead to infertility, accelerated aging, and even cancer.

What Foods Contain GMO’s?

Although it’s nearly impossible to completely avoid GMO foods, you should be aware of which foods are especially high in them. Here’s a quick list for you. You might be surprised what items are on this list! Thanks to Seattle Organic Restaurants for sharing this info! You can !

  • Corn
  • Soy beans
  • Rice
  • Papayas
  • Bananas
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Squash
  • Oils (Canola, Vegetable, Etc.)
  • Peas
  • Alfalfa
  • Salmon
  • Pork
  • Honey

So when you’re shopping at the store this week, keep these foods in mind! Check the labels to see what is really in these foods. Certified organic foods are prohibited from using GMOs, so if you see something that is organic, it’s probably a safer choice. If you want more information, check out the links below for more information.

So what do you think? How will this impact your shopping in the future?

Sources and More Info:
Center for Food Safety
10 Reasons to Avoid GMO’s
Top 20 Genetically Modified Foods
Whole Foods Market