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Avoid GMOs with 9 Easy Steps
Avoid GMOs with 9 Easy Steps
The majority of Americans are consuming GMOs on a daily basis. Some of us are even consuming GMOs without even realizing it. Unfortunately the U.S. does not require GMO labeling, so it can often be difficult for many us to determine whether not we are eating GMOs.
Take the first steps in knowing how to avoid GMOs with the list below.
1. KNOW THE COMMON GMO’S
Look out for corn, soy, canola, sugar beets, cotton (seed oil), Hawaiian papayas, squash and zucchini. They are the most common among GMOs. When reading ingredient lists always be sure avoid corn and soy. Corn and soy can appear in many different names and appear in hundreds of different processed foods.
2. BUY 100% ORGANIC
Whether we believe it or not, some company’s can actually slap on the “USDA organic” or “all natural” seal without the products actually being organic. The main ingredients in the products may be organic but they have added preservatives, flavoring, and other processed, non organic ingredients.
3. LOOK FOR NON-GMO PROJECT VERIFIED
The Non-GMO Project verified label means it has been third party verified to be GMO-free. http://www.nongmoproject.org/product-verification/
4. WATCH OUT FOR “NON-GMO” LABELING
Just like the USDA organic seal, company’s also claim that their products are non GMO. For example, corn in corn chips. The label may claim to be GMO free (being the main ingredient) but there may also be added dyes, flavorings, preservatives, etc.
5. LOOK FOR ALCOHOL OR VINEGAR
If you’re a fan of store bought dressing be sure to read the ingredient lists next time you purchase them. Most store bought dressing’s main ingredient is alcohol or vinegar which is made from GMO corn. Shop for 100% USDA organic dressing or make your own at home.
6. INVEST IN ORGANIC COTTON PRODUCTS
Did you know conventional cotton uses more insecticides than any other crop? So, whether it’s your favorite t-shirt, towel, or even q-tips. If it’s not made from organic cotton, it is most likely genetically modified. Organic products often tend to be more expensive but they are well worth it in the long run. They are much better for our health as well as our planet.
7. COOK MORE AT HOME
GMOs are hiding everywhere in the grocery store and are in 80% of most processed foods. We find one of the easiest ways to avoid GMOs is to make more homemade meals with real ingredients and real foods. Not only will you be more aware of what’s actually in your food but you will also be avoiding a long list of dangerous ingredients. Refer to http://blogs.natureshappiness.com/cook-whole-food-meals-home-stay-healthy/ for more tips.
8. CONSUME FEWER ANIMAL PRODUCTS
Although their aren’t exactly genetically modified animals. Conventional raised animals are fed diets which are extremely high in genetically modified corn, soy, and alfalfa. Consider switching over to a certified organic meats source or skip meat, fish, dairy and eggs all together.
9. READ INGREDIENTS LISTS
Big company’s often change ingredient lists on products, they add hidden toxins and unwanted preservatives all without warning. One day you may be buying non-GMO, organic, natural etc. and the next day you’re not. It is important to read ingredient lists every time you’re at the grocery store. As well as understand them and the ingredients.