Genetically modified foods (GMO foods) have been shown to cause harm to humans, animals, and the environment, and despite growing opposition, more and more foods continue to be genetically altered. While it may not be a possible to avoid GMO’s completely, knowing the most common foods with GMO’s may help navigate the grocery store aisles better. Unless a food is now labeled organic or non-GMO verified, then chances are that it does contain genetically modified organisms. In this article you will find GMO that you should avoid.
10 Most Common GMO Foods To Avoid
Half of the US farms growing corn to sell to the conglomerate, Monsanto, are growing GMO corn. Most of this corn is going to be used for human consumption. Genetically modified corn has been linked to health problems, including weight gain and organ disruption.
Found in tofu, vegetarian products, soybean oil, soy flour, and numerous other products, soy is also modified to resist herbicides. As of now, biotech giant Monsanto still has a tight grasp on the soybean market, with approximately 90 percent of soy being genetically engineered to resist Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. In one single year, 2006, there was 96.7 million pounds of glyphosate sprayed on soybeans alone.
Genetically modified tomatoes were the first GMO food to hit the market in the early ’90s. These tomatoes did well initially but did not flourish as well as was hoped. There are continued efforts to hybridize tomatoes, but currently, very few tomatoes are genetically modified compared to just a decade ago.
This one may come as a surprise to all of you tropical-fruit lovers. GMO papayas have been grown in Hawaii for consumption since 1999. Though they can’t be sold to countries in the European Union, they are welcome with open arms in the U.S. and Canada.
Dairy from cows injected with r-BGH, a compound that increases growth hormone in cows, has been shown to be associated with a higher risk of cancers and fraternal twin births than non r-BGH cows. Many schools are trying to pull away from r-BGH milk, while as parents, the best we can do is to continue reading labels. Companies like Organic Valley offer non-GMO dairy options.
Yellow squash has also been modified with the toxic proteins to make it insect resistant. This plant is very similar to zucchini, and both have also been modified to resist viruses.
Most of the sausages that we eat contain corn syrup, or syrup solid. As we know, corn syrup is a GMO, which by default means that the sausages we eat are GMOs. Avoid pre-packaged sausages, and instead, purchase them from a butcher who specializes in local, organic, free-range meats.
Corn, soybean, cotton, and canola oils—all of the crops that make them have been genetically modified in order to withstand roundup herbicide. Unless it is clearly stated as organic, always assume it contains some sort of GMO in it.
One of the most chemically altered foods in the U.S. diet, canola oil is obtained from rapeseed through a series of chemical actions.
All sugar beets and sugar beet products are now genetically modified in the United States. The best way to avoid sugar beets is to avoid products with sucrose (sugar), or any product that doesn’t specify sweeteners like organic agave or raw honey.