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GMO Avoidance

FoodFacts.com understands that many in our community are actively trying to avoid consuming GMO products. While many understand what that entails, we are aware that there are some who are still unsure of what food products to stay away from in order to stay GMO-free. Here’s a brief run down of some of the food products you might want to avoid if you’d like to steer clear of GMO consumption.

1. The best way to avoid GMO products is to purchase USDA Certified Organic
Products. This federally regulated product label specifically prohibits the use of
genetically modified ingredients.

2. Soybean products made from U.S. grown soybeans are, most likely, GMO. It’s estimated that 94% of U.S. soybeans are genetically modified. There are a whole host of products that contain soy. We can start that list for you with tofu, soy sauce, soy milk, cereals, veggie burgers, veggie sausages, chips, cookies and frozen yogurt are just a few of the food product categories where soy can be found. Check the labels for soy as an ingredient.

3. Corn and products made with corn are also mostly GMO. Roughly 88% of all corn is genetically modified. And corn is an extremely popular ingredient in foods. For instance, high-fructose corn syrup is found in tens of thousands of products. Sodas, candies, ice cream, infant formulas, salad dressings, breads, cereals, and margarines are just the beginning. Avoid using corn oil, corn flour and corn starch as ingredients in your home cooking, as well.

4. Beet Sugar is a tricky food ingredient you’ll want to be careful about avoiding. It’s tricky because most products using it simply list sugar in their ingredients. Unless an ingredient list specifies “cane sugar”, the product most likely contains a combination of beet sugar and cane sugar. Its is estimated that up to 90% of sugar beets are genetically modified. So unless you read cane sugar on the ingredient list, it would be safe to assume that the product is GMO.

5. You might also want to be careful about your milk, egg, and cheese consumption as well. Although these products themselves have no GMO ingredients, the feed ingested by the cows and chickens may have been GMO. There’s currently no way of knowing. However, livestock eat a lot of corn. If you are serious about avoiding GMO products, organic would be the way to go here too.

These are just a few things that you can actively do to avoid GMO foods in your diet. FoodFacts.com wants to make sure our community remains educated and curious about the nutritional issues facing our country today. The more we know, the more we can do to keep our diets safe and healthy.

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