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How to Avoid GMOs in Your Grocery Cart

August 9, 2013

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By now, most of us know about “GMO’s” and the possible negative (and unknown) effects they may have on our health. But, with nearly 70% of the food found at your traditional local grocery store containing some type of GMO, how do you avoid them? Here are a few tips on how to avoid GMOs in your grocery cart:

-Nearly all non-organic processed foods and beverages contain some amount of GMO’s since corn and soy are go-to ingredients for food processors and these are the two most commonly genetically engineered crops.  Instead of buying traditional processed foods,  opt for 100% organic products instead. Also, look for the Non-GMO project verified seal on the packaging to be sure the products you are buying are truly GMO-free. Not sure which brands are the best choice? Check out Prevention Magazines 100 Cleanest Packaged Food Awards for 2013.

– When choosing your oil, avoid corn, soybean, cottonseed, and canola oils produced in North America unless the label specifically states it is 100% organic or non-GMO. Better options to choose from are pure olive, coconut, sesame, sunflower, safflower, almond, grapeseed, and peanut oils.

– Often times animals being raised for meat and dairy are fed GE crops.  To avoid this, when purchasing meat, poultry, eggs and dairy be sure to look for packaging that is marked 100% organic or 100% organic  fed.  Or buy from a local farmer that is committed to GMO-free practices. Be sure to visit the Go Green Web Directory to find a local farmer, farmer’s market or grocer near you.

– Much like other animals being raised for food, farm-raised seafood and fish including  salmon, trout, carp, cod, turbot, halibut, shrimp and tilapia may be fed GMO meal.  To avoid GMO’s in your seafood, opt for “WILD CAUGHT” fish and seafood instead (again, the closer to home, the better!).

– According the to Non-GMO Shopping Guide, very few fresh fruits and vegetables are currently genetically-modified. A few exceptions to watch out for are a small amount of zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, sweet corn and Hawaiian papaya . So keep eating your fruits and veggies!

Now that you have a better idea of how to avoid GMOs in your grocery cart, get out there and enjoy all the benefits of healthy (and delicious) eating!


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