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Top Foods that Contain GMOs and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Organic Merchants Co. on

Genetically Modified Organisms, also known as GMOs, took the world by storm in 1999. Since then, over 100 million acres of land has been planted with genetically engineered seeds. Since then, various studies published show that GMOs are not only cancerous for health; they have been responsible for destroying the ecosystem around the world.

Since genetically modified plants contain the Bt gene, despite being immune to insects, they encourage the growth of resistant weeds and insects.

GMOs are everywhere around us. They’re in the food we have at restaurants, and the groceries we purchase at supermarkets. They’re difficult to avoid but not impossible to.

Here are the top foods that contain GMOs:

Aspartame: Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that is used in over six thousand low-calorie products. According to a report by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), aspartame causes neurotoxicity. It’s full of methanol, phenylaline and aspartate. It can result in a series of health complications, ranging from brain tumors to cancer.

However, it is still being used in fizzy beverages, various powdered drinks and even desserts.

Alternative sweeteners that are organic and natural are honey, lucuma powder, maple sugar, cane sugar, brown sugar and coconut sugar.

Soy and Corn: Parents who feed their infants with milk products containing soy will be surprised to know that 94 percent of the soy products in theUnited States’ market contain GMOs. Furthermore, there is no alternative to breast milk and infants should not be fed cow milk or almond milk until the age of 6.

Vegetable Oil: Vegetable oil is made from plants such as soy, cottonseed and corn—all of which contain GMOs.

All three crops, grown in the United States, have a high chance of containing GMOs.

Rapeseed oil, also known as canola oil, contains genetically modified substances.

Alternatives for vegetable oil are organic olive oil, coconut oil and mustard seed oil.

Hawaiian Papayas: Another surprising fact: Hawaiian-grown papayas are full of GMOs. While avoiding eating them will not be difficult, Hawaiian papaya extract is used in cosmetics, lotions and other beauty products. Opt for organically grown papayas.

Unfortunately, avoiding GMO-based products can be difficult. Therefore, it is essential to purchase organic and natural foods. There are various organic companies that sell superfoods online. You can find organic alternatives to sweeteners and baking goods such as cacao powder, baking soda and even baking flour online.

To buy natural and organic products, as well as superfoods online, visit Organic Merchant Co. or call 720-588-2640.

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