I’m sure by now you all know what a GMO is right?! If you don’t know, GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. Wikipedia’s definition: A genetically modified organism (GMO) is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food. There are many conflicting dietary theories but something most people in the health and wellness field agree on is that we should not be consuming GMOs! The sad part is that due to clever marketing and a mismanaged food system, the average person doesn’t understand what GMOs are and why we should be avoid them.
My biggest fear is for our children, being a mother I worry about what my son eats and how it will affect his health in the long run. When I was a kid, my mom made most of our meals from scratch. We didn’t eat granola and chickpeas everyday, but we did eat real wholesome food that was prepared at home without nasty preservatives and GMOs lurking inside. These days most parents are so busy working and running their kids to after school sports and activities that they don’t have time to cook. They end up eating out at fast food chains or buying pre packaged dinners like frozen pizza or chicken nuggets. I’m not sitting here on my high horse saying I never feed my son pizza and treats but I don’t feed him that kind of food on a regular basis. I cook most of our meals at home and I’m very careful to read the labels!
Yesterday I was at the store looking to buy some coconut milk for the curry I was making. There were 4 different brands of coconut milk in cans. When I went to read the ingredient labels 3 out of 4 of them had “cellulose” in them. Cellulose is not something you need or want to be consuming, it’s made of wood pulp!! I found a brand that only contained only what should have been in my coconut mil: coconut and water. 😉
Unfortunately you have to become a food detective because big food companies are good at marketing their food as “healthy” and they don’t want you to know whats really hiding in their packaged food. Anytime you see food labels that contain these ingredients be wary. These are some of the main GMO ingredients in your packaged food:
- Sugar Beets
- HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup)
- Soy (lecithin)
- Corn Starch.
There are also a number if fruit and veggies that are now grown as GMO crops and I try to always buy these foods Organic.
- yellow squash