While GMO foods come with the promise of maximizing food potential and nutritional value, there is no consensus in the scientific community that they are safe. In fact animal studies on the effect of GMO foods has linked several serious health risks associated with it, including immune problems, infertility, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation and changes to internal organs.
Are you looking t go GMO free in your diet? If so, it is best to create a list of foods that have been certified to be GMO-free and stick to it. This sounds easy but it is not, mainly because major companies that supply food to store shelves are opposed to GMO labeling.
Here are few tips to help you create a list of GM free foods for your kitchen.
1. Look for organic
The US National Organic Standards prohibits GM, which makes shopping organic a great way to avoid GM foods. What’s more, organic foods have very few or no Herbicides pesticides and fungicides in addition to having higher vitamin and mineral levels. You should choose foods labelled “organic,” “100 percent organic,” or “made with organic ingredients.” You should also focus on fibre since most grains, seeds, beans and nuts are non-GM. Some of the products that are thought to be genetically modified but are surprisingly GM-free include:
2. Grass fed meat
When shopping for meat products, choose meat that is labelled as 100 percent grass fed. While genetically modified fish, fowl and livestock are yet to be approved for animal consumption, it is likely that the feed those animals consume may be genetically modified.
3. Load up on fruits and veggies
Most fresh produce is GMO-free, except for yellow summer squash, zucchini, sweet corn, edamame and papaya from china and Hawaii which are consider high risk. You should only purchase these high-risk fruits and vegetables if they are labelled as “organic” or “non-GMO.”
4. Look out for the non-GMO verified seal
There is no legislation to compel food companies to label their products as GMO or non-GMO. Fortunately, there are some that label their food products with a seal that identifies them as non-GMO. This seal is one of the best ways of identifying food that are free from genetic modification.
5. Only purchase wild-caught sea food
Most farm-raised fish are fed GMO feeds thus raising the risk of transferring the negative effects to the consumer. Only go for wild-caught sea food to avoid eating GMO products unwittingly.
6. Ask about the additives
Some of the most common GMO plant products – canola, corn, soy, sugar beets and cotton – often end up as additives (sugar, oil, corn syrup, thickeners, flavorizers, etc.) in packaged foods so be sure to check the ingredients carefully.
Most processed foods, including frozen ones may contain at-GM-risk ingredients and emulsifiers so stay away from them unless they are labelled non-GM or organic. The best way to ensure that no GM foods end up in your diet is to avoid processed foods altogether and prepare your meals from scratch using fresh ingredients.