Follow these tips to get your ditch the nasties and go Organic and GM Free !
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are always a hot topic these days and we know we should be avoiding them. But what exactly are GMOs ? They are created in the lab by inserting genes from one species and inserting them into the genes of another , with the aim of recreating a particular trait or characteristic (e.g., fish that grow extra quickly). Jeffrey M. Smith, author of Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives and founding executive director of The Institute for Responsible Technology, a leading source of GMO-health-risk information, says several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified food, including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. In addition, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine has asked physicians to advise all their patients to completely avoid genetically modified foods altogether. How many of you are ready to go GMO free? If you are, here are 10 ways to shop smarter:
1. Shop Organic. The USDA National Organic Standards forbids GMOs, so buying organic produce is an easy way to avoid them. “Plus, organic foods have [fewer] or no pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, and have a higher vitamin and mineral content as well,” says health and wellness expert Kathy Gruver, Ph.D.
2 Stock up on fruit and vegetables. Most of our fresh produce is non-GMO, says Smith, but zucchini, yellow summer squash, edamame, sweet corn and papaya from Hawaii or China are considered high risk and are best avoided. Only buy those high-risk fruits and vegetables if they are labeled “organic” or “non-GMO,” he advises.
3. Look for the non-GMO-verified seal. Currently GMOs do not require labeling, so this seal a reliable way to tell when foods are totally free of genetic modification. “Most companies won’t tell us what foods do have GMOs, so these seals help you seek out foods that don’t have them,” says Gruver.
4. Join the Tipping Point Campaign. This is a network of local activists who are working to educate our communities on the hidden dangers of GMOs. “The concept is that by consumers avoiding GMOs, these ingredients will become a marketing liability, and companies will remove them,” says Smith, whose organization launched the grass-roots movement. “If being non-GMO increases market share, this could cause a tipping point for food companies.” He says we’re at a critical, unprecedented moment to drive GMOs out of our food supply, so check out the program to educate yourself and get involved.
5. Beware of additives. These are the five most common GMOs — corn, canola, soy, cotton and sugar beets — and they often end up hidden as additives (in the form of corn syrup, oil, sugar, flavoring agents or thickeners) in packaged foods, says Gruver, so we must check all ingredient labels thoroughly.
6. Choose wild-caught seafood. Another issue is that some farm-raised fish eat GMO feed, says Smith , thus we are inavertently ingesting it too from some farmed fish.
7. Just say no to at-risk ingredients. Avoid soybeans, canola, cottonseed, corn and sugar from sugar beets, as these are at a highest risk of being genetically modified, says Smith.
8. Call ahead before eating out. Beware of “invisible ingredients” like soy sauce, cooking oil and salad dressing, when eating out , as they could contain genetically modified ingredients, says Smith. So we mustn’t be afraid to make special requests. “You could call in advance to ask if the chef can cook your fish in olive oil versus canola oil, for instance,” he says.
9. Focus on fiber. The majority of grains, seeds, nuts and beans are non-GMO, says Gruver.
10. Avoid aspartame. The sweetner used in diet sodas and low-calorie “sweets,” aspartame is genetically modified. A fact which leaves anything but sweet taste in our mouths. “This synthetic sweetener contains a genetically engineered organism,” says Smith.
Don’t let all this GMO talk stress you out? We can all start with small changes. “Don’t feel overwhelmed — just do the best you can,” says Smith. “Start by eliminating GMOs for just a couple of weeks and pay close attention to your health, weight, energy and mood. If you have kids, take note of their attention spans. See what positive changes you notice by being on a non-GMO diet, and go from there.”
We really just need to make people more aware of the easy wasy to eliminate GMO foods and ingredients and go 100% Organic