Oct 12 2014

How do you know if you’re consuming GMOs?

Published by at 9:57 am under GMO's

Where’s the label? How do you know if you’re consuming GMOs?


“…Despite 93% of Americans agreeing that GE foods should be labeled, there is no mandatory label for GE ingredients in the United States…”.1

So you’ve read about GMOs and it concerns you that the food you are buying and eating has been genetically engineered. When you walk into a grocery store and pick up a package to read the list of ingredients, you see grams of fat, sugar, carbohydrates. There is a list of calories and ingredients. This is all mandated by the FDA. But where is the label that states whether or not you are eating GMOs? There isn’t. Just as Kosher foods and USDA Certified Organic food require labels, many feel so should foods containing GMOs.2

With this developing science regarding GMOs, the central argument surrounds labeling. “…In recent years, the option to require GMO labels has been presented in several elections. In 2012, California’s Prop 37, which mandated labeling of all GMO products, was narrowly defeated. A similar plot line played out in 2013 in Washington State when The People’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act was also voted down. Both times, large food companies, such as Monsanto, heavily campaigned and donated against GMO labeling. Still, both Connecticut and Maine have passed their own GMO-labeling bills, and many hope more states will follow suit. Genetically engineered foods are labeled in over 60 other countries, but the debate about labeling in the United States continues…” 2

As a consumer, it is very tricky to stay on top of food ingredients that are at-risk of being genetically modified, and the list is frequently changing. Luckily, there are people out there doing something about this and helping us to stay informed about GMOs and the foods that contain them. “…The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply. They are informing consumers, and through education and labeling, are providing verified non-GMO choices. “…We believe that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms…”3

Part of the Non-GMO Project’s work is their commitment to maintaining an accurate list of risk ingredients…”3 There are high risk and monitored risk crops. The high risk crops according to their website www.nongmoproject.com are:

  • Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
  • Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
  • Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
  • Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
  • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)…”

For more information on these crops and the monitored crops, see their website (Reference 4) for a complete list and further details

There are also common ingredients used in foods that are derived from high risk GMO crops. They include: .

“…Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products…”4

With more than 70% of processed foods found in the grocery store containing GMOs, it seems pretty difficult to avoid them. But there are many foods that you can eat and ways to get around eating GMOs. Next week we will cover how to eat without GMOs and provide you with a list of labels to look for at the supermarket to ensure that you are buying non GMO products.

Eating organic foods and clean water is key to good health. BODY BIOTICSâ„¢ Prebiotic/Probiotic SBO Consortia supplements your gut with the good bacteria you need to make up for that which is lacking in our food supply. Avoiding toxins, harmful and unnatural substances is another part of the equation. It is so important to continually educate ourselves. Knowing about and avoiding GMOs, an insidious ingredient in our food supply, is another way to stay on top of your health. A customer called yesterday and asked if Body Biotics contains GMOs. And the answer is NO!

Until next week,

Healthiest wishes




  1. http://www.farmaid.org/site/c.qlI5IhNVJsE/b.7795683/k.EBB2/Genetic_Engineering.htm
  2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eve-turow/you-need-to-know-the-fact_b_5570951.html 5.
  3. http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/
  4. http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/what-is-gmo/


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