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How Do I Avoid Eating GMOs and Genetically Altered Food?

Updated on April 1, 2015
Many agricultural and animal products are genetically modified.
Many agricultural and animal products are genetically modified. | Source

Genetically Modified Foods

The best way to avoid eating genetically modified food is to buy organic since genetically altered foods are not permitted in organic certified foods. Since labels in the U.S. are not required to show that foods are genetically engineered, it is difficult to know what you are buying. Even natural foods stores like Whole Foods stock genetically engineered foods. Because a high percentage of certain crops are grown from genetically modified seeds they are a higher risk ingredient in processed foods.

For understanding what genetically modified foods are and why we want to avoid them, see my other articles listed below under Articles in this GMO Series.

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Buy organic products to avoid GMOs.
Buy organic products to avoid GMOs. | Source
Eat animal products that do not contain GMOs.
Eat animal products that do not contain GMOs. | Source
Canola fields ~ avoid canola oil.
Canola fields ~ avoid canola oil. | Source
Most corn products are made with GMO corn.
Most corn products are made with GMO corn. | Source

Helpful Hints to Avoid GMOs

  1. buy organic to avoid genetically altered crops and ingredients
  2. look for products with the "Non-GMO Project" seal
  3. avoid dairy products from animals treated with genetically modified hormone rbGH (either buy organic or from a dairy that does not use rbGH)
  4. avoid high risk ingredients such as corn, sugar, soy, canola, cottonseed
  5. avoid aspartame (NutraSweet or Equal brands) which is genetically modified
  6. when dining out, ask about oils used in cooking - go for olive oil
  7. avoid mayonnaise and salad dressings unless organic
  8. eat grass-fed animals or wild caught seafood to avoid meat from animals that have eaten genetically modified feed
  9. eat eggs from animals that have been fed an organic diet or pasture raised
  10. buy non-GMO seeds for gardening
  11. buy direct from local farms or farmer's market that farm with non-GMO seeds and organic methods
  12. join community supported agriculture - receive a weekly share of in-season produce during the growing season
  13. foods and ingredients that may be genetically modified include: infant formula, corn starch, powdered sugar (contains corn starch), margarine, crackers, ice cream, baking powder, veggie burgers, peanut butter, enriched flour and pasta, vanilla, alcohol, bread, fried foods, chocolate, soy lecithin, cereal, tomato sauce, tofu, tamari, soy sauce
  14. honey can be from GM pollen

Local Farmers' Markets are a great place to find food that is not genetically modified.
Local Farmers' Markets are a great place to find food that is not genetically modified. | Source

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Avoiding GMOs

Because a high percentage of certain crops are grown from genetically modified seeds they are a higher risk ingredient in processed foods. Avoid eating genetically modified food by buying organic. Hopefully, GMO labeling will be required for food products in the future, but using this list will allow you to avoid them now.

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Thanks for your comment Ciel. Adopting a few strategies to avoid GMOs goes a long way. It becomes very simple after studying labels. I hope that soon, GMOs are labeled for all to see!

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      Ciel Clark 5 years ago from USA

      Good hub Melis Ann, -- I have been disappointed by some foods and products from my health food store: It would be nice to be able to trust a particular store! But of course, best to do our own research. Thanks for the info, voted up and useful.

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Thanks marywanders for the vote. Nice to know that others feel that knowing how to avoid genetically modified foods is important.

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      marywanders 5 years ago from minnesota

      up and useful thanks

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Thanks for the comment cloverleaffarm. Growing your own organic food is rewarding for many reasons, one of them being no-GMOs!

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      We grow our own!