So we have completely eliminated genetically modified (GMO) foods from our diet now. We use sunflower oil in place of canola oil or vegetable oils; we do not eat any foods with refined sugar in them, but use natural sweeteners; we buy organic soy, if ever we buy tofu or other soy products, which is rare anyway; and do well to avoid corn, but if we buy anything with corn in it we make sure that it organic. We also avoid those ingredients in other foods altogether if they are not labeled organic.
The last few things that I had to eliminate were:
- any boxed whole wheat soda crackers (which contains canola and/or soybean oil)
- ketchup, made with sugar (I buy organic or make my own)
- dairy-free margarine (which contains canola oil and soybean oil). Now we buy Earth Balance non-GM margarine.
- and whole wheat store-bought bread or breadcrumbs (which contains sugar, canola oil and soybean oil).
I think that when most people think of GMOs, they assume that they are safe from them if they don’t eat/buy any corn, soybeans or canola oil, but they don’t know that soybean oil, canola oil, corn (high fructose corn syrup) and sugar are in nearly everything that you buy at the store. If you buy meat that is not organic, the animals haves been fed GM corn and/or soy. Dairy products from cows are injected with rbGH (a GM hormone). If you buy a box of cereal, cookies or crackers, it will likely contain corn, sugar and canola or soybean oil, or at least one of those ingredients. If you buy a bag of shelled nuts or seeds, like sunflower seeds, peanuts, cashews or almonds, (if not raw) it will likely contain canola and/or soybean oil. If you buy a bag of trail mix, it will contain canola and/or soybean oil and sugar too. It is in nearly everything, (salad dressings, frozen foods, dips, sauces, bread etc), and that is a problem if you care about our planet, our food system, your body, your health and the health of your children.
I feel good knowing that we are done with GM foods. I feel like my kitchen is stocked with clean, organic ingredients and now I can go ahead and create wholesome meals, snacks and treats for my family using REAL foods. I sometimes think that it seems crazy to have to take these measures and be so obsessed with reading labels, but then I think it is even more crazy not to! Who knows what the effects are/will be with these genetically modified organisms taking over our food system and our bodies? I would rather not have my body and my children be poisoned by toxins and not give my money to support the introduction of GM foods into our food system and our world.
Here are a few more videos and links that I thought I would share with those who are interested. Remember to read your labels, buy organic, or do your best to avoid corn, soy, canola and sugar (cane sugar is OK) altogether.
You vote with your dollar. What kind of a world are you voting for?
And just for fun…