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September 19, 2012

7 Ways To Avoid GMOs

If you haven’t paid much attention to whether you eat GMOs up to this point, here’s a good reason why you should.

The first ever long-term study on the effects GMOs has just been published in “Food and Chemical Toxicology”. It studied the effects of GM corn and Roundup, the toxic pesticide used on GM crops, and found that the rats in the study “developed cancers faster and died earlier than rats fed on a standard diet. They suffered breast cancer and severe liver and kidney damage.”

See pictures and read more here.

Until we get GMOs labeled here in the U.S., you need to be on the lookout to make sure you keep GMOs out of your food, if you want to stay healthy.

Here are some of the best ways to avoid GMOs …

  • Eat as much fresh whole food as possible. Buy certified organic. GMOs are not allowed in organic food.
  • Buy from your local farmer’s market and choose vendors who sell organic or who do not use pesticides. Get to know your farmers. Some who are not certified organic do produce foods that are organic quality. However, becoming certified organic is very costly and keeps some farmers from getting certified.
  • Avoid non-organic zucchini, crookneck squash and Hawaiian papayas. These can be GMO.
  • If you buy packaged foods, make sure they are 100% certified organic. GMO ingredients can be hidden in food additives, spices, enzymes and other vague ingredient names.
  • Buy foods that have the non-GMO project seal on the package.
  • Get a copy of the non-GMO Shopping Guide, which lists brand name products that have been verified to be free of GMO ingredients. However, just because a product is GMO free does not mean it is healthy. You still need to read ingredients lists to make sure the ingredients in the product are healthy.
  • If you eat out, choose a restaurant that serves 100% organic food. If you eat at a restaurant that serves food that is not organic, it is highly likely that the food you eat will contain GMO ingredients.

If you follow these seven simple steps, you will do a good job of avoiding GMOs, as much as possible, until we get GMOs labeled in the U.S.

You can take this a step further and make sure that the food you eat is not only healthy, but is healthy for you. If you’re eating healthy food and still feeling tired, low energy and not as well as you’d like, it’s possible that some of the healthy foods you eat are not healthy for you. Find out more here.

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