Reading the labels of the groceries while shopping is an innate habit of a painstaking and conscientious shopper.
But this alone is not sufficient as the labels give no information about the presence of GMO- the ‘genetically modified organism or ingredients’.
According to the scientists GMO pose a high risk to the health of human beings as compared to the conventional food products.
So, be a food detective and find out whether the food you are buying contains GMO or not.
Top Tips to Help you Abstain from Buying GMO foods:
Here are listed some useful tips to help you avoid buying GMO food from the super market.
All the available non-organic corn, cottonseed, canola and soy have GMO:
In western nations these plants are commonly grown with genetically modified seeds. So next time you wish to prepare a recipe containing soy or corn, buy the certified organic form that does not contain GMO. Isn’t it a good way to avoid consuming GMO foods?
Abstain from artificial sweeteners:
GM bacterial strain of Escherichia coli are used in preparing aspartame-the commonly available artificial sweetening agent.
Avoid using aspartame as it contains good amount of GMO.
Avoid the ‘Invisible GM Ingredients’:
Often, you must be finding it difficult to decipher the ingredient list. Some of the products contain invisible Gm ingredients such as glutamate, maltodextrin, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, xanthan gum, lactic acid, cellulose, citric acid and mono or diglycerides.
Opt for organic certified dairy products:
Traditional dairy products are obtained from cattle and treated with rBGH (a growth hormone) containing GMO. Luckily rBGH-free and organic dairy products are available and they are widely becoming popular.
Do not be blindly trust PLU codes and stickers on vegetables and fruits:
Generally people believe that the sticker containing 5-digit code starting with an 8 indicates a GMO but this kind of identification is entirely optional.
A more reliable indication is the sticker bearing 5-digit code with numeric 9 as the starting number. This is indicative of organic vegetables and fruits. They are certified non-GMO.
The best way to keep you family safe against consuming GMO food is to consult the GMO food list.
It takes a bit of extra effort, if you intend to keep yourself and your family protected from GMO foods. Eat organic and stay healthy!