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Saturday, November 2, 2013

TIPS to Avoid GMO's In Your Food

Okay, so we know GMO's are BAD for you. Are there any tips for avoiding purchasing food that contains GMO's? The answer is yes, although it may not be fool proof these tips go a long way. Dan

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Tip #1: Buy Organic
Certified organic products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients. Buy products labeled “100% organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic ingredients.” You can be doubly sure if the product also has a Non-GMO Project Verified Seal. Read more about organic standards...

Tip #2: 
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Look for Non-GMO Project Seals
Products that carry the Non-GMO Project Seal are independently verified to be in compliance with North America’s only third party standard for GMO avoidance, including testing of at-risk ingredients. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to providing consumers with clearly labeled and independently verified non-GMO choices. Look for dairy products labeled "No rBGH or rBST,” or “artificial hormone-free.”

Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Sara Lee, and More Processed Food Products may contain GMOs

Tip #3:  Avoid at-risk ingredients

If it’s not labeled organic or verified non-GMO: Avoid products made with ingredients that might be derived from GMOs (see list). The eight GM food crops are Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed, Sugar Beets, Hawaiian Papaya (most) and a small amount of Zucchini and Yellow Squash.

Sugar If a non-organic product made in North American lists “sugar” as an ingredient (and NOT pure cane sugar), then it is almost certainly a combination of sugar from both sugar cane and GM sugar beets.

Dairy Products may be from cows injected with GM bovine growth hormone. Look for labels stating No rBGH, rBST, or artificial hormones.

Tip #4: Download our Shopping Guides
Use either IRT’s new Non-GMO Shopping Tips brochure or redesigned Non-GMO Shopping Guide to help you identify and avoid GM foods. We devote an entire page in each guide to help you uncover hidden GM ingredients on food labels that often read more like a chemical periodic table. If you have an iPhone, download our ShopNoGMO guide for free from the iTunes store.

(Additional INFO):

New evidence shows that you could be increasing Alzheimer's risk with every single bite you take of these mystery foods. 


Nearly all GMO crops are GMO for one reason. They're modified so they can be drenched with Roundup weed killer. 

One problem... The weed-killing chemical in Roundup (glyphosate) saturates the crops. When we eat those crops -- either as plants or as ingredients in processed foods -- our bodies absorb glyphosate. 

That means that if you eat processed foods that include soy, sugar, corn, wheat, or canola, you're eating glyphosate. 

You could say that most people are on a glyphosate diet, but they never know it. 

Now, there are all kinds of ways glyphosate could be doing us harm. But there are two ways that researchers warn us this poison could increase our risk of Alzheimer's... 

1) Glyphosate inhibits an enzyme the body uses to get rid of toxins. This pumps up inflammation that damages cellular systems in your brain. 

2) Glyphosate binds minerals, which impedes the absorption of zinc. Zinc deficiency is one of the key markers for Alzheimer's. 

You can start reducing the risk of Alzheimer's by kicking GMO out of your diet. It seems impossible but an easy first step is to avoid processed foods that contain the five key ingredients I mentioned above: soy, sugar, corn, wheat, and canola -- and aren't labeled "certified non-GMO."

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