If you’re not already familiar with the term GMO, or GM food, you’ll want to read the previous post that gives a quick overview of what GMO means and helps explain what GMO food is. After learning what GMO is, some people are surprised, some don’t care, and some decide that they aren’t going to eat GMO foods.
You might be surprised to learn some of the GMO products already in the US food supply that are routinely consumed by unsuspecting consumers.
Think about the fact that in the US food supply there are GMO products such as:
Corn – LOTS of corn – this ripples down into our food supply in terms of many products too – chips, cornstarch, feed for animals, HFCS, corn oil, and many others
Sweetcorn – yes – unfortunately, that kind too.
Soy – this applies to every product from hydrolyzed vegetable protein to tofu to soymilk, some types of baby formula, etc.
Canola oil – did you know that Canola is a GMO ?
Sugar – more than half of the sugar sold in the US comes from sugar beets, and 95% of that is from GMO beets. Soon we will also have sugar from Roundup Ready beets – another GMO sugar beet variant. Unless your bag of sugar says 100% organic or 100% cane sugar, it almost certainly contains sugar from GMO sources.
The list also includes certain varieties of potatoes, tomatoes, rice, much of the Hawaiian grown papaya, and peas.
Other than dairy products that come from cows receiving some form of bovine growth hormone (don’t forget ice cream – most of the ice cream is made from dairy products from cows that receive bovine growth hormone), there are not currently gmo animal products approved for sale in the US. This refers to animals who’s genetic material or dna have been directly modified – you still may be purchasing animal products from animals who were fed and/or raised on GMO crops such as corn.
The previous post looked at what GMO products are, and how they are made.
In this post we’ve looked at some of the GMO food products that are sold in the US – and that you are probably already consuming.
Be sure to read the next post where some of the specific concerns about the long term effects of consuming GMO products are reviewed – and how you can minimize your exposure to products containing ingredients from GMO sources.
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