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5 Ways to Avoid GMOs in your Diet

5 Ways to Avoid GMOs in your Diet

  • Genna Heintzkill
  • Sep 20, 2018

What you eat plays an enormous part in your overall health. While you've been told time and again to cut out sugar, fast food, junk food and processed foods in exchange for fresh fruits and vegetables, how can you be sure the latter is always healthy?

With pesticides sprayed on crops and many crops containing genetic modifications, it's a challenge to choose the healthiest foods even in the produce section.

What Are GMOs?

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) refer to organisms like plants or animals whose genetic material (DNA) has undergone a series of changes that do not occur naturally but instead are altered by man.

Why?

Pests become susceptible to the pesticides we use to keep them from eating our crops. To combat this, scientists have genetically altered the DNA of corn, for example, to contain its own built-in pesticide. If a pest takes a nibble, it dies. And this is the same corn that's sold to you and your family at the grocery store.

Since we really are not sure what will be the long-term affects of eating GMO food, it is best to proceed with caution. Here are five ways you can avoid GMOs in your diet.

1. Buy Foods With Seal Approvals

Common GMO foods such as soybeans and corn are in so many products that every aisle of the grocery store is a potentially genetically modified mess. When you're browsing products, look for the non-GMO seal on the front of the package.

2. Cook Your Own Homegrown Vegetables and Food

Before WWII, everybody had a kitchen garden. Now this trend seems to be coming back, and some of this has to do with the advent of GMOs. If you have even a slightly green thumb, consider growing some of your own fruits and vegetables from seeds or plants that are not genetically modified.

3. Shop at a Market That Is Committed to Non-GMOs

To find a market near you that does not carry GMO food, you can simply do a search at www.nongmoproject.com. From the home page, plug in your zip code, and the site will come up with a list of markets near you.

4. Consume Frozen Foods

Most frozen foods barely contain any modification aside from corn and soybeans. Frozen foods for the most part don't contain altered DNA, because genetically modified foods are difficult to freeze and store for extended periods of time.

5. Leave the Country

Finally, if you want to live in a place where GMOs don't exist or are heavily restricted, you can move abroad. Japan and New Zealand, for example, do not allow the sale or cultivation of GMO foods.

Sources:

https://www.nongmoproject.org/gmo-facts/

https://www.decodedscience.org/gmo-food-pro-and-con/23179

https://blog.radiantlifecatalog.com/bid/59229/4-Ways-to-Avoid-GMOs-and-Find-the-Most-Healthy-Foods

https://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/participating-retailers/

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