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5 ‘Healthy’ Foods You’re Eating that May Contain GMOs


Genetically modified organisms, otherwise known as GMOs or GM foods, are the center of a complicated, ongoing debate. Proponents love them because merging DNA from different species can lead to better tasting and longer lasting foods that can ward off insects and pests and also withstand harsh weather conditions.

From a Green Monster, environmental viewpoint, we have several reasons to be wary about this Frankenfood! Most developed countries have banned the use of GMOs or placed them on strict guidelines, which is what we should aim for, considering how they are possibly linked to chronic illnesses, food allergies, reproductive problems, and digestive disorders.

GMOs have not proven to be safe, which is why we should be weary of the food we consume. Though you may be safe with the items mentioned below if they are organic or have the Non-GMO project verification label, healthy doesn’t necessarily mean non-GMO. Here are some healthy foods you’re eating that may contain GMOS:

1. Corn

Around 90 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. has been genetically modified! Yikes! When it comes to corn, buy organic or don’t buy it all to avoid this GMO lottery.

2. Papaya

Last year, Hawaii’s Big Island passed a bill that banned “biotech companies from taking up root on the Big Island and prohibits the expansion of genetically altered crops.” However, the bill exempts papaya crops, which had already been growing in GMO form on the island. Most Hawaiian papaya contains GMO ingredients.

3. Soy Products

Soy is used to manufacture a wide variety of food products, such as soymilk, veggie burgers, protein bars, protein powders, and snacks. According to the Non GMO Project, approximately 94 percent of U.S. crops in 2011 contained GMOs, making it a high-risk GMO crop.

4. Zucchini and Squash

This is another crop that has been deemed high-risk by the Non GMO Project. For squash varieties, GMOs are employed to fight diseases that target them.

5. Sugar from Sugar Beets

Cooking with beet sugar may seem like a healthier alternative than a refined, white sugar, but beets are targets for GMOs. As with other crops, Monsanto’s weed killer, Roundup, is widely used on growing sugar beets. Roundup’s active ingredient is glyphosate, a chemical that has been linked to health conditions that may initiate or exacerbate gluten-related disorders.

For some healthy food ideas that do not contain GM ingredients, check out these 10 GMO-Free Savory Vegan Snacks. If you want to eat the foods mentioned on this list but avoid GMOs altogether, consider buying organic or looking for verified non-GMO options.

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23 comments on “5 ‘Healthy’ Foods You’re Eating that May Contain GMOs”

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Karen Medcoff
4 Years Ago

Currently there are no genetically modified tomatoes available commercially. stop scaring people. the gmo tomatoes coming out will be purple

John Paul Conway
4 Years Ago

Why are you suggesting GMOs are unhealthy?

Rebecca Skroback
04 Apr 2014


Connie Cuellar
4 Years Ago

I see it as shareable and I shared it. But FB won't let me see my own posts. So I think the site is screwing up today.

Katrina Stanislow
4 Years Ago

Why aren't your posts shareable?

Connie Cuellar
4 Years Ago

Something can be organic and still be gmo. Organic means it's grown without chemicals.

Karen Medcoff
04 Apr 2014

sorry but NO. organic means NO GMO\'s do your homework

Robert Pitman
4 Years Ago

I find it bothersome that you used a picture of tomatoes when talking about GMOs. I have looked into this many times and as far as I know there are no GMO tomatoes on the market today. The only GMO tomato I am aware of was the "Flavor Saver" tomato back in the 1990s and it was a commercial flop so it basically doesn\'t exist any more. The genetic material added to the flavor Saver tomato was so that it could be picked at a riper stage and safely transported to market rather than needing to be picked unripe lik most all other tomato varieties are so they can be shipped without damage. There are many hybrid tomato varieties and many new ones but those are not GMO varieties. You are correct that most (but not all) soybeans and sugar beets grown in North America are GMO. But probably no tomatoes are GMO.

Lila Ayres
4 Years Ago

U can try making your own patties with beans, quinoa, brown rice & season it however u would like. Much less expensive. When you find a recipe u like, u can freeze them for convenience. I still buy M Star soy bacon & soy hot dogs once in awhile; can't make those. I, too, thought organic meant non-GMO. Does it?

Vesper Green
4 Years Ago

The problem is that GMO crops are so widespread that farmers can't tell the difference between the 2. If an organic non-GMO crop is near a GMO field you have cross-contamination. The damage is quite irreversible now as For example in the case of soy, GMO crops account for more than 50/60 % of the overall production.

Vapsi Barreto
4 Years Ago

What soy products can I get that are Non-GMO. Like the veggie patties..etc..? Do you guys know? I buy morning star

Patrice Lenhoff Anita
4 Years Ago

There are no gmo cucumbers...http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/database/plants/38.cucumber.html


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