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HOW TO AVOID GMOs

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Avoid these food sources of unless they are labeled organic or verified non- GMO. The nine GM crops that are commercial­ized and now in our foods are: CORN ( as in corn oil, cornmeal, cornstarch, corn syrup, hominy, polenta, and other corn- based ingredient­s) CANOLA ( as in canola oil) COTTONSEED ( as in cottonseed oil) SUGAR BEETS (“sugar” in ingredient lists is almost certainly a combinatio­n of sugar from both sugar cane and GM sugar beets, also found in foods that contain beet sugar) SOYBEANS ( as in soybean oil, soy protein, soy lecithin, soy milk, tofu, and other soy- based ingredient­s) ALFALFA, which is fed to livestock PAPAYA ( from Hawaii and China) YELLOW SQUASH AND ZUCCHINI ( look for those labeled organic or grown from non- GMO seed) Also stay away from two additional direct GM products added to foods: ASPARTAME ( in diet soda and NutraSweet artificial sweetener) rBGH ( recombinan­t Bovine Growth Hormone, also known as Bovine Somatotrop­in or bST.) It was developed from geneticall­y engineered E. coli bacteria and is injected into some cows to increase milk production. Look for dairy products labeled rBGH- free— also known as bST- free— or better yet, for milk products labeled organic.

Melissa Diane Smith began learning about the dangers of GMOs in 2000, when StarLink corn ( a type of GM corn) accidental­ly entered the U. S. food supply and was recalled. “I was concerned— horrified, really,” says Smith, who has since become a non- GMO lecturer and educator. “As a nutritioni­st, health journalist, and concerned citizen, I couldn’t really sit on this informatio­n. I began writing about the topicic on my blog and speaking about it in my community,” she says. Her new book, Going Against GMOs, is s available on Amazon and through goingagain­stgmos. com. Smith counsels clients across the nation from her home in Tucson, Ariz.

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