They’re everywhere! Is no one safe?! By they, I mean genetically modified organisms (GMOs). And by everywhere, I seriously mean everywhere. Another surprising place unlabeled ingredients are showing up is in your natural food and your vitamins and supplements.
Even if you’re shelling out the bigger bucks to try and get a higher quality product–whether it’s a healthier food or an environmentally friendly option, you may be taking home a GMO. According to NaturalNews.com, when a product, even from the natural section or whole grocer, says maltodextrin in the ingredient list, you’re probably getting a form of GMO corn. Most maltodextrin is made from Monsanto’s GMO corn–and it’s in quite a few “natural” products, too. Modified ingredients are mostly in processed foods, but even some shelf-stable foods you’d like to trust contain these GMOs. To avoid unwanted GMOs, buy products that are certified USDA organic since those are not using the genetically modified version of maltodextrin. Some ways to avoid the ingredient include looking for the tapioca maltodextrin version, or better yet, avoid the ingredient altogether. Honestly, it’s just a thickener and not really a great whole food option.
Another sneaky place GMOs are invading is vitamin C. Again, according to NaturalNews.com, nearly all the vitamin C sold in America is derived from a GMO corn crop. So, from the supplements to the ingredients in food, vitamin C has lost the battle against GMO corn. When the ingredient list says ascorbic acid, it’s also referring to this derivative of GMO corn, even when you’re shopping “wisely” at the natural store. There’s no supply of non-GMO ascorbic acid in the states, either. So, you have to order from another country, or, again, skip this ingredient if non-GMO is important to you.
“Assume your supplement has GMOs in it unless it says it doesn’t. It’s so relevant in the supplement industry, I avoid 99% of what’s available,” said Segedie.
They’re really popping up everywhere and there’s not much anyone can do to know about it until labeling is required in this country. It’s pretty frustrating that a simple trip to the store, even the “safe” natural store, requires a small research assignment if you really want to know what you’re buying and feeding your family. Just another strong reason to continue the fight to get GMOs labeled in this country.