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Top 20 Frankenfoods to Avoid

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Enzymes—Unfortunately many enzymes used in food production are derived from GM ingredients.  Some of these processes include:  preventing egg products from deteriorating, removing bitter substances from beer, improving the clarity of fruit juices, clotting milk to make cheese, increasing the rising speed of bread dough, and many others.  GM enzymes are also used in the manufacture of many supplements.  Check out the excellent book Genetic Roulette for more information about GM enzymes.

Flaxseeds/Flaxseed Oil—Even flax has been contaminated with genetically-modified seed.  Be sure to choose only certified organic flax and flax oil.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)—Because high fructose corn syrup is made from corn which is almost entirely genetically-modifed this ingredient is a serious threat to health.  Research links it to weight gain and diabetes.

Ice Cream—Ice cream typically contains multiple genetically-modified ingredients, including high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, and milk which contains bovine growth hormone (rBGH).  If that still doesn’t sound too bad to you, keep reading to learn more about rBGH in milk products.

Infant Formula—Do the corporations behind frankenfoods have no ethics at all?  Even infant formula is contaminated with frankenfood ingredients like soy and milk.  Yes, milk typically contains genetically-modified ingredients (keep reading!).

Margarine and Shortening—Made from genetically-modified canola or vegetable oil blends, margarine and vegetable shortening are not the healthy foods many people believe them to be.

Milk—Genetically-modified bovine growth hormone (rBGH) is injected into cows to increase milk output.  Incidentally, this process also increases the rate of infection in cows and results in blood and pus in the milk, along with the genetically-modified proteins.  Maybe the dairy marketing board should change their slogan from “Got Milk?” to “Got Gross?”

Non-organic and Synthetic Vitamins—You’ve read about enzyme supplements, but other nutritional supplements are commonly made from genetically-modified ingredients.  Choose ones that are made from natural (not synthetic) nutrients and organic ingredients.

Papaya (Hawaiian)—Papayas from Hawaii are largely genetically-modified.  They contain genetic material from the Ringspot virus.

Sausage—Most sausages contain ingredients derived from genetically-modified corn, including:  corn syrup or corn syrup solids.  Choose only organic sausage free of these ingredients and preservatives.

Soy and Lecithin—Most soybean crops are grown from genetically-modified soy, which has been linked to a host of health problems, including cancer.  Lecithin, which is a product made from soy, is also contaminated with harmful trans genes and used in many processed and packaged foods as a thickener.  Choose only certified organic soy.  Ideally, choose certified organic soy that has been fermented (like miso).

Keep reading to discover which genetically-modified sweetener the average person consumes 52 pounds of each year…

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

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10:27AM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

Great Info!

7:24PM PST on Jan 15, 2014

10:40AM PST on Dec 22, 2013

I'm surprised to see squash and tomatoes on the list as they are so relatively easy to grow yourself from heirloom seeds and, if they take in a particularly ideal environment, can produce enough to feed an army. Thanks for this valuable article, Michelle.

6:34PM PST on Dec 10, 2013

Companies don't care what so ever what foods can kill people. It's only the bottom line that matters. And they make enough money to make sure the government regulators are in their pockets.

5:46PM PDT on Nov 1, 2013

Thanks for the info!

8:31AM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

Oh joy, everything is contaminated. :(

9:36AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

Happy Halloween! These are no good treats.

7:23AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

I had a tomato on top of my fridge for four months before I threw it away, and even then it was not rotten. The fruit flies would not come near it during the entire four months. This told me, I had a GMO on my hands.

1:16AM PDT on Sep 30, 2013


10:03AM PDT on Sep 29, 2013

Thank you for this info!

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