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Top 20 Frankenfoods to Avoid

Squash—Many varieties of squashes have been created with genetically-modified gene sequences and are best avoided unless they are certified organic.

Sugar Beets—Sugar beets are used to make about 35% of the global supply of white sugar.  Consider that the average person consumes 150 pounds of sugar each year.  That works out to over 52 pounds of genetically-modified sugar on average.  That’s not only a lot of sugar, it’s a lot of genetically-modified organisms, and potentially a large amount of the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup) which is used on many sugar beet farms.

Tomatoes—Since the release of Flavr Savr tomatoes, the first genetically-modified tomatoes, many more frankentomatoes have been released on an unsuspecting public.  These tomatoes contain a DNA sequence that has been reversed to prevent softening and allow for a longer shelf-life, and therefore more money for the agribusinesses that sell them.  Research shows that they have lower nutritional value than their organic counterparts.

Vegetable Oil—Most “vegetable oil” blends are derived from genetically-modified corn, cotton, canola, or soybean oils.  These are four of the most heavily genetically-modified crops, making foods made with vegetable oil among the worst frankenfoods.

*Sources:  Top 20 GMO Foods and Ingredients to Avoid by Dr. Edward F. Group, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM.

Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Food by Jeffrey M. Smith.

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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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