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…