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Toxic and GMO Ingredients In Your Beer?

Toxic and GMO Ingredients In Your Beer?

Are you a beer lover? Do you ever think about the ingredients that go into your tasty brew?

According to a recent report by the Alliance for Natural Health Association, your favorite beverage just might be loaded with both toxic and genetically modified ingredients, including GMO corn syrup, GMO coloring and fish bladder.

If you take a look at your beer’s label, you’ll likely see the familiar ingredients listed –†barley, hops, water and yeast†–†but generally nothing more. So how would something like “fish bladder” be lurking in there without being listed on the label?

You might find it surprising that listing ingredients on beer labels is voluntary. Thatís right — beer producers are not legally required to tell you what’s inside that beer you’re drinking. Thatís because beer is regulated by the Department of Treasury and not the Food and Drug Administration, which has stricter labeling guidelines for food and non-alcoholic beverages. The alcohol industry lobbies hard to make sure it stays that way.

Some of the legal additives include: HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and other GMO sugars, caramel coloring that is made from ammonia and considered carcinogenic, insect-based dyes, calcium disodium EDTA (which contains formaldehyde) MSG (monosodium glutamate), propylene glycol (which is also found in anti-freeze), petroleum-based food colors, and isinglass made from fish bladder used as a clarifying agent. … Still thirsty?

Whatís a health-conscious brew lover to do? First, you might want to find out which beers contain the offending ingredients (if a beer contains corn, it’s most likely GMO)†and avoid them. Here’s a short list: Anheuser-Busch has corn; Budweiser, Bud Light, and Michelob Ultra all use dextrose, which is also made from corn; Coors, Corona, Fosterís, Miller Light, and Pabst use corn syrup; and Newcastle contains artificial caramel color.

Instead, choose beers that do not have any of these ingredients, such as Amstel Light, Heineken, and Sierra Nevada, which according to the Food Babe, all use non-GMO grains and avoid artificial stabilizers or ingredients.

Another good choice is to buy locally made beer from microbreweries. Small, local producers — of both food and beer — are often less likely to use nasty ingredients and more likely to use sustainable and local ingredients. In my experience, most local breweries will be happy to give you a list of what goes into their brews because they are proud to boast.

Thereís also the option of buying a certified organic beer. Certification means that by law the producer cannot use GMOs and other unsafe ingredients.

Related:
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9 Surprising Uses for Beer

 

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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2:24PM PST on Dec 13, 2013

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2:12PM PST on Dec 13, 2013

I must tell my dad, he lives on beer, any beer,
but i don't think he gonna change his habbits,
i already know what he's going to say...

10:27PM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

Favourite is a locally-brewed beer - right here in our little village - YUM!

8:34AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

How bout drinking "real beer" instead? Even better yet, Organic. Plenty of awesome micro breweries (at least out here in WA State). I don't have to drink mass produced chemically flavored water. Lucky me.

12:44PM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

Thanks

12:15AM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

I don't drink beer.

3:26PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

Thank goodness I never developed a tase for beer.

1:46PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

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1:36PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

Thanks

8:59PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

Thank you.

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