GMOs- It’s What’s For Breakfast

GMOs- It’s What’s For Breakfast

By Tracy Madlener

The other day my youngest asked me how much GMOs does a person eat on a daily basis.  A good conversation ensued and by the time we were done, I realized that people who don’t read labels or who are unfamiliar with GMOs eat GMOs with every single meal… every single day.  I’ve come up with what most parents would think is a healthy meal, see if you agree…

 

Breakfast- A bowl of cornflakes (no sugar added) with low fat milk, 2 slices of toast and a glass of orange juice.

 

Sounds pretty reasonable, right?  A healthy breakfast to get everybody started with their day… until you read the labels.

 

88% of the corn that is grown in the USA is Bt corn.  When I refer to Bt, it is a GMO and it has been genetically modified by inserting Bt (a pesticide) into the corn seed so that the little pests won’t eat the crops.  It is a poison and Kellogg’s and other known brands use this corn to make their cereals that we feed our children.

 

Just say no to GMO!

Just say no to GMO!

So much for the corn flakes, what’s next on the menu?  Ah, low fat milk… if you purchase just any old milk, chances are, the cows were fed GMO feed and because GMOs are not healthy for the cows either, the cows are given hormones to produce more milk.  Think about what cows eat and what’s in their system, and now the end product that we give to our kids.  Ummm, I’m not feeling it!  And it gets better… currently, the milk lobbyists are trying to get the FDA to approve that aspartame shouldn’t be labeled on milk items and should just be considered plain old “milk”, are they out of their minds?  Why do we need artificial sweeteners in the milk?  And yes, aspartame is also a GMO.

 

On to the toast… high fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin, soybean oil, cracked corn… I just listed some of the GMOs found in bread.  (Oh, forgot to mention this one little tid-bit, 90% of soy grown in the good ole USA is genetically modified)  I know that plain toast doesn’t taste that great, let’s add a fake butter spread and some pretend grape jelly to the toast… yes, that tastes much better and yet, more high fructose corn syrup in the jelly, and canola in the spread.  Canola?  Uh huh, it’s a GMO, it wasn’t even an existing plant until they modified the highly poisonous rapeseed plant and somehow less toxic means it’s okay to eat.

 

Get Informed!

Get Informed!

Hmmm, the breakfast menu is not looking healthy right about now, what about the orange juice, I don’t think it’s a GMO?  Ohhhh wait a sec… did you know that the big orange juice producers store the juice in enormous vats so that they can hold the juice for up to a year?  To keep the consistency of the taste and color of the OJ, fragrances and color additives have been added for that freshly squeezed taste!  YUMMY!

 

I haven’t even touched upon snacks, lunch and dinner.  But you know what?  You get my point and knowing how to read your food labels is oh soooo important for you, your loved ones and even your pets.  Below is a few resource links to help you learn what the top GMO crops are and also a GMO free shopping guide.  Read your labels, stay informed and eat healthy… the more we know, right?

 

 

Top 10 Worst GMOs- http://naturalsociety.com/top-10-worst-gmo-foods-list/

Non-GMO Shopping Guide- http://nongmoshoppingguide.com/shopping-guide.html

Wake Up and Smell the GMOs- http://spicie.com/articles//health/wake-up-and-smell-the-gmos/

Aspartame in milk- http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/03/06/173618723/can-milk-sweetened-with-aspartame-still-be-called-milk

Bt corn- http://digitaljournal.com/article/326208

OJ- http://beforeitsnews.com/health/2013/03/the-orange-juice-deception-2477884.html

 

 

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  1. Tony Blass says:

    Unfortunately the public is not educated enough to decide which “GMOs” are dangerous or even, in fact, what “healthy eating” is. For example, the breakfast you described is almost purely carbohydrates, regardless of the “GMOs.” Excessive carbohydrates can lead to obesity and a higher chance diabetes. Too much information can be worse than not enough. Understanding the dangers of high carbohydrate diets and making the best choices are more important than freaking out about “GMOs.” Suggest not eating as many “packaged” foods to avoid a lot of “GMOs.”

    • Tracy M. says:

      So which is it Tony? The public is not educated enough or there is too much information? The menu I “made up” was just an example of where GMOs lurk. This is not an article about carbs, it’s an article about learning how to read a label to avoid GMOs and to make informed choices, awareness is the key, and it doesn’t include “freaking out”…

  2. Ralf says:

    I actually had to google GMO. Reading your article it seems it might be hard to avoid at all.

  3. knikkolette says:

    Tracy – I always knew GMO was bad – but didn’t realize how it was in EVERY LITTLE THING!!! Makes me want to live on a patch of land and grow my own food – become a vegan, etc… YIKES! I grew up eating veggies my parents grew, eggs from our own chickens, eating chickens we raised ourselves, etc… Now everything I put in my body probably has GMO attached to it in some shape or form – I’m definitely going to start paying closer attention to the labels.

    • Tracy M. says:

      That’s all you have to do Knikkolette, read labels, and know which are the top GMO crops to avoid. Wash, rinse, repeat! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Kymberly says:

    Food should be labelled completely unambiguously – especially when it comes to GMOs!

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