GMOs Simply Put and How to Avoid Them

Let's talk GMOs (genetically modified organisms.) Who shops non-GMO labels? If you don't, you might want to begin. GMOs are known as "Roundup ready" crops. To put it simply, seeds are injected with glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup and can therefore withstand the abundance of Roundup sprayed on crops. So if you eat GMO foods, you're likely ingesting a large amount of glyphosate. Recent studies have shown glyphosate as an endocrine disruptor and carcinogen. The main crops that are being genetically modified are corn, soybeans, sugar beets and canola which are used to make ingredients in other foods such as breads, snack foods, cereals, salad dressings, mayonnaise, etc.. So how do we stay safe? Here are a few tips:

1) Shop non-GMO.

2) Steer clear of products that state they use GMOs or have been "genetically engineered."

3) Stay away from processed foods.

4) Look at the ingredients; if they state corn, soybean, canola, sugar of any sort, check the label that it's non-GMO.

5) Your safest bet: Go Organic.

Do you pay attention to GMO labelling when you’re shopping? If so, kudos to you! If not, I hope you will moving forward. Grocery shopping can be confusing enough with what ingredients to look for and what to stay away from, but if you take things in one day, one week, even one month at a time, you’ll eventually know exactly what to look for on your label. There is power in knowledge and with better knowledge comes better health.