Dr. Kendra is back with some information on what products to avoid when thinking about GMO.
THoT: So are GMO products only a select few?
Dr. Kendra: The primary genetically modified foods include products made from or with corn, soy, canola oil, and cottonseed oil. So even if you don’t eat a 100% organic diet, at the very least you want to try avoiding these foods and oils.
THoT: That is overwhelming. So many of the products we eat have those ingredients. How can I make sure that the corn I purchase in these products is non GMO?
Dr. Kendra: So if you buy anything that has corn in it, make sure it is either organic or that it says non-GMO on the packaging. Most people don’t know that ascorbic acid is made from corn syrup, and so the corn used to make this can also be genetically modified, which is yet another reason to know the source of all foods and supplements.
THoT: So are meats ok?
Dr: Kendra: About 90% of the corn and soy in the United States is genetically modified. And a lot of processed foods have corn and soy ingredients, like breakfast cereal, ready to eat meals, crackers and snack bags of grab and go type foods. Many people eat soy nuggets, soy burgers, drink soy milk, and think this is benefiting their health, when the exact opposite is true. If you are a meat eater, it is important to realize that a lot of the livestock are fed these genetically modified foods. So it is even more important to know your source and purchase organic meats that are Grass fed.
THoT: What should we look for when we are reading labels?
Dr. Kendra: Those stickers on fruits and veggies tell you quite a bit! 4 numbers mean they were conventionally grown. 5 numbers starting with number 8 means they are genetically modified (GMO). And 5 numbers starting with 9 means they were organically grown.
THoT: The label of NON-GMO on products is really helpful. What is the outlook for the future?
Dr. Kendra: 50 countries world wide have banned or restricted GMO products. Whole Foods will label all GMO in their stores by 2018. They will not have GMO salmon in the stores.
For more information, check out www.geneticroulettemovie.com.
—Kendra Becker-Musante, ND, FNP, BCFamily Wellness Centre of Connecticut
181 Cross Rd
Waterford, CT 06385
Your “4A” specialist (asthma, allergies, autism spectrum, and atopy/eczema)