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Avoiding GMO’s Part III: Are There GMO’s in Your Favorite Candy?

In this five part series for Non-GMO Month, we’ll take a look at common food items that likely contain GMO’s and we’ll be offering non-GMO alternatives.  Avoiding GMO’s is quite easy once you know what to look for so we’ll be sharing with you some tips on how to keep your diet GMO free.


With Halloween right around the corner, we’ve all got candy on the brain.  There are so many memories associated with candy that we can hold on to our favorites and enjoy them without thinking about the health effects.  Even if you don’t indulge in candy often, its important to consider choices that are better for you and better for our world.  Making sure you’re avoiding GMO’s in your candy is a good way to make sure the candy you are choosing is just a little healthier.  Yes, its probably still full of sugar and fat but why not make the best choice you can.  If you’re concerned about the Halloween candy that’s about to show up everywhere you go, you have good reason to be.  But its easy to make sure you’re avoiding GMO’s in your candy if you follow these tips below:

4 Tips for Avoiding GMO’s in Candy

1 – The easiest way to make sure you are avoiding GMO’s is to buy organic.  This goes for candy as well as any foods that you’re buying. Any product that has the USDA Organic logo on it is by definition non-GMO.

2 – Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified label on packages.  Even if a product isn’t certified organic, it can be non-gmo.  To be certain, look for this third party verification.

3 – When you’re buying candy, check the ingredients.  Most supermarket candies contain corn, soy and canola – ingredients that are very likely to be genetically modified.  Some ingredients will be obvious, like high fructose corn syrup, canola oil, cottonseed oil or soy lecithin.  Some ingredients are sneaky in that they don’t list what their made from.  These sneaky ingredients can be GMO if the product isn’t organic: amino acids, aspartame, ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate, vitamin c, citric acid, sodium citrate,  sucrose, and xanthan gum.  Its a pretty sure bet that conventional supermarket candies contain GMO’s so you may want to read the labels just to see, but I would avoid them at all cost and choose an organic alternative instead.

4 – Ditch the candy!  For a sweet treat, try dried fruits instead.  They may wind up in the ‘trade’ pile on Halloween, but giving out mini boxes of raisins is a great way to be involved in the holiday without contributing to the ill health of children.

Avoiding GMO ingredients is easy when you know you have organic alternatives.  The chart above gives you great suggestions for replacements.  There’s an organic or non-gmo version of lots of different kinds of candies, you just have to know what to look for!

Are there any kinds of candy you just love but don’t know how to find a non-gmo version of? Let us know and we’ll direct you to it if we can!

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I'm a firm believer that you are what you eat and I want to be fresh, local, organic and healthy! I've spent a lifetime experimenting with natural foods, different diets and ways of eating, and have settled on the food philosophy that Michael Pollan expresses so well: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. I'm passionate about organic foods, natural living, cooking healthy meals, and improving my health on a daily basis.

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