Avoiding GMO’s Part II: Are There GMO’s in Breakfast Foods?
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 in breakfast foods 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.
We’ve all been told that we need to start the day with a good, healthy breakfast but have you ever stopped to wonder if there are GMO’s in breakfast foods you love? Make sure you’re feeding yourself and your family non-gmo breakfasts by using the guidelines below. Avoiding GMO’s in breakfast foods is easy once you know the secrets.
5 Tips for Avoiding GMO’s in Breakfast Foods
1 – The easiest way to make sure you are avoiding GMO’s in breakfast foods is to buy organic. This goes for breakfast foods and 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 – Enjoy single ingredient foods for breakfast. Fruit (aside from papaya) is non-gmo so enjoy fresh bananas, grapefruits, melons, apples, kiwi, grapes or any of your favorite fruits. Single ingredient hot breakfast cereals are also going to be non-gmo. Cook up some oats, buckwheat, millet or rice and enjoy a porridge for breakfast. Add some dried fruit, just make sure there aren’t any added ingredients like sweeteners or oils in the dried fruit.
4 – Make a green smoothie for breakfast. Using fresh, whole ingredients is an easy way to make sure you’re avoiding gmo’s all the time. Try blending a handful of spinach with a frozen banana, a couple of dates and a spoonful of coconut oil in a little water for a healthy way to start the day.
5 – When you’re buying packaged breakfast foods, avoid risky ingredients. Most supermarket snack foods contain corn, soy and canola – ingredients that are very likely to be genetically modified. Some ingredients will be obvious, like corn flour, corn meal, corn starch, corn syrup, soy flour, soy lecithin, soy protein isolate, soy isoflavone, canola oil, cottonseed oil. 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, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, lactic acid, maltodextrin, molasses, sucrose, textured vegetable protein (tvp), xanthan gum, vitamins, and yeast.
Avoiding GMO ingredients is easy when you know you have organic alternatives. The chart above gives you great suggestions for replacements. For just about any breakfast food you can think of, there’s an organic or non-gmo version, you just have to know what to look for!
Are there any breakfast foods 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!