Avoiding GMO’s Part I: Are GMO’s Lurking in Your Snack 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 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.
Do you ever wonder if there are GMO’s lurking in your favorite snack foods? If you do, you’re not alone, and if you’re not eating organic snack foods, there probably are GMO’s in your snacks. Since GMO’s aren’t labeled in the US, how can you tell? Here are some tips:
3 Tips for Avoiding GMO’s in Snack Foods
1 – The easiest way to make sure you are avoiding GMO’s is to buy organic. This goes for snack 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 – 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 snack 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 snack 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!