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Mutant Meals: GMO Food Offenders & Natural Alternatives

  • Written by  GL Woolsey
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Are the foods you’re eating genetically modified? Are the foods you’re eating genetically modified?

Hey, get that thing out of your mouth! Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have been in the news a lot lately, but how do you know if that snack you're about to scarf down started life in a genetics lab?

Ingredient lists on food labels may not be telling the whole story. Every industrialized country has implemented mandatory labeling of GMO foods, except Canada and the United States. The best we can do is read through the ingredients and look for the major offenders: soy, corn, canola, cotton oil, and beet sugar. Here’s our quick and dirty guide for those who want to know what they put in their mouths.

High Risk

Lay’s Potato Chips (PepsiCo) – Three simple ingredients, but one of them is corn oil.

GMO-Free

Kettle Brand Organic Potato Chips – That famous Kettle crunch made with organic sunflower or safflower oil.

High Risk

Eggo Frozen Waffles (Kellogg) – Contain soybean oil and/or canola, so let go of that Eggo.

GMO-Free

Nature’s Path Homestyle Waffles – Gluten free too, but don’t let that turn you off, they’re still good with maple syrup.

High Risk

Wonder Bread (Interstate Bakeries) – A whopping twenty-five listed ingredients, including high-fructose corn syrup and soybean oil.

GMO-Free

Barowsky’s Organic White – Any organic bread will ensure your toast is GMO free—white, wheat, or otherwise.

High Risk

Coke (Coca Cola) – The most popular soda in the world, and it’s sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup.

GMO-Free

Blue Sky New Century Cola – A mouthful of dark and delicious up-your-nose fizz sweetened with organic cane sugar.

High Risk

Cheerios (General Mills) – Ingredient number two, right after whole grain oats, is modified cornstarch.

GMO-Free

Cascadian Farms Purely O’s – They also make a honey-nut version and chocolate O’s.

High Risk

Campbell’s Tomato Soup – Questionable tomatoes, high-fructose corn syrup, and vegetable (most likely canola) oil make this red wonder a triple threat.

GMO-Free

Amy’s Organic Tomato Soup – Amy’s Kitchen has an entire line of very approachable soups and stews.

High Risk

Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail – Time for a Cosmopolitan, but this brand is sweetened with beet sugar.

GMO-Free

RW Knudsen Cranberry Juice – The tart factor is high, just cranberries and water, but Knudsen also makes cranberry juice blends that will keep you from puckering.

High Risk

Lean Cuisine Chicken Fettuccini (Stouffer’s/Nestle) - If you’re trying to slim down for beach season but you’re too busy to cook, stay away from frozen meals with soybean oil and cornstarch.

GMO-Free

Amy’s Kitchen Light & Lean Spaghetti Italiano – OK, the meatballs are made of lentils, but it’s still light and tasty.

High Risk

Hunt’s Tomato Sauce – Forget frozen dinners and make your own pasta, but don’t start with this sauce, the tomatoes lack pedigree.

GMO-Free

Muir Glen Tomato Sauce – No fishy tomatoes here.

High Risk

Power Bar (Nestle) – A smorgasbord of soy, canola, and corn.

GMO-Free

Clif Bar – These outdoor enthusiasts insist their suppliers provide affidavits of GMO-free authenticity.

High Risk

Oreo Cookies (Nabisco/Philip Morris) – Corn oil, soybean oil, and high-fructose corn syrup from you friendly neighborhood tobacco giant.

GMO-Free

Country Choice Chocolate Sandwich Cremes – Not a very catchy name, it’s true, but if you can’t find these babies at your local grocery store, you can order them through the company’s website.

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