GMO Ingredients

When is the last time you looked closely at the list of strange, unidentifiable ingredients on your package of food? Unless the package is labeled with a USDA Organic or a Non-GMO Project certified insignia, processed foods typically contain a plethora of GMOs—typically in some form of processed corn (have you watched the movie King Corn yet?). Below is a list of “invisible” GMO ingredients (Source: the Non-GMO Shopping Guide):

Aspartame (also called AminoSweet®, NutraSweet®, Equal Spoonful®, Canderel®,  BeneVia®, E951)
Baking powder
Canola oil (rapeseed oil)
Caramel color
Citric acid
Cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
Condensed milk
Confectioners sugar
Corn flour
Corn masa
Corn meal
Corn oil
Corn sugar
Corn syrup
Cottonseed oil
Food starch
Fructose (any form)
Glutamic acid
Glycerol monooleate
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
Hydrogenated starch
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Inverse syrup
Invert sugar
Lactic acid
Malt syrup
Malt extract
Milk powder
Milo starch
Modified food starch
Modified starch
Mono- and diglycerides
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Oleic acid
Phytic acid
Protein isolate
Soy flour
Soy isolates
Soy lecithin
Soy milk
Soy oil
Soy protein
Soy protein isolate
Soy sauce
Stearic acid
Sugar (unless specified as cane sugar)
Teriyaki marinades
Textured vegetable protein
Tocopherols (vitamin E)
Vegetable fat
Vegetable oil
Vitamin B12
Vitamin C (see note*)
Vitamin E
Whey powder
Xanthan gum

*According to the Non-GMO Shopping Guide, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), although usually derived from corn, is “probably not” GM because it is not likely made in North America. However other sources like GMO Compass and Organic Consumers Association believe that Vitamin C is almost always GM, because of the newer GM-based production technology which is widely used in China, considering that China is the primary source of Vitamin C.

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18 thoughts on “GMO Ingredients

  1. What are we to eat this really sucks I have kidney dysfunction and they make it impossible to do the right thing …….I would like to list many swear words know the root of all evil is the ugly dollar

    • Julie, if you haven’t already, feel free to explore the rest of our website, particularly under the “Shopping List” section. We’ve got all sorts of pages and resources to help you identify what you can eat. Very best of luck to you!

    • It is frustrating to find food to eat that is nutrient rich from sustainable farming methods that may appear as over priced and hard to get. GMO crops are cheaper, larger, shiny and have less nutrients due to using the same earth over again, no tilling etc. The large produce appears great to people needing food, but in reality, you pay for what you get. I chose to go GMO free, process my own food from real food at farmers markets sourced from small farms, EU, Japan, New Zealand and any other countries banning GMO’s. It is a struggle as I pay more, but I win with feeling good and being free from drugs. If you live in Canada, CBAN.CA has all the info on what is grown and imported. If you live in USA, find coop groups for local food or grow your own outside and in…. Personally, I believe chemical companies are slowly killing all life forms…

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  3. Please keep up with what you’re doing. I love my life and I want to keep it. Please help stop the use of gmo’s so we can get it banned in the U.S.

  4. This is a great site, I am a student attending a brand new high school in California. I would love to have a GMO free school. Make an instagram. I am doing a report on GMOs and this is the perfect site. Reach out to the younger generation, we can still be swayed. The FDA hasn’t blinded us yet.

  5. I’m very disheartened, I purchased Nature’s Bakery fig bars, they are stamped with the non-gmo project certification. But one of the ingredients is modified food starch. How is that possible?

    • Sadly, there are a couple loopholes in the USDA’s organic certification process, one of which is non-organic cornstarch (which in our opinion is long overdue for removal from the “acceptable” list, considering how many sources of organic cornstarch are now readily available to commercial food manufacturers); the other is soy lecithin (though only one form of soy lecithin is allowed, and only when an organic option is not available). 😦

  6. I try to use sweet potato starch or rice flour instead of corn starch or flour. Are those acceptable as non-gmo ingredients?

  7. I’m confused, I thought China had banned GMO’s or was that only for their military or was that story a hoax to begin with? I forget where I had read that over the past 6 months or so.

  8. I really like your site and what you are doing!!! Of all the horrible things we could do to our bodies GMO foods is one that should be left out! Thanks for taking time out of your life to inform us beings that know nothing about what is safe for us to eat and drink! I am sure I am not the only out here that appreciates it!

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