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?).
There are even three “whole” foods that have been genetically engineered to date, including a non-browning apple, 3 types of potatoes (although these potatoes were engineered only with other potato genes, rather than foreign genes), and genetically engineered salmon.
Below is a list of “invisible” GMO ingredients typically found in packaged and processed foods (Source: the Non-GMO Shopping Guide):
Aspartame (also called AminoSweet®, NutraSweet®, Equal Spoonful®, Canderel®, BeneVia®, E951)
Canola oil (rapeseed oil)
Cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
Fructose (any form)
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Modified food starch
Mono- and diglycerides
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Soy protein isolate
Sugar (unless specified as cane sugar)
Textured vegetable protein
Tocopherols (vitamin E)
Vitamin C (see note*)
*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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