I advise avoiding Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s). GMO foods are already linked to immune, inflammatory and even nervous system and brain conditions. Time will reveal to us the true cost of altering nature’s design. I am certain that over time many more illnesses and perhaps some cancers will eventually be linked to ingestion of engineered food. If you avoid these foods and their by products, you will be going a long way to remove GMO’s from your Diet. Unless these foods are labelled NON-GMO, you can be certain the are to be avoided. Do your best to eat REAL FOOD, organic, fresh, whole, unprocessed and non GMO. Even Cheerios is going non- GMO. Somebody is listening.
- Soy and Soy Products(soy milk, tofu, soy protein, soy lecithin, edamame, soy sauce, tamari, miso, natto) That eliminates Asian restaurants right away.
- Corn and Corn Products (corn oil, high fructose corn syrup, cornmeal, cornstarch, corn tortillas)
- Sugar Made from Sugar Beets (not the same as table beets that we eat as a vegetable) Look for sugar from sugarcane if you must use sugar, which is really a drug not a food. Sugar contributes to creating an environment that fosters cancer growth. I really think it should be off limits. Remember most packaged foods contain hidden sugar. And you don’t know the origin. What if we all gave up eating anything with sugar in it? We would eradicate much of the diabetes and obesity and heart disease in America in a short period of time.
- Modern Hybridized Wheat and Wheat Products It’s not only the gluten in wheat that’s the problem, it’s the engineered genes that create foreign proteins that send faulty signals to our digestive tract, immune system and brain. That’s why so many people have problems with modern wheat. It’s just not the ancient grain our digestive tracts recognize. Wheat hides in all kinds of foods as a thickener to sauces, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, some beers, all pastas, gravies, malt extract, malt syrup, texturized vegetable protein, seitan, caramel coloring, bulgur, tabouli, couscous, udon wheat noodles to name a few.
Over 60 countries (not including the US) require labeling on GMO foods due to concerns about safety, thus giving consumers a choice. After all, we do vote with our dollars and euros. You can find non GMO soy products today. They are proudly labelled as such. Until there are clear labeling laws for our foods, best to stay away from products that contain altered genetic material. Remember, your food IS talking to your genes. That is why it matters what you eat. The most powerful thing you can do to impact your health is to eat nourishing, safe, fresh, non GMO food every single day.
Know the source of your supplements. You will find soy lecithin in many health food products and supplements, both in powders and capsules. Buy from companies that are committed to using only non GMO sourced ingredients and you won’t have to worry about it. Read labels! I do! I also research companies to find those that meet my high standards!
If you are too busy to cook Artisan Bistro offers a special line of gluten free organic, non GMO pre-prepared meals in non-toxic packaging. You will see that there is still plenty left to eat!
CHALLENGE: Remove at least one GMO food from your diet every time you go shopping.