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Frankensteined Foods: Ten Products to Avoid

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If you live in the United States, chances are you’ve already eaten something genetically modified today. Genetically engineered organisms (GEOs), which involve altering the DNA of crops for better growth, bigger yields, etc., are found in roughly 70 percent of all food on supermarket shelves.

The U.S. isn’t the only country to go Frankenstein on our food production—we’re just the only country that tries to make it a guessing game. Unlike places such as Europe and Japan, the government feels no need to tell you that the corn in the cereal you’re eating was injected with bacterial genes that make it more pest-resistant. I thought it tasted kinda funny …

Below is a list of extremely common brands that, according to the Web site True Food Now, may use genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.

1. Good Start Baby Formula
You may be okay with eating genetically engineered foods, but how do you feel about your baby ingesting them? Drinking highly processed, potentially harmful ingredients hardly sounds like a good start to anything.

2. Gardenburger
Maybe the nasty GE ingredients are what give Gardenburgers such a meaty taste.

3. Eggo
I’ll gladly “leggo my Eggo” after learning that it’s even more grossly processed than I thought.

4. Healthy Choice frozen foods
Frozen meals are suspect enough, but there’s definitely nothing healthy about the potential of heightened allergic reactions, just one of the potential side effects of GEOs.

5. Betty Crocker and Pillsbury
The queen and king of the baking world harbor secret mutated ingredients they don’t want you to know about. One more reason to pass on the cinnamon rolls.

6. Wheat Thins and Triscuits
Layered in the supposed wheat goodness of these crackers are scientifically generated organisms. That apple on my desk is looking better and better.

7. Hansen’s Naturals
I wasn’t surprised to see Coca-Cola or the chemicalicious Hi-C on the list, but Hansen’s soda? I thought it was supposed to be the healthy, “natural” alternative. I had no idea nature involved white labcoats, petri dishes, and unpredictable damage to the human body and environment.

8. Heinz
Heinz ketchup bottles are on the tables of 57,000 restaurants around the country (my unofficial estimate). What else are we supposed to eat french fries with?

9. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
I grew up eating this, and I bet I’m not alone. Who could’ve predicted that the neon orange, powdered cheese sauce wasn’t 100 percent natural? I’m shocked.

10. General Mills cereals
The cereal giant produces Cheerios, Fiber One, Total Raisin Bran … even Wheaties, the cereal that powers athletes! Food that increases the threat of lowered disease resistance, a possible side effect of genetic engineering, doesn’t sound like the breakfast of champions.

We need more research to determine what heavy consumption of genetically-engineered foods is doing to our bodies. The FDA claims that they are no different than conventionally-grown products, but why do they make a point of keeping what is and isn’t altered under wraps? Other countries make the distinction, but our government doesn’t want us to know what we’re eating, and that makes me a little uneasy.

Fortunately, there are alternatives: organic products are under stricter regulations, so they can’t be genetically modified. The four most genetically altered crops are cotton, soy, canola, and corn, which are in practically all packaged items. Be mindful about where you buy food with these ingredients, or buy them from GE-free stores like Whole Foods. For a more complete list of brands that do and don’t contain GE ingredients, visit True Food Now.


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