What is the Non-GMO Diet - What is it and How to benefit from it
There’s a new diet on the block but I wouldn’t call it a fad - If you’re wondering what is the non-GMO diet keep reading as this blog will enlighten you. Many people want to know how to identify Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in their diet but are concerned that the lack of labeling prevents them from succeeding. Not exactly, as there are only a certain number of crops that are considered genetically modified. By knowing which crops are GMO and choosing organic versions you can follow the non-GMO diet quite thoroughly and simply. I have been following this diet, and teaching my patients to follow it for years. So in this blog we’ll learn what are GMOs, what is the non-gmo diet, and what the benefits of following this diet are. While labeling helps, we don’t need it in order to avoid GMOs in our food. Here’s why:
What are GMOS
According to Consumer Reports GreenerChoices.org GMO and refers to plants, animals or other organisms whose genetic material has been changed in a laboratory, in ways that do not occur naturally. A species could have been changed to include proteins from other plants, animals, bacteria or viruses to theoretically produce a certain effect such as longer growing season, more nutrient value or to prevent pests from eating the crop. Commercial GMOs have been grown since 1996
The seeds used to grow the vast majority of corn, soybeans, rapeseed (to make canola oil), Cotton (for clothes and cotton seed oil) and sugar beets in the U.S. have been genetically engineered to tolerate glyphosate, the key ingredient in the herbicide RoundUp. GMO crops are also called herbicide-tolerant crops, these genetically engineered plants can survive the application of herbicides that would otherwise have killed the crops along with the targeted weeds. Due to the problem of weeds becoming resistant to glyphosate, genetically engineered varieties that are resistant to other herbicides have been developed.
Another trait that has been genetically engineered into food crops is pest resistance. These varieties have been genetically engineered with genes from a soil bacterium that produces a protein that is toxic to insects. The genes are modified and inserted into the genetic code of the plants, so that the plant manufactures its own pesticide.
Herbicide tolerance and pest resistance represent over 99% of traits in genetically engineered crops currently on the market.
When Consumer Reports tested processed foods with corn and soy ingredients in 2014, we found that almost all of the processed foods tested that were not labeled as Organic or Non-GMO contained substantial proportions of genetically engineered corn and soy.
What is the Non GMO Diet?
The Non-Gmo Diet is a diet that strictly avoids genetically modified food crops, additives, supplements, and thinking up the food chain; avoiding eating animal food who consume GMOs.
You want to avoid GMO foods because they contain higher levels of cancer-causing pesticides, as well as bacteria that are foreign to the body that might destroy your microbiome - keeping the microbiome in tack is essential to health as digestive complaints are the root cause of all chronic disease and been linked to autoimmune diseases, weight gain, anxiety and depression and cancer.
The NON-GMO Diet t is essentially a diet in which you avoid the crops who’s seeds are owned by Monsanto, and the avoid eating the animals who eat those crops. You may also choose to avoid crops that are highly contaminated with glyphosate, such as the yearly Dirty Dozen list. Since the use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is prohibited in organic products, this means an organic farmer can’t plant GMO seeds, an organic cow can’t eat GMO alfalfa or corn, and an organic soup producer can’t use any GMO ingredients. Thereby eating organic versions of the conventionally genetically modified crops, you are pretty much assured in the USA not to consume GMOs.
In order to consume the Non-GMO diet eat organic versions - and only organic versions of the following foods - strictly avoiding all packaged foods that contain any ingredients and additives that contain GMO crops. This can be tricky at you need to read ingredients lists on all packaged food items and ensure the following are certified organic.
This means corn on the cob, canned and frozen corn, corn starch, corn oil, corn chips, tortillas, corn flour, corn meal, Corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup
Hidden corn is also found in vegetable starch, Dextrins, Maltodextrins, Dextrose, Fructose or crystalline fructose, Hydrol, treacle, Ethanol, Free fatty acids, Maize, Zein, Sorbitol, Vitamin C and Ascorbic acid and a HUGE list of medications and foods unless the label specifically says GMO free or corn-free
Eating chicken, turkey and eggs from chicken that were fed vegetarian feed, grain, corn are also filled with GMOs. While it is often believed that chicken is a better option than beef, it is not likely true since conventional chicken feed is highly genetically modified with corn and soy.
Conventionally raised beef also eat corn and soy making the meat, milk, butter, cheese exposed to genetic modified food.
2) Canola oil
Avoid canola oil in plastic bottles, in vegetable oil, potato chips fried in canola oil, french fries fried in canola oil, any foods cooked using canola oil or have canola oil in the ingredients list
3) Sugar Beet:
Sugar, beet sugar, candy, baked goods, cereals, crackers, cookies, icing, cakes, sodas, popsicles, Mr. Freeze, ice cream, Koolaid, poptarts, fast food, etc etc etc all packaged foods. While it’s best to avoid processed sugar all together, opt for cane sugar, maple syrup, honey, stevia, barley sugar instead of GMOd sugar beet.
soybeans, tofu, miso, soysprouts, edamame, TVP - textured vegetable protein, mock meat, mock chicken, vegatarian protein, soy nuggets, soymeal, soy flour, soybean oil, vegetable oil, soy lecithin, lecithin. Livestock fed a vegetarian diet of soy, corn and grain meaning all conventional dairy, eggs and most meat is genetically modified.
Cotton is not edible and yet the GMO oil is being used in vegetable oil as well as to pack canned fish like tuna. Food Babe Vani Hari reports: “I was a bit shocked when I contacted In & Out Burger and they told me they use cottonseed oil to fry their french fries – but they aren’t alone. Depending on location, Arby’s, Arctic Circle, Wendy’s, and Burger King sometimes use cottonseed oil in their fryers as well, which they use to cook anything fried like fries, chicken strips, and onion rings. According to Burger King’s latest ingredient list: “Products that are fried in a shared fryer include but may not be limited to: Fish Filet, Pork Sausage, Crispy Chicken patty, Chicken Nuggets, Original Chicken Patty, Spicy Chicken Patty, Hash browns, French Fries, French Toast Sticks, and Onion Rings. Fryer oil contains: corn, canola, soy and/or cottonseed oils”.
Why Eat the Non GMO Diet?
The Non-GMO Shopping Guide includes this list in order to avoid consuming Genetically Modified Organisms:
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 (ascorbic acid) although usually derived from corn, is probably not GM because it is not likely made in North America.