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Want to Avoid GMO? Watch out for These Foods

It’s tough to keep track of all the places where there has been a fight over genetically engineered foods and their role in our nation’s food system. There’s major food makers’ surprising embrace of GMO-free cereals—reaffirming breakfast’s reputation as the most important meal of the day. There have been some pricey campaigns waged for and against controversial labeling initiatives, to tell consumers more about what they’re buying. And a genetically modified salmon is swimming ever closer to FDA approval.

The jury’s out on whether GMO foods are healthy, but what’s not in question is that there are more of them. In 2012, nearly 70 million hectares of G.E. crops were planted in the U.S., up from 64 million hectares three years earlier.

Just as GMO ingredients are becoming more prevalent in our food system, so is consumer awareness. That’s why the Environmental Working Group—the folks behind the “Dirty Dozen” produce list—is launching the “2014 Shopper’s Guide to Avoiding GE Food” today.

The new guide makes suggestions for how to avoid G.E. food, lists the four most common G.E. ingredients in food today, and alerts you to what’s coming down the road.

If you’re interested in getting GMOs out of your diet and can’t wait for a federal labeling law to take effect, the new guide comes with how-tos, including recommendations of foods that carry a certified organic label or products that carry the now-familiar “Non-GMO Project Verified” logo.

There’s a lot to chew on. Until you have the right to know whether or not your food contains GMOs, here’s what EWG says should be on your radar right now.

Aspartame

According to the EPA, aspartame is a chemical that causes neurotoxicity. Keep in mind that that’s the United States Environmental Protection Agency — a government agency. Regardless, the FDA continues to rubber stamp its use.

Aspartame is made from aspartate, methanol, and phenylaline. Once ingested, the body breaks aspartame down into these constituent parts. Most notably, methanol is converted into formaldehyde. The US Department of Labor considers formaldehyde a toxic and hazardous substance that should not be ingested.
Recent research has demonstrated highly carcinogenic affects from aspartame consumption.

In the quest for healthy living, this toxic, lab-created chemical tops any list of foods and ingredients to avoid!

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