Think You’re Avoiding GMO’s? Think Again.

So you buy all organic everything, and diligently check all of your labels to make sure your food stuffs are free of GMO’s…. Bravo! Way to get back at Big Food and Monsanto. But, unfortunately, you can check all the labels you want – it is still probably hiding in there. Yep, even in the organic stuff. It just hides behind fancy names so that you have absolutely no clue those pesky pesticides are sneaking their way into your digestive system and coursing through your veins. How do I know this? Because I have a corn allergy – and corn is in everything. What is one of the biggest GMO crops? That’s right! Corn.

As difficult as this allergy has been, there is definitely at least one positive thing that has come of it, and that is a vast knowledge and understanding of all of those big, unpronounceable words that you find on ingredient labels. Just about every single one of those big words is a corn derivative – and when they make these corn derivatives, they do not use organic, non GMO corn – they use Monsanto’s finest leftovers. Isn’t that just wonderful?

Before this corn intolerance realization of mine, I had heard all the stories about Monsanto, but really paid very little attention to them, because I thought that the organic stuff was ridiculously overpriced and could not wrap my head around paying almost double the price for practically the same foods. But now? Now I don’t have a choice. I absolutely have to avoid all corn and corn derivatives. Once I started weeding everything out, I was completely dumbfounded by what I was learning – everything has corn in it in some way or another, and almost all of it is from GMO crops. EVERYTHING. And the scariest part about the whole thing is that the FDA does not require GMO labeling for said derivatives, nor do they require corn to be labeled as an allergen, or even listed as an ingredient unless it was directly put into the food. It can coat the outside of food for packaging purposes, and you have no clue it is even there. Sneaky, sneaky.

For a full list of those corn derivatives, take a gander at this site. Seriously, look at it. Study it. Notice any familiar words? I bet you see at least one of them on every single food label sitting in your pantry or refrigerator right now.

Now, let’s say you buy a jar of organic, non GMO pasta sauce. Chances are, it will list all of the organic ingredients with a star next to it, then at the end you see either citric acid (if it is not labeled as coming from actual citrus, it comes from corn, and if it doesn’t have a star next to it, it is genetically modified), or ascorbic acid, or acetic acid. Organic cereals are always fortified with vitamins – mixed tocopherols for vitamin E, and ascorbic acid for vitamin C, etc. Those rarely ever are listed as organic. They’re vitamins! Why would anyone question a vitamin? Those are supposed to be healthy, right? Oh, and let’s not forget the elusive “natural flavors” – those are corn derived as well. Surprise, surprise.

Speaking of vitamins, what about all of those super expensive special vitamin supplements that you find in health food stores made from whole foods and blah blah blahs? There is usually a huge giant list of all the organic wonderments to be found, along with a list of all of the vitamins and minerals. Look at what is listed along with each vitamin – Vitamin E (as mixed tocopherols), Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid), etc. Then, in the inactive ingredients list, you will most likely find something like magnesium stearate, fructose, glucose,vegetable cellulose, silicas, or glycerin, just to name a few. All corn derivatives, with fancy names and no explanations.

Medications, both over the counter and prescription, are made with either corn starch, glycerin, or dextrose. All of them. Unless you have them specially compounded.

fresh-produce

Fresh vegetables are coated with a corny wax coating – I seriously doubt that they go through the extra length of making sure the corn used to produce that waxy, edible coating is GMO free…. heck, they don’t even tell you if it is on anything or what it is made of.

There are a number of factors involving meat that render even the most organically grass fed to be tainted. It can be sprayed down with vinegar during processing, and the packaging itself (you know, those little white pads on the bottom of the package) is usually made from cornstarch and corny plastics.

CheeseCheese sometimes has vinegar (white distilled vinegar is made from corn), annatto (yellow food coloring derived from corn), vegetable rennet, and/or can be coated in cornstarch to keep from sticking to the packaging. They don’t have to label that, because it isn’t IN it, it is on it.

The list could go on, and on, and on some more… but I think you might be getting the picture. It is in everything. Food, beverages, toiletries such as toothpaste, deodorant, soaps, etc., and GMO’s can even be found hiding about in bottled and tap water. Unless you really try to sleuth out all of the corn and soy derivatives yourself, you are blindly eating them… so how could you possibly know how they are affecting you if you are constantly maintaining a tolerance to them by consuming small amounts every single day of your life? You won’t know how badly your health is being affected until you consciously omit all of them for at least 2 weeks, so that your body has time to detox. I think that food challenge should start going around. Maybe if enough people try to cut it out of their diet and start to realize exactly how much of an impact Big Food and Monsanto have had on the food industry, a big movement toward eradicating these toxins from our food supply can truly begin. We need a food revolution.

For a list of other foods that are genetically modified, check out this site.

What are the long term repercussions if we continue to blindly consume these toxins?  Well, it is honestly uncertain, because there aren’t any long term studies on humans yet. But, using common sense about how your health is directly affected by everything you ingest, I think it is safe to say that the outcome cannot be a good one, considering the amount of preservatives and chemicals we consume on a daily basis. It just plain isn’t natural.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a dietician. I am simply a person with gluten and corn intolerance who has done a lot of research concerning the two, and has had quite a bit of first-hand experience on how these things directly affect my overall health. I simply want to share my findings along my journey into this frustrating allergy, in hopes to help others along theirs. If I can open the eyes of non-corn-intolerant people, even better.

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