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You want to avoid genetically modified foods? Read on.


While millions believe genetically modified food is benign, many more are convinced that they can be dangerous to your health in the long run.

Government authorities allow genetically modified (gm from here on in) for general consumption when huge agrochemical – pharmaceutical companies apply for production licences.

Reports are prepared, and presented, which may or may not be based on absolute facts.

Government agencies, sometimes under political pressure, approve gm foods without extended studies to determine whether or not they are detrimental to health.

Like it or not, there are many gm foods in the marketplace, and if you are concerned pay attention to the following when shopping:

• Processed foods generally contain gm foods i.e corn, soy, and cotton seed all blended into cookies, snacks

• Read labels carefully

• Soy lecithin (an emulsifier), soy protein, textured non-organic vegetable protein, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) and food starch should be avoided

• Try to buy organic vegetables and fruits if you are sure the origin of the product is properly inspected and certified (different countries have different standards)

• Avoid excessively sweet foods, and especially sugar substitutes like Equal, Nutra Sweet, and Amino Sweet.

• Xantan gum, citric acid, malto-dextrin and foods containing caramel colour, malt syrup, modified food starch, sorbitol and trigylcerides should be avoided if and when possible.

All of the above are employed to prolong shelf life. They help reduce distribution costs, and grocery stores love them. Their profit margins are lucrative, and storeowners don’t have to worry about moving them. Manufacturers advertise constantly to ensure fast inventory turnover.

As Mr Pollan the author of Omnivore’s Dilemma stated succinctly: “eat little, mainly plants, and nothing that does not rot”.

Read his book to understand how food production in modern economies has changed from natural to ambiguous or dangerous.


  1. Hey! I am using Candlers, a mostly used sugar substitute in my country. I never know it is harmful. I thought that the sugar is harmful and Candlers is one of the best substitute available. In my country everyone is saying that it is safe and completely healthy. We can see blogs, tv and even radio is also reciting its benefits. After reading your article i do a little search about it and found that they are far more harmful than that of sugar itself. I think its not only Government responsible for that, but we are also. I will not gonna use it again. Thanks for your recommendations and suggestions.

  2. Nice and very helpful post

    It is true that the markets are now filled with genetically modified foods. The government should have a module for checking whether they are good for health or not. It is not only the governments responsibility but people should also be aware of such food items and should avoid buying them . Natural grown fruits and vegetables are always good for health.

    Good post I hope people read this article and gain awareness about this matter.

    Thank you for sharing.

  3. As I saw the sugar substitutes makes me frantic… And as I searched on WHY’s? And it gives me justice, need to stop and have to be on the natural one.

  4. We really dont see the long term effects yet either. GM is still relatively new for our society.