Obsessed with GMOs

Food, that’s my number one thought these days, food. While trying to get our eating habits under control (eating “real” food, nothing with more than five ingredients) I have taken an almost obsessive look at the nations’ food system.  We have been buying over-processed, chemically enhanced food for years and it’s scary.

As you all know from my past column regarding GMOs (genetically modified organism) in our food, I am taking my head out of the sand and dealing with this overwhelming problem straight on. There is no way that I can go totally cold turkey and eat “whole” foods, foods that have not been altered in any way. It’s unfortunate but that is impossible. You would have to shop at five different grocery stores to accomplish this and have a multitude of extra grocery money. I am doing the best I can and going for the “real” food, with five ingredients or less and if there is something I can’t pronounce involved, it’s a big NO.

I do buy organic produce, to ensure we are not getting food that has been genetically modified. I do buy organic eggs for the same reason. And to add to all of this, my sweet boy’s food allergies may be on the rise, so now I have to cut out all soy, gluten and dairy from his diet. It’s crazy but doable; meat; fruit and veggies are about all he can eat. We have an appointment with a highly recommended allergist in three weeks, and while I am not one to wish my life away, I can’t wait for that day to get here. I need to know what is causing his discomfort.

It’s amazing how quickly you can get obsessed with something, or maybe it’s just me. I read every label at the store and am appalled at what’s in foods that I used to get because I thought they were good for us. It’s craziness and I feel like one big science experiment. In a study released about three weeks ago, “European researchers confirmed today, rats fed GMO food developed tumors and other serious health problems at an alarming rate compared to the control group.  It isn’t too soon to pull GMOs out of the food supply based on today’s news.”- PR Newswire

Does this make you think twice before picking up that frozen corn in Walmart. The nations’ chief retailer will now be stocking the shelves with GMO corn from America’s largest bio-agriculture company, Monsanto.  Walmart says that they will not label which of their products are made with GMOs. The very GMO corn that Walmart will be carrying has been genetically engineered to include chemicals right inside the corn. So beware when you pick up your frozen veggies and see just “corn” under ingredients or any other produce for that matter. The only way to ensure that you are not eating genetically modified produce is to buy organic.

Buying organic can be overwhelming. As stated, I have started with just produce; eggs and I do buy organic peanut butter because name brands all have soy in them. Is it more expensive, a little but not terrible. For example, at Kroger, regular bananas are .49 cents a pound and organic are .59 cents a pound. Just a ten-cent difference, it’s doable. Eventually I would like to be able to confidently say that I KNOW exactly what we are eating, but I don’t know when or how that will happen.

And just for the record, in case you were curious, I have not had a soda in over a month. However, when I do give in and drink one, at least I am making an educated choice. I know that what I am drinking isn’t good for me. So, that’s what I will leave you with. Take this and keep in the back of your mind. When you are at the grocery store, don’t worry about the fat and calories labels, take a look to the right and read the ingredients, I bet you will be surprised.

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