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ConsumerReports.org ~ Uncertified non-GMO claims
These claims made by the manufacturer—which may include the words “No GMO” and “Non-GMO”—have no standard definition and don’t require independent verification. Even so, most of the products we tested containing nonorganic corn or soy that made an uncertified claim met non-GMO standards. These included Clif Builder’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar and Bob’s Red Mill Golden Corn Flour.
The EXCEPTION was Xochitl Totopos de Maiz original corn chips. The package read “No GMO” and “All Natural.” But our tests showed that the amount of genetically modified corn in the six samples we tested averaged more than 75 percent. The manufacturer said it uses corn from a supplier that provided test results with many of the deliveries Xochitl received indicating that the corn was non-GMO.
Many NxtNutrio users were wondering about the Xochitl Totopos de Maiz original corn tortilla chips, some NxtNutrio users after consuming them, have stated they encounter a stomach ache, which had us questioning the highly processed, hexane contaminated cottonseed oil (a common ingredient that is manufactured using genetically modified cotton crops) Note: these chips contain cottonseed oil, an oil that food manufacturers are hard pressed to find in Non-GMO form. In the past year we have attempted on a couple of occasions to contact the company with regards to this particular product… They have yet to respond.
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What to look for when your buying milk?
While in the dairy isle at the grocery store, with so many options… What do you look for in your milk? Whole milk, 2%, skim or Fat-Free? Do you prefer organic, is rBGH-free a factor? What about local, grass-fed, or raw? Do you choose milk that has additives added– like DHA and Omega 3?
- Buy rBGH-Free Milk:
Despite opposition from scientists, farmers and consumers, the US currently allows dairy cows to be injected with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), also known as recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST). Developed and manufactured by the Monsanto Corporation, this genetically engineered hormone forces cows to artificially increase milk production by 10 to 15 percent.
- Buy Whole Milk:
Why whole milk? Isn’t it fattening and full of saturated fat? Butterfat helps your body digest protein and your bones require saturated fat to lay down calcium. The cream that whole milk contains holds the fat-soluble vitamins A & D that are vital to your body and are required to absorb calcium.
- Buy Local, Organic and/or Grass fed:
Grass-fed cows are fed, well, grass and hay. The cows live outdoors – where the grass is – and because of this the milk is much tastier AND healthier. Compared to industrial milk, milk from grass fed cows contains more omega-3 fats, more vitamin A, and more beta-carotene and other antioxidants. It also contains up to 500 percent more CLA – a unique and beneficial fat that, according to some studies, prevents heart disease, fights cancer, aids weight loss, and builds lean muscle.
- IF you do find – Buy Raw Milk, Unpasteurized:
100% grass fed, raw milk and raw milk cheeses are your best choice but they may not be available in your area – as they are not in mine. Raw milk is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized or homogenized. Eeek! You may be saying – isn’t pasteurization what keeps us from falling ill? Standard pasteurization is heating the milk to 161 degrees for 15 seconds and is what destroys pathogens like salmonella, E.coli, and campylobacter. It is also what destroys vitamins, useful enzymes, beneficial bacteria, texture, and flavor.
Pasteurization is absolutely necessary due to the way conventional milk is handled and delivered in the United States. Typically what happens at a industrial dairy is a farmer pours fresh milk into a refrigerated tank after milking. Every few days a tanker truck goes from dairy to dairy collecting raw milk. Thus, the milk of thousands of cows is blended before being shipped for bottling and pasteurization. Pasteurization in this instance will prevent contamination from one sick cow, one unhygenic dairy worker, one dirty nozzle that would otherwise taint the milk from dozens of other dairies. It also is practical for industrial milk since it permits more handling, long distance shipping, and longer storage.However, pasteurization isn’t a cure all. It allows dairy workers to be lax with their cow health and milk handling. And, it doesn’t protect you against food poisoning. Some pathogens such as Listeria can survive gentle pasteurization.Raw milk is delicate. It contains heat sensitive folic acid and vitamins A, B6, and C. It contains important heat sensitive enzymes: lactase to digest lactose; lipase to digest milk fats; and phosphatase to absorb calcium. Raw milk has beneficial bacteria, including lactic acids, which live in the intestines, aid digestiion, boost immunity, and eliminate dangerous bacteria. Raw cream from raw milk contains a cortisonelike agent which combats arthritis, arteriosclerosis, and cataracts. And, raw butter made from raw milk contains myristoleic acid, which fights pancreatic cancer and arthritis.However, the FDA will not allow raw milk to be sold across state lines. And, most states have outlawed the sale of it all together. If you live in a state that allows it count your blessings. And, if you have a supplier that will sell it to you, keep your secret! LOL. Until we finally bite the bullet and get our own family cow, I’m afraid there will be no raw milk for us.What about you? What milk are you buying for your family?
This entry was posted in wholesomemommy by Denise Sawyer
Cargill Inc. said it will begin labeling ground beef that contains an additive known as finely textured beef, a response to continuing public demand for transparency in the wake of last year’s furor over a product critics called pink slime.
The Gross Factor: The meat industry likes to call it “lean finely textured beef,” but after ABC News ran a story on it, the public just called it what it looks like—pink slime, a mixture of waste meat and fatty parts from higher-quality cuts of beef that have had the fat mechanically removed. Afterwards, it’s treated with ammonia gas to kill Salmonella and E. coli bacteria. Then it gets added to ground beef as a filler. Food microbiologists and meat producers insist that it’s safe, but given the public’s reaction to the ABC News report, there’s an “ick” factor we just can’t overcome. The primary producer of pink slime just announced that it’s closing three of the plants where pink slime is produced, and Kroger, Safeway, Food Lion, McDonald’s and the National School Lunch Program (among others) have all pulled it from their product offerings.
Eat This Instead: Organic ground beef is prohibited from containing pink slime, per National Organic Program standards, so it’s your safest bet. If you can’t find organic, ask the butcher at your grocery store whether their products contain the gunk.
A new study out of the University of California-Los Angeles shows that a high-fructose diet sabotages learning and memory in rats. The study, published in the Journal of Physiology.
“Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,” said Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science. “Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information.”
NxtNutrio flags bad sugars such as High Fructose Corn Syrup as an ingredient you should avoid. Furthermore if the product contains high levels of sugar NxtNutrio warns you by displaying a red arrow.
So if you’re a student studying for finals stay smart by avoiding these bad sugars that could possibly dumb you down.
What’s in your pantry, cupboards, or freezer? If you couldn’t rely on the grocery store, farmers market, or local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) to find your favorite things to eat, what would you do? Today convenience is king. If you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s a challenge to know what to eat, and what not to eat. Convenience (processed) foods are way too convenient, especially since more than a few manufacturers focus on profit rather than our short and long term health.
Since most of us don’t grow our own foods anymore, and instead rely on processed foods, knowing what’s in them is important. Food labels should help. To ensure food is labeled properly and safely for human consumption, the government stepped in. And so have large corporations. YIKES! Rules and revisions continue to be made. This all began with the King of England in the 13th century during the Assize of bread and beer. Governmental laws and big corporate lobbying haven’t stopped since, nor have they stopped confusing people.
In 1990, the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act passed requiring all food labels to list the most important food nutrients in an easy-to-follow format. While this label is easy to follow, does it really inform us? The only fact about the Nutrition Facts panel is that it can be overwhelming and confusing.
The food labeling regulations are not necessarily the culprit, it’s the food manufacturers and creators of foods. They tempt us with foods that are full of satisfying flavor enhancers, sodium, addictive and artificial sweeteners, as well as luscious processed fats. Ask yourself why disease rates in this country are so high. By this I mean: asthma, allergies, cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, heart disease, mental dysfunction, MS, and many more diseases that can be traced to food choices, all of which are well documented.
Consumers expect food products to be labeled honestly and informatively. However, manufacturers still have the freedom to produce foods that contain additives and preservatives using ingredients that have endured processing methods that strip foods of vital nutrients by means of harmful chemicals not listed on ingredient labels. These processing methods and additives can create toxins in food, which are known to build up in the body. By avoiding such products, you can avoid the toxin build up.
Many focus on programs that emphasize calories and nutrients, but that is only part of the picture. We leave that part to the nutritionists. We focus on informing consumers about how foods are grown, and processed, all of the ingredients added to them, and the affect all of this has on our health.
The real health benefit is in understanding the list of ingredients. The quality of these ingredients is what counts. For example, how was the fat in the product processed? When the food product contains vitamins, the important questions would be: Are the added vitamins synthetic and if so, will they harm or help your health? Are the conventionally grown apples you’re eating sprayed with just a few pesticides or many? How many pesticides will you consume today? What types of sweeteners are in the foods you’re consuming? Do the products contain an avoidable Genetically Altered Organism (GMO)? And about those flavor enhancers. While they may enhance the taste in those lifeless foods, do they enhance your overall feeling of well-being?
NxtNutrio identifies the ingredients in food products and exposes the story behind them while giving specific information about individual ingredients listed on the package. With NxtNutrio, we know how ingredients can affect your health. Its easy format allows you to make quick decisions while at your local grocer. In the end, the facts lie in the ingredients, they don’t lie.
LEAN GREEN~ Looking for a great way to start your day? Whether you have plans for a morning at the gym, an active day with your kids or a productive day in the office, try starting your day with one of these super tasty, fabulously healthy, refreshing smoothies. What’s different about these smoothies? They include greens, which will wake you up without weighing you down. They’ll leave you feeling light with abundant energy; what a great way to start your day.
Your body is like a fine tuned machine, it requires some daily green!
Lean Green Smoothie
- 4 oranges freshly juiced (remove seeds as they can impart a bitter taste)
- 3 leaves from any variety kale
- 1 rib of celery
- 1 cup of frozen or fresh pineapple*
- ½ cup ice*
Put all ingredients in a blender (vita-mix) and blend together. (If using frozen pineapple, no ice required, if fresh pineapple use 1/2 cup of ice.)
If the color green is just too mean, try this plum colored delicious dream with high protein greens:
- 2 frozen or fresh perfectly ripe bananas
- 5 smaller kale leaves (any variety)
- 1 bag of frozen blueberries (2 cups) or fresh blue berries*
- 2 Tbsp. Hemp seeds or 1 Tbsp of raw organic tahini
- 3/4 cup of water (use 3/4 ice if your chosen fruit is fresh, in the place of the 3/4C. water) or juice from a young thai coconut
- 3 medjool dates or 6 honey dates (pits removed and discarded).
Other sweetener options: agave nectar, honey or organic pure maple syrup, add to desired sweetness
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (opt.)
- 1 pinch of vanilla powder or 1 tsp real vanilla extract (opt.)
Points of interest:
Kale is a powerful choice for greens. It contains two grams of protein per chopped cup. It is one of the best sources of protein of any of the greens except for spinach. It is also good dietary fiber to prevent constipation. It lowers cholesterol, and is rich in vitamins A, B-complex and C, as well as iron and calcium. Best of all, kale is available year-round.
Tahini is a thick paste made from sesame seeds, available in both white and black varieties. It is very easy to digest and is one of the best sources of calcium, as well as a good source of protein. Available roasted or raw, tahini is best refrigerated after it’s been opened.
Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, sprouted, sprinkled on salads or your breakfast bowl of berries covered in hemp milk. Hemp seeds are another great source of protein, and are very digestible. They contain all of the essential amino acids in significant amounts. Hemp seeds have a great fatty acid profile, which makes them good for cardiovascular health. Hemp is a rich source of phytonutrients, one more reason to make them a must have on your grocery list.
Organic Celery is a great source of healthy sodium (salt) in your diet. Celery leaves are high in vitamin A, while its stems are high in both B and C vitamins. Celery is a significant source of fiber, and helps prevent constipation. Lowering blood pressure another benefit. Celery is the perfect green ingredient to add to any smoothie or green drink. It’s especially perfect after a work out, replacing lost electrolytes while rehydrating the body with its rich minerals.
Six secrets to finding the best quality produce:
Eat your fruits and vegetables! Who hasn’t heard that? Usually with resistance. Whether you’re the parent of a two-year-old trying to get him started on the right track with a variety of fruits and vegetables or a student standing in the lunch line at school, those words sound familiar… even the lunch lady reminds you to take another fruit or vegetable. Jay Leno says he was encouraged by the first lady to eat his fruits and vegetables stating, “They are good for you.” And they are Jay!
“But I don’t like persimmons! They make my tongue feel funny,” you may be thinking. Or, “mangoes are stringy, peaches are woody, grapes are sour, and carrots are bitter.” Perhaps these produce experiences have left you less than a fan of certain foods. However, consider this, could your dislike of a particular fruit or vegetable be because it is under ripe, or over ripe? Or perhaps even overcooked?
At times, crops experience poor growing seasons as a result of weather conditions, poor soil quality or agricultural practices. These can all effect their quality, color, texture, taste and ability to ripen to perfection. That makes them taste not quite as good as one would hope. Even so, they will still end up in your grocery’s produce aisle.
For example, 2012 has proven to be a superb bumper crop for organic blueberries. They are sweet, and well priced, not to mention over the top abundantly healthy for you. On the other hand, 2011 produced stringy, mushy poor (sour) tasting mangoes, but how would you know? By sampling. And that is secret number one. Sampling is highly recommended, and most stores will sample their produce if you ask.
Secret number two is knowing which fruits and vegetables are in season and when. Do you know how to find the sweetest fruits and the freshest vegetables available in your area? If you don’t grow them, you must know them. ;D
January through March citrus (every kind known to man) is in season. That’s when citrus is at its peak, sweet, juicy and full of aroma. So remember to sample to make sure this season’s crop satisfies your taste buds. In season produce is usually better priced, which is one more reason to know them.
Secret number three is to eat that fresh produce as soon as possible. It is the most beautiful when it is freshest. That is also the most beautiful time to prepare and eat it. Consider, the moment you pick fruit from the tree or a tomato from the vine, the enzyme content is sublime.
Eating from the garden, fruit tree, or the vine is best. You may not realize it but from the moment ripe produce is picked it begins to lose its food enzymes. And that’s secret number four: if your not growing it, know the produce delivery date at your local grocer’s. Ask your grocer when local farmers deliver their produce. Take the time to visit your grocer on produce delivery day. Then you will find the freshest selection with the highest enzyme content possible.
Today many varieties of fruit are picked before they are ripe, because of the time needed to transport them to the grocery store. Wait to eat fruit until it is perfectly ripened, since ripening increases the enzyme content, and is best for digestion.
Secret number five: Freshest is best and never settle for less; raw, ripe and refreshing will most certainly rejuvenate. When food is cooked or heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit food enzymes are destroyed. “The habit of cooking our food and eating it processed with chemicals; and the use of alcohol, drugs, and junk food all draw out tremendous quantities of enzymes,” says Dr. Howell, author of “Enzyme Nutrition The Food Enzyme Concept.” That means eating the freshest, ripest produce is your key to abundant health and longevity.
Cooked and processed foods actually rob your system of essential energy and cause disease in your body, which shorten your life span. Thus eating more enzyme dense food, which means eating your fruits and veggies is essential to abundant health.
Secret number six locate a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. This is a farm located not to far from where you live. You can find a list of CSA’s at your local grocery Co-op, natural food store, or by a Google search.
One of the most sought after foods in the world today, chocolate is a fundamentally important part of celebrations throughout the year. Perhaps it’s because after indulging it results in heightened sensitivity and euphoria, amplifying sensuality and enriching one’s love life. Chocolate enhances heart health in more than one way, so go ahead and buy a box of chocolate to celebrate this news.
If you prefer dark chocolate with a higher flavanol content than milk chocolate, minimal sugar and 75 percent cocoa content, you’re in luck; studies have proven that chocolate consumption lowers heart disease risk by more than 33 percent. Whose heart do you plan to pamper? These kind of results are too good to ignore and most definitely a reason to indulge.
NxtNutrio Recommends Chocolate Indulgence:
Skip the average chocolate, it usually contains harmful GMO’s, such as genetically modified beet sugar, even though it’s listed as “sugar” on the ingredient label. Skip the hydrogenated vegetable fats (otherwise known as “trans fats”), preservatives, and artificial flavors, but definitely reach for the delicious, melt in your mouth, nutrient packed, high in cacao (an ingredient found in chocolate) chocolate treat.
Raw organic cacao, high in antioxidants, stimulates the production of serotonin, tyramine and endorphins. Considered a power food because of its ability to boost energy, it’s also rich in flavanoids, boosting cardiovascular health. Science has confirmed that cacao supports health and psychological well being.
While luscious, good-for-you chocolate can stand alone, it is often combined with nuts, green tea, espresso beans, blueberries and lavender, to name a few blends of deliciousness.
You can go nuts enjoying nuts in your chocolate, whether you enjoy them in your chocolate or alongside your chocolate with your Honey. Almonds and walnuts deliver health benefits including high levels of manganese, magnesium, potassium and vitamin E, an antioxidant that is important to overall well being. Nuts offer heart healthy benefits, relaxation, regulation of blood pressure and help regulate blood sugar levels, which means nuts can also help lower the risk of diabetes.
Green tea in your chocolate, oh gee, please let me indulge in thee! Yerbe Mate Tea is a green tea that has tremendous health benefits. Studies show green tea regulates glucose levels in your body, and promotes weight loss. Eat chocolate and lose weight, who would have ever guessed?
Espresso beans: dark chocolate with espresso beans has been considered a delicious and potent over-the-counter indulgence. However, keep in mind that coffee is one of the most heavily sprayed–with toxic pesticides–agricultural crops grown in the world today. So seek out chocolate with organic espresso beans.
Yes, expect some side effects, which may vary. They include reduced risk of diabetes, lowered blood pressure, reduced instances of headaches, plus, your psychological well being is supported. It’s true, happiness may indeed be found in chocolate. Additional side effects of high quality organic chocolate are that it elevates mood (which results in a feeling of happiness) and positive attitude; chocolate contributes to overall wellness. It enhances your health while calming the heart, which explains everything.
Whether you prefer B.T. McElrath’s Salty Dog or want to add a little spice to your life with Theo-Organic Fair Trade Spicy Dark Chocolate, don’t forget to consider Dagoba Organic Chocolate with lavender & wild blueberries, and Equal Exchange Extra Dark Chocolate Panama with 80 percent cacao.
Find the chocolate aisle at your local grocer, scan the bar code with NxtNutrio and indulge accordingly.
What is your favorite Non-GMO Chips and Salsa brand? With Super Bowl around the corner, Scan your favorite chips and Salsa product and tap “like” button to enter a drawing for a $25 gift card at your local grocer.
How does it work:
1. Scan the barcode of your favorite Chips or Salsa
2. Tap Comments then Tap the Thumbs-Up button
3. No need to sign up. Just scan!
Winner will be notified on Super Bowl Sunday, during the Half-Time Show, via their NxtNutrio app.
This new version of 3.0 added some features based on your requests.
We’re really exited
✓ Browse Food Products by Category
✓ Detects Gluten in foods
✓ Enhancements made for those with Celiac disease
✓ Detects More Allergen and Food Sensitivities (MSG, Artificial color, and Artificial Sweeteners)
✓ Integrated with FDA Food Recall -Alerts consumers of FDA food Recalls
✓ Enhanced for iPhone 4s – Voice activation allows you to say a product name instead of scanning or entering a UPC .
Bug fixes -
- Enhanced barcode scanning- Other bug fixes
Manual barcode entry (you can search a product by entering product name or UPC Number then Search) Using iPad and iPod touch may require manual entry because the camera does not auto-focus.
Please let us know what you think.
What do You Know About Your Sugar?
Sugar doesn’t grow on trees or in the ground, but it is handed out freely in many American homes on Halloween. Disguised as a colorful, tasty, highly advertised treat, it is a highly processed ingredient that wreaks havoc on your immune system. YIKES, the horrors of sugar! Read on…
Sugar, as an ingredient in foods, is made from either sugar beets or sugar cane. Since 85% of the sugar in the U.S market is produced domestically, we should understand what it comes from.
Today more than half of the nation’s granulated sugar comes from sugar beets, which are genetically modified, as is at least 86% of the corn, 93% of the soybeans and 93% of the cotton grown in the U.S. Furthermore, genetically modified sugar beets accounted for roughly 90% of all sugar beets grown in the U.S. in the year 2010; if you’re eating sugar, there is a 90% possibility that it came from genetically modified sugar beets.
What difference does “genetically modified” make? Genetically modified sugar beets are mainly grown in Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. A Monsanto Company gene gives them immunity to the glyphosate-based weed killer that the St. Louis biotechnology company sells as Roundup herbicide. This means they can be “safely” sprayed with herbicide during the growth cycle.
This herbicide is sprayed on the land where the genetically modified sugar beets are grown and is meant to kill any and everything, except for the sugar beets. This is scary! If you use Roundup, you know it kills everything it touches; the label states that it is poisonous. You wouldn’t spray it on your vegetables and herbs, would you? The growers of sugar beets, on the other hand, have sprayed their crops with it, and you are eating the end product.
According to the Non GMO Project, “Virtually all commercial GMOs (for example, sugar beets) are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.
Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.”
Currently the FDA does not require specific tests to determine safety of genetically engineered foods. On the other hand, the FDA does not approve the safety of engineered foods either. What the FDA does is review the foods, and acknowledge that the developer of the food has asserted their food is safe. That means you are placing your trust solely in the food manufacturer. These statements in and of themselves should be a cause for concern. By the way, the FDA is federally funded by our tax dollars.
While you’re shopping, read the ingredient list on any candy—or processed food product—if you see “sugar” as an ingredient, you are in the dark. Listing “sugar” doesn’t tell you the most important fact: is it made from sugar beets, genetically modified sugar beets or sugar cane? Genetically modified products are not required to be labeled, so you have no way to know whether or not the sugar in the foods you choose is genetically modified.
Get out of the dark!
If a food product’s ingredient list includes sugar, you can purchase it with confidence if it says Organic or has the Non GMO Project seal on it. Here’s a list that will help you out:
- Organic sugar
- Fair Trade Certified Organic Sugar
- Cane Syrup
- Organic Sugar Cane Juice
- Organic Sugarcane or Organic Sugar Cane
- Organic Sugar-Beet Syrup
- Evaporated Cane Juice
- Organic Molasses
- Maple syrup
- Coconut Sugar
What? You have a headache? Either you know why, or you ask yourself “where did this headache come from?” You may not realize, however, that the headache could have been triggered by something as simple as the sulfites in the wine you drank last night, or perhaps from last night’s dinner.
Which ingredients trigger headaches? Now that’s a good question. Monosodium glutamate, MSG, and sulfites are two top contenders to bring on a headache. Avoiding them, however, is not as easy as reading food labels. MSG has at least 40 different ingredients that contain the chemical in monosodium glutamate (processed free glutamic acid) that causes not only headaches, but also upset stomach, diarrhea, and heart irregularities, to name a few unsettling symptoms. If you put the NxtNutrio app to work, you can to turn “MSG ON” in your profile. Then, any product you scan will give you the “MSG alert.” Try eliminating MSG from your diet and see what happens, you may just forget all about headaches.
Sulfiting agents harass the mucous membranes of the respiratory system, sensitive palates might even experience heart burn. Once again, use your NxtNutrio app. Turn “Preservatives ON” in your profile, and when you scan a product, the app will alert you to the many different ingredient names for sulfiting agents, as well as other preservatives that can harm your health.
Sulfites are widely used to extend the shelf life of products such as fruits and wine. MSG is used as a “flavor enhancer.” Keep in mind that labeling laws do not allow the use of sulfites or MSG in organic foods. On the other hand, many of MSG’s derivatives are on organic and conventional labels. A few examples of ingredients that contain processed free glutamic acid are organic autolyzed yeast extract, organic soy protein isolate, textured protein, and whey protein concentrate. No need to memorize that, NxtNutrio alerts you.
No one likes a headache. Understanding what brings a headache on will help you avoid it.
Until you understand what genetically modified organisms, GMO’s are, you might not understand how they effect your health and well-being. The term “genetically-modified” food refers to crop plants created for human or animal consumption using the latest molecular biological techniques. Plants such as corn, soybean, and rapeseed have been modified in the laboratory using DNA from other plants, animals, bacteria and viruses to enhance desired traits such as increased resistance. The best known example of this is the use of bacillus thuringiensis, B.T., which is a naturally occurring bacterium that produces crystal proteins lethal to insect larvae genes in corn and other crops.
“A number of studies over the past decade have revealed that genetically engineered foods can pose serious risks to humans, domesticated animals, wildlife and the environment,” according to truefoodnow.org. “Human health effects can include higher risks of toxicity, allergenicity, antibiotic resistance, immune-suppression and cancer.”
If you’re shopping for non-GMO’s, you may be having a tough time. The FDA does not require food companies to alert consumers to GMO’s. The only way to know which foods are GMO’s or contain them, and which do not are the “organic” or “Non GMO” labels placed on foods. The Non-GMO labels, however, are voluntary. Not all non-GMO foods are labeled as such.
Nine genetically modified food crops approved by the FDA: corn, soy, rapeseed (canola), sugar beet, cotton, alfalfa, zucchini, yellow squash, and Hawaiian papaya. At least 86% of U.S. corn is genetically engineered, 93% of soybeans, 90% of rapeseed (canola), and 93% of cotton (cottonseed oil is often used in food products). To avoid GMO’s, avoid the produce and products containing ingredients made from genetically modified crops, unless they are clearly labeled “organic” or “Non GMO.”
Third Annual Non-GMO Month (October) Gains Ground as Concerns About Food Safety and Genetic Engineering Intensify
According to the Non-GMO Project, “In 30 other countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs, because they are not considered proven safe. In the U.S. on the other hand, the FDA approved commercial production of GMOs based on studies conducted by the companies who created them and profit from their sale. Many health-conscious shoppers find the lack of rigorous, independent, scientific examination on the impact of consuming GM foods to be cause for concern.”
Many are pushing for consistent, standardized GMO labeling in North America. If a food product is not labeled “organic” or “non GMO,” consumers can contact the manufacturer by phone or via their website; phone numbers and website addresses are located on their labels.
The NxtNutrio app eliminates this dilemma by simply scanning a food product’s barcode; NxtNutrio identifies whether or not that product contains GMO’s. If it does not contain GMOs you’ll see a Non-GMO Project verification. Products bearing this seal have undergone independent testing to ensure they have been made according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance.
NxNutrio may show the words, “May be GMO,” which is listed next to each individual GM ingredient contained in the food item. This means that since the product is not labeled organic, its ingredients more than likely come from crops that have been genetically modified.
In addition, NxtNutrio allows people to make sound purchases based on food sensitivities as well as allergen’s. The app gives people the knowledge to choose foods based on ingredients and the products that they want to consume.
The “organic” label on foods means the ingredients and processing aids must adhere to the Organic Foods Production Act, OFPA, and the National Organic Program, NOP. These organizations exist to assure consumers that the organic agricultural products they purchase are produced, processed and certified to consistent national organic standards. NOP’s labeling requirements apply to fresh raw products and processed foods that contain organic agricultural ingredients.
100% Organic Label
For a food to be “100% Organic,” it must contain only organically produced ingredients and processing aids (excluding water and salt). This label may carry the USDA organic seal. Since the seal is voluntary or optional it may not be on every “100% organic” product. However the words “100% organic” will be on the front of the label.
When a food is labeled, or marked as “Organic” this means that 95% of the agricultural ingredients must be certified organic. Non-organic ingredients allowed per the National List may be used, up to a combined total of 5% of non-organic content (excluding salt and water). This label may include the USDA organic seal.
Made With Organic Ingredients Label
The label “made with organic ingredients” means that at least 70% of the ingredients in the food with the label must be organic. This label will contain a minimum of 3 of the main ingredients (70% by weight or volume) in the product. Additional 30% non-organic ingredients included on the Information Panel where foods are labeled “Made with organic ingredients” must be produced without genetic engineering (GMO’s), ionizing radiation and can NOT contain added sulfites, YAHOOOOO! The product labels must state the name of the certifying agent on the Information Panel.
Be aware that food labels sometimes use the term “organic” when identifying specific ingredients that are organic in that food product. This “organic” will be found in the list of ingredients found on the Information Panel next to each individual ingredient that is organic on the label. When foods are labeled in this manner, these products contain LESS than 70% organic ingredients, they cannot use the term “organic” anywhere on the Principal Display Panel. These products can contain GMO’s, and sulfites. The remaining ingredients (non-organic ingredients) are not required to follow the USDA organic regulations.
Keep in mind that agricultural products labeled “100% organic,” “organic” (95% organic ingredients), and “made with organic ingredients” (MORE than 70% organic ingredients), cannot use ionizing radiation, added sulfites, or ingredients from genetically modified crops (GMO’s). We believe this is a good thing!
Answer: Around 9 to 12 months old according to General Mills website. We think it’s a good thing “Not made with genetically modified ingredients” can now be found on the original Cheerios cereal label.
General Mills Cheerios list of Ingredients: Whole Grain Oats, CORN STARCH, SUGAR, Salt, Tripotassium Phosphate, Wheat Starch. Vitamin E (Mixed Tocopherols) Added to Preserve Freshness. Vitamins and Minerals: Calcium Carbonate, Iron and Zinc (Mineral Nutrients), Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate), a B Vitamin (Niacinamide), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B1 (Thiamin Mononitrate), Vitamin A (Palmitate), a B Vitamin (Folic Acid), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3.
Only 2 of the INGREDIENTS were changed to be considered non-GMO. This was a no-brainer for General Mills! We look forward to the removal of ingredients made from Genetically Modified crops in all products made by General Mills.
Some other GMO’s found in General Mills current products:
Sugar from genetically modified sugar beets
Modified corn starch from genetically modified corn
Canola oil from genetically modified rapeseed or field mustard
Glucose-Fructose> Canada’s high fructose corn syrup from genetically modified corn
Soy lecithin from genetically modified soy
Dextrose from genetically modified corn
Corn syrup from genetically modified corn
Molasses a by-product of the processing of genetically modified sugar beets
Corn starch from genetically modified corn
Brown Sugar Syrup from genetically modified sugar beets
Corn bran from genetically modified corn and more…
To avoid GMO’s in your food use the NxtNutrio App. ;D