The Top GMO Crops to Avoid (Slideshow)

Discover the genetically modified crops that are in many foods.

  • Top GMOs to Avoid: Canola

    In spite of the health halo surrounding canola oil, 90 percent of the crops used to make canola are genetically modified. In other words, you might be cooking with a vibrant, healthy array of whole foods, but if you are using canola oil, chances are you are consuming GMOs. Opt for extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil instead.

  • Top GMOs to Avoid: Cotton

    Yes, we know you don’t eat cotton, but if you eat processed foods of any kind, you have probably consumed a fair bit of cottonseed oil, which is extracted from the seeds of the cotton plant. And, remember that nasty, potentially gut-destroying Bt toxin found in genetically modified corn? It’s found in GM cotton as well.

  • Top GMOs to Avoid: Soy

    The active ingredient in the widely used Roundup Ready soybean is glyphosate, which disrupts the endocrine system and, in turn, negatively affects our moods, metabolism and sexual functioning. Bonus fact: British researchers found a 50 percent jump in soy allergies after the introduction of GMO-soy into the country’s food chain.

The most direct way to avoid GMOs is to eat only organic food, which by law must not contain any genetically modified crops. The problem? Eating organic all the time isn’t exactly realistic for most of us, nor is it — let’s be honest here — easy on the old wallet. Another good way to avoid GMOs, notes Jeffrey Smith, author of Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods (Yes! Books, 2007), is to stay away from the four major GM crops — soy, corn, cotton and canola — as well as their many derivatives (unless, of course, they say “organic” or “non-GMO”). Here’s why:


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