There are a lot of foods out there that we eat without truly knowing what is in there. A good example of this is food that is genetically modified in some way. Now while there is nothing to say whether this is a healthy practice or not, GMO foods are banned in certain countries. In the US the food companies are not even required to label them as modified foods. Here are seven foods you may be surprised to find that they are GMO foods:
1. Soy – Soy is one of the most modified foods on the grocery store shelves. A company called Pioneer Hi-Bred International was approved to develop it’s genetically engineered soybean and sell it to retailers everywhere. It has a high level of omega-9 which helps lower LDL levels (the bad cholesterol).
2. Canola – Canola was approved as a genetically engineered food back in 1996. 90% of canola is engineered as of 2006.
3. Milk – While the milk itself is not genetically modified, the cow it comes from is. The cows are given rBGH which is recombinant bovine growth hormone. This makes them produce more milk than normal. This has been banned in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
4. Corn – You may be surprised to know that 85% of corn that is grown in the US is genetically engineered. Many modified the corn so that it is resistant to a common weed killer called herbicide glyphosate.
5. Zucchini and Yellow Crooked Neck Squash – You cannot tell the difference between the original and GMO versions of these two veggies. The only difference is that the GMO ones have a protein that helps to kill viruses.
6. Sugar Beets – These beets have been on again and off again for years. They were approved in 2005 but then were banned in 2010. Then in 2012 they were deregulated. They are heavily genetically engineered and 95% of the GMO versions make up the total number in the US.
7. Alfalfa – Approved in 2011, alfalfa is modified so that it’s resistant to the weed killer Roundup.