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GMOs Labeled as “Natural”

on Wednesday, 21 August 2013. Posted in GMO Foods

GMO Sugar Beet as Natural Sugar

GMO foods are found in many products labeled Natural.

Gmo foods made me sick when I ate them. My personal account of the poisoning side effects for GMO sugar beet sugar in a juice I drank labeled as "Natural Sugar," inspired me to write this blog and let the public know how we really need to do our homework on the issue, how it affects our world, and know what products to boycott.

As a food consumer, I read the ingredients on everything I buy, as I am always trying to avoid MSG (autolyzed yeast extract, spices), GMO corn (high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin) and GMO soy (soy lecithin, soy oil). For a full list of possible hidden GMO ingredients in your food products click HERE. Apparently, I haven’t been giving the same due diligence to sugar products. Recently, I bought some Simply Cranberry Cocktail at the store and had 2 glasses one evening and soon after my stomach started to ache. I did not feel like eating any dinner and so I went to bed early. When I woke up the next day my stomach was still out of sorts and I looked again at the ingredients of the cranberry juice - “pure filtered water, cranberry juice, natural sugar, natural flavors”, it seemed benign until my husband reminded me that most sugar these days is made from GMO beets. I realized then the source of my gut pain. I called the company and sure enough their “Natural Sugar” is a mix of cane and beet sugar and when I asked if the beets were genetically modified they said ”possibly”.

I then immediately threw the rest of their “All Natural” Cranberry juice down the drain and will never be buying anything from this company again as they are making outright false claims on their labels and so are many, many other food manufacturers these days.

The hypocrisy and subversion of the food industry is out of control. The fact that “all natural” now means food that has viruses and other non-species genes that are created in a lab sure doesn’t sound natural to me. Sounds like false advertising, can’t they get sued for that? This is one of the main reasons why we need to get an initiative on the ballot for we the people to vote on whether we want foods to be labeled that have genetically modified ingredients. We can not leave it up to the food manufacturers who are obviously liars and just trying to rake in the profits by falsely advertising their food as “all natural” when its clearly not. If you feel strongly about this issue then tell your friends and family as well so we all have the opportunity to vote on this issue and force food manufacturers to finally label their food accurately and truthfully.

Not only do I not want to support GMO foods because of how it affects my health and the health of all people who eat them, but also because of the environmental consequences the companies that produce these products are causing. There are many reasons to want to stop supporting any GMO companies at all we all must become in tune with what our bodies become when we eat these foods, and out of our own self respect, we must make individual actions that together make the greatest difference in the world at large in the long run.

100% Juice is the only way to go. 

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